Posted on 2 Jul 2021

July is a very important month. It is the beginning of the Australian financial year and the time that the Australian budget is announced. Besides increases to the visa application charges, this… Read More


Posted on 29 Jun 2021

Visa application charges set to increase. The Department of Home Affairs has recently passed legislation to increase a number of visa application charges (VACs) by 1.75% (rounded to the nearest… Read More


Posted on 12 Oct 2020

The eagerly awaited for Australian Federal Budget was announced last week and with it came a vast array of changes to Australian Migration. Below we provide you with an overview of all the… Read More


Posted on 15 May 2020

Don’t press pause on your visa application. There are lots of tasks that you can be getting on with and, in fact, it is best to use this time to get ahead. The Department of Home Affairs is… Read More


Posted on 16 Apr 2020

To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test centre due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test.


Posted on 1 Nov 2019

We finally have the full picture regarding the November 16th changes to the Australian Skilled Migration system. The anticipated changes to occupation list(s) framework to enable the new… Read More


Posted on 11 Jul 2019

We thought that you might like an update regarding Skilled Migration now that we have entered a new program year for 2019-2020, given that the Migration year starts on the 1st of July. At the… Read More


Posted on 6 Jun 2019

Generally, changes to migration law are determined by the needs of society as seen through the eyes of lawmakers (politicians). In Australia there are conflicting views on migration - on the one… Read More


Posted on 11 Apr 2019

Following the announcement of the long-awaited Temporary Parent Visa in March the Department of Immigration have been slowly updating us with the criteria thresholds. Here we outline the… Read More


Posted on 2 Mar 2019

The long-awaited Temporary Parent Visa was announced today, 1st March 2019.

Sponsorship must first be approved before you can apply for the visa, and applications for sponsorship will open… Read More


Posted on 4 Jan 2019

There was a lot to influence the Australian dollar in the fourth quarter; domestic and international politics, ongoing trade tensions, a resolute Reserve Bank of Australia and a mixed economic… Read More

New ITA Data now published for 2018-19

Posted on 3 Aug 2018

After a poor year of invitations in the Australian financial year 2017-18, the Department of Immigration has finally published their data set for the first round of Invitations to Apply (ITAs)… Read More

Skilled Occupation List Changes January 2018

Posted on 18 Jan 2018

The following changes have be made to the Australian skilled occupation lists – Medium & Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), formerly known… Read More

Skilled Occupation List Changes July 2017

Posted on 30 Jun 2017

The following changes have be made to the Australian skilled occupation lists – Medium & Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), formerly known… Read More

Skilled Visa Age Limit Reduction

Posted on 30 Jun 2017

We have unfortunately received notification today that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will lower the age limit to 45 years of age for Subclass 186 (Direct Entry Pathway),… Read More

Parent Visa Announcements

Posted on 10 May 2017

Announcements regarding changes to Parent Visas from the Department of Immigration

Australian Skilled Occupation Lists Amended

Posted on 19 Apr 2017

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection implemented unprecedented changes on the 18th of April, that are effective immediately - from 19 April 2017. On the 18th April 2017… Read More

SOL & CSOL changes 1 July 2016

Posted on 18 May 2016

The following changes have been made to the Australian occupations list – Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL). We are afraid that these changes… Read More

Cap and Cease High Court Challenge

Posted on 11 Nov 2015

Following the pre-emptive Cap and Cease strike by the Assistant Minister and the complete lack of consultation, proceedings have been commenced in the High Court challenging the legal basis of… Read More

GBP/AUD hits a 6 year high above A$2

Posted on 9 Jul 2015

Recently, the British pound climbed way above A$2.00 as UK employment data released last month confirmed yet another large fall in the number of unemployed. Immigration2oz work with currency… Read More

SOL & CSOL changes 1 July 2015

Posted on 2 Jul 2015

The following changes have be made to the Australian occupations list – Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL). We are afraid that these changes will… Read More

GBP/AUS at Five and a half year high!

