The Changing Global Compliance Landscape: Immigration Risk Management

This session was primarily an immigration briefing as there were many changes to report on from the last several months.

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Feb 21, 2020

Hedvika Gibbs, Killian Philpott and Alyce Wallace  of Fragomen spoke on the following agenda:

  • Immigration update –Australian immigration changes in the last twelve months
  • New Regional Framework –how does this impact on Perth and WA?
  • Workshop: Changing immigration risks and how to thrive in an environment of  disruption


  1. Key issues include ability to demonstrate relevant experience; scrutiny of ‘genuine position’; some companies still struggling with Labour Market Testing requirements and STSOL –Genuine temporary entrant requirement
  2. Review of occupation lists- Traffic light bulletin published December 2019 with final outcome expected March 2020
  3. Accredited sponsorship - new category introduced with significant benefits
  4. Compliance - Working in nominated occupations and sponsorship notifications

Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa:

  • Launched in November 2019
  • 5000 places in migration program
  • Priority sectors Global Talent Officers
  • EOI/Invitation only

Global Talent Employer Sponsored (GTES):

  • Pilot program commenced in July 2018
  • Permanent program from August 2019
  • TSS labouragreement stream
  • Established business path/ Start‐up path 


491 Skilled Work Regional  (Provisional) - under 45 years; nominated by State/Territory or eligible relative living in a  designated regional area; points tested; occupation on relevant occupation list; 5 year visa

Condition: Must live, work and study only in  a designated regional area at the  time the visa was granted (all visa  holders) 

494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional  (Provisional) - Under 45 years; sponsored by an employer; have a suitable skills assessment in occupation from relevant list; 3 years full‐time work experience in the  occupation; certification by Regional Certifying Body; 5 year visa

Nomination criteria: Minister is satisfied that the position is genuine,  full‐time and likely to exist for at least 5 years. Other criteria such as market rates, genuine  position, LMT applies. 

191 (Skilled Regional) Permanent - Commences 16 November 2022.

  • Subclass 491 & 494 visa holders  can apply after 3 years living and  working in a regional area.
  • No employer or State/Territory  sponsorship.
  • Must have substantially complied  with conditions of a 491 or 494  visa
  • No conditions on permanent visa

Conditions:  Must work only in the nominated  occupation as in the visa granted to the  holder (primary visa holder). Must live, work and study only in a  designated regional area at the time the  visa was granted (all visa holders) 

Group discussion:

  1. Identify immigration/visa risks
  2. What  is the company response?
  3. What is your role?
  4. Is there a solution?

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Aysegul Kayahan

Director, Relocation Specialists

Aysegul Kayahan, managing director of Relocation Specialists in Queensland and Victoria has been in the global mobility industry since 1993. Aysegul started the Forum for Expatriate Management community in Australia in early 2012, with chapters in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. From February 2015 to January 2017, Aysegul was appointed to the role of global chair of Chapter Leads for the Forum for Expatriate Management.

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