Santa needs a visa!


It’s that time of year again and Santa Claus is coming to town. According to his well-documented flight plan, he will start his Christmas journey at the International Date Line visiting the South Pacific islands, then New Zealand and then Australia.

This has sparked an ongoing conversation in our office – what visa will Santa be entering Australia on?

First we needed to gather the relevant information to be able to assess his options:

Passport Details: Santa’s country of birth is not clear – some say Netherlands, while others say Germany. His current residence of the North Pole does not technically sit within any country as it sits in International Waters. The closest land is a Canadian territory, followed by Greenland. However, Russia, Denmark and Canada have all staked claims at some point or another. It’s also debatable whether Santa Claus is in fact his legal name, given that he has multiple aliases such as St Nicholas and Father Christmas. We’d need to see the passport to be sure, but for the purposes of this assessment we are going with Santa Claus and The Netherlands.

Age: Santa is believed to have been born in the year 270AD, so he is estimated to be around 1,749 years old

Family Composition: Santa is married to Mrs Claus. Rumours that he has been caught kissing Mummy under the Christmas tree appear to have not affected his marriage. He is also believed to have grown up children and is thought to have adopted some elves along the way as well. The family will not be travelling with him for the purposes of this trip.

Health: Given his age Santa seems to be in pretty good condition. Apparently he does tend to overindulge on the cookies and milk that kids leave out for him, which may result in a future burden on the healthcare system at some stage. We’ll let this one slide as long as he has health insurance.

Character Issues: Where do we start here? The list of possible crimes is long: break and enter, trespass, exploitation of elf labour, flying without a pilot’s licence in restricted air space, and entering countries without a valid visa. We are going to need to see the Police Clearances…..for ALL of the aliases.

So what visa for Santa:

Working Holiday? No, although citizens of the Netherlands do qualify for Working Holiday visas, Santa is well above the upper age limit of 30 years old

Family based visas? No, no member of Santa’s family is an Australian citizen so this is not available to him

Temporary Skills Shortage Visa or an Employer Sponsored Visa? No, while Santa has extensive experience in his field, his occupation does not appear on the Short Term or Medium Term Skilled Occupation Lists. He would also struggled to find an Employer willing to take him on given that he really only works for one day a year.

Visitor Visa? Santa is not only going to be here for tourism purposes or business meetings, so we’d have to pick the right stream. The Business Visitor stream allows the applicant to make a short visit for business visitor reasons, but they can’t work or sell goods or services. Since he is officially working, the Visitor Visa may not be the most appropriate.

The Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) might be the best option for Santa since he will only need to be in Australia for less than a day, and the work he is carrying out is definitely considered highly specialised.

If Santa Claus wanted to stay in Australia on a permanent basis, he could also consider a Distinguished Talent Visa since he can be of any age for this visa, and he is internationally recognised as having superior abilities in his field.

Problem solved. Now about the reindeer entering Australia… that’s one for another time.

……………………

Written by Caryn Spry.

Caryn is our Migration Co-ordinator, and has a wealth of experience in Human Resources/Global Mobility. Caryn has worked at Oz Migration for 3 years, and previously worked at a well-known global telecommunications company for over 10 years. 



Immigration changes for 2019


The Australian immigration landscape has always been a defining feature of Australia's economic and social life. Whilst Australia's migration program continues to revolutionise with consultative public debate, Australia's immigration policy has seen a movement away from family migration which used to represent two-thirds of the program in the early 1990s. Since the transition, we have seen governments placing more emphasis on the Skilled migration program, and now with a more employer-centric focus.

2019 hasn't been too much different compared to last year, as it has been a challenging year with the overall size of the permanent migration program set by the government being reduced from 190,000 to 160,000 places. The decrease in allocations were the result of a re-balance of the Skilled migration category to prioritise the Employer Sponsored Regional and State Nominated categories. As the Australian migration program continues to shape, we have provided below a high-level review of the key changes which has taken place in 2019.

* 17 April 2019 – the long anticipated Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Subclass 870 visa commenced which enabled parents to temporarily remain in Australia for 3 or 5 year periods.

* 1 May 2019 – the definition of ‘Accredited Sponsors’ was revised to include companies which undertook major investments of at least $50 million into Australia, which has directly generated Australian employment.

* 30 June 2019 – the Department of Health initiated the new Health Workforce Certificate application process, which affected General Practitioners & Resident Medical Officers. Under this initiative, the number of doctors were reduced by 200 per year which is significant number, considering the specialised nature of the industry. The initiative was designed to redirect doctors into regional and remote areas of Australia where it’s needed the most. 

