2023 Office Christmas Closure

The team at Point Migration Agency would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our offices will be closed from Friday 22nd December 2023 and will re-open on Monday 8th January 2024. For urgent matters please email [email protected]

Skilled Visa updates: New Subclass 491, 494 and 191 Skilled Regional Visas

New Subclass 491, 494 and 191 Skilled Regional Visas

As of the 16th November 2019, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has replaced two previously existing regional skilled migration visas with two new subclasses, with a third to come in November 2022. Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 491 replaces Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489). This is a points tested visa which will … Read more

Understanding the Skilled Occupation Lists (SOL) for Australian Visas 2019 – 2020 (Updated)

Skilled Occupations List for Australian Visas 2018 2019

The approved occupations included on the Skilled Occupation List are regularly reviewed by the Department of Jobs and Small Business, to ensure that they are relevant to the needs of the Australian labour market. The latest update to this list was on 18th March 2018, which also coincided with the introduction of the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa Subclass 482, which replaced the previous Subclass 457 Visa.

Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA)

Designated Area Migration Agreements DAMA

The introduction of the new Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage visa last year saw a 28% decline in the amount of sponsored visas being granted, which created a severe skills shortage across affected businesses. In order to rectify this issue and also distribute the migrant population outside of major Australian cities, the Australian government has created a new Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA). This scheme will enable specific regions to resolve workforce shortages with experienced, skilled or semi-skilled overseas workers, as well as offer a pathway to permanent residency for successful migrant applicants.

Understanding the English Language Criteria for Australian Visa Applications

Australian Visa English Language Test Requirements

Generally, applications for Australian Visas need to be accompanied by evidence that the applicant possesses sufficient proficiency in the English language. There are a number of tests and results which are acceptable to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) when lodging and application, which must have been taken at most two years prior to the application lodgment date.

Australian Visitor Visas

Australian Visitor Visas

If you’re planning a trip to Australia it’s important to understand the different visitor visa options and requirements for each. There are many reasons to visit Australia such as holidays, sightseeing, visiting family or friends or even for medical reasons, but regardless of the reason for your trip or the intended length of your stay you will need an appropriate valid Australian visa.