Milestone Migration

South Australia’s 2022-23 GSM program to prioritise nominations for skilled migrants

​South Australia’s 2022-23 GSM program has originally been given 8000 nomination places for the visa subclasses 190 and 491. The Department of Home Affairs has recently given 800 more places for the state to meet the targets for the ongoing program year. South Australia has also released an updated skilled occupation list. The list outlines the skills SA’s […]

Changes made to Northern Territory Offshore Migration Occupation List

The Northern Territory is now welcoming offshore skilled applicants. Changes have been made to its Offshore Migration Occupation List for 190/491 visas. The changes include providing evidence of Australian licensing/registration and communication skills that meet the licensing or registration requirements. This Offshore Migration Occupation List only applies to those applying for NT nomination outside Australia, under the Priority Occupation […]

Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold increased to $70,000 from July 1

​For the first time in a decade, Australia will finally increase the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) from AUD 53,900 to AUD 70,000 starting July 1, 2023. “The Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold was frozen for a decade by the former Liberal Government, including the six years where Peter Dutton was Minister. This is not fair […]

Department of Home Affairs cautions visa applicants about scammers

​The Australian Department of Home Affairs has warned about several scam calls appearing to come from one of its hotline numbers. Any calls from 02 6289 1555 are a scam. According to the reports received by ACCC’s Scamwatch, scammers are using new technology by making the call appear to come from an organisation’s legitimate phone number. […]

Medical requirements temporarily waived for eligible visa applicants

The Australian Government is streamlining requirements for its temporary visa applicants. Medical requirements are temporarily waived for eligible visa applicants onshore. Temporary visa applicants in Australia will still be required to undertake relevant medical examinations and/or chest x‐rays if they: Applicants must complete questions on their form truthfully. If the Department is made aware of false […]

Important reminder on eTravel PH

​ALL INBOUND PASSENGERS to the Phillippines, including infants and minors, are required to get online departure cards via the eTravel portal 72 hours and no later than 3 hours before boarding their flight. Philippines’ e-Travel platform, an online registration system that seeks to streamline health screening procedures and digitalize data collection processes was officially launched on […]

TRA fees for the Job Ready Program updated

​Application fees for skills assessments provided by Trades Recognition Australia for the Job Ready Program (JRP) have changed since 24 March 2023. New Fees for the Job Ready Program are as follows: However, JRP participants who applied for the Job Ready Employment before 24 December 2022 and submitted their Job Ready Workplace Assessment application on or before 30 September […]

TRA now requires in-person OSAP/TSS Technical interviews

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has returned to the need for Technical Assessments to be conducted in person at approved assessment centres. As a requirement, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) will only conduct Technical Assessments (Technical Interviews) for the Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) and Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Skills Assessment at an approved assessment centre. Therefore, applicants will […]

Work Rights for Student Visa Holders from 1 July 2023 now 48 hours per fortnight

​From 1 July 2023, work restrictions for student visa holders will be re-introduced and capped at the increased rate of 48 hours per fortnight (24 hours per week). ​Australia currently has over 550,000 international students. The new cap will help them support themselves financially, gain valuable work experience in Australia while they study, and contribute to […]

Philippine Airlines launches first non-stop flight from Manila to Perth

​To further strengthen Australia’s connection with the Philippines, a new route has been finally made available through Philippine Airlines’ non-stop flights between Perth and Manila since 27 March 2023. PAL will operate the service with an A321neo three times weekly, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This announcement made by Hon David Templeman, Minister for Culture […]