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ASC Migration are Immigration Law Specialists. Our dedication to our clients guarantees that they will receive expert professional advice and assistance during every step in the immigration process.

Our understanding of migration law and regulations ensures we apply the most up-to-date and cutting-edge immigration solutions to any potential migrant’s matter. This is particularly evident in circumstances whereby a client’s frustration and confusion necessitates some clever and innovative consolidation.
John Kavanagh is ASC Migration’s owner and managing director and is an Australian Registered Migration Agent. The legal requirements of Australian Registered Migration Agents are that they must maintain an up-to-date knowledge of immigration law and practice. Consequently potential immigrants can be assured their matter will receive the most...
John Kavanagh is ASC Migration’s owner and managing director and is an Australian Registered Migration Agent. The legal requirements of Australian Registered Migration Agents are that they must maintain an up-to-date knowledge of immigration law and practice. Consequently potential immigrants can be assured their matter will receive the most advanced and professional advice available. John and his family migrated to Australia in 1997. Therefore having experienced all that is required to migrate to, or remain in Australia, he is acutely aware of the requirements of a visa application and the processes involved therein for potential immigrants.
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Parent Visa Options

Parents migrating to Australia must be sponsored (usually by their child), and that child must have been lawfully resident in Australia for a reasonable period, (normally two years) as either an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. Additionally, usually at least half of their children must be resident...
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Applying for a Partner/Spouse Visa

If you are thinking about applying for a partner visa you will need to be prepared as an application in this category requires a lot of evidence. This applies whether or not you are married or in a de facto relationship. then you are in the right place. Here we have...
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New Migration Program

Regional migration places have now increased to 25,000 and an application in this category will receive priority processing. And all applicants from outside Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will be able to access regional points, for State and Territory Nomination and Family Sponsorship and for regional study purposes. Applicants will, after only...
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Are you waiting on an EOI invitation to apply for a Skilled Visa?

Lately, the vast majority of invitations went to IT occupations such as software and application programmers, ICT Business and Systems Analysts, and Computer Network Professionals. Other positions in demand are; Registered Nurses Accountants Civil Engineering Professionals Architects (including Landscape Architects) Electrical engineers Telecommunications Engineering Professionals and Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers...
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Regional Students (including Perth)

The Australian Government will classify Perth as a regional centre for international students . Also, the Western Australian Government announced the State Nomination Migration Program (SNMP) graduate stream will be extended to include vocational education and training (VET) graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or...
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Highly-Skilled and Thinking Australia?

The Australian Government will focus on getting the best people to immigrate to Australia because they are the ones that come up with ideas that lead to companies expanding. Yesterday it was announced that it will offer 5000 additional permanent residency places per year to people who have expertise in prioritised...
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Skilled Regional Visas

Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast are now regarded as ‘Regional’ for migration purposes. Basically, all of Australia is regional except Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, not but don’t forget that the rural NSW and Melbourne will still qualify. From the 16th of November, there will be access to 25,000 regional places...
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New Skilled Regional Visas

On 16 November the Australian Government will introduce new visas targeting immigrants who are keen to make ‘Regional Australia’ home. There will also be changes to the points system which will also benefit skilled tradespersons. The changes due are surrounding the introduction of three new visas. If you are an International...
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International Students

The Australian Government will reclassify Perth as regional for international students from November 16 th , 2019 This emphasises the importance of international students to the culture, diversity, and economy (particularly in Western Australia) and identifies international education as a government priority.  Perth has the capacity and the appetite to grow...
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Perth and Gold Coast No Longer Major Cities

Changes being introduced to the migration program on November 16 will see Perth and the Gold Coast no longer classified as major cities, allowing more skilled migrants to settle and work there. The Australian government is expected to increase the total number of regional places to 25,000 following huge growth in...
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Australia’s Future Population Plan

This came into effect on 01 July 2019 for overseas applicants who are skilled, students or temporary residents, and aims to do a number of things such as; Ease the population pressures on Australia’s big capitals by supporting the growth of smaller cities and regions; Provide a massive boost in infrastructure;...
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State Nomination Migration – Skilled Graduate stream changes

The State Nomination Migration Program (SNMP) Graduate stream will soon be more accessible for international students who study in Western Australia as it will be extended to include vocational education and training (VET) graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above, excluding trade occupations (unless...
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Re-classification of Perth to ‘Regional Australia’?

The Government of Western Australia has requested Perth to be re-classified as "regional Australia" in a submission to a Federal Government probe into regional migration. The re-classification would make it easier for international students in Perth to earn permanent residency and increase the number of occupations for which business owners could...
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Regional NSW Designated Area Migration Agreement

Regional businesses across New South Wales, are struggling to fill skilled positions but they can now apply to be part of the newly launched Orana DAMA agreement. The DAMA, which covers towns from Mudgee and Dubbo all the way to Bourke, Walgett and Cobar, allows employers to bring in skilled workers,...
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Greater access to skilled overseas workers for regional Australia

A steady flow of labour agreement, nomination, and visa applications are being processed from the Designated Area Migration Area (DAMA) regions.  The 7 DAMAs in effect supporting regional outcomes are: Northern Territory Great South Coast VIC WA Goldfields Regional SA Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement  Far North QLD Orana NSW For advanced and...
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Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa closes 16 November 2019

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Direct Entry visa will close to new applications from 16 November 2019. Employers who intend to lodge RSMS nomination and visa applications under this stream should contact us now so that they do not miss this important deadline.
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Migration program focusing on regional Australia

Migration program focusing on regional Australia The population pressure in the major cities has put focus on the Migration Program in regional areas. 160,323 visas were granted in 2018-19 under the ‘Australia-wide’ Permanent Migration Program and also delivered 8987 places under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme which was up from 6,221...
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New Character Test - Visa Refusal and/or Cancellation

The Australian Government has reintroduced a bill to change the Migration Act which could see a fivefold increase in the number of people facing deportation or visa refusal. The fivefold increase has been calculated using figures from the Judicial Commission of NSW on the assumption that visa holders have a similar criminal...
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Benefits of Regional Australia Visa

Regional employers will have access to additional regional occupations to sponsor migrants and priority processing of regional visa applications. There will also be additional points for certain points-tested migrants who are sponsored to settle in regional Australia. Employers in regional Australia, as well as State and Territory governments, who sponsor regional...
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New Regional Visas

There will be two new skilled regional provisional visas (valid for up to five years) introduced in November 2019 for skilled migrants, and dependent family members, who want to live and work in Australia. Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa: for people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia. Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa:...
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