New Website Coming Soon!

We are currently working on releasing our new website by early 2019. Our new website will offer both Australian and UK visa information. We thank you for your patience during this process.

 

Festive Season Office Closure

During the festive season, Thames Migration offices in both Australia and the United Kingdom will close from Friday 21st December 2018 and reopen on Monday 7th January 2019.

From the entire Thames Migration team, we wish you all a merry festive season and a Happy New Year!

New Western Australian graduate stream for State nomination now available

A new graduate stream is now available for Western Australian State nomination.
The new stream is available to eligible university graduates who have studied for at least two years in Western Australia at a Western Australian university, and have an available occupation on the new Graduate occupation list for the intended visa subclass.
Visit the State nomination requirements page for more information and the full list of requirements you must meet in order to be eligible for this stream.
To learn more, please contact one of our offices in both Australia or the UK via info@thamesmigration.com

Skilling Australia Fund (SAF) levy to commence 12th August 2018

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has confirmed the skilling levy fund will commence on 12 August 2018.

All Subclass 407, 482, 186 and 187 applications lodged after this date will be subject to the ‘training contribution charge’.

The amounts are:

Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage and Subclass 407 Training visas

Visa period < $10 million turnover > $10 million turnover
One year $1200 $1800
Two years $2400 $3600
Three years $3600 $5400
Four years $4800 $7200

Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme and Subclass 187 – Regional Sponsorship Migration Scheme

  • $3,000 for business with a turnover of < $10 million
  • $5,000 for business with a turnover of > $10 million.

With the introduction of the skilling levy fund, existing 457 and 407 sponsors are no longer required to keep a record of satisfying the previous training requirement or obliged to provide training to Australian employees from 12 August 2018 onwards.

As always, we will have further updates for you as they appear.

Global Talent Visa Pilot 1 July 2018

Global Talent Scheme
From 1 July 2018 all businesses will be able to sponsor highly skilled and specialised workers who will help to grow their businesses and create more jobs.
The scheme includes two streams – one for established businesses and one for start-ups.The pilot will run for 12 months and provide businesses with a streamlined process to sponsor overseas workers with cutting edge skills, where there are no suitable Australians available to fill the vacancies.
All businesses sponsoring workers to Australia under the scheme will need to demonstrate that they have been unable to source suitable individuals in the Australian labour market.
Workers sponsored under the scheme will have access to a Temporary Skills Shortage visa and permanent residence after three years.
You can find more information on the following links:

London Migration Consultations

Our Australian Registered Migration Agent, Hannibal Khoury, will be in London, UK. He will be covering the current trends in Australia, what is takes to get a visa, and the work/life opportunities that are available for all seeking a stable and positive labour market. This is a great opportunity to learn what the process entails whilst gaining an insight on the lifestyle, jobs and opportunities in Australia. Don’t miss out on the chance to speak about your aspirations to live in Australia. Hannibal has been a registered migration agent for over 15 years. He is able to can offer you an insight on your migration options, pathways and how you can position your application to obtain a favourable outcome.

The 1 hour consultation will enable you to ask all the hard immigration questions, discuss the process, as it applies to you, in depth.

Date:    Thursday, 31st May 2018 and Friday, 1st June 2018

Venue: 336-337 The Strand Londres WC2R 1HA, London

Time:   9.00am – 4 pm (by appointment only)

Cost:   FREE

We will be offering individual one-to-one consultations in London for would be migrants.  Please contact us with your details to book an individual consultation.

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Skilled Visa E-news March 2018 edition

Skilled Visas E-news focuses on the changes to the skilled visa programs which came into effect on 18 March 2018. This includes the implementation of:

These changes are consistent with the Australian Government’s announcement of 18 April 2017 and were publically announced yesterday by the Minister of Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, see Government delivers next wave of reform on 457 visas.

For more information contact us.

Hobart Migration Consultations

Our Australian Registered Migration Agent, Hannibal Khoury, will be in Hobart, Tasmania. He will be covering the current trends in Australia, what is takes to get a visa, and the work/life opportunites that are available for all seeking a stable and positive labour market. This is a great opportunity to learn what the process entails whilst gaining an insight on the lifestyle, jobs and opportunities in Australia. Don’t miss out on the chance to speak about your aspirations to live in Australia. Hannibal has been a registered migration agent for over 15 years. He is able to can offer you an insight on your migration options, pathways and how you can position your application to obtain a favourable outcome.

The 1 hour consultation will enable you to ask all the hard immigration questions, discuss the process, as it applies to you, in depth.

