About Melissa Haag

Law Institute of Victoria, Accredited Immigration Law Specialist, and Principal Immigration Lawyer at Haag Walker Lawyers. Melissa is an Australian Legal Practitioner and Executive Member of the Law Council of Australia - Migration Law Committee. Melissa has practised exclusively in Australian immigration law for more than 20 years with a particular focus on Global Talent Visas, Skilled, Partner, and Employer-Sponsored migration.

Regional Employer Sponsored Migration – 5 Reasons Why It Could Be Your Best Australian Visa Option

Australian Government announcements to enact new visa options from November 2019 for migrants to live, work and study in regional Australia means that there has never been a better time for highly skilled applicants to migrate to regional Australia. The new visa options provide a clear pathway for high calibre skilled migrants to obtain [...]

Best Australian Immigration Options 2019-2020

a Australia’s migration planning levels for 2019 - 2020 have been reduced from 190,000 to 160,000 with the Skilled Migration Program retaining almost 70% share of the total visa places available. The allocation of existing and the implementation of new skilled visa subclasses, within the Skilled Migration Program, will have a significant impact on [...]

2022-04-21T08:29:23+10:00July 2nd, 2015|Best Australian Immigration Options|

What occupations can employers sponsor for under the Skilled Occupation Lists?

Australian businesses looking to sponsor employees, either for a temporary visa or Australian permanent residence, are able to sponsor individuals for eligible skilled occupations listed on the relevant Skilled Occupation List. Effective 18 March 2018, there are now several different Skilled Occupation Lists prescribed under Australian immigration law for each visa type. Different Skilled [...]

New Regional Skilled Migration Proposal:City Migration Ban

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge, has announced plans for the Government to introduce new visa conditions that require skilled migrants to live and work outside popular metropolitan areas such as Melbourne and Sydney. So which visas could be affected by the proposed 5-year metropolitan migration ban, and how is it [...]

2022-04-21T08:29:59+10:00July 2nd, 2015|Regional Immigration|

New Skilling Australians Fund Levy for Employer Sponsors

The Australian Government has now passed important new legislation to establish a Skilling Australians Fund, administered by the Department of Education and Training (DET), to support the skills development of Australians.  The Skilling Australians Fund replaces the outgoing Sponsorship Training Benchmark Obligations applicable under the 457 program, requiring employers to spend at least 1 [...]

2022-04-21T08:30:18+10:00July 2nd, 2015|Skilling Australians Fund Levy (SAF)|
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