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Review of General Skilled Migration for 2017/2018 is well and truly is motion with the South Australian government releasing the latest update.

From 9am (Australian Central Standard Time) on 19 April 2017, the requirement for high points nomination will increase from 80 to 85 points. This change is in response to the overall quota being achieved under the existing 80 points requirement.

This change will not affect applications lodged prior to this time. Applications for high points nomination received after this time will be refused if they do not meet the 85 points requirement.

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An interesting story came in on Friday afternoon last week.  Unfortunately, as Migration Alliance could not identify the RMA, we chose not to assist.   If anyone has any comments about this, please post them in the comments section:

From: Jane Smith <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >

Dear Migration Alliance, 

I have a problem requiring your urgent assistance. I am a Registered Migration Agent. For privacy reasons I am not using my real name.
I am in a bit of a difficult situation and I am hoping that you could help.
I have recently resigned from a position at a migration agency and I've given notice until the end of this month. My MARA registration is due for renewal this month. Unfortunately, due to an oversight, I did not renew my MARA registration before I resigned. Now I am trying to get it renewed, however I need information and documents from my current employer in order to complete the registration (the required documents and information are related to the trust account, professional indemnity insurance and LegendCom subscription). I have asked my current employer to provide the documents and information but they seem to be dragging their feet. I am worried that they will not provide this information in time for me to renew my registration.
To complicate matters, I have accepted a job offer from another migration agency. For personal reasons, I did not tell my current employer that I am going to another migration agency. I do not want my current employer to know which migration agency I will be working for.
Now - my dilemma is this. In the event that my current employer does not provide the documents/information in time for my MARA registration renewal, I will have to request them from my new employer (even though I haven't started my employment there yet). However, this means I'll have to update the business details in my MARA registration renewal application and I am afraid this will end up on my MARA profile. I do not want the details of my new employer to be published on my MARA profile because I do not want my current employer to know where I am going.
The only way I can think of getting around this is to renew my MARA registration with the details of my new employer, however, update my MARA profile to put myself as the primary business without disclosing my new employer's details. However, I am concerned that this would constitute providing false/misleading information to MARA which is an offence.
If I have to update my employer's details on the MARA register, is it possible for MARA not to publish the details of my employer on my public profile? If so, I can simply renew my registration with my new employer's details and insurance, LegendCom subscription, etc, without alerting my current employer of who my new employer is.
I haven't contacted MARA regarding this because in the past they haven't been helpful. I have previously made an anonymous enquiry and they flatly refused to help me unless I told them who I was. 
At this stage, I haven't updated my employer details on my MARA profile as I haven't left my current employment yet.
I am hoping to resolve this quickly so any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Kind regards,
J. Smith
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We have a partnership with American Express whereby you can pay your business expenses, application fees and even ATO (PAYG/BAS) etc with American Express Business Cards. This allows you to:


-  Get up-to 51 Days Payment Extensions, with no interest, which gives you breathing space and extended cash flow

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Is the Tribunal required to hold a separate hearing to determine whether it should grant an applicant’s request for an adjournment?

And if the Tribunal doesn’t hold the separate hearing, has it fallen into jurisdictional error? If it declines to allow the hearing on the adjournment request, has it acted “unreasonably” in the legal sense?

These were the questions that were presented in a case that was decided in late March by the Federal Court of Australia, Bhandari v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2017) FCA 272.

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OK everyone here’s your opportunity to share your experience and wisdom through another open forum!

Today’s topic: Have you had any success in getting  the “notorious” Condition 8503  “no further stay” “waived”?

Earlier this month I posted an article about a case that was decided by the Federal Circuit Court called Farhat, in which I described the challenge of getting 8503 waived as being harder than pushing a boulder uphill.   And just before Christmas of last year, I discussed another case in which an 8503 waiver was unsuccessfully sought, called Karan.  My tart and seasonal reference to that case was that it was “another lump of coal from the Department”, in other words a circumstance where in my view regulatory inflexibility prevailed over compassion.

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