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  • Your employee is a keeper!

    Covid 19 closed Australian borders and also kept the vast global talent pool out of reach for Australian employers who benefitted from them in the pre-Covid era via a temporary visa. As an employer, you might have a few employees on a work visa, but as time goes by, you must find a pathway to keep them in Australia. How did Covid affect your employees? Before Covid 19, many sponsored migrants relied on the General Skilled Migrant (GSM) pathway to pursue and secure their permanent residency in Australia. This means that after approximately 1-3 years on a temporary visa, they would have applied for the GSM visa and granted their permanent residency. Unfortunately, Covid 19 reshuffled the Department of Home Affairs priorities and GSM has dropped to the bottom of the list. Your employee cannot rely on the GSM visa anymore and must find other options to get his permanent residency to remain in Australia. A stress-less employee is an effective employee Keep in mind that if your employee leaves, you would need to source, recruit and train new staff, which will be more challenging due to the lack of new talent coming to Australia. This will cause a significant expense for the business. You want your employee to focus on his work and not on his visa status. It has been proven that supporting your employee will increase his loyalty, engagement and will reduce retention in the business overall. How can you keep your employees in Australia? Fortunately, the Department kept a few pathways for these employees via a temporary or permanent employer nomination visa. The most suitable pathway must be tailored to your employee based on his occupation, qualifications, skills, experience and his current visa. Over the years, LifeinAus helped many companies keep their talent in house. Book your consultation with Moran Shultz, CEO of LifeinAus – Migration Service, and find out how to keep your dearest employees close to you. Contact us today

  • Distinguished Talent visa can change your life!

    How can a Distinguished Talent visa change your life? Everyone likes a story with a happy end. Especially if you are the person who helped make it happy. A few weeks ago, our client Mr B and his family members received their Australian Permanent Resident visa. While assessing Mr B's profile we discovered, he is skilled enough for a GSM visa but was also above the cutoff age of 45. At this point, we recommended Mr B to apply for a Distinguished Talent visa (858 visa) based on his occupation as a Security Specialist. It all went smooth, and we've also managed to shorten his waiting time (while holding a temporary visa) from three years to 1.5 months. Mr B was thrilled to learn he and his family can stay in Australian indefinitely having all the social and health benefits. What do you need to know about the Global Talent Independent (GTI) program? This unique program offers a priority visa pathway for highly skilled individuals and their families to live and work permanently in Australia. It's designed to gather the world's best and brightest skilled migrants to grow Australian businesses of the future. Who can apply for a Distinguished Talent visa? Candidates who are highly skilled and internationally recognised in one of the following target sectors: AgTech FinTech MedTech Cyber Security Quantum Information/Advanced Digital/Data Science and ICT Space and Advanced Manufacturing Energy and Mining Technology Additional eligibility criteria for Distinguished Talent visa Candidates should be able to earn the Fair Work High Income Threshold (currently $148,700) Or have recently graduated with a PhD or Masters qualification in the target sectors. Candidates must have a recommendation from an Australian individual or organisation with a national reputation in the same field to attest to their skills. If you think you are eligible for a Distinguished Talent visa, we are happy to support you with your application and start the process which would change your life. Contact us today

