New Entrepreneur visa and changes to the points test

This blog post is part of a series of three on our role in supporting the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Entrepreneur Visa

On 10 September 2016, we made changes to the visa system as part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

A new Entrepreneur visa is now available for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and $200,000 in funding from a specified third party who want to develop and commercialise their innovative ideas in Australia. Visit SkillSelect on our website to express your interest.

We have also made changes to the points test for skilled migration. Five additional points are now available to graduates from Australian institutions with doctorate-level and masters by research qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and information and communication technology fields.

Visit our website to learn more.

 

New Work and Holiday visa arrangement signed by Australia and Israel

Australia and Israel signed a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement on 22 October 2014.

Soon young adults, aged 18–30 years, from Australia and Israel will be able to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to play, work and study in each other’s country for up to 12 months. There will be 500 places on offer for each country per programme year.

Our website has detailed information about the Work and Holiday visa and its eligibility criteria.

Once a start date has been determined for this visa programme, eligible young adults from both countries will be able to apply for this visa. This process can take some time, however, we will announce the start date on our website and social media channels.

Interested in a working holiday in another country? Find out more about other working holiday arrangements overseas on our website.

New work and holiday arrangement for Portugal and Australia

IMG_0680Australia and Portugal signed a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement on 25 September 2014.

This means young adults, aged
18–30 years, from both countries will soon be able to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to work and holiday in each other’s country, lasting up to 12 months. There will be 200 places on offer for each country per programme year.

Our website has detailed information about the Work and Holiday visa and its eligibility criteria.

Once a start date has been determined we will announce it on our website and social media channels.

Australians can also find out more about other working holiday arrangements overseas on our website.

New work and holiday arrangement for Poland and Australia

140730 - WH Poland - Blog Post Picture 127A4634 (2)Ever wished to eat lunch among the beautiful old world architecture of Warsaw?  Or, learn to surf on an Aussie beach?  With the commencement of the Polish-Australian work and holiday arrangement on 1 August 2014, you may be one step closer to doing this.

Young adults, aged 18–30 years, from Poland and Australia can travel to each other’s country using the work and holiday visa. There are 200 places on offer for each country per year.

Our website has detailed information about the work and holiday visa.

Australians can also find out more about other working holiday arrangements overseas on our website.

More choice in English language testing

Applicants for a number of visas are being given more choice in English language testing.

From November this year, people applying for Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Work and Holiday and Former Resident visas will be able to provide the department with a test score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) or the Pearson Test of English Academic. These tests are in addition to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Occupational English Test currently used.

A final implementation date in November will be published on the department’s website later this year.

Scores from these additional tests will be benchmarked against the IELTS equivalency. A list of the visa subclasses accepting scores from the alternative tests and a summary of test score equivalencies is available on our website at www.immi.gov.au/News/Pages/aelt.aspx

The department will also be able to accept scores from the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test from early 2015, and later in the year we will publish more about this test on our website. Scores from a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test taken before the 2015 implementation date will not be accepted by the department.

We understand that people will be interested in whether the subclass 457 visa will be able to accept these alternative tests. At this stage, we cannot confirm that applicants for the 457 visa will be able to provide us with scores from these alternative tests, because the subclass 457 programme is being independently reviewed. The review is expected to report to government by mid-2014.

Want to work and holiday in Australia? If you’re from Uruguay—now you can!

Young adults from Uruguay and Australia are now able to enjoy the best of what each country has to offer thanks to a new work and holiday visa arrangement between Australia and Uruguay. From April, Australians and Uruguayans can apply for a visa under the program.

Australian and Uruguayan university-educated travellers, aged 18-30, now have the opportunity to spend up to 12 months in each other’s country on an extended holiday, during which they can gain short-term work to help fund their stay.

The work and holiday program is a great way for young adults to experience the lifestyle and culture of other countries. Uruguay joins the growing list of Australia’s work and holiday partner countries, which includes Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.

Information on visa eligibility and how to apply is available on the department’s website.

Australia and Uruguay sign work and holiday deal

Young Australians and Uruguayans will be able to enjoy an extended holiday in each other’s country under a new work and holiday agreement.

The work and holiday visa agreement between the Australian and Uruguayan governments was signed at Parliament House in Canberra on 29 November 2012.

The agreement provides a unique opportunity for university-educated Australian and Uruguayan travellers aged between 18 and 30 years old to work and holiday in each other’s country for up to 12 months. More information on work and holiday visas is available here.

There will be an annual limit of 200 work and holiday visas for both countries. Arrangements will be made over the coming months to enable Uruguay and Australia to start issuing the visas to its citizens. 

Keep checking this blog and the minister’s website for further updates.

Reporting the facts

We’ve recently published the latest working holiday maker visa  program report. The report contains interesting background information about the program and up-to-date statistics on the numbers of visas granted both by year and country of citizenship as well as statistics about the total number of visa holders in Australia.

As at 30 June 2012, there were 132 107 Working Holiday visa holders in Australia, which represents a 22.3 per cent increase since the previous program year.You can also find the latest visa grant statistics about the new Work and Holiday arrangement with Argentina.

The Migration and Visa Policy Division (which publishes this blog) produces a wide range of regular reports. In addition to the reports available for the 457 program, there are now regular publications available for the student visa program, and the June 2012 visitor visa program quarterly report  is now published.

Aside from temporary visas, the department produces a variety of publications on different aspects of the work we do and the services we provide. For more information check our website at www.immi.gov.au/media/publications.htm

Want to party and work in Argentina? Now you can!

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A work and holiday visa arrangement between Australia and Argentina came into effect today.

Under this new arrangement, young Australian and Argentine adults aged 18 to 30 will have the chance to holiday in each other’s country for up to 12 months, and can even do some short term work to help fund their stay.

Argentina joins the growing list of Australia’s work and holiday partner countries, along with Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.

More information about this visa, eligibility requirements, and how to apply is available on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.