Date:    Monday, 29th January 2018

Venue:  Salamanca Terraces,Cnr Runnymede St & Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania 7000

Time:   9.00am – 3.30 pm (by appointment only)

Cost:   FREE

We will be offering individual one-to-one consultations in Tasmania for would be migrants.  Please contact us with your details to book an individual consultation.

Changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations

This page summarises changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations for Australia’s skilled visa programs came in effect on 17 January 2018. This includes occupations that will be:

  • added to the lists of eligible skilled occupations;
  • moved between the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for particular visa programs; or
  • removed from the lists of eligible skilled occupations.

The Lists of eligible skilled occupations will be updated on 17 January 2018 to reflect these changes.

There are changes (including additions) to certain occupational caveats (indicated via ‘*** asterisks’) which exclude the use of the occupation in certain circumstances.  A summary of Caveats on occupations is available.

These changes will only impact applications lodged on or after 17 January 2018. Applications lodged before this date will not be impacted.

Occupations added to the lists

The three occupations below, which were previously unavailable on either list, will be added to the STSOL. Details of any caveats applicable to these three occupations are also provided below.

Note: To align the Training (subclass 407) visa with other visa programs, a number of occupations which were previously not eligible for this visa will be available when the instrument comes into effect.

Occupation ANZSCO code Caveat from 17/1/2018
Property Manager*** 612112 Excludes any of the following positions:

  • that have a nominated base salary of less than AUD$65,000
  • with businesses that have fewer than five employees
  • with businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
  • which are not located in regional Australia – see Eligible Postcodes in Regional Australia.
Psychotherapist 272314 Nil
Real Estate Representative*** 612115 Excludes any of the following positions:

  • that have a nominated base salary of less than AUD$65,000
  • with businesses that have fewer than five employees
  • with businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
  • which are not located in regional Australia – see Eligible Postcodes in Regional Australia.

Occupations moved between the lists

The two occupations below will be moved from the STSOL to the MTLSSL. Details of any caveats applicable to these occupations are also provided below.

Occupation ANZSCO code Caveat from 17/1/2018
Horse Breeder*** 121316 Excludes positions that:

Note: this caveat has not changed.

Management Consultant*** 224711 Excludes positions in businesses that:

  • have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
  • in businesses that have fewer than five employees; or
  • have a nominated base salary of less than AUD$90,000.

Note: Amended caveat – base salary requirement raised to $90,000.

No occupations will be moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL.

Occupations removed from the lists

The two occupations listed below will be completely removed from the lists of eligible skilled occupations for all skilled visa programs on 17 January 2018.

Occupation ANZSCO code
Building Associate 312112
Hair or Beauty Salon Manager 142114

Occupations with caveat-only changes

The six occupations listed below will remain on their existing lists. A new and/or amended caveat will, however, be in effect as of 17 January 2018 as outlined below.

Occupation ANZSCO code Caveat from 17/1/2018 Explanation of change
Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec*** 141999 Excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia – see Eligible Postcodes in Regional Australia. New caveat
Management Accountant*** 221112 Excludes any of the following positions:

  • clerical, book keeper and accounting clerk positions
  • positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
  • positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees.
New caveat
Massage Therapist*** 411611 Excludes any of the following positions:

  • are non full-time
  • are not based in a therapeutic setting
  • involve the provision of  non-medical relaxation massage; or
  • are in a retail setting.
Caveat amended – clarification of wording only
Recruitment Consultant*** 223112 Excludes any of the following positions:

  • that have a nominated base salary of less than AUD$90,000
  • with businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
  • with businesses that have fewer than five employees.
Amended caveat – base salary requirement raised to $90,000
​Supply and Distribution Manager*** ​133611 Excludes any of the following positions:

  • based in a front-line retail setting;
  • that predominately involve direct client transactional interaction on a regular basis;
  • with businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M unless they involve an intra-corporate transfer to which an international trade obligation applies;
  • that have a nominated base salary of less than AUD$65,000 unless they involve an intra-corporate transfer to which an international trade obligation applies.
​Amended caveat – annual turn over requirement does not apply where international trade obligations apply
Taxation Accountant*** 221113 Excludes any of the following positions:

  • clerical, book keeper and accounting clerk positions
  • positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
  • positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees.
Amended caveat – size of business requirements added

 

Feastive Season Office Closure

During the festive season, Thames Migration offices in both Australia and the United Kingdom will close from Friday 22 December 2017 and reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

From the entire Thames Migration team, we wish you all a merry feastive season and a Happy New Year!