Current Update – 11 March 2021
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke announced a new Ministerial Direction (MD) 90 has been issued – Visa refusal and cancellation under section 501 and revocation of a mandatory cancellation of a visa under section 501CA.
Ministerial Direction 90 requires crimes or conduct involving family violence to be given primary consideration in decisionmaking. The following crimes or conduct are to be considered as very serious:
- violent and/or sexual crimes
- crimes of a violent nature against women and children, regardless of the sentence imposed
- acts of family violence, regardless of the sentence imposed (a broad list of examples of actions that may be considered family violence are provided).
The following crimes or conduct are consider to be serious:
- causing a person to enter into a forced marriage, regardless of whether convicted of an offence or the sentence imposed
- crimes against vulnerable people such as the elderly, disabled, government representatives or officials
- crimes committed in immigration detention, during an escape or after escape from a detention centre
- crimes against humanity, people trafficking and worker exploitation
The new MD 90 comes into effect on 15 April 2021 and MD 79 remains in effect until that time.
The full Ministerial Direction 90 is available here but is not yet available on Legend.
For all immigration and family services assistance needed please contact us immediately.
There are many reasons to work with a lawyer to protect your rights if you’re being prosecuted for a criminal offence. Here are seven reasons to choose Shakenovsky & Associates lawyers to protect yourself.
Most people are unfamiliar with the process and are not sure of the best way forward to receive the best possible outcome. Regardless of the severity of your charge, whether it be drug possession, common assault or robbery we can help you.
PROVEN TRACK RECORD
Shakenovsky & Associates consistently achieve positive results for our wide variety of clients. We cover immigration law, criminal law, commercial law, employment law and family law.
Our legal team is comprised of several lawyers offering more than 38 years of combined experience. We create effective strategies and we work hard so cases are either dropped entirely or charges are downgraded – saving you time, expense and stress.
Where our clients wish to plead guilty, we are particularly skilled at achieving ‘dismissals’ and ‘non-convictions’.
Our reputation is built on competence, impeccable ethical practices and successful outcomes. We establish strong relationships with our clients, based on mutual respect, honesty and trust. Our aim is to care for our clients and their matters at hand.
THOROUGH AND RESPONSIVE SERVICE
Personal service is in our DNA. We are always available for your immediate needs and we look at helping you as a partnership. We are with you until the end and we keep you informed every step of the way. We work with both local clients in Australia as well as with international clients. They can attest that we work around the clock responding to emails after hours, on weekends and public holidays. You are never left waiting or worrying.
We have skilled professionals with extensive experience across legal and humanitarian issues. If we do not have the answers, we will find them, or refer you to appropriate experts who do. We surround ourselves with Solicitors and Barristers of high repute and competence with whom we have built sound relationships and upon whom we seek second opinions if the need arises. This way, we ensure our clients receive the correct and best advice. Learn more about our team and their experience.
We provide practical and strategic advice and services to a diverse range of clients including international and local companies, large corporations, small businesses, individuals and family businesses.
We offer the perfect combination of large legal firm credentials with personal service we take very seriously.
Our highest priorities focus on accomplishing your goal and we do that through immediate communication, accessibility and high quality of service.
We are committed to thoroughly explaining all steps involved in the criminal law process, providing regular updates throughout the proceedings, and making ourselves accessible and responsive at any time.
We are passionate about providing an exceptional level of service to our clients, and we fight hard to achieve optimal results in the shortest period of time.
You can hear from some of our clients themselves through their testimonials.
A PROFESSIONAL TEAM OF LAWYERS HERE FOR YOU
As our client, you will benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience that only we provide. The law is always changing and we have first-hand knowledge of how it will affect you and your case. We are constantly researching and checking to ensure we’re applying the most up-to-date information to your case for the best possible results.
All of our clients receive the benefit of several lawyers strategising and executing case details to maximise the chances of approval, having cases dropped or downgraded at an early stage when in court often saving our clients cost, time and stress.
FAMILIAR WITH MAGISTRATES AND JUDGES
We appear in court on a regular basis and we have done so for years. We have extensive experience and rapport with magistrates and judges in Sydney helping to ensure your case is well heard and received.
WHAT TO DO NEXT AND HOW TO APPLY
If you are searching for help with legal services including business and commercial law, criminal law, employment law, family law, commercial and civil litigation and estate planning contact us today.
- Direct call on (+61) 2 9299 0255
- Send us an email email@example.com
We will assess your situation on an individual basis and provide you with the best advice.
The new 5 year visa for skilled regional workers commenced 16 November 2019 which opens up new opportunities for thousands of migrants looking to live and work in Australia. The new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia and can then apply for a Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) once they meet the requirements needed. You can also now submit an Expression of Interest for the new subclass 491 visa. This five year visa for skilled regional workers also brings in some changes.