  • How to keep your talent amid Coronavirus visa changes

    The Australian Government is encouraging the 2.17 million temporary visa holders to go back to their home countries. This is aimed at skilled workers, international students, visitors and work and holidays visa holders who can't support themselves in the next six months. The main reason for the sudden change in policy is to allow the Government to focus on Australians and permanent residents. The Government already started shifting the focus to Australians in regards to employment and financial support. For example - International students have recently been allowed to work beyond the 40 hours per fortnight limit to help stocking shelves in major supermarkets. However, from May 1st they are back to 40 hours to allow Australians to be recruited into these roles. Similar to the above example, we foresee further Government policy changes to favour Australians over temporary visa holders. The only exception will be for key industries, such as health, aged and disability care, agriculture and food processing, where temporary visa holders benefit from more flexibility. What does it mean for employers? To fill the skills gap in the market, the Government frequently updates the occupation in demand lists for temporary visa holders. Learning from the above example, where the Department of Home Affairs back paddled on it's decision to extend students' working hours, we anticipate more and more professions to be removed from the occupation lists as unemployment surges to give priority to Australians and Permanent residents. Therefore, if you employ a temporary visa holder such as - International Student (500 visa), Temporary Post Graduate (485 visa), Work and Holiday (462 visa) or Working Holiday (417 visa) and would like to retain them, you should look into sponsoring them under the Temporary Skilled Shortage visa - 482 work visa. This allows you to extend their stay for 2 or 4 years depending on their profession and secure their stay in Australia. Keeping in mind the Government doesn't want to rock the boat for businesses who currently employ longer term temporary visa holders. In other words, if you employ a talented employee, don't wait for their short term visa to expire, proactively seek to transition them to a 482 work visa now. Why should you act quickly? If you transition your employees into a 482 work visa now, you have a chance to secure your employee for additional 2 or 4 years before the occupation lists changes. In a case where your employee's profession is removed from the list before the 482 visa was granted - he will not have a pathway to continue working for you legally. What if your employee is already on a 482 work visa? In this case, you should probably want to discuss a transition to a Permanent Resident visa with him. This will allow him to secure his stay in Australia without being dependent on frequent changes in policies. Another huge benefit for your employee is the access to Medicare and Centrelink which will save him a lot of money down the track. There are many avenues to transition from temporary work visa 482 into a Permanent Resident visa including General Skilled Migration, Employer Nomination Scheme (either Direct Entry stream or Transitional stream), Distinguish Talent and more. Each pathway has different requirements and success rate, this is where consultation with an experienced migration agent will go a long way. Keep in mine that entire process will take no less than a year so you better start sooner rather than later. "In other words, if you employ a talented employee, don't wait for their short term visa to expire, proactively seek to transition them to a 482 work visa now." Benefits to employers and temporary visa holders Those visa holders who have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain their visa validity and businesses will have the opportunity to extend their visa as per standard arrangements. Businesses will also be able to reduce the visa holder working hours without the person breaching their visa condition. This is a win for both parties enabling employers to cut their expenses without impacting the employee's visa validity. Financial support for employed temporary visa holders At the moment, the Australian Government also wants to see the employed temporary visa holders keeping their jobs, so it allows them to get access to financial aids and in some cases shows flexibility in their visa conditions. For example: Students who have been in Australia longer than 12 months and suffering from financial hardship will be able to access their Australian superannuation. Visa holders who have been stood down, but not laid off will also be able to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation this financial year. Temporary graduate visa holders (Subclass 485) will also be able to access their Australian superannuation if needed. You are lucky If you work in these critical sectors: Health, aged and disability care, agriculture and food processing, and childcare - some limited flexibility will be provided for these temporary visa holders. For example: Working holiday visa holders who are working in these critical sectors will be exempt from the six-month work limitation with the one employer and eligible for a further visa to keep working in these crucial sectors if their current visa is due to expire in the next six months. International students working in aged care as nurses have had these hours extended. More to come on this topic in the following announcements. LifeinAus - Migration Services are the experts in work visas, business sponsorship and transitioning temporary employees into permanent residency. Moran Shultz, Founder of LifeinAus helped many companies retain their valuable talent in Australia in times when legislation changes rapidly and time is of an essence. "Contact us for a quick chat about your valuable talent's visa"

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  • General Skilled Migration (GSM) Visas | LifeinAus

