Charging for a Migration Outcome Bill 2015: New criminal and civil penalties introduced

rubbing-his-handsOn 14 December 2015, new criminal and civil penalties and visa cancellation provisions were introduced as part of a ‘payment for visas’ framework that allows for sanctions to be imposed on a person who asks for, receives, offers or provides a benefit in return for visa sponsorship or employment (that requires visa sponsorship).

The Australian Government reiterates that the ‘payment for visas’ conduct is considered unacceptable as it undermines the integrity of the skilled work programmes.

This new legislation will affect the following visa subclasses:

  1. Temporary (Long Stay Activity) (subclass 401) visa
  2. Training and Research (subclass 402) visa (Research stream)
  3. Temporary Work (Entertainment) (subclass 420) visa
  4. Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa
  5. Superyacht Crew (subclass 488) visa
  6. Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa
  7. Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa

Don’t let your clients become victims. You can access more information about the new legislation and what it means for you and your clients here.

A slight change in ACT Labour Market Testing criteria

From 1 January 2016, the ACT Government will accept and recognise positions advertised on well-recognised online employment/recruitment site(s) as fulfilment of one of the requirements for Labour Market Testing.

Until now, the ACT Government required sponsors to advertise their nominated position(s) in The Canberra Times/with a local recruiter – a requirement that has now been removed.

New criminal and civil penalties introduced for persons who asks to be paid for arranging the visa sponsorship
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