CHANGES TO THE POINTS TEST
Other changes commenced on 16 November 2019, including changes to the points test for General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas which will apply to all unassessed GSM visa applications before 16 November 2019.
CHANGES TO PARTNER POINTS
If you do not have a spouse or de facto partner you are eligible to claim 10 points.
If you have a spouse or de facto partner who is an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident you are eligible to claim 10 points.
If you have a skilled spouse or de facto partner (increased from 5 to 10 points) :
- will be included in the visa application for the same subclass of visa
- is not an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident;
- is under 45 years of age;
- has nominated a skilled occupation;
- has a suitable skills assessment for the nominated occupation and the assessment was not for a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa
- has at least ‘Competent English’ are eligible to claim 10 points.
A spouse or de facto partner who has ‘Competent English’ who is not an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident and who will be included in the visa application for the same visa subclass are eligible to claim 5 points.
OTHER CHANGES TO THE POINTS TEST
Those who claim a specialist education qualification are eligible to claim 10 points (increased from 5 points). If you want to apply for a visa subclass 491 nomination from a State or Territory, or you are sponsored by an eligible family member you can claim 15 points (previously 10 points).
WHAT TO DO NEXT AND HOW TO APPLY
Getting the right advice upfront is essential so contact our team. We are ready and waiting to assist you in applying for your five year visa for skilled regional workers today.
- Direct call on (+61) 2 9299 0255
- Send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will assess your situation on an individual basis and provide you with the best advice to make your stay in Australia hassle-free. More information on the points test is available: visit the subclass 491 points-table.
Are you on the MLTSSL list for permanent residency? The Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MTLSSL) includes a set of skilled occupations determined by the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Department of Home Affairs (formerly DIBP).
In order to qualify for skilled migration to Australia, you must nominate an occupation from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Please note that all occupations used for immigration purposes are from the ANZSCO (Australia and New Zealand Skilled Classification of Occupations).
The combined list specifies:
- the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) code for each occupation. The ANZSCO provides information on the skill level of jobs, qualifications and/or experience needed to work in occupations
- caveats which exclude the use of the occupation in certain circumstances (applies to the ENS and TSS visas only)
- whether the occupation is included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), the Regional Occupation List (ROL) or the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) ROL List.
- the assessing authority for skills assessments
Pending nomination and/or visa applications will not be adversely impacted by the subsequent removal of any occupation from the skilled occupation lists.
If you already hold a skilled visa, you will not be impacted by these removed occupations unless there are changes in your circumstances which require the lodgement of a new nomination application – in which case you may then be impacted. This impact may occur if you are changing your occupation or employer, and your occupation is no longer on the combined list of eligible skilled occupations.
Our team of highly skilled immigration lawyers can help you determine if you are on the list. Learn more about our team here and contact us today!
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You may be wondering why you need an immigration lawyer to lodge your visa or citizenship application. While you can handle this on your own, the Australian laws change constantly and only immigration lawyers have the most up-to-date information.
Current and Extensive Knowledge
The Department of Home Affairs (previously known as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection) continuously introducing new changes to visa requirements, updating the eligible skills list and changing the applications forms to reflect the new policies.
As immigration lawyers with 24+ years experience, we not only have the knowledge but we also know how to strategically navigate the complex immigration system, which in turn saves you time and money.
Ensure A Higher Rate Of Success
Any small mistake or incorrect information can lead to a refusal, which happens often. Any mistakes may delay your application, potentially cost you more money and possibly lead to a denial. Your application must be 100% accurate and complete – even 99% is not good enough. Allowing an immigration firm to handle your case means you have a team of qualified and expert lawyers who are will prepare your case and ensure that it meets all of the necessary requirements.
Determine The Best Strategy For You
Every individual has different circumstances such as education, age, health, family, criminal record and more which can affect an application. These circumstances are taken into consideration by the Department of Home Affairs.
An expert immigration lawyer will not only objective an assessment but provide the best strategy for your personal circumstance. We provide straightforward and clear advice about the required material needed to prepare and lodge your application. We provide an assessment within 24-hours and can let you know what steps you need to take to gain entry into Australia or stay here permanently. Just email your CV and the first page of your passport to email@example.com to determine your eligibility.
Contact Us Today
We are registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA), member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) and we stay abreast of law and policy changes issued by the Department of Home Affairs to ensure clients’ applications are professionally, expeditiously and successfully prepared for lodgement. Learn more about our team here.
If you or someone you know wants more information or needs help or advice, please contact Shakenovsky & Associates on +61 2 9299 0255.