* 26 October 2019 – immigration announced a change to the regional migration planning levels with an increase from 23,000 places to 25,000. The definition of regional postcodes were also revised, and all applicants from outside of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane would be able to access regional points. 

* 26 October 2019 – introduction of bio-metrics takes place for certain regional visa categories. The process involves taking a digital photo of the applicant’s face and scanning all 10 fingertips, with the data being stored in the government’s database. 

* 4 November 2019 – the Global Talent Independent program which offers a streamlined, priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented individuals to work and live permanently in Australia was implemented. The aim of the program is to attract high calibre candidates at the top of their field. 

* 16 November 2019 - immigration introduced two new visas for regional Australia. The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Subclass 494 visa & the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa for skilled workers who wanted to live and work in regional Australia. These new visas will provide further incentives for migrants to bring their skills to regional Australia to and further grow the Australian economy. A new permanent visa pathway will also be available for holders of the new regional provisional visa in November 2022. 

* 13 December 2019 - the government released their report which confirms which occupations will be flagged for change in 2020. Whilst the proposed changes aren’t finalised until the public consultation process is completed which will likely be in March 2020, we are connecting with our clients to review who will be potentially affected. Some of the proposed changes are listed below for your perusal. 

Occupations which will potentially have a minimum salary threshold: Sales and Marketing Manager ($120K); ICT Project Manager ($120K); Information and Organisation Professionals ($90K).

Occupations which will potentially be added to the visa list: Corporate Treasurer; Aged or Disabled Carer; Nursing Support Worker, Personal Care Assistant. 

If you would like to see the full list of changes, please refer to the following web link:

https://docs.employment.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/smol_traffic_light_bulletin_december_2019_0.pdf

As you can see, it’s been another busy year with changes from immigration taking place every few weeks. In order to stay updated, please continue to subscribe to our e-Newsletters. If you or your business would like to discuss any of the above points, please feel free to contact our team at Oz Migration.

…………………………………..

Written by Robert Lu

Robert is the Immigration Manager at Oz Migration Solutions. He has been working in the industry for the last 12 years, passionate about immigration and a believer in “Big Australia”.

MARN: 0848586


It’s a wrap for 2019!


It’s been a fun, busy and productive year for Oz Migration Solutions. We have ended the year on a high, and have provided a snapshot of some of our key business achievements for 2019. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone - all our corporate clients and visa applicants who supported and assisted our business. We offer our best wishes and happiness to you and your families, as we all look forward to the holiday period and another successful year in 2020. 

Training & information sessions

As part of Oz Migration's revised business strategy in 2019, we commenced our consultation process, and provided face-to-face training and information sessions to our clients. The feedback from the training sessions, proved to be invaluable which involved reviewing our client’s internal mobility policies to ensure they were compliant, should immigration decide to conduct a random on-the-spot audit. If your business would be interested in this free session, please contact our team in the new year.

Company website

Our long-awaited website upgrade has been finalised, and we will be launching the site in early 2020. The website has been designed to be “user friendly" and "easy to read”, whilst reinstating our core corporate values and extensive list of migration services.

Newsletter

Oz Migration also launched their official e-Newsletter in 2019 which provided insights into developments with immigration and general discussions towards topics of interest. If you could like to subscribe to our newsletters, please do not hesitate to contact our team at info@ozmigration.net.au

Customer satisfaction surveys

Under our new business model, we also commenced tracking and monitoring feedback from all our clients. Our customer satisfaction surveys which was initiated in 2019, involved obtaining feedback from all visa applicants using our services. We are glad to advise that the program has been a huge success with 91% of respondents scoring our services a 10 out of 10. We are also reviewing the constructive feedback provided by our clients, to assess whether they can be implemented in the new year. 

Business growth

Business growth is always a key driver in any business, however at Oz Migration, we have primarily focused on values & customer service, as word of mouth has proven to be Oz Migration’s main source of referrals. We are pleased to announce that the financials for 2019 have been the highest on record, which is a testament to the team with their level of care and respect given to each application. We look forward to expanding our networks, and further improving our service offerings in 2020.

As Oz Migration continues to grow, we look forward to continue sharing our journey with you. And now to welcome the new year!

…………………………………..

Written by Robert Lu.

Robert is the Immigration Manager at Oz Migration Solutions. He has been working in the industry for the last 12 years, passionate about immigration and a believer in “Big Australia”.

