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  • Sponsorship Caps for Subclass 457 Visas Eliminated

    26 February 2014

    In a reversal of policy, Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection has essentially eliminated sponsorship caps for the subclass 457 visa program, effective February 14, 2014.

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  • Engineering occupations to face further skills shortages in 2014

    20 February 2014

    A number of major projects will commence in 2014, creating a spike in the demand for highly specialised engineers. Due to a slowdown in major projects in 2013, senior specialists have sought roles overseas or retired. Equally, less experienced engineers have been unable to develop their skills since work has only been available in smaller projects.

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  • Chinese business visitors will soon have access to three-year visas

    18 February 2014

    The Australian Government has announced that it will soon provide Chinese business visitors with three-year multiple entry visas, in order to improve trade, investment and tourism prospects for Australia.

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  • Labour market update - December 2013 Quarter

    10 February 2014

    The Department of Immigration & Border Protection has released its 457 visa statistics for the quarter ending December 2013. The number of 457 visas granted in this quarter has increased, although use of the 457 program has declined since December 2012.

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