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Portugal’s Golden Visa

Portugal’s Golden Visa – New Rules in 2024

Portugal’s Golden Visa programme has been a very successful scheme but new rules have removed the option to invest in real estate which has been the most popular option.  The problem has been that the programme’s success is believed to have had a significant impact on property prices and so the option has been withdrawn. …

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Temporary And Permanent Residency Visas For Mexico In 2024

With its mild climate and friendly people, Mexico is a popular destination for individuals seeking temporary or permanent residency. But before you make the move, you’ll need a basic understanding of the country and its residency rules.  In this article, our friends at Pacific Prime Latin America will explore the requirements, benefits, and application processes…

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Fixing A ‘Broken’ Australian Migration System In 2024

In 2023, it became particularly evident that Australia’s migration system is indeed ‘broken’, based on an expert panel’s findings and the Nixon report confirming widespread abuse of the visa system. The reviews also found that employers and migrants grapple high costs, slow visa processing and uncertain pathways to Permanent Residence (PR), while the media and…

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Reduced Labour Market Testing For Australian Subclass 482 And 494 Visas

The process of testing the local labour market before sponsoring a worker on a Subclass 482 or 494 Visa has now become simpler following Government changes that came into effect on 11 December 2023. Here’s what employers and skilled visa applicants/holders should know. Written by Sheila Woods (MARN: 0533879) of Interstaff  18 January 2024 What has changed? | Labour…

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How Australian Skilled Visas Will Be Prioritised For Government Processing In 2024

Applications for employer-sponsored visas for regional Australia will be prioritised for processing in 2024 according to the Government’s new Ministerial Direction (No. 105). The Government will also continue to prioritise skilled visas for occupations in healthcare and education, as well as employer-sponsored skilled visas for applicants that are nominated by a business with Accredited Sponsorship…

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Migration Heading ‘Back To Normal’ In 2024 | Near Pre-Pandemic Levels Of Migration

Australian immigration was again a very topical issue in the media in 2023. In the 2022-23 financial year, we saw a record in Net Overseas Migration with 510,000 people arriving in Australia throughout the year. This was more than 25% above the 400,000 expected in the May Federal Budget 2022-23 and more than twice the October 2022-23…

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Extended Work Rights For Working Holiday Makers From 1 January 2024

The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs has today decided that from 1 January 2024, Working Holiday Makers (Subclass 417 and 462 Visa Holders) in some circumstances will have access to extended work rights for work with the same employer for more than six months. Written by Sheila Woods (MARN: 0533879) of Interstaff  21 December 2023 While the…

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8 Key Actions And A Roadmap To Deliver The Australian Government’s New Migration Strategy

The Australian Government has released its long-awaited Migration Strategy, revealing how the Skilled Migration visa system will be re-designed to support Australia’s skills needs in coming decades. Interstaff’s Managing Director, Sheila Woods was interviewed on ABC Radio Perth last week to discuss some of the major changes in the Migration Strategy. The discussion starts at the…

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Move or retire to the sun

Can Brits Still Afford To Move Or Retire To The Sun?

Now the UK has left the EU, work permits in Spain are more difficult to obtain and if you plan to retire to Spain you have to get a visa and demonstrate that you can financially support yourself.  These more onerous requirements have ended the dreams of those who had planned to move or retire…

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Why Migrating To Australia Without An Employer Sponsor Has Become More Competitive In 2023-2024

Australia’s state and territory nominated visa options to migrate without an employer sponsor have become more competitive due to the government significantly reducing its 2023-24 allocations for these visas. Nomination allocations refer to the number of new primary applicants each state or territory can nominate in a program year. It is likely that the reduced…

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