BSMQ Re-opens Skilled Program


BSMQ has received additional quota for the skilled program and is re- opening the ‘Working in Queensland, ‘Masters’ and ‘PhD’ Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists from Thursday, 18 April 2019. Once this quota has been filled the program will close again until July 2019. These lists have been changed (some occupations added and removed), so please … Continued

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Migration and the Federal Budget 2019


New Skilled Work Regional visas and changes to the migration program planning level are some of the impacts for migration and BSMQ from the Federal Budget 2019. On 2 April the Federal Government delivered its 2019 budget. What do the budget’s initiatives and other recent announcements mean for migration in the year ahead? The RSMS … Continued

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Making decision-ready applications

Decision-ready applications – a BSMQ series


Welcome to the next instalment of the BSMQ Decision Ready Application series. In this article we will focus on the Settlement Funds Declaration form required for the skilled 190 and 489 visas. In this document, applicants need to declare their cash and other funds or assets to ensure they meet Queensland settlement-funds requirements depending on … Continued

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Greg Mckean speaking in Toowoomba

BSMQ events support business and skilled migrant community


  Queensland’s initiatives to support and attract regional migration were well received by registered migration agents and solicitors at the MIA Regional Migration Conference in Adelaide. BSMQ also joined TIQ at workshops about how regional business can secure funding and investment and the important contribution business and skilled migration makes to Queensland and regional economies. … Continued

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Get up close and personal with the locals. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.

Changes to the Home Affairs Skilled Occupation Lists Monday 11 March 2019


On Monday 11 March 2019 the Department of Home Affairs made changes to the Skilled Occupation Lists. A new legislative instrument LIN 19/051, which is the occupation list used to decide the Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOL) which includes the onshore, offshore and Masters alumni lists for the 190 and … Continued

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Lunar New Year 2019

Migrants celebrate Lunar New Year across Queensland


Communities across Queensland have welcomed in the Lunar New Year in extravagant celebrations and style. In Brisbane over 3 000 people from 48 Chinese and other migrant communities took to the streets through King George Square for the grand parade on 9 February 2019. Following this a Chinese government art troupe performed Festival of Spring … Continued

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Making decision-ready applications

Decision-ready applications – a BSMQ series


  What to include in a Statement of Service BSMQ Case Officers would like to see more decision-ready applications. The advantages of this is a faster turnaround time from invitation to nomination for the client, and less time spent organising additional requested documentation if what is first provided is not adequate. Over the next few … Continued

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Make your business successful in Australia

5 key steps to make your business successful in Australia


  What are the critical steps for prospective and new migrants to consider before starting or investing in a business in Australia? BSMQ Principal Project Officer Lin Han provides her top insights on what can separate a successful and an unsuccessful business migrant, and the common pitfalls to avoid.   1. Do your market research … Continued

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Every day feels like a holiday in the Whitsundays. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.

BSMQ updates for February


  BSMQ has now closed our business and skilled nomination programs for the 2018-19 financial year due to federal government quota being met. The programs will be opened in the new financial year, in July 2019, once the new QSOL lists and criteria are available. BSMQ staff Marney Richardson and Lin Han are taking part … Continued

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