Monthly Archives: December 2019

International Student Visas

The West Australian reports that efforts to attract overseas students to Western Australia will benefit from the state government more than tripling its total investment in StudyPerth’s International Education Action Plan to $6.5 million.

For more information and how you can take advantage of this pathway to permanent residency, see how our referral program works on the Student Visas page.

Perth and Gold Coast No Longer Major Cities

Changes being introduced to the migration program on November 16 will see Perth and the Gold Coast no longer classified as major cities, allowing more skilled migrants to settle and work there.

The Australian government is expected to increase the total number of regional places to 25,000 following huge growth in the number of regional visas granted recently.

Getting Assistance

ASC Migration are specialist regional visa processing specialists, therefore if you need any assistance kindly contact us today via our website or give us a call on 93015905.

Legislative changes for Partner visas & Parent visas


Since 2016, there has been a significant piece of legislation before Australia’s parliament, which has a consequential impact on Parent and Partner applicants.  The Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016 has been passed by the Senate on 28 November 2018 which is the final step before the Bill will become law. We anticipate this to happen, probably within the next week.

Here’s how the Bill will affect people planning to lodge a Partner visa:

Currently, a partner visa application is lodged and paid for first, and then the associated sponsorship from the partner follows as a separate & second application.  When the new law commences, it will be mandatory for the Sponsor to be approved in advance of a partner visa application being lodged.  Sponsor approval involves character checks and police clearances from any country where the sponsor has lived for more than a year.  The sort of character matters which may require further departmental consideration prior to approval of a sponsor would be, amongst others: violent offences, paedophilia and other sexual offences.  Moreover, any such offences would have to be declared to the visa applicant as part of the new process.

Should a sponsorship be refused under the new law, it will not be possible for the visa applicant to lodge a Partner visa.

While the vast majority of our clients will not be affected by this, as their Australian partner does not have anything of these types of serious offences on their police record, we can envisage the new process becoming a potential timing issue for people who wish to lodge an onshore partner visa.  It will take additional time to obtain sponsor police clearances and go through the required sponsorship process, prior to being able to lodge a Partner visa.  Therefore, it could adversely affect someone whose visa is expiring and who wishes to lodge a Partner visa quickly to remain lawful.

The Department of Home Affairs does not yet have any idea of how long the clearance process will take for sponsors; as with all character checks, this is dependent on a range of variables.



The Bill also paves the way for the introduction of the long-awaited Temporary Parent Visa.  This will be a five year visa, which does not require the Balance of Family test to be met.  Parents of Australian permanent residents or citizens will be able to apply for this visa, which can be extended once, to allow a total maximum stay of 10 years.

Our understanding is that work will not be permitted on this visa, and the applicants will need to hold private health insurance.

We have many clients waiting anxiously for news of this Visa, and we are pleased to see this initiative coming closer to fruition.    As soon as full details are available, we will be compiling a fact sheet to send to interested people.

In an announcement, Minister Coleman announced that the visa would become available in the first half of 2019.

The unknown issue is the following though: will this have any impact on the current Parent Visas – the 103 (Non-Contributory), 173 and 143 (Contributory) and the 804 (Aged Parent Non-Contributory) and 884 and 864 (Aged Parent – Contributory) Visas?  We know that the Government has already once closed the Non-Contributory visas to new applicants – this happened a few years ago and was overturned by a disallowance motion in the Senate.  Will the Government move again to close off these visa classes, now that a reasonable alternative will exist for parents who wish to spend time with their Australian children?

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) and Skilled Employer Sponsored visas

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) and Skilled Employer Sponsored Visas will be introduced from in November 2019. These are points tested skilled assessment migration visas for regional areas of Australia (All of Adelaide is regional).



  • Successful applicants can apply for permanent residency after 3 years.
  • A new permanent visa will be introduced in November 2022. To meet the requirements of the permanent visa, applicants must have held one of the above visas for at least 3 years, have complied with the conditions on that visa and have met minimum taxable requirements.
  • New points thresholds for permanent visa are:
    • 15 points for nomination by a State or Territory government agency or sponsorship by a family member residing in regional Australia, to live and work in Regional Australia;
    • 10 points for a skilled spouse or de facto partner;
    • 10 points for certain Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics qualifications;
    • 5 points for a spouse or de facto partner with ‘Competent English’; and
    • 10 points for applicants without spouse or de facto partner.