Posted on 4 Feb 2015

Sterling hits a 5 ½ year-high against the Australian dollar following the RBA’s decision to cut rates. The Australian dollar slumped against the British pound and US dollar overnight as the… Read More

Happy Australia Day

Posted on 27 Jan 2015

From all the team at Immigration2oz we want to wish you a Happy Australia Day!

What is Australia Day?
The 26th of January marks the date the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Cove in 1788. A public… Read More

Australia’s Changing Immigration Policy

Posted on 6 Dec 2014

“Migrants need a long-term well-considered strategy if they want to have a realistic chance of obtaining permanent migration to Australia. Rising costs, tougher rules, a stricter enforcement… Read More

New English Language Tests Introduced

Posted on 21 Nov 2014

From the 23rd of November two new English language tests, the TOEFL and Pearson tests, will be accepted by the Australian Department of Immigration (DIBP). In the long term we are confident that… Read More

Accountants NOT removed from SOL

Posted on 12 Nov 2014

Today’s media reports that accountants have been removed from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) are incorrect.The Department of Industry, who are responsible for compiling the list, have… Read More

Free Ticket Give Away Competition Winners

Posted on 13 Oct 2014

Congratulations to the lucky Immigration2oz competition winners for free tickets to Down Under Live expos in Glasgow (18-19th)& Birmingham (25-26th) this October the lucky winners are: ...… Read More

The Good, the bad and the ugly

Posted on 7 Aug 2014

Immigration2oz regularly does a system wide update on State Nomination changes for all occupations for all States/Territories. These changes will only effect applicants who are applying under… Read More

NSW State Nomination (an open & shut case!)

Posted on 15 Jul 2014

NSW Migration Strategy – closes its first State Nomination intake (of 2014/15) within a day!

NSW opened the Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) program to significant demand on 14 July… Read More

Three New Occupations to be added to SOL

Posted on 10 Jun 2014

Following a recent announcement we are expecting Wall & Floor Tilers, Chefs & Bricklayers to be added to the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) from the 1st of July 2014. It was also announced that… Read More

Australian Immigration figures announced

Posted on 19 May 2014

Australia’s budget has come around yet again and the announcement by the Minister of Immigration of the number of permanent visas to be made available during Australia’s 2014-15 financial year… Read More

South Australia Adds 18 New Occupations

Posted on 17 Apr 2014

Eighteen new occupations added to the South Australian State Occupation List. The South Australian Government has recently announced that it has added 18 new occupations to its State Occupation… Read More

ACT - State Nomination - Closure

Posted on 25 Mar 2014

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has announced that program targets for the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa have been met for the 2013/14 financial year. This means that no State… Read More

Australian skilled occupation lists changes

Posted on 7 Mar 2014

Skilled Occupation lists are to be reviewed following representations, DIBP has advised there will be a review in the near future of the Skilled Occupations Lists to reflect occupations that… Read More

Changes the to ACT State migration plan

Posted on 18 Sep 2013

Following the recent cnaged to the ACT State migration plan the following occupations are now open for State Nomination with ACT:

• Health Information Manager
• Physicist (Medical Only)
•… Read More

New Skilled Occupation List - 1 July 2013

Posted on 5 Jun 2013

Breaking News: DIAC has announced the annual update of the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), which will be effective from 1 July 2013, early indications suggest that the following occupations will… Read More

i2oz - Australian Migration Seminars

Posted on 3 Jun 2013

Why not come along to our free seminars tailored for people thinking about moving to Australia, which are being held in Manchester (on the 10th August), in conjunction with our proud partners. … Read More

Good, Better, Best…

Posted on 19 Apr 2013

DIAC has published a post entitled Good, better, best… on the employment outcomes gleaned from the results published in February from its Continuous Survey of Australia’s Migrants (CSAM).… Read More