LaunchVic, an independent body established by the Victorian Government to oversee Victoria's innovation fund, has announced that they will encourage particularly first generation migrants and current refugees in developing tech companies and support them through their next round of grants.
On Sunday, 21 May 2017 the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection announced that unauthorized maritime arrivals (UMAs) must lodge their Temporary Protection visa (TPV) or Safe Haven Enterprise visa (SHEV) application by 1 October 2017. Those who do not lodge an application by 1 October 2017 are expected to leave Australia and will be banned from applying for any type of temporary or permanent visa in Australia.
A new temporary visa for migrant parents is being planned by the Australian Government. Under this new scheme parents could stay in Australia for up to 10 years but would never be allowed to settle. Additionally, this new temporary visa would require children to pay for their parents' private health cover.
On Tuesday 18 April 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced significant reforms to the current employer (skilled) immigration framework. In progressive stages, the ‘Temporary Skills Shortage’ (TSS) visa will be introduced and will be comprised of 2 streams the Short Term Visa (2 year visa) and the Medium Term Visa (4 year visa).
'Australians must have priority for Australian jobs – so we’re abolishing the 457 visas, the visas that bring temporary foreign workers into our country' - Malcolm Turnbull.
A massive congratulations to Adriana Mercado, who was awarded the 2017 John Gibson AM Award for the Young Migration Lawyer of the Year, and Emma Damm who was recognized as a finalist. The John Gibson AM Award for the Young Australian Migration Lawyer of the Year recognizes excellence by young lawyers in the field of migration law in Australia or internationally. The award is presented to a young lawyer with less than five years’ post admission experience who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of migration law.