Immigration Law Update

by Nick Tebbey - Sneddon Hall & Gallop

In February 2010 the Government announced an overhaul of the skilled migration program. This included the revocation of the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) and the implementation of a new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) by the middle of 2010.

Unfortunately as part of this announcement, the Government directed that some 20,000 offshore applicants who had applied for skilled visas up to three years ago, and whose occupations were on the SOL at that time, would no longer be processed and their applications would cease. The impact this has had for clients of Snedden Hall & Gallop has demonstrated that the ad hoc decision making that has taken place in this area over the past decade has had some very negative consequences.

In other developments, visas for business owners have also become harder to obtain, with the government raising the minimum value of business assets in order for an applicant to have a “qualifying business”.

These changes, and others, are designed to tighten regulation of immigration to Australia. We are concerned that the Government may be at risk of making things too difficult, but time will tell.

To see how these changes affect you, contact a member of our experienced Migration Team on 02 6285 8056 (MARNS 9256528, 0533386, 0641016)

Nick Tebbey, Senior Associate
ntebbey@sneddenhall.com.au
(02) 6285 8000



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