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Direction No 81: order of consideration of skilled visas

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

CPD Requirements Regulations 2019

'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'

New parent visa sponsorship fee

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

New subclasses 491, 494 & 191 (Regional Visas)

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

Objectionable goods

The new Migration Amendment (Biosecurity Contraventions and Importation of Objectionable Goods) Regulations 2019 commences on 17 April 2019

SAF for new Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) visa

'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'

Subclass 870 (Sponsored Parent (Temporary)) visa

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

Proclamation: Family Violence & Other Measures Act

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 Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa: notification of events

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'

Temporary Sponsored Parent visa: minimum income

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

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