    General Skilled Migration (GSM) Visas What is a GSM Visa? ​ The GSM visa is relevant for experienced, skilled migrants who hold an occupation in demand in Australia and together with the members of their family unit would like to live, work or study in Australia permanently. ​ Three sub classes can be found under the GSM category: ​ Skilled Independent visa - subclass 189 Skilled Nominated visa - subclass 190 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa - subclass 491 ​ Before applying for any of the visas under the GSM category, you must apply via the SkillSelect Program and submit your Expression of Interest (EOI). ​ ​ What is EOI? ​ EOI is an online system which helps the Australian Government to monitor and select the best candidates in each occupation lists of the relevant visas based on the Australian market needs. ​ Your EOI application can be accessed by Australian employers and by the states and territory governments. If your EOI application matches their needs, you will be invited to apply for a visa. ​ Once invited to apply for a GSM visa, you must submit your visa within 60 days or your invitation will expire. ​ The EOI application is a point-based system, therefore each applicant must achieve at least 65 points to be able to apply for EOI. In most cases, due to the high demand for each occupation, a higher score is required to receive an invitation for a GSM visa. ​ It is important to notice that your EOI application stays active for up to two years. ​ ​ How to calculate points for the EOI? ​ Based on the point system - the higher the score you can achieve on the EOI, will increase your chances to receive an invitation to apply for a GSM visa. ​ There are two main sections for accumulating points for the EOI: ​ The mandatory section, which the candidate must satisfy the minimum requirements but will get additional points for exceeding them. ​ The second section, which the candidate can accumulate extra points based on their personal circumstance, qualifications and professional experience. ​ Here is the breakdown of the two sections: The following categories are required for the EOI application ​ Age – You must be younger than 45 when invited to apply for the GSM visas. Age exemption might be accepted in some instances. English level – You must hold at least a competent English level to apply for any GSM visas. Proficient or Superior English level will award extra points. Occupation – you must hold an occupation within the occupation list of the specific visa applying for under the GSM visas. Skills Assessment – you must hold a positive skills assessment approved by the relevant Australian assessing body for your nominated occupation. ​ The following categories can help add points to the EOI score ​ Work experience - you can collect points from either overseas work experience or Australian work experienced (or both). The more experienced you are, the more points you can gain against this criteria. Qualification - you can collect points from your overseas / Australian qualifications. Local Australian studies - applicants who studied in Australia beyond 92 weeks can gain points as well as for studies which took place in rural areas in Australia. Studying in regional area in Australia - you can collect 5 points if you studied in regional areas in Australia. Designated Language - relevant for NAATI translators and Interpreters professionals Having a partner or a single status - you have several options to gain points if you have a partner or if you are single. Applying for a 190 visa will provide you with extra 5 points. Applying for a 491 visa will provide you with extra 15 points. Make sure you speak with a migration specialist to maximise your points. ​ ​ What are the different GSM Visa Sub classes? ​ Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) – Permanent resident visa This visa allows skilled workers to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. This stream is for applicants who wish to freely choose their employer and place of living, once arriving in Australia. This visa is considered the most flexible visa for permanent residents. Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) stream – Permanent resident visa This visa allows skilled workers who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident . ​ Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491) stream – Temporary visa This visa Allows skilled people who are nominated by a state/ territory government to live and work in regional Australia. After three years you may be eligible to apply for your permanent visa. ​ ​ What is the estimated waiting time to get a GSM visa? ​ EOI - 1 to 24 months. (Higher points applicants are treated as a priority) Visa 189 – 12 months Visa 190 – 10 to 12 months LifeinAus specialises in GSM Visas, Permanent Residents and Skills Assessment. Contact us today to check your eligibility Get Started

