AUSTRALIA – Sponsor Compliance and Publication of Sanctions

Effective 13 December 2018, enhanced integrity regulations have come into effect, allowing the immigration department to publicly list companies which have failed to satisfy a sponsorship obligation.

AUSTRALIA – Sponsor Compliance and Publication of Sanctions

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Newland Chase.

UNITED KINGDOM – 2017 Allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) have advised that sponsors are now able to apply to renew their allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) in Tier 2 (General).

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UNITED KINGDOM – 2017 Allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship

The information in this alert was provided by Dearson Winyard International.

AUSTRALIA – Changes to Subclass 457 Accredited Sponsorship Criteria

Effective 1 July 2016 the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will implement changes to the subclass 457 visa Accredited Sponsorship criteria.

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AUSTRALIA – Changes to Subclass 457 Accredited Sponsorship Scheme

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Visa Executive and Newland Chase.

NETHERLANDS – New Rules for Recognised Sponsors and Income Declaration

Effective 1 April 2016, the assessment of the continuity and solvency of companies applying for the status of recognised sponsor at the Dutch Immigration Authorities (IND) has become more lenient. For recently established companies, a business plan is no longer required in some situations.

Additionally, since 1 April 2016, a company can lose its status as a recognised sponsor if it has not submitted any immigration application in the previous three years and has no employees registered.

Finally, for applications for a work permit for key staff / highly-skilled migrants (kennismigranten), the gross monthly salary must now be recorded in the employment contract or employer’s declaration, rather than in pay slips or other documentary evidence.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Expat Management Group.

AUSTRALIA – Additional Sponsorship Obligation for Subclass 457 Visas

Effective 19 April 2016, business sponsors must declare in writing that they do not (and will not) engage in discriminatory recruitment practices on the grounds of immigration status or citizenship.

This is in addition to the existing Sponsorship Obligations outlined here by our partner in Australia, Visa Executive.

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Australia – Additional Sponsorship Obligation for Subclass 457 Visas

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Visa Executive.

AUSTRALIA – Recent Changes to the 457 Visa

The Australian government has recently announced changes to some of the rules of the Subclass 457 Visa, including extended sponsorship periods, a reduced market salary threshold and more flexible English language testing requirements.

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AUSTRALIA – Recent Changes to the 457 Visa

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Visa Executive.