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457 to TSS transition

As of March 2018, The Government of Australia introduced the TSS Visa and as a result officially abolished the 457 Visa. The Department of Home Affairs, who now overshadow The Department of Immigration, are implementing this change as the pathway to permanent residency on the new TSS Visa is now more difficult than it was on the 457 Visa.


Like the 457 Visa, the TSS Visa will be used by Australian businesses, so that they are able to access skilled overseas workers. Under this new Visa program there are three streams available with corresponding employment periods, the employer must select a stream at the time of lodging an application. The three streams are:

  • the Short-term stream (maximum two year stay, with no eligibility for permanent residency)
  • the Medium-term stream (maximum four year stay, with eligibility to apply for permanent residency after three years)
  • the Labour Agreement stream (maximum four year stay, with the capacity to negotiate a permanent residence option)

Another concerning change made by The Department are the changes to Permanent Residency (186 and 187 Visas). Both the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Visa (Subclass 186) and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa (Subclass 187) will be impacted by the introduction of the TSS Visa.


Current subclass 457 Visa holders and applicants applying for permanent residency after March 2018 also face new difficulties during this period of change as transitional arrangements are subject to final approval and in some cases new applications for the TSS Visa to replace the 457 will be required to be made after a specific time frame, predicted to be four years. In some cases 457 Visas and/or the new TSS Visa will no longer be accessible due to changes in the occupations available or due to other changes and an alternative Visa and/or occupation or employer may need to be considered.


These changes are regarded as some of the most complicated changes in migration law and you are well advised to seek a professional assessment.

Bastille Day Melbourne 2017



ImmigAustralia, the immigration arm of O'Sullivan & Ruffilli are pleased to invite you to the 2017 Bastille Day Festival to be held at the Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne Vic 3051.

Jasmine Ruffilli will be delivering a presentation regarding immigration to Australia between 4:00-5:00pm, Saturday 15 July 2016.

For further information and event pricing please follow the link below!


The Modern Evolution of Law Firms

For the past 25 years O’Sullivan and Ruffilli lawyers have been challenging the traditional idea of how a law firm should operate. A small to medium sized law firm have created a successful modern model which thrives the fact of mergers and  O’Sullivan and Ruffilli succeed against the odds to compete with the corporate giants of the law world.  Seen time and time again large legal firms attempt to monopolise the market with a rigid corporate structure and an ironclad reputation to match. Although as the dynamic of the industry changes it becomes that personalised human touch that clients desire.

In the firms of today the most interesting change we see is in demographics, with the tech savvy takeover of Generation Y and the baby boomers working later into life firm evolution is taking place.  This strengthening knowledge and labour pool has drawn us further away from the clinical large firms of the 80’s and 90’s.

As a paradigm shift takes place, it would appear to be the firms able to tap into the wisdom of the ages that are now most desirable. At O’Sullivan and Ruffilli we consider our small yet diversified staff to create an atmosphere that can attend to the more empathetic side of law. In essence firms like ours that span all generations and time with a multi-cultural touch are offering more for less.

Bastille Day Melbourne

ImmigAustralia, the immigration arm of O’Sullivan and Ruffilli are pleased to invite you to the Bastille Day Festival to be held  at the


State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000


(Entry $10 First Ticket, $5 per Additional Tickets) on the weekend of Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 July 2016.


Jasmine Ruffilli will be delivering a presentation regarding immigration to Australia between 10:00-10:45 am, Saturday 16 July 2016.


For more details please consult the program and our contact details and websites below.





Tips and Strategies on Australian Immigration and Visas

July Saturday 16, 2016



O'Sullivan & Ruffilli Lawyers


$10 first ticket, $5 per additional ticket

10am - 10.45am



Do you want to learn more about Australian visa opportunities from an Immigration Professional ?

Jasmine Ruffilli is a Lawyer with over 25 years experience in Immigration Law and is a registered Migration Agent.  During Jasmines 45 minute presentation, she will provide immigration strategies, tips for maximizing your immigration success and a brief but concise overview, of the visa options for migrating to Australia, with a focus on visas which are more common or of particular interest such as:

-              Working Holiday Visas

-              Student Visas

-              Work/Employer sponsorship

-              Partner/ Spouse/ Fiance’ sponsorship

-              Business visas

-              Cultural exchange visas


The Conference will be followed by time for questions at the end and the opportunity to speak further with Jasmine Ruffilli at the O’Sullivan & Ruffilli / ImmigAustralia Stall at the Bastille Day Festival Weekend.


For further information or to book tickets please visit http://www.bastilledaymelbourne.com



If you would like direct advice on immigration matters please contact us on 03 9416 3463 or via email or our immigration website ImmigAustralia http://www.immigaustralia.com/

Working Holiday Arrangement with Italy Benefits Australians

2 October 2003

The Minister for Foreign Affairs The Hon Alexander Downer MP and The Acting Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs Gary Hardgrave

Working Holiday Arrangement with Italy Benefits Australians

Working Holiday Makers from Australia and Italy will soon be able to apply for working holiday visas in a new reciprocal arrangement between the two countries.

The Acting Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Gary Hardgrave today welcomed the new arrangement signed in Italy by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, and the Italian Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Margherita Boniver.

Italy is a welcome addition to this program and its inclusion from 1 January 2004, underlines the close relationship Australia enjoys with Italy.

The arrangement emphasises the importance of people-to-people links between the two countries and will increase the opportunities available to young people to experience other cultures and societies at first hand.

Apart from the strong cultural benefits of the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program, research shows that it has a positive effect on the Australian economy.

The WHM program boosts tourism and benefits industries that rely heavily on casual labour at peak times, particularly the hospitality, horticultural and rural industries.

People aged between 18 and 30 can apply for working holiday visas for up to 12 months’ duration. Work undertaken in Australia must be incidental to the main purpose of holidaying, and work for longer than three months with any one employer is not allowed.

The Working Holiday maker program has expanded to more than 88,500 visas (2002-03) since its introduction in the mid-1970s.

Italy will become the 16th country to sign a reciprocal WHM arrangement. The others are Canada, the Republic of Ireland, Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Cyprus and Belgium. The agreement with Belgium is expected to come into effect later this year, once the ratification process has been finalised.

Since 1 July 2002, working holiday makers have been able to lodge applications on the Internet. Electronic lodgement allows clients to apply for a visa 24 hours a day, seven days a week, where-ever there is Internet access, even if they do not have easy access to a DIMIA office or if they live in regional or remote locations.