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No occupations to be removed from current SOL - Chefs, Bricklayers, Wall and Floor Tilers to be added

Andrew Robb (Minister for Trade and Investment), and Michaelia Cash (Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection) have released a joint media statement stating that the occupations that are currently on the SOL (Skilled Occupation List) for migration to Australia will remain on the list for the 2014/15 year. Also to be added to the list are the occupations "Chef" (not to be confused with "cook"), "Bricklayer" and "Wall and Floor Tiler"

Flagged Occupations for 2014 SOL listing

The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency has published a list of occupations on the current Skilled Occupation List (SOL) that are being monitored to see if they merit inclusion on the 2014/15 SOL listing.
Further information can be found on The AWPA website (Click here for further information)

PRESS: Insights from soon-to-be Citizens - ABC News

The ABC has published some insights from people looking forward to being able to call themselves Australian Citizens after today - their journeys, the deciding factors, and their thoughts.

The ABC website (Click here for further information)

PRESS: Rural labour provides opportunity for further stay for Working Holiday visa holders

The ABC has released an article reminding Working Holiday Visa holders of the opportunity for further stay, providing they complete 88 days of paid work in rural Australia during the period of their first Working Holiday Visa. The article can be found on The ABC website (Click here for further information)

PRESS: DIBP closes non contributory parent visa, and certain other family visa applications

DIBP has announced that they are no longer accepting visa applications for non-contributory parent visas, remaining relative visas, or carer visas, as of today, 2 June 2014.
As yet, there have been no new categories announced to replace these visas
More information can be found at The DIBP website (Click here for further information)

PRESS: 2014-2015 Migration Programme

The DIBP has announced that there will be 190,000 places in Australia's 2014-15 Migration Programme. The breakdown includes 128,550 places for skilled migrants (all skilled categories) and 60,885 for family members. An additional 565 places will be available for special eligibility migrants.
More information on this is available on the The DIBP website (Click here for further information)

PRESS: 51 more countries are able to lodge subclass 600 visitor visa applications online

An additional 51 countries have been added to the eligibility list for online lodgements of subclass 600 visitor visas, bringing the number of eligible countries to 124. This means significantly faster processing times for these countries. Further information can be found at on The DIBP Migration blog (Click here for further information) If you would like assistance in lodging a visitor visa, please feel free to contact us at Harris Wake

PRESS: MRT, RRT 2014 Open Days

The MRT-RRT are holding open day events throughout May and June 2014. These open days will be held in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and will include the opportunity to meet members and staff, and observe a staged hearing. Further information on dates and locations for these events have just been published on the MRT-RRT Website (click here for further information, including registration)

PRESS: DIBP Seminars on Skilled Migration and Employer Sponsored visa options

The DIBP has been hosting information sessions on Skilled Migration and Employer Sponsored visa options throughout Australia over the last few months. Next on the list for the seminars is Bunbury in Western Australia. Information sessions are scheduled for Thursday 8 May 2014, starting from 7:30 am.
Further information , including registration details, can be found on the DIBP Website (click here)

PRESS: Owen Harris explains "How to employ tradespeople from overseas".

Owen Harris has recently had an article published in the Australasian Paint and Panel magazine on "How to employ tradespeople from overseas".

The article can be viewed on the Australasian Paint and Panel website. Attached is also a copy of the article as printed in the Australasian Paint and Panel magazine.

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