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Good news for the 457 Visa Holders and Applicants! In November 2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced in its official communication that 457 holders and applicants as of 18th April 2017 will NOT need to meet all of the new requirements. Namely, the transitional provisions still apply to so called “grandfathered” 457 holders, which…Read More
PHILLIP SILVER REPRESENTS OUR CLIENT (AN EMPLOYEE) AND WINS IN THE COURT OF APPEAL SUPREME COURT NEW SOUTH WALES AGAINST STATE TRANSIT AUTHORITY (EMPLOYER) ON 24 OCTOBER 2017 Our client, Mr Jamal Marroun worked for the State Transit Authority (“STA”) for some 38 years. On 19 May 2015, he was dismissed from his employment. Mr Marroun appealed against…Read More
Last week was incredibly successful for our team of immigration lawyers and migration agents. The Department of immigration and Border Protection have approved Permanent Residency for several of our clients. Namely, we have received three PR visa approvals for the following types of visas: the subclass 186 employer sponsor approval the subclass 189 skilled migration…Read More
As you may probably know, certain legislative changes to the 457-visa program have been introduced by the Australian Government in the last several months. We have summarised below the most important provisions affecting new applicants and current 457-visa holders. Changes affecting new 457-visa applicants Occupations The Department of Immigration have reviewed the Occupations…Read More
A Brisbane-based Australian Business sponsor was investigated by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) for allegedly ordering an overseas worker on a 457 skilled worker visa to pay back $18,000 of his wages through an unlawful cash-back payment. The sponsor was ordered to pay more than $180 0000 in penalties. The worker’s contract stated he was to…Read More
By now, you would probably have heard about the recent changes to the 457-visa program introduced by the Turnbull Government and its eventual abolition which will come in March next year. Some of these changes have already taken effect while others are being incrementally introduced. By March 2018 the 457-visa program will cease and will…Read More
Another successful Partner Visa story: Big Win for Phillip Silver and Associates at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Last week the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) remitted a Temporary (Subclass 309) Partner Visa application for one of our clients (Jacob) and his spouse (Maree) whose initial visa application was refused by the Department of Immigration (DIAC). Maree, a…Read More
Major changes to certain Australian Visas announced by the Australian Department of Immigration in April 2017 Author: Phillip Silver, Principal Lawyer Benjamin Franklin apparently wrote in a 1789 letter that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he would to his list of certainties “being…Read More
Judicial review under s.474 of the Migration Act 1958 as summarised in the case of Shahpari & Ors v Minister for Immigration & Anor  FCCA 513 (11 March 2016) Section 474 of the Act creates a statutory scheme providing for the finality of a privative clause decision. In essence, s.474(1) of the Act provides…Read More
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