Updates to Condition 8547
10 May 2017
The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has recently implemented changes that allow working holiday visa holders to work for more than six months with the same employer in certain circumstances.
CONDITION 8547 – WHAT HAS CHANGED?
Condition 8547 applies to working holiday visas and has the effect of limiting work with any one employer to no more than six months. Prior to the recent changes the limitation applied regardless of where the work was performed. The recent changes soften the policy and now allow working holiday visa holders to work for an additional six months for the same employer, as long as the work is performed in a different location. (more…)
Australian Budget Changes
10 May 2017
The 2017-18 Budget was handed down by the Australian Federal Government on 10 May 2017. The following are key elements impacting the immigration program, as well as other recently announced changes.
From 1 July, 2017 – Visa Application Fees
On 1st July 2017 indexation of visa application charges will occur. All current visa application charges will be indexed annually in line with the forecast Consumer Price Index (CPI). (more…)
457 Visa Category to be Abolished
On 18th April 2017, the Australian Government announced that in March 2018 the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa – Subclass 457 visa will be abolished and replaced with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.
The TSS visa program will be comprised of two streams:
- A short-term stream with a visa validity of up to two years; and
- A medium-term stream of up to four years.
The aim of the new program is to support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and provide safeguards for Australian workers.
While the 457 visa program is continuing to operate until the introduction of the TSS program, there have been a number of changes to the 457 program effective immediately.
Change in Thai Visa Application
22 Feb 2017
Effective 1 April 2017 –
- Traditional Walk-In Visa Application is only valid until 31 March 2017
- Electronic Visa Application (EVA) will be effective from 1 April 2017 onwards
From 1 February 2017, the Royal Thai Embassy, Singapore will introduce Electronic Visa Application (EVA), where visa applicants will be able to fill out application forms, submit and check application status online. This is applicable to applicants who need visa to Thailand for travel, business or work.
Immigration Alert – U.S | Executive Order Update
20 Feb 2017
President Donald Trump said Thursday February 17, 2017, that he would issue a new executive order week commencing February 20, 2017, “tailored” to a federal appeals court decision that blocked his travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations.
The Justice Department has stated “Rather than continuing this litigation, the president intends in the near future to rescind the order and replace it with a new, substantially revised executive order to eliminate what the panel erroneously thought were constitutional concerns”.
In our opinion, foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen should continue to exercise extreme caution before traveling to or departing from the United States in light of the President’s announcement and as a matter of practicality should delay all foreign travel until there is more clarity of the administration’s intentions.
Immigration Update – U.S | Nafta Agreement Between US And Canada
17 Feb 2017
Here is the latest information in our continuing efforts to keep you up to date with the Trump administration impact on immigration.
After the first meeting between President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, it appears that the labor mobility provisions of the NAFTA Agreement as they relate to Canada and US will not be restricted in any way. While there may be some minor ‘edits’ related to specific trade arrangements, the labor mobility provisions appear very secure.
Further Immigration Update Concerning President Trump’s Executive Order Barring Entry From Seven Countries
15 Feb 2017
To our valued Santa Fe Relocation customers,
Santa Fe has previously reported that a Federal Judge in Washington state had placed a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on President Trump’s Executive Order barring entry of foreign nationals from seven countries, for a period of 90 days, arguing that it was negatively impacting the economy of Washington.
The decision by the Washington Judge was appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. On Thursday, February, 9, 2017, three judges from the federal appeals panel, in a unanimous 29-page opinion, rejected the government’s argument that suspension of the order should be lifted immediately for national security reasons.
Immigration Update: Latest Update of U.S Travel Ban
07 Feb 2017
To our valued Santa Fe Relocation customers –
The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) officially announced on the afternoon of February, 5, 2017 that the Executive Order barring entry temporarily to seven predominantly Muslim countries due to alleged security concerns was no longer in affect. This comes after a Federal Judge in Seattle ruled against the ban and a federal appeals court denied the Justice Department’s request to immediately reinstate President Trump’s Executive Order barring entry to those affected by the ban. Instead, the appeals court asked the ban’s challengers to respond to the appeal, and for the Justice Department to file a counter-response by afternoon on Monday February, 6, 2017 with the removal of the ban remaining in effect until a decision has been made by the court.
New System Implementation for Telex Visa Request Procedures
7 Feb 2017
Effective February 2017, the Directorate General Immigration has implemented a new system and procedure for Telex Visa approval application (applicable for Limited Visas [in relation to a Work Permit] and Business Visas).
Under the new system, the employer is required to register their company in the new system before submitting a Telex Visa application. Upon approval, the Directorate General Immigration will send the password for the submitted user name for login into the new system for submission of the application.
Processing time for registering in the Immigration system is approximately 48 hours.