MARN: 0848586


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Santa needs a visa!


It’s that time of year again and Santa Claus is coming to town. According to his well-documented flight plan, he will start his Christmas journey at the International Date Line visiting the South Pacific islands, then New Zealand and then Australia.

This has sparked an ongoing conversation in our office – what visa will Santa be entering Australia on?

First we needed to gather the relevant information to be able to assess his options:

Passport Details: Santa’s country of birth is not clear – some say Netherlands, while others say Germany. His current residence of the North Pole does not technically sit within any country as it sits in International Waters. The closest land is a Canadian territory, followed by Greenland. However, Russia, Denmark and Canada have all staked claims at some point or another. It’s also debatable whether Santa Claus is in fact his legal name, given that he has multiple aliases such as St Nicholas and Father Christmas. We’d need to see the passport to be sure, but for the purposes of this assessment we are going with Santa Claus and The Netherlands.

Age: Santa is believed to have been born in the year 270AD, so he is estimated to be around 1,749 years old

Family Composition: Santa is married to Mrs Claus. Rumours that he has been caught kissing Mummy under the Christmas tree appear to have not affected his marriage. He is also believed to have grown up children and is thought to have adopted some elves along the way as well. The family will not be travelling with him for the purposes of this trip.

Health: Given his age Santa seems to be in pretty good condition. Apparently he does tend to overindulge on the cookies and milk that kids leave out for him, which may result in a future burden on the healthcare system at some stage. We’ll let this one slide as long as he has health insurance.

Character Issues: Where do we start here? The list of possible crimes is long: break and enter, trespass, exploitation of elf labour, flying without a pilot’s licence in restricted air space, and entering countries without a valid visa. We are going to need to see the Police Clearances…..for ALL of the aliases.

So what visa for Santa:

Working Holiday? No, although citizens of the Netherlands do qualify for Working Holiday visas, Santa is well above the upper age limit of 30 years old

Family based visas? No, no member of Santa’s family is an Australian citizen so this is not available to him

Temporary Skills Shortage Visa or an Employer Sponsored Visa? No, while Santa has extensive experience in his field, his occupation does not appear on the Short Term or Medium Term Skilled Occupation Lists. He would also struggled to find an Employer willing to take him on given that he really only works for one day a year.

Visitor Visa? Santa is not only going to be here for tourism purposes or business meetings, so we’d have to pick the right stream. The Business Visitor stream allows the applicant to make a short visit for business visitor reasons, but they can’t work or sell goods or services. Since he is officially working, the Visitor Visa may not be the most appropriate.

The Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) might be the best option for Santa since he will only need to be in Australia for less than a day, and the work he is carrying out is definitely considered highly specialised.

If Santa Claus wanted to stay in Australia on a permanent basis, he could also consider a Distinguished Talent Visa since he can be of any age for this visa, and he is internationally recognised as having superior abilities in his field.

Problem solved. Now about the reindeer entering Australia… that’s one for another time.

……………………

Written by Caryn Spry.

Caryn is our Migration Co-ordinator, and has a wealth of experience in Human Resources/Global Mobility. Caryn has worked at Oz Migration for 3 years, and previously worked at a well-known global telecommunications company for over 10 years. 



Immigration changes for 2019


The Australian immigration landscape has always been a defining feature of Australia's economic and social life. Whilst Australia's migration program continues to revolutionise with consultative public debate, Australia's immigration policy has seen a movement away from family migration which used to represent two-thirds of the program in the early 1990s. Since the transition, we have seen governments placing more emphasis on the Skilled migration program, and now with a more employer-centric focus.

2019 hasn't been too much different compared to last year, as it has been a challenging year with the overall size of the permanent migration program set by the government being reduced from 190,000 to 160,000 places. The decrease in allocations were the result of a re-balance of the Skilled migration category to prioritise the Employer Sponsored Regional and State Nominated categories. As the Australian migration program continues to shape, we have provided below a high-level review of the key changes which has taken place in 2019.

* 17 April 2019 – the long anticipated Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Subclass 870 visa commenced which enabled parents to temporarily remain in Australia for 3 or 5 year periods.

* 1 May 2019 – the definition of ‘Accredited Sponsors’ was revised to include companies which undertook major investments of at least $50 million into Australia, which has directly generated Australian employment.

* 30 June 2019 – the Department of Health initiated the new Health Workforce Certificate application process, which affected General Practitioners & Resident Medical Officers. Under this initiative, the number of doctors were reduced by 200 per year which is significant number, considering the specialised nature of the industry. The initiative was designed to redirect doctors into regional and remote areas of Australia where it’s needed the most. 