  • Medical examination for Australian Visa | LifeinAus

    The medical examination required for your Australian visa Get Started Australia maintains strict health and safety policies to protect the Australian population. As part of the public interest criteria, you might be required to take a medical examination when applying for certain visa types to Australia. All applicants for permanent visa including the primary applicant, spouse and any members of the family unit applying for the visa must be assessed against the health requirement. Also, under certain circumstances, family members who are not applying for the visa (these are called non-migrating family members) will be assessed against the health requirement, for example, in carer visa. ​ ​ Are my family members required to take medical examinations? ​ According to certain visa types, all members of the family unit of the applicant are required to meet the health requirement, regardless of whether they are applying for or intending to join the applicant’s visa at the future. For these visas, the health requirement is a "one fails, all fail" rule which means that if any member of the applicant's family unit fails to meet the health requirement and no health waiver is available, no other family member will be granted a visa including the primary applicant. ​ ​ Which health examinations are required when applying for a Permanent Resident visa? ​ If the applicant is under 2 years of age - a medical examination is required. ​ If the applicant is between the ages of 2 to 11 - a medical examination is required. Also if the applicant is from a high-risk country for Tuberculosis (TB) or applying for a refugee or humanitarian type visa - TB Screening test will be required as well. ​ If the applicant is between the age of 11 to 15 – a medical examination and chest x-ray are required. ​ It the applicant is 15 old and up – a medical examination, chest x-ray and HIV test are required. ​ What does a medical examination contain? ​ Urine test Blood test Blood pressure check Eyesight – read letters from a chart Weight – to determine your BMI Height – to determine your BMI Heart check Reflexes check – on the legs Ears and throat Lumps underarms and belly ​ ​ Which health examinations are required when applying for a Temporary visa? ​ If you are applying for a temporary visa to Australia, the health examination you will be required to undergo will depend on some factors including: The type of visa you are applying for and the country you are applying from The length of your intended stay in Australia The level of tuberculosis risk in your country Your planned activities in Australia, for example, an applicant from the age of 15 years or older who intends to work as, or study to be, a doctor, dentist, nurse or ambulance paramedic will be required to take specific medical examinations Any exceptional circumstances which might be applicable Any significant medical conditions ​ ​ Which countries do not require immigration health examinations for a temporary visa? ​ The countries below, are considered lower risk for TB, do not generally need to complete immigration health examinations for a temporary visa unless particular significance applies: Albania; American Samoa; Andorra; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Aruba; Australia; Austria; Bahamas; Bahrain; Barbados; Belgium; Belize; Bermuda; Bonaire; Bouvet Island; Bulgaria; Canada; Cayman Islands; Chile; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cook Islands; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cuba; Curacao; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Dominica; Egypt; Estonia; Falkland Islands; Faroe Islands; Finland; France; French Polynesia; FYR Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia); Germany; Gibraltar; Greece; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Heard and McDonald Islands; Hungary; Iceland; Iran; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Jordan; Kosovo; Kuwait; Lebanon; Lichtenstein; Luxembourg; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Monaco; Montenegro; Montserrat; Netherlands; Netherlands Antilles; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Niue; Norfolk Island; Norway; Oman; Palestinian Authority; Pitcairn Island; Poland; Portugal; Puerto Rico; Reunion Island; Saint Eustatius & Saba; Saint Helena (Ascension and Tristan da Cunha); Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Martin (Dutch); Samoa; San Marino; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Seychelles; Slovakia; Slovenia; South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; Spain; Svalbard & Jan Mayen; Sweden; Switzerland; Tokelau; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; Turks and Caicos Islands; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom (British citizen); United States of America; Uruguay; Vatican City; Virgin Islands (British); Virgin Islands (US); Wallis and Futuna Islands. Any country which is not listed above, is considered a higher risk regarding TB and therefore a health examination will be required. ​ When applying for a temporary visa, if you are planning to stay in Australia for less than 6 months you are usually not required to take a medical examination unless a particular significance applies. ​ If you are planning to stay for longer than 6 months and you are not from the countries mentioned above, you will be required to take a medical examination and a chest x-ray only. ​ ​ What is considered an unusual or significance situation? ​ If you are from a higher TB-risk country and likely to enter a healthcare or hospital environment – you need to have a chest x-ray examination and a medical examination If you are pregnant and intend to deliver your baby in Australia - you need to have a Hepatitis B test If you plan to work as or study to become a Doctor, Dentist, Nurse or Paramedic – you need to have a chest x-ray, medical examinations, HIV and hepatitis B and C blood tests If you plan to have your training at a childcare centre in Australia - you need to have a chest x-ray examination and a medical examination If you are 75 years old and above, and plan to arrive in Australia on a visitor visa - you will be required to take a medical examination ​ ​ How to book an appointment for the medical examination? If you already applied for a visa while being in Australia, you will need to take the following steps: The Department of Home Affairs will determine which health examinations you require to undertake and will provide you with a HAP ID (health identifier) to undergo these health examinations. You will need to complete an eMedical online application and download your referral letter. You will need to book an appointment through Bupa online services and provide your HAP ID. You will need to attend the appointment (don’t forget to bring your referral letter and passport). A panel of physician and/or radiologist will grade and submit your results to the Department directly. ​ ​ If you are applying for a visa from outside Australia: ​ The Department of Home Affairs will determine which health examinations you require to undertake and will provide you with a HAP ID (health identifier) to undergo these health examinations. You are required to complete the eMedical Client process online, and download your referral letter. You must book your health examinations with a panel physician. A panel physician is a doctor and/or a radiologist who has been appointed by the Department of Home Affairs to perform your health examinations while being outside Australia. To locate the closest panel physician in your country/area, check the list of panel physicians . The panel physician can process your health examinations online using the eMedical system in more than 100 countries. ​ If you have any questions about the medical examination, you are welcome to contact us, ​ The LifeinAus Team ​ ​ ​

