Immigration News

Best Australian Immigration Firm 2019 (ACT)

November 17, 2019

We are delighted to announce that Heenan & Browne Visa and Migration Services has been awarded best Australian Immigration Firm 2019 by AI.

It is a recognition of the extensive experience and expertise on offer at Heenan & Browne Visa and Migration Services and the value we add to providing immigration advice to individuals and businesses in Australia and overseas.

New Regional Visas with Pathway to Permanent Residency

October 23, 2019

On 16 November 2019, the government will launch the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) and the Skilled Employer Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 494).


These visas will help employers in regional areas of Australia as well as potential applicants wishing to settle in Regional Australia.

Adult Migrant English Program

August 08, 2019

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), funded by the Australian Government, provides up to 510 hours of free English language tuition to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants.

AMEP is offered in tailored streams designed to meet the specific learning needs and goals of newly arrived migrants.

New Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa 2019

March 14, 2019

The Australian government recently announced that applications to sponsor a parent under a Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870) will open on the 17 April 2019.


This will provide a new pathway for parents to temporary reunite with their children in Australia. It is geared at offering an alternative to the lengthy and expensive visas currently on offer to migrant’s parents.

Significant changes to Partner Visas in 2019

March 04, 2019

The Australian Parliament passed the Migration Amendments (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016 on the 28th November 2018.


The government cites the reason for the changes to be the improvement of the management of family violence in the delivery of the family visa program and the protection of visa applicants.

New Visa Announced - Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa

March 18, 2018

On Sunday 18th March 2018, the Australian Government introduced a new temporary work visa – the subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.

The Migration Legislation Amendment (Temporary Skill Shortage Visa and Complementary Reforms) Regulations 2018 repealed the subclass 457 visa.

Australian Skilling Fund

March 09, 2018

The Australian government is planning to introduce the Skilling Australian Fund (SAF) Levy later this month.


It will have a significant impact on businesses wanting to sponsor overseas workers on short-term and permanent visas. The aim of the fund it to support up to 300,000 more apprenticeships, traineeships and other employment related training.

Citizenship Update – Citizenship bill struck down in Senate

October 18, 2017

On Wednesday 18 October 2017, the Australian government’s controversial citizenship bill - Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 failed to pass the Australian Senate, leaving the bill dead in its current form.

Summary of 1st of July 2017 Changes

June 30, 2017

On 1st of July 2017 a number of changes occurred to General Skilled Migration, to Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visas and to Employer Sponsored Visas. We have provided a summary of the key changes that were introduced.

New Temporary Parent Visa Announced

May 06, 2017

The Australian government has recently announced a new visa for migrants' parents. This temporary visa is planned to be introduced by November 2017. It is geared at offering an alternative to the lengthy and expensive visas currently on offer to migrant’s parents.


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