* 26 October 2019 – immigration announced a change to the regional migration planning levels with an increase from 23,000 places to 25,000. The definition of regional postcodes were also revised, and all applicants from outside of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane would be able to access regional points. 

* 26 October 2019 – introduction of bio-metrics takes place for certain regional visa categories. The process involves taking a digital photo of the applicant’s face and scanning all 10 fingertips, with the data being stored in the government’s database. 

* 4 November 2019 – the Global Talent Independent program which offers a streamlined, priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented individuals to work and live permanently in Australia was implemented. The aim of the program is to attract high calibre candidates at the top of their field. 

* 16 November 2019 - immigration introduced two new visas for regional Australia. The Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Subclass 494 visa & the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa for skilled workers who wanted to live and work in regional Australia. These new visas will provide further incentives for migrants to bring their skills to regional Australia to and further grow the Australian economy. A new permanent visa pathway will also be available for holders of the new regional provisional visa in November 2022. 

* 13 December 2019 - the government released their report which confirms which occupations will be flagged for change in 2020. Whilst the proposed changes aren’t finalised until the public consultation process is completed which will likely be in March 2020, we are connecting with our clients to review who will be potentially affected. Some of the proposed changes are listed below for your perusal. 

Occupations which will potentially have a minimum salary threshold: Sales and Marketing Manager ($120K); ICT Project Manager ($120K); Information and Organisation Professionals ($90K).

Occupations which will potentially be added to the visa list: Corporate Treasurer; Aged or Disabled Carer; Nursing Support Worker, Personal Care Assistant. 

If you would like to see the full list of changes, please refer to the following web link:

https://docs.employment.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/smol_traffic_light_bulletin_december_2019_0.pdf

As you can see, it’s been another busy year with changes from immigration taking place every few weeks. In order to stay updated, please continue to subscribe to our e-Newsletters. If you or your business would like to discuss any of the above points, please feel free to contact our team at Oz Migration.

…………………………………..

Written by Robert Lu

Robert is the Immigration Manager at Oz Migration Solutions. He has been working in the industry for the last 12 years, passionate about immigration and a believer in “Big Australia”.

MARN: 0848586


It’s a wrap for 2019!


It’s been a fun, busy and productive year for Oz Migration Solutions. We have ended the year on a high, and have provided a snapshot of some of our key business achievements for 2019. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone - all our corporate clients and visa applicants who supported and assisted our business. We offer our best wishes and happiness to you and your families, as we all look forward to the holiday period and another successful year in 2020. 

Training & information sessions

As part of Oz Migration's revised business strategy in 2019, we commenced our consultation process, and provided face-to-face training and information sessions to our clients. The feedback from the training sessions, proved to be invaluable which involved reviewing our client’s internal mobility policies to ensure they were compliant, should immigration decide to conduct a random on-the-spot audit. If your business would be interested in this free session, please contact our team in the new year.

Company website

Our long-awaited website upgrade has been finalised, and we will be launching the site in early 2020. The website has been designed to be “user friendly" and "easy to read”, whilst reinstating our core corporate values and extensive list of migration services.

Newsletter

Oz Migration also launched their official e-Newsletter in 2019 which provided insights into developments with immigration and general discussions towards topics of interest. If you could like to subscribe to our newsletters, please do not hesitate to contact our team at info@ozmigration.net.au

Customer satisfaction surveys

Under our new business model, we also commenced tracking and monitoring feedback from all our clients. Our customer satisfaction surveys which was initiated in 2019, involved obtaining feedback from all visa applicants using our services. We are glad to advise that the program has been a huge success with 91% of respondents scoring our services a 10 out of 10. We are also reviewing the constructive feedback provided by our clients, to assess whether they can be implemented in the new year. 

Business growth

Business growth is always a key driver in any business, however at Oz Migration, we have primarily focused on values & customer service, as word of mouth has proven to be Oz Migration’s main source of referrals. We are pleased to announce that the financials for 2019 have been the highest on record, which is a testament to the team with their level of care and respect given to each application. We look forward to expanding our networks, and further improving our service offerings in 2020.

As Oz Migration continues to grow, we look forward to continue sharing our journey with you. And now to welcome the new year!

…………………………………..

Written by Robert Lu.

Robert is the Immigration Manager at Oz Migration Solutions. He has been working in the industry for the last 12 years, passionate about immigration and a believer in “Big Australia”.

MARN: 0848586