New Direction No 81 (Order of Consideration – Certain Skilled Migration Visas): replaces Direction No 74; sets the order of processing of applications for visa subclasses 189, 190, 489, 186 and 187; sets the order of processing of nomination applications for visa subclasses 186 and 187
'The Migration Agents Amendment (CPD Requirements) Regulations 2019 (the Regulations) amend the Migration Agents Regulations 1998 (the Migration Agents Regulations) to exempt lawyers who hold practising certificates from continuing professional development (CPD) requirements for migration agents when applying for repeat registration as a migration agent'
According to the new Migration (LIN 19/147: Arrangements for Sponsorship for Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa) Instrument 2019, the sponsorship application fee for the new parent visa (subclass 870) will be $420
The new Migration Amendment (New Skilled Regional Visas) Regulations 2019: add visa subclasses 491 (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)), 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) and 191 (Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional)); and repeal subclasses 489 and 187
The new Migration Amendment (Biosecurity Contraventions and Importation of Objectionable Goods) Regulations 2019 commences on 17 April 2019
'Nominations would incur a charge of AUD 5000 or, for businesses with an annual turnover of less than AUD 10 million, a charge of AUD 3000'
The rules for the new Subclass 870 (Sponsored Parent (Temporary)) visa are contained in the new Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa and Other Measures) Regulations 2019, to commence on 17 April 2019
According to the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Commencement Proclamation 2019, the new Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2018 will commence on 17 April 2019
New LIN 19/149: 'For the purposes of paragraph 2.87CD(1)(b) [of the Migration Regulations 1994], the specified manner in which an approved family sponsor is to give details to Immigration of events mentioned in subregulation 2.87CD(2), is through the sponsor’s online ImmiAccount'
It is expected that applications for the new Temporary Sponsored Parent visa subclass will be available on 17 April 2019; sponsors will need to have a taxable income of at least $83,454.80