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Employer demand for the temporary skilled migration visa (subclass 457) has eased in the past six months, according to statistics released today.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) latest monthly report for 457 visas confirms downwards movement in temporary skilled migrants, a trend which has been developing since June last year.

Read more: 457 Visa Program responds well to economic needs

Every year, government considers a range of factors in setting migration levels for the next year.  The Australian public’s views on the optimal size and composition of the permanent migration programme are very important in this process. 

To help set 2015-16’s programme, a discussion paper provides a broad starting point for thinking about the best settings for migration levels next year.  It canvasses the economic and social factors which will be taken into account in setting the programme. 

A short survey is included in the discussion paper, seeking your input.  All responses will be confidential. 

If you are interested in Australia’s 2015-16 permanent migration programme, please read the discussion paper and complete the survey by 5 December 2014 to have your say. 

For more information on the migration programme, see Fact Sheet 20.

SOURCE: immi.gov.au

New visa pricing arrangements to begin soon will encourage Department of Immigration and Citizenship clients to use online services where available.

Visa pricing measures already in place include a visa evidence charge, first announced by the Australian Government in November 2011.

Read more: Australian visa pricing changes to drive use of online services

Automatic and mandatory student visa cancellations  were abolished on 13 April 2013 and replaced by a discretionary framework for dealing with visa condition breaches. This means that if an international student breaches their visa conditions, we will consider the individual circumstances of the breach.

All student visa holders must abide by the conditions that apply to their visa or risk having their visa cancelled. Until 13 April 2013, student visa holders who fail to abide by their visa conditions were subject to automatic and mandatory visa cancellation processes.

Read more: Cessation of Automatic and Mandatory Student Visa Cancellations

Effective 1 July 2013, the processing of Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa will transfer from General Skilled Migration to Temporary Visas in Brisbane and Adelaide. There will be minimal impact to clients who have already lodged an application or who will lodge an application in the future.

Read more: Changes to Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa - effective 1 July 2013

There are changes to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL), effective from 1 July 2013. These will be reflected in the Legend Stack of 16 August 2013. These changes will also be available at the Comlaw website in due course.

Read more: Changes to the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List

Recent changes

The following table highlights recent processing location changes in 2012-2013 that have impacted visa and citizenship processing.

Read more: Changes to Visa and Citizenship Processing Locations

Customs and Immigration officers work together 24 hours a day, seven days a week, protecting and managing Australia's border. 

Officers work alongside each other at airports and seaports across Australia in intelligence and the remote Torres Strait region, making checks and facilitating the movement of genuine travellers to Australia. 

Read more: Customs and Immigration working together

Eight illegal workers were detained in a pre-dawn immigration compliance operation at a house in the northern suburbs of Perth today.

The eight men are all Malay nationals suspected of working illegally in the agriculture or market garden industries nearby.

Read more: Eight illegal workers detained in early morning compliance operation on Perth house

Collaboration between Australia and Canada has resulted in more than 100 countries now having access to eMedical, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) new electronic health processing system that enables more efficient and cost-effective visa processing.

Read more: eMedical improves Australian/Canadian visa processing in 100 countries

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