  • LifeinAus - Migration Services

    Get a Quote Get a Quote We'll be in touch soon! Australian Visa Granted Fast, Experienced, Reliable Reliable authorised Australian visa service We achieve the highest success rate for our customers 5 out of 5 on Google reviews BUSINESS VISA Business Sponsorship & Nomination SBS · Nomination · TSS 482 Visa For employers who wish to sponsor a foreign employee in nominated position. Granting a Temporary work visa for 2-4 years. ​ The process involves: Becoming an Approved sponsor Nominating a position TSS 482 visa for the employee 482 Work Visa to Permanent Resident ENS 186 Visa · TRT · Direct Entry · 858 Visa For employers who wish to transition their sponsored employee to Permanent Resident visa. ​ Different streams available based on the employee's Occupation, Tenure, Experience or Distinguished talent. Temporary Activity Visa 600 Visa · Business Visa · 400 Visa · 407 Visa · 408 Visa For business who wish to bring an overseas employee and for a short term. ​ Suitable for Training employees, Utilise highly specialised employees, Attend a conference or a roadshow, Research activity, Sport activity or for Entertainment purpose. VISA FOR INDIVIDUALS General Skilled Migration Visa​ GSM · EOI · PR · 189 Visa · 190 Visa · 491 Visa · 858 Visa For skilled experienced individual who wish to live and work in Australia independently . ​ Granting a Permanent Resident visa with full social security and medical entitlements. Skills Assessment ACS · Vetassess · EA · TRA · AACA · AITSL Skills Assessment is a preliminary stage for applying for Permanent Resident visas. We provide assistance with Skills Assessment to ACS, Vetassess, Engineers Australia, TRA, AACA, AITSL and others assessment bodies. Partner Visa, Family Member Visa 309 Visa · 300 Visa · 100 Visa · 820 Visa · 801 Visa For family members (partners, De Facto, Parents or Children) of Australian Permanent Resident , Citizen or eligible New Zealand Citizen. ​ Granting a Permanent Resident visa with full social security and Medical entitlements. Business Investor Visa 188 Visa · 888 Visa · Innovation · Entrepreneur · Investor For investors who wish to own and manage a business in Australia, conduct business or undertake entrepreneurial activity in Australia. ​ Leading to a Permanent Resident visa with full social security and medical entitlements. Get a Quote Trusted by To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. "Moran was great at keeping things moving when we took our eye off the ball. We have had a successful outcome and are extremely grateful to Moran who was thorough, efficient, helpful and very pleasant." Meg Garrido Finance - CrowdComms "Reliable, honest and professional. Moran from LifeinAus really helped with my visa application. Highly recommended." Guy Abelsohn Co-Founder - Polly 360 "Moran helped me to get my second visa, after the first was expired and my business partner received a refusal (yep..he tried to do it on his own to reduce costs😉) The all process was professional, simple and smooth." Udi Liberman Founder & VP Product - PayK Contact Details Call LifeinAus Email LifeinAus LifeinAus business address +61 404 690 227 info@LifeinAus.com ​ Bondi Junction, NSW 2022 +61 404 690 227 5 out of 5 on Google reviews 5 out of 5 on Facebook reviews Start now Submit We'll be in touch soon!

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