Including Dependents On Your Visa Application
The Australian Government has introduced far reaching changes to the definition of Member of the Family Unit (MoFU) for the purpose of most visa applications. There are now significant limitations on the class of persons that can be considered part of MoFU and hence be included in a visa application.
Character Assessment of Australian Sponsors of Partner Visa Applications
From 18 November 2016, Australian citizen and permanent resident Sponsors of Partner Visa and Prospective Marriage Visa applications (“a partner visa”), are subject to character testing. In line with current Australian Government strategies to reduce family violence in the Australian community, the new provisions have been introduced to prevent Australians who have committed a relevant offence from being able to sponsor someone for a partner visa.
Victorian State Migration Plan

The contents of this article are correct as at 3 November 2010.

On 1 November 2010 the Victorian Government announced and implemented its State Migration Plan.

The State Migration Plan will be of significance to persons seeking nomination by the Victorian government under the following General Skilled Migration visas:  Skilled-Sponsored (subclasses 176 and 886) and Skilled – Regional Sponsored (subclasses 457 and 487).

The Victorian State Migration Plan allows the Victorian Government to nominate skilled applicants, whose occupations are listed on the State Sponsorship Eligibility List. This arrangement is limited by a quota and an overall cap on the total number of applications that the Victorian government can nominate each year. For the 2010-2011 financial year the Victorian Government is entitled to nominate 4,500 visa grants, which includes both primary and secondary (for example partners and children) applicants. The State Sponsorship Eligibility list will be updated to indicate when the limit has been reached for any occupation.

Some of the occupations on the Victorian State Migration Plan include:

  • Life Scientist

  • Engineers (various)

  • Research and Development Manager

  • Chemist

  • Physicist

  • Mathematician

  • Statistician

  • Teacher (Pre primary, Secondary or Vocational)

  • Health Professionals (various)

  • ICT Professionals (various)

  • Tradespersons (various)

The Victorian government has prescribed various criteria that applicants will need to satisfy in order to be eligible for nomination purposes. The criteria may include specialised work experience in the skilled occupation, a number of years of work experience and English language standards.

Applications for Victorian Government state sponsorship under the State Migration Plan opened on 3 November 2010. The full list of occupations which are currently eligible for Victorian Government state sponsorship is available at the LiveinVictoria website.

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