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Are you waiting on an EOI invitation to apply for a Skilled Visa?

Are you waiting on an EOI invitation to apply for a Skilled Visa?

Lately, the vast majority of invitations went to IT occupations such as software and application programmers, ICT Business and Systems Analysts, and Computer Network Professionals.

Other positions in demand are;

  • Registered Nurses
  • Accountants
  • Civil Engineering Professionals
  • Architects (including Landscape Architects)
  • Electrical engineers
  • Telecommunications Engineering Professionals and
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

Regional Australia

All of Australia, except for Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast is now regarded as regional for migration purposes.

Consequently, Perth, Adelaide, regional NSW, and outer Melbourne should be on your radar. The date for applying for a Regional Sponsorship Visa is 16 November so contact one of our migration specialists as enhancing your points allocation is now more important than ever.

Getting Assistance

Speak to an Immigration Law Specialist at ASC Migration is you need assistance as we are happy to help. Contact us on (08) 9301 5905 or simply email us at

New Sponsored Parent (Temp) Visa changes

While there are new three and five-year sponsored Parent Visas available for applicants, a limit of 15,000 of these visas will be available at any time.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have funds available for the duration of their stay and health insurance will be a requirement. There are no work conditions attached to the visa and most importantly, there will be no balance of family test.


The application cost for the visa ranges from $5,000 for the 3-year visa and $10,000 for the 5-year visa with an additional $420 for the sponsorship application.

The regulations for the award of this visa are quite specific but we can provide you with a document list so you know what evidence you need to provide, or we can submit the application on your behalf to our highest standards.


As 100% of our clients reviewed would recommend our services to friends and family, we are confident we can provide you with the service and professionalism to make the process easy.


To see how we can assist you in ensuring your application has the best chance of success, contact us for information regarding our range of services.

Skilled Regional Migration

Australia intends to improve its intake of skilled migrants and its focus will be squarely on regional Australia and not the metropolitan centres.

It will encourage migrants to settle in regional cities and towns with major infrastructure development in order to consider the skills certification, training and employment processes of potential migrants.

There are also a range of state-based agencies and independent analysts, including universities and associated institutions, doing detailed analysis of population dynamics, workforce skills, and future demands.

Getting Assistance

ASC Migration are specialist visa processing specialists, therefore if you need any assistance kindly contact us today.


Morrison Government looks to move away from skilled, foreign labour as reported in the Daily Telegraph.

Taxpayers will help bankroll much-needed apprentices in jobs heavily filled by overseas workers as the Morrison Government moves to build a local workforce for its $100 billion infrastructure investment. Jobs Minister Michaelia Cash has revealed the first review of the National Skills Needs List in seven years, signaling an overhaul to subsidised apprenticeships and transitioning away from skilled, foreign labour.

Getting Assistance

ASC Migration are visa processing specialists, therefore if you need any assistance kindly contact us today.

Working in Regional Australia

The Australian Government is committed to supporting migrants to settle in regional areas, and works closely with state, territory and local governments, and local communities, to attract migrants to regional areas.

Skilled migrants settling in regional Australia have a diverse range of available occupations to match their experience, skills and qualifications. There are currently 673 eligible occupations available to migrants willing to work in regional Australia.

These occupations are consistent with skills needs in regional areas, including agricultural occupations, trade occupations and professional occupations.

Available types of visas

  • working holiday visas
  • temporary and seasonal work visas
  • permanent skilled visas
  • humanitarian visasGetting Assistance

    ASC Migration are visa processing specialists, therefore if you need any assistance kindly contact us today.

New Character Test – Visa Refusal and/or Cancellation

The Australian Government has reintroduced a bill to change the Migration Act which could see a fivefold increase in the number of people facing deportation or visa refusal.

The fivefold increase has been calculated using figures from the Judicial Commission of NSW on the assumption that visa holders have a similar criminal profile to that of the general population.

A previous attempt to change the character test was shelved by the Australian Government in the previous parliament after the legislation was not brought to a vote in the House of Representatives.

Immigration Minister David Coleman has said the tougher character test was an “important” measure that would send “a clear and unequivocal message” that an Australian visa was a privilege granted only to those of good character.

Contact one of our ‘Immigration Law Specialists’ at ASC Migration who have been representing clients since 2003

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