Australia – Training Benchmark Requirement Eliminated in Favor of Increased Training Fund Contribution Fees, Effective March 2018

The Australian Government has confirmed that it will establish a “Skilling Australians Fund” by March 2018 that will replace the current training benchmarks scheme for Standard Business Sponsors. This fund is intended to support the new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa...

Australian Subclass 457 Visa Category to be Eliminated in 2018

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has recently announced sweeping changes to the Subclass 457 Visa category that will eventually lead to the elimination of the current Subclass 457 visa category and create a new temporary visa program. The Subclass 457 visa category is...

AUSTRALIA VISA UPDATE: New 6-Month Validity Period for Subclass 400 Temporary Work Visas

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has issued new regulations effective November 23, 2014, extending the maximum period of stay for the Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short-Stay Activity) visa to six (6) months, an increase from the previous three-month...
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