Jo Alexander

Jo Alexander

Migration Agent

Jo joined H & H Lawyers as a paralegal when she was studying Australian Migration Law and Practice from the Australian National University in 2017. She has worked as a Registered Migration Agent since 2018. She has a passion for Australian Migration Law and has been developing significant experience and expertise providing immigration services to a broad range of clients. Jo is specialised in Employer Sponsored Visas, General Skilled Migration Visas, and Spouse/Family Visas.

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  • Migration Agent (MARN 1801690)

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Firm News

2019 Federal Budget announcements – Immigration

On 2 April 2019, new immigration programs were introduced in conjunction with federal budget announcements. Please be aware of your conditions and visa status in order to prevent any negative impact on your circumstances in applying the amended immigration policy. 1. Increase in visa application charge On 1 July 2019, charges for any visa application will increase up to 5.4% (except for visitor visa (subclass 600), but the second instalment remains the same). The government expects to have $275 million of additional tax revenues between 2018/19 financial year and 2021/22 financial year. 2. Plan for Immigration program The number of visa approvals will decrease to 160,000 per year for the next four years (from 162,417 to fewer than 160,000). 3. Skilled Immigration Points 1) Change in skilled immigration point requirement from November 2019: despite a partner of a visa applicant being ineligible for skilled partner points, additional points could be recognised if competent English skill (IELTS score each band 6.0) is found to exist. 2) Recognition of additional points for a non-partnered individual applicant for skilled immigration for the purpose of mitigating disadvantage. 4. Announcement of new regional visas substituting for RSMS (subclass 187) and Skilled Regional (subclass 489). 1) On 1 November 2019, new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa and Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa will be announced. 2) New visas will require visa applicants to comply with more strengthened regulations. 3) RSMS (subclass 187) and Skilled Regional (subclass 489) visa will cease. 5. Extension of temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) for regional graduates. In 2021, a temporary graduate visa could be extended for an additional 12 months for applicants under post-study work stream. Eligible applicants would have a 3 years visa in total. 6. Destination Australia program A scholarship scheme will be available for students registering for higher education or more advanced programs than vocational education qualifications in regional areas. 7. New regional visa information 1) Skilled Employer Sponsored (Provisional) Available form 1 November 2019 9,000 applicants per year Approximately 700 job categories Expedited evaluation procedures 5 years visa period Eligible to apply for permanent residence visa after 3 years work in regional areas 2) Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Available from 1 November 2019 14,000 applicants per year More than 500 job categories Expedited evaluation procedures 5 years visa period Eligible to apply for permanent residence visa after 3 years work in regional areas 3) Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa Available from November 2022 Requirement for 3 years residence and work in regional areas Eligible only for Skilled Employer Sponsored (Provisional) visa or Skilled Work regional (Provisional) visa holders 4) Temporary Graduate Visa Available from 2021 Additional 12 months of second visa Ongoing residence requirement in regional areas for initial temporary graduate visa period Requirement for study at and graduation from regional campus

