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Portugal’s ‘D’ Visas.

A Quick Guide To Portugal’s ‘D’ Visas

Portugal has become an increasingly popular destination for expats over the past few years, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a beautiful country with property tending to be available at a price cheaper than the average of the UK or US equivalents. The cost of living is also cheaper than the majority of…

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Migration to Australia

What The Federal Budget Means For Migration To Australia

The government’s first Federal Budget since it was elected in 2022 has revealed the size and composition of the migration program will continue to focus on skilled migration in 2023-2024.  Here’s a summary of the main Budget announcements under the Department of Home Affairs portfolio and what they mean for migrants and employers of visa holders. Written by Sheila Woods (MARN: 0533879) of Interstaff …

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skilled migration program

TSMIT Increase – Minimum Salary For Visa Holders And PR Pathways | Employer-Sponsored Visa Changes

Following Home Affairs Minister, Clare O’Neil’s announcements on changes to the skilled migration program a few weeks ago, here’s how some of the changes will be implemented. Written by Sheila Woods (MARN: 0533879) of Interstaff  21 March, 2023 Read on to understand what this means for employers and skilled visa holders/applicants. Consider Minimum Salary (TSMIT) Impacts for Employees Businesses will need to assess if…

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graduate visa holders and working holiday makers

Changes To Work Rights For Student And Graduate Visa Holders And Working Holiday Makers From 1 July 2023

To help the economy address skills shortages, the Australian Government will make changes to several visa restrictions from 1 July 2023 for Student and Graduate Visa Holders, as well as Working Holiday Makers working in Australia. Written by Sheila Woods (MARN: 0533879) of Interstaff  21 March, 2023 The changes will also impact businesses that employ these visa holders…

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New Permanent Residence Pathway For 482 TSS Visa Holders With A Regional Occupation

Employer-sponsored Subclass 482 TSS Visa holders with an occupation on the Regional Occupation List may have a more direct pathway to Permanent Residence (PR) following Government changes that are currently in effect.  Here’s what employers and skilled migrants should know. Written by Sheila Woods (MARN: 0533879) of Interstaff  21 March, 2023 What has changed for Subclass 482 TSS Visa Holders? Subclass 482…

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Migration Settings

How Australia’s Migration Settings Should Change | The Productivity Commission’s Recommendations

How should the government change skilled migration settings?  According to The Productivity Commission, immigration can play a significant role in maximising Australia’s productivity indicators, such as higher wages and economic growth. It can do so by attracting in-demand skills and knowledge, allocating labour to where it is most needed and by sharing best practice from…

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skilled visa

Major Skilled Visa Changes Announced

After much anticipation, Home Affairs Minister, Clare O’Neil has today announced several major skilled visa changes based on a comprehensive Review of the Migration System. Most of the changes will make it easier for highly paid skilled professionals to enter and start working in Australia. Written by Sheila Woods (MARN: 0533879) of Interstaff  2 May, 2023 The announcements included: Here’s a summary…

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Portugal’s Passive Income Visa

Use Portugal’s D7 Passive Income Visa To Retire To The Sun

For those wanting to retire to the sun Portugal offers a great quality of life, a low cost of living as well as the attractive Non-Habitual Residence Scheme to reduce the taxes due on your overseas pension or other income. Portugal’s Passive Income Visa gives non-EU citizens an option to gain residence in Portugal. Non-EU/EEA/Swiss…

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Skilled Visa Applications

How The Government Prioritises Skilled Visa Applications In 2023

International arrivals to Australia are getting back to pre-pandemic levels. In February 2023, there were 1.38 million arrivals compared to only 270,000 at the same time last year. Organisations can again rely on the migration program to recruit suitably skilled talent for positions that are hard to fill locally, as 482 TSS visa processing times are being…

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gaining citizenship in an EU country

How Can You Get Citizenship Of A Different Country?

  Are you interested in moving to a warm, sunny European country? Did you know that there are several benefits of gaining citizenship in an EU country, including the right to live, study and work in any EU country?         If you are looking for a way to make this dream a…

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