André Burger & Associates have been operating in the Australian Immigration industry since 1998 and have offices in Sydney and Darwin, Australia and Johannesburg, South Africa.
We have successfully obtained permanent and temporary Australian visas, Australian Citizenship, business sponsorship, state sponsorships, skills assessments, etc. for thousands of satisfied clients from across the globe. We can provide advice on a large variety of Australian visas and assist with successful immigration to Australia.
The past few years have seen constant and extensive changes to many of the most commonly applied for Australian visas, such as the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, Temporary Working Visa program (Subclass 457) and Family Visas.
This constant re-evaluation and amending of the Migration Regulations has continued with extensive changes to the Subclass 457 Program, SkillSelect, Employer Nomination and Regional Sponsored Migration Schemes.
The General Skilled Migration Program has seen the re-evaluation and removal of the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) as well as the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). These have been replaced by the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List and Short-term Skilled Occupation List, with different list applying to different visa subclasses.
The subclass 457 Temporary Working Visa program has undergone regular changes, including increasing minimum salary levels, introduction of various English language Tests and tougher scrutiny. Recent changes include the removal of many occupations from the eligibility list, varying of visa validity periods and the introduction of additional caveats to specific occupations.
Skills assessment criteria continue to change regularly in line with changes to the Migration Regulations. Many assessing authorities are also assessing at what point in time an applicant meets the required skill level by assessing both employment experience as well as qualifications.
Visa application charges (VAC) have continued to increase and apply to each applicant including additional surcharges.