02 Apr 2019


Firm News

Changes to Skilled Occupation Lists

The Department of Home Affairs announced changes to the Skilled Occupation List.These changes apply to applications made on or after 11 march 2019, not retrospective. Visas affected by these changes are:1. 186 Employee Nomination Scheme2. 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme3. 189 Skilled Independent Visa4. 190 Skilled Nominated Visa5. 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa6. 407 Training visa7. 485 Temporary Graduate visa8. 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa 36 occupations were added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), 27 occupations were removed from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and 18 of them were moved to Regional Occupation List (ROL). Added to MLTSSLTelecommunications network planner (ANZSCO code 313213)Pressure welder (ANZSCO code 322312)Environmental Manager (ANZSCO code 139912)Musician (Instrumental) (ANZSCO code 211213)Statistician (ANZSCO code 224113)Economist (ANZSCO code 224311)Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) (ANZSCO code 233611)Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO code 233612)Engineering Professionals nec (ANZSCO code 233999)Chemist (ANZSCO code 234211)Food Technologist (ANZSCO code 234212)Environmental Consultant (ANZSCO code 234312)Environmental Research Scientist (ANZSCO code 234313)Environmental Scientists nec (ANZSCO code 234399)Geophysicist (ANZSCO code 234412)Hydrogeologist (ANZSCO code 234413)Life Scientist (General) (ANZSCO code 234511)Biochemist (ANZSCO code 234513)Biotechnologist (ANZSCO code 234514)Botanist (ANZSCO code 234515)Marine Biologist (ANZSCO code 234516)Microbiologist (ANZSCO code 234517)Zoologist (ANZSCO code 234518)Life Scientists nec (ANZSCO code 234599)Conservator (ANZSCO code 234911)Metallurgist (ANZSCO code 234912)Meteorologist (ANZSCO code 234913)Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec (ANZSCO code 234999)University Lecturer (ANZSCO code 242111)Multimedia Specialist (ANZSCO code 261211)Software and Applications Programmers nec (ANZSCO code 261399)Horse Trainer (ANZSCO code 361112)Physicist – no longer restricted to medical physicist Added to STSOLVisual arts and crafts professionals (nec) (ANZSCO code 211499)Textile, clothing and footwear mechanic (ANZSCO code 323215)Watch and clock maker and repairer (ANZSCO code 323316)Chemical plant operator (ANZSCO code 399211)Library technician (ANZSCO code 399312) Moved from STSOL to MLTSSLArts administrator or manager (ANZSCO code 139911)Dancer or choreographer (ANZSCO code 211112)Music director (ANZSCO code 211212)Artistic director (ANZSCO code 212111)Tennis coach (ANZSCO code 452316)Footballer (ANZSCO code 452411) Removed from STSOLVisual arts and crafts professionals (ANZSCO code 211499)Textile, clothing and footwear Mechanic (ANZSCO code 323215)Watch and clock maker and repairer (ANZSCO code 323316)Chemical plant operator (ANZSCO code 399211)Library technician (ANZSCO code 399312)Arts administrator or manager (ANZSCO code 139911)Dancer or choreographer (ANZSCO code 211112)Music director (ANZSCO code 211212)Artistic director (ANZSCO code 212111)Footballer (ANZSCO code 452411)Aquaculture farmer (ANZSCO code 121111)Cotton grower (ANZSCO code 121211)Fruit or nut grower (ANZSCO code 121213)Grain, oil seed or pasture grower (ANZSCO code 121214)Mixed crop farmer (ANZSCO code 121216)Sugar cane grower (ANZSCO code 121217)Crop farmers nec (ANZSCO code 121299)Beef cattle farmer (ANZSCO code 121312)Dairy cattle farmer (ANZSCO code 121313)Mixed livestock farmer (ANZSCO code 121317)Pig farmer (ANZSCO code 121318)Sheep farmer (ANZSCO code 121322)Livestock farmers nec (ANZSCO code 121399)Mixed crop and livestock farmer (ANZSCO code 121411)Dentist (ANZSCO code 252312)Anaesthetist (ANZSCO code 253211)Tennis coach (ANZSCO code 4542316) Added to ROLDeer farmer (ANZSCO code 121314)Goat farmer (ANZSCO code 121315) Added to ROL, removed from STSOLAquaculture farmer (ANZSCO code 121111)Cotton grower (ANZSCO code 121211)Fruit or nut grower (ANZSCO code 121213)Grain, oilseed or pasture grower (Aus) / field crop grower (NZ) (ANZSCO code 121214)Mixed crop farmer (ANZSCO code 121216)Sugar cane grower (ANZSCO code 121217)Crop farmers (nec) (ANZSCO code 121299)Beef cattle farmer (ANZSCO code 121312)Dairy cattle farmer (ANZSCO code 121313)Mixed livestock farmer (ANZSCO code 121317)Pig farmer (ANZSCO code 121318)Sheep farmer (ANZSCO code 121322)Livestock farmers (nec) (ANZSCO code 121399)Mixed crop and livestock farmer (ANZSCO code 121411)Dentist (ANZSCO code 252312)Anaesthetist (ANZSCO code 253211) Removed from ROL moved to MLTSSLArts administrator or manager (ANZSCO code 139911)Dancer or choreographer (ANZSCO code 211112)Music director (ANZSCO code 211212)Artistic director (ANZSCO code 212111)Tennis coach (ANZSCO code 452316)Footballer (ANZSCO code 452411)Telecommunications network planner (ANZSCO code 313213)Prssure welder (ANZSCO code 322312)

11 Mar 2019


Firm News

H & H Lawyers welcomes Claire Kim and Jo Alexander

Claire is a registered Lawyer and Patent Attorney in Korea. Prior to joining H & H Lawyers, she worked as in-house counsel for Chung-Ang University Industry-Academia Consortium and Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Media, acquiring expertise in project management and commercialisation, media content licensing and contract management. As the Business Development Officer of H & H Lawyers, Claire is responsible for the marketing and communication strategy of the firm. Jo is a registered Migration Agent (MARN 1801690), and has previous work experience as a head hunter, running her own recruiting agency for 10 years. As a registered migration agent, Jo will be providing professional immigration advice and assistance to our clients.

