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PMSOL

NEW – Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

Acting Ministor for Immigration Alan Tudge and Senator Michaelia Cash has made a joint media release announcing a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) with occupations in health care, construction and IT sectors that are aimed at supporting Australian business to fill critical skill needs and “…supercharge both our health and economic response to… Continue reading NEW – Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

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sc485 visa application

485 Applications – UPDATE – No Further Processing Until English Evidence Provided

We have received further confirmation today that whilst evidence of English is a time of application requirement for sc485 visa application, that due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, immigration will now take the following approach: DoHA is seeking a policy turnaround for English being required at the Time of Application and until the Regulations… Continue reading 485 Applications – UPDATE – No Further Processing Until English Evidence Provided

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Hong Kong Passport Holders

Hong Kong Passport Holders Legislative Update

Legislative changes have been made to extend temporary skilled and temporary graduate visas for five years from 9 July 2020 to 8 July 2025 if the primary visa holder held a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China passport when the visa was granted. The above extends to dependent family members… Continue reading Hong Kong Passport Holders Legislative Update

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Government of South Australia

State & Territory Nominations – Small Allocations Available Prior to Federal Budget

We blogged previously that State and Territory nominations have been temporarily suspended until the Federal Budged is handed down on 06 October 2020. States and Territories have now received a very small allocation of places for sc491/190 and business visa nominations, albeit under very strict conditions. The Government of South Australia is the first to… Continue reading State & Territory Nominations – Small Allocations Available Prior to Federal Budget

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Kenrick Mills

2020/21 Financial Year Migration Program Planning & Delivery

There have been further updates from the Department in regards to the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis on the 2020-21 Migration Program. The latest from the Department as per below: The Department has indicated that migration policies will need to be carefully calibrated to ensure employment opportunities for Australians, support for critical industries and to position… Continue reading 2020/21 Financial Year Migration Program Planning & Delivery

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Man wearing gas mask

Visa Extensions for Hong Kong Residents – What Does This Mean?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on 09 July new visa arrangements for citizens of Hong Kong to stay in Australia with pathways to permanent residency. This announcement came alongside Australia’s decision to suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong due to the new national security law imposed by China. A range of measures designed to… Continue reading Visa Extensions for Hong Kong Residents – What Does This Mean?

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Partner Visa

The Partner Visa At A Glance – A Graphic Guide

Every month our newsletter subscribers get the latest graphic guide to a visa in our dedicated Visa in Focus section. These infographics are straightforward, simple, and digestible to get your head around each visa type. Make sure you subscribe to Southern Stone Monthly to be the first to view this and other exclusive immigration and migration… Continue reading The Partner Visa At A Glance – A Graphic Guide

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Australian countryside

Major Announcement from NSW: Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)

From June 15 applications for NSW nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) will be open. The NSW treasury has announced in a statement that candidates currently residing in designated regional areas in New South Wales can apply. Who can apply? To be eligible candidates must: Meet the Department of Home Affairs’… Continue reading Major Announcement from NSW: Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)

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Doha data breach

Department of Home Affairs Australia Data Breach May Have Exposed 774,000 Records

The Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment are investigating a potential security breach involving the personal details of 774,000 migrants aspiring to immigrate to Australia.⠀ ⠀ The details from the government’s SkillSelect app include AdUserIDs, the app’s unique identifiers for those applying for skilled visas, of which could be… Continue reading Department of Home Affairs Australia Data Breach May Have Exposed 774,000 Records

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I recently had the privilege of working with Southern Stone Immigration Agency and specifically, Kathy, and I couldn't be more thrilled with the experience. From start to finish, Southern Stone and Kathy provided exceptional service and demonstrated an unparalleled level of expertise in immigration matters. What sets Southern Stone Immigration Agency apart is their genuine care...

Lin Gan
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I found Southern stone through the internet and seen all the great reviews and thought they would have to be good. I got in contact with Kathy and she was so responsive and clear with all her swift responses throughout my time working with her. I had a 461 partner visa declined due to immigration receiving my visa application late as it’s a paper application. She argued with every...

Mark Nalty
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It is so refreshing to speak to a migration agency who is willing to listen to you and readily provide you with useful information for a simple question without even discussing fees. What great customer service! We will be definitely engaging with Southern Stone for our future application.

Sarah Coherny
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Thank you Gloria for helping me with my inquiries. I would recommend your services to all my friends and relatives.

Swapnil Patel
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