Migration Law

Employer-Sponsored migration program

What Are The Changes To The Employer-Sponsored Migration Program?


Significant changes to the Employer-Sponsored migration program are set to roll out on November 25, 2023. Notably, the cap on Short-term stream Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa holders transitioning to permanent residency within Australia will be eliminated. This article, details some preliminary information we have received from the Australian Government during the recent Law Council of Australia conference and the subsequent information released publicly to advisors in the sector. Read More.


Australian Immigration - "The State Of Queensland Is Open For Business"


Exploring a move to the Land Down Under? Queensland beckons as a premier destination, from the iconic Great Barrier Reef to the bustling city of Brisbane. Excitingly, Queensland has announced its state-nominated visa program for 2023-24, presenting golden opportunities for potential immigrants. However, navigating the intricate landscape of immigration policies can be daunting. This article delves into the latest updates, eligibility criteria, and critical dates. For those considering this life-changing journey, expert guidance is essential. Ramsden Lawyers, with their vast experience in Australian immigration, stands ready to assist. Dive into our comprehensive guide and discover how to make Queensland your new home. Read More.

Visa Refusal

My Visa Got Refused. What Do I Do Now?


Don't let a visa refusal crush your dreams of living in a foreign land. At Ramsden Lawyers, we understand the distress and uncertainty of a visa refusal. But it's crucial to remember that it's not the end of the road. Our comprehensive article guides you through the complexities of appealing a visa refusal, offering hope and the opportunity to turn the situation around. With our knowledge and support, we'll help you navigate the challenges and rewrite your immigration story. From common reasons for visa refusals to the options available for appeal, we empower you with the tools to reclaim your path to success. Let us be your guide and embrace a brighter future. Contact Ramsden Lawyers today and let's fight for your rightful visa approval. Read More.

Partner Migration

Is It Possible For My Partner To Act As A Sponsor For My Visa Application?


This article explains how your Australian partner can sponsor your visa application. It outlines the two stages of the Partner Visa process, the stringent requirements, and the importance of providing substantial evidence to prove the genuineness of your relationship. The article also discusses the support offered by Ramsden Lawyers to help applicants navigate this complex process successfully. Read More.

Criminal Record

Does My Partner's Criminal Record Affect Their Ability To Sponsor My Visa?


Navigating the complexities of visa applications and sponsorship becomes challenging when your partner has a criminal record. We specialise in assisting couples like you in overcoming these obstacles. Our experienced team will guide you through the process, ensuring a smoother path to your Partner Visa. Whether your partner has a criminal record we have the expertise to help. We aim to simplify the process and enable you to build a brighter future with your loved one in Australia. Read More.

Beyond The Stethoscope - Queensland Government Recognises Interstate And International, Healthcare Heroes


Introducing the Queensland Government's ground-breaking workforce attraction scheme, aimed at revolutionising the healthcare industry. To address the critical shortage of healthcare professionals, the government has unveiled an enticing incentive program to attract interstate and international healthcare workers to Queensland. Ramsden Lawyers is ready to guide and support healthcare workers from overseas or those candidates working in Australia that wish to move to Queensland as part of their immigration journey, through the complexities of this Workforce Attraction Incentive Scheme. The impact and benefits of these incentives are boundless, offering payments of up to $20,000 for joining Queensland Health and up to $70,000 for doctors working in rural areas of Queensland. These incentives represent a transformative force that aims to remedy the shortages and provide world-class healthcare to every Queenslander. Read More.


Breaking News: Australian Government Raises Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold To $70,000


The Australian government has raised the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) from $53,900 to $70,000 from 1 July 2023 in response to an independent review. This will affect businesses sponsoring overseas workers under skilled migration programs, as they must meet the minimum salary requirement to ensure fair pay for migrant workers. The government's decision reflects their commitment to fairness in the skilled migration system. Read More.

New Zealanders

Direct Pathway To Australian Citizenship For New Zealanders


The Australian Government's recent policy change presents a direct pathway to Australian citizenship for eligible New Zealand citizens residing in Australia. This marks a noteworthy shift in the migration policy between the two countries, with the aim of simplifying the process of obtaining Australian citizenship for New Zealanders living in Australia. The policy will take effect from 1st July 2023. This article highlights the importance of this change and its influence on the lives of New Zealanders residing in Australia. Read More.

unvaccinated travel

Can I Travel Overseas If I Am Unvaccinated?


International travel restrictions are still in place for members of the Australian community who, for various reasons, are unwilling or unable to be vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated and are wishing to depart Australia, it is important to understand that avenues are available for you, and it is not impossible to travel at this time despite being unvaccinated. Read More.

Travel exemption for Australians

Travel Exemption For Australians Ordinarily Resident Outside Australia


From 11 August 2021, all Australian Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents normally living overseas, will now need to obtain a travel exemption before departing Australia. There is no longer an automatic exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions. Read More.

Travel Exemption

Travel Exemption to Leave Australia


The Covid-19 Pandemic has made it essential for those seeking to travel internationally to first apply for a travel exemption. The Ramsden Lawyers immigration team outlines the grounds which must be satisfied to obtain a travel exemption, as well as our proven record of success in this area. Read More.

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Federal Budget: Immigration changes and implications


On 6 October 2020 the Federal Budget was delivered, and as a part of this there have been key changes and announcements in regard to the Australian migration program. This includes changes to Partner Visas, New Zealand permanent residency, and business visas. Read More.