21 Jun 2018


Immigration

Consumer Guide - Migration Agents Registration Authority

Consumer Guides issued by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority Registered migration agents are skilled people who must meet professional standards, follow the Code of Conduct and maintain up-to-date knowledge of migration law and procedure. Your agent must be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA), which ensures that only suitable persons are registered to provide immigration assistance. To check if a person is registered, visit OMARA’s website. The Code of Conduct ensures that your registered migration agent will: be honest with you about your chances of securing a visa; keep you informed about the progress of your application and any changes that may affect it; be contactable during business hours and tell you if they change their contact details; act within the law, your best interests and protect your privacy; declare any interest they have that may affect your application and not act for you if there is a conflict; provide you with a written statement - before starting work - of the services to be provided, the estimated fees and other costs; charge a reasonable fee and, if you pay in advance, keep this in a separate bank account; provide you with an invoice listing the actual services completed and the amount payable; provide timely and correct advice and tell you in writing about the result of your application as soon as possible Complaints - If you experience a problem with your registered migration agent you should try to resolve it with them. For help, contact OMARA. Making a complaint to OMARA will not affect your visa application. Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) Under Australian law, OMARA: assesses and decides applications for registration as a migration agent; approves continuing professional development activities for agents; monitors the conduct of registered migration agents; and investigates complaints against registered migration agents and will discipline them when appropriate. OMARA cannot help you with your visa application or sponsorship, or order a refund of your fees from your registered migration agent. More information can be found at OMARA's website. Check if a person is registered at www.mara.gov.au.

10 Aug 2016


Press

DAMA – Designated Area Migration Agreements - SBS Korean

Introducing to you Talk Talk S Pod with Hong Tae Kyung – ‘Must-know’ details for living in Australia explained in an easy way. To our Talk Talk S Pod readers, we have dedicated this time to unravelling some key information you will need to know before settling into Australia. Most importantly, we will be navigating through one of the more essential topics for when you arrive. Yes, your visa requirements. For those of you who wish to obtain Australian residency status, let’s have a look at how you might settle in one of Australia’s local regions. To do this, we will be dissecting everything you will need to know about the ‘Designated Area Migration Agreements’, or what is more commonly referred to as DAMA. We will be led by John Kim, Partner and Immigration Specialist at H & H Lawyers in Sydney, who will be attending to all your queries: What is DAMA? What kind of processes will local businesses employing through DAMA need to go through in order to be selected? To this date, the Commonwealth government has declared 6 designated areas in total. It appears there are subtle differences amongst them. If so, what are those differences? Let us hear what Partner Kim has to say. Partner John Kim: I see, well. Why don’t we first begin by identifying those 6 designated areas. Producer Sungil Park has outlined for us the respective regional occupations for each area. DAMA – Northern Territory We will start with the region which appears to have the longest list of occupations – the Northern Territory. With roughly 117 occupations listed, the Northern Territory occupation list includes amongst others, accounting, child care, chef and wedding design. If we look closely, we can also see that some occupations currently on the list, but which were previously excluded from the existing MLTSSL (Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills), such as café or restaurant manager and hairdresser, reappear. For this reason, we see that the Northern Territory is gaining strong interest from prospective visa applicants. DAMA – New South Wales, Orana The second designated area is New South Wales Orana. In this region, there are up to 73 listed occupations for visa applicants, including amongst others nursing, chef and carpentry, etc. DAMA – Western Australia, Goldfields  The third designed area is Goldfields located in the south eastern corner of Western Australia. Out of 72 total listed occupations for visa applicants, there includes General Accountant, Carpentry, Chef, truck driver, etc. DAMA – Victoria, Great South Coast The fourth designated area is the Great South Coast located in Victoria. With 27 listed occupations for visa applicants, there includes chef, truck driver, automotive electrician and hotel manager. DAMA – Far North Queensland The fifth designated area is Far North Queensland. Restaurant supervisor, mechanic, chef, childcare worker and farm inspector appear amongst the list of 70 occupations, with 200 visas to be offered. DAMA – Adelaide and South Australia  The final designated area has been split into two regions, namely Adelaide and Southern Australia. Firstly, the Adelaide Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement constitutes an innovative precinct, designed to drive the technological growth industry within Adelaide. With a total of 60 listed occupations, a maximum of 300 workers will be sponsored per year. Secondly, through the South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement, local South Australian businesses will be sponsoring up to 750 workers per year out of 114 listed occupations. Well, now that we’ve briefly covered all 6 designated areas, let’s proceed with discussing the attractiveness of a DAMA. Q: In order to encourage labour inflow into the selected local regions, the 428 visa through DAMA appears to target lower skilled immigrants by easing the threshold for successfully obtaining a working visa. How might this compare to existing skilled visas? Partner John Kim: I think the fact that applicants are required to have worked within a designated region for at least 3 years prior to making an application for permanent residency is important to consider. A: Would then working whilst residing within one of those designated regions for 3 years guarantee the making of an application for permanent residency? Partner John Kim: I would suggest to all prospective visa applicants to undergo a stringent preliminary investigation before making any decisions. You want to seriously consider whether the particular work fits in with your future plans and make a move according to that. Before seeking any legal advice, it is also best to have a good understanding of the basic requirements and features of each DAMA region which are all available through their website. It’s difficult for an adviser to know the specific features for all 6 designated regions. By having a grasp of the basic understanding, you will be able to seek out more specific and tailored opinion with respect to your situation. Today we were joined by Partner John Kim who has helped us navigate DAMA – the Designated Area Migration Agreements – in relation to the 428 Working Visa. Talk Talk S Pod is always here to provide you with the latest information.

28 Jan 2001