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Overseas Visitors Health Cover News

12/11/2014 - 7:28am

Australia is known for attracting workers from all over the world. On Aussie shores, many can find their skills put to use, and the economy often sees the benefit.

Which is why we have the 457 visa program, to ensure skilled individuals continue to come and add their experience across all states and territories.

Towards the end of the year, Australia has around 25,000 migrant workers in the country, according to a June release by the Department of Immigration and Border Control.

05/11/2014 - 3:11pm

The world is an increasingly smaller place - or so it is said. With almost any country on Earth accessible by a mere day's flight, it seems more people are taking the opportunity to work abroad.

We see this on a global scale, with millions of people heading abroad to offer their skills to different regions and reinforce some of the most important industries worldwide.

Written by: Jethro Still
03/03/2014 - 8:32pm

Employers who have multiple international workers on their staff may benefit from recently announced changes to 457 visa nominations.

From February 14 this year, the government removed the ceiling on nominations for 457 visas. This means employers are no longer bound by the number of nominations they initially requested on their Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) applications.

This is great news for employers whose businesses have expanded and need to take on additional staff but have reached their nomination limit.

26/02/2014 - 7:25pm

If you're living internationally but planning to visit and work in Australia this year, it is important you understand your visa requirements, including your health insurance needs.

Certain visas - such as the 485 temporary graduate visa and the 457 temporary work visa - require adequate Australian health insurance to be held during the entire duration of an individual's stay in Australia.

09/01/2014 - 9:59pm

If you are an international student looking to study in Australia, you will most likely need to arrange Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Health insurance cover is an important safety net to ensure visitors who intend to study Down Under can meet the costs of medical and hospital treatments they may require while in Australia.

Who needs OSHC?

06/01/2014 - 2:18pm

Working visitors to Australia who qualify for the subclass 457 visa are required to purchase adequate health insurance for their time in the country.

On September 14 2009 it became a legal requirement for subclass 457 applicants to make Australian health insurance arrangements for themselves and any family members accompanying them to the country.

Written by: Suzanne Still
24/09/2013 - 3:28pm

Visitors to Australia who apply for the 457 visa are required to arrange an adequate level of health insurance in order for their visa to be considered.

19/08/2013 - 3:49pm

The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman's (PHIO) Quarterly Report contains some important information about the health insurance requirements for those in Australia on 485 visas.

The 485, or Temporary Graduate, visa allows people who have finished their studies to remain in Australia for a certain period of time.

Depending on your unique circumstances, you can live, work and study Down Under for anywhere between 18 months and 4 years. Your family members may be able to stay in Australia on the 485 visa, too.

05/07/2013 - 3:10pm

The government introduced a number of changes to the migration sector on July 1 that could affect people visiting Australia from overseas and planning to work here.

One of these changes is that from July 1, the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) has been indexed by 4.8 per cent. That means the TSMIT has increased from $51,400 to $53,900.

The TSMIT was put in place to make sure those with 457 visas do not impose an undue financial burden on their adopted community.

17/05/2013 - 7:12am

According to Global Professionals on the Move 2013 (a report commissioned by global specialist recruiter Hydrogen), Australia is the third most popular destination amongst professionals looking to relocate.

This is the fourth time such a report has been conducted, and it was contributed to by more than 2,000 people from 90 countries.

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