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Disallowance Motion – New Skilled Regional Visas Regulations

A disallowance motion was tabled by Senator Fierravanti – Wells, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances to disallow the New Skilled Regional Visa Regulations.

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RCB advice – closure of RSMS certifications

The MIA has alerted the Department to the incorrect advice being provided by various RCBs that regional certification must be completed and approved before 15 November 2019.

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Increased scrutiny and reporting on education agents

Minister for Education Dan Tehan has today announced new measures to improve transparency about the operation of education agents

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Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 489 to be replaced with Subclass 491 from November 2019

With the introduction of the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa due to commence on 16 November 2019.

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News: Skilled Occupation List Review Commences

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business regularly reviews the skilled migration occupation lists to ensure they are responsive to genuine skill needs across Australia.

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News: English exemptions – Subclass 186 TRT – Policy update

The policy on English language exemptions based on tuition conducted in English has been revised and updated in the Legend 18 August 2019 stack.

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SkillSelect Invitations Round on 11 August 2019

Invitation rounds for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) visas will be run once a month.

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News: Australian Citizenship Approvals On The Rise After Hitting 15-year Low

145,000 citizenship applications were approved in 2018-19 – a significant improvement over 2017-18 when only 81,000 applications were approved, are the highest in the last five years.

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News: New Visa Points System Announced

Recently published legislation introduces changes to the Points Test for General Skilled Migration visas commencing 16 November 2019.

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