Australian visa and migration news

Migration law is one of the more complex and changeable areas in the Australian legal system. PK Harrison Australian Visa Services provide regular news updates to assist you to stay informed of current visa and migration trends.

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Student visa immigration risk ratings updated

31 March 2017

Under the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) all education providers offering CRICOS register… Read More


New mandatory skills assessment exemptions under 457 visa program

27 March 2017

Department policy was updated on 27 March 2017 in relation to mandatory skills assessments under the 457 visa pro… Read More


Retail Managers no longer allowed a 457 visa

27 March 2017

On 27 March 2017 Department of immigration policy was updated to deem inappropriate the use of the standard 457 p… Read More


Vietnam added to Work and Holiday Subclass 462 eligible countries

1 March 2017

Vietnam has been added to the list of countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for a Read More


Health Insurance offer

31 December 2016

PK Harrison Australian Visa Services have recently formed a partnership with Australian Unity, a leading Australian health insurance provider.

Australian Unity is one of the most reasonab… Read More


Online lodgement for Chinese visitors

12 December 2016

The Department has announced that from 12 December 2016, visa applicants in China are able to lodge visitor visa applications in Chinese through a new online service provided by Australian Visa App… Read More


Frequent traveller visitor visa for Chinese applicants

12 December 2016

On 12 December 2016, the Department commenced its trial of the new 10-year ‘Frequent Traveller’ Read More


Companies penalised for underpayment of foreign workers

9 December 2016

Several companies have recently been penalised for underpaying overseas workers. Fair Work Australia is actively monitoring employers to assess their compliance with workplace legislation and spons… Read More


Backpacker tax finalised

1 December 2016

From 1 January 2017 a new 15% tax rate applies for working holiday makers who are … Read More


New 407 and 408 sponsorship required for existing temporary activity sponsors

19 November 2016

From 19 November 2016, all 407 visa applications needed to be lodged online.

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Cost increase for Australian travel documents

7 October 2016

Passport fees are payable when you lodge your application.

The following fee increases will come into effect from 1 January 2017 for most Australian travel documents (All fees are shown i… Read More


457 visa cancellation changes

7 October 2016

Previously, condition 8107 (which is attached to all 457 primary visa holders) limits the Read More


Work and Holiday visa amendments

7 October 2016

Subclass 462 (Work and Holiday) visa holders are permitted to apply for a second Read More


Backpacker tax scrapped

27 September 2016

Treasurer Scott Morrison will reduce the $500 million “backpacker tax” his predecessor Joe Hockey announced in the 2015 Budget.

The Hockey plan had backpackers paying 32.5% on… Read More


Further 417 working holiday visa changes

27 September 2016

From 1 January 2017, the government has proposed further changes to the working holidayRead More


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