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Rebecca Macmillan

BSc, GCMarSt, MMigrationLaw, GCertMigrationLaw

Registered Migration Agent - Cairns

Areas of Expertise

Immigration Law, Workplace Relations & Safety

Expertise

With nearly 15 years’ experience in the field as a Registered Migration Agent, Rebecca specialises in all aspects of Australian migration law.

Rebecca focuses on developing effective migration strategies. Working closely with Australian and international businesses to obtain Australian work visas for skilled professionals, she provides guidance and support to businesses to ensure positive outcomes are delivered and matters of compliance and record keeping are met.

Key areas that Rebecca assist clients with include permanent residency, addressing skills shortages within businesses, employer sponsorship, intra-company transfers, Global Talent Visas and labour agreements. 

Rebecca’s experience ranges across a range of sectors, including information tyechnology, mining and energy, food and beverage manufacturing and agriculture.

In addition to her work with the business and corporate community, Rebecca also assists individuals wishing to migrate to Australia under the skilled migration program, or family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents. She has also assisted sporting clubs with sponsoring elite sports professionals.

Experience

Rebecca has assisted clients in the following areas:

  • temporary and permanent employer sponsorship (including regional employment)
  • skilled independent and skilled nominated visas
  • visas for elite sports professionals
  • business and investment visas
  • visas for family – partners, parents and family of New Zealand citizens
  • resident Return Visas
  • Australian citizenship
  • health waiver submissions
  • character submissions
  • responding to notices of intention to cancel or refuse a visa. 

Publications

20 October 2021 - Knowledge

Changes to Australian citizenship law and travel exemptions for parents overseas

#Immigration Law, #COVID-19

Recent changes to Australia’s migration and citizenship laws include the expansion of the residence requirement to talent visa holders applying for citizenship, and overseas parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents now recognised as ‘immediate family’ for travel to Australia.

13 October 2021 - Knowledge

Australia prepares to reopen international borders: Risks and considerations for travellers

#Immigration Law, #COVID-19

The Prime Minister has announced a plan to lift international travel bans for fully vaccinated Australians in November. Are there any risks? What should you be mindful of?

13 October 2020 - Knowledge

What the 2020-21 federal budget means for immigration

#Immigration Law, #COVID-19

We summarise the key immigration announcements from the recent federal budget.

22 September 2020 - Knowledge

COVID-19 concessions for temporary and provisional visa applicants

#Immigration Law, #COVID-19

The Australian Government has introduced a number of concessions, including extended stay and offshore applications, for certain visa applicants affected by the current travel restrictions.

17 September 2020 - Knowledge

The Australian citizenship test is changing

#Immigration Law

The Australian government has announced it will add five new questions on Australian values to the Australian citizenship test from 15 November 2020.

09 September 2020 - Knowledge

New labour market testing requirement for employers

#Immigration Law, #COVID-19

We look at the upcoming important changes to the labour market testing requirement for temporary and permanent employer sponsored visa applications lodged on or after 1 October 2020.

08 September 2020 - Knowledge

Expansion of the COVID-19 pandemic event visa for Australia’s critical industries

#Immigration Law, #COVID-19

People with relevant skills and qualifications in aged care can now apply for the Australian Government’s pandemic event visa regardless of whether their substantive visa has work rights.

08 July 2020 - Knowledge

A rundown of the Global Talent Independent Program

#Immigration Law, #COVID-19

The new GTI program is designed to attract skilled migrants in the top future-focused sectors to Australia. We review the program and discuss who can apply and how.

31 March 2020 - Knowledge

The new Horticulture Labour Industry Agreement – who it is for and how to apply?

#Immigration Law

Three months into the new agreement, the application template is now available. We look at which temporary visa holders are eligible to apply and tips for employers submitting the application.

25 March 2020 - Knowledge

The impacts of COVID-19 on temporary visa holders – part 2

#Immigration Law, #COVID-19

We provide an update on travel bans, work limitations and considerations for employers of sponsored workers.

17 March 2020 - Knowledge

How does the coronavirus travel restrictions impact my visa? - part 1

#Immigration Law, #COVID-19

The Australian Government has stepped up its travel restrictions in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. We answer questions concerning travellers and visa holders in and outside the country.

19 February 2020 - Knowledge

A new path to recruit foreign horticulture workers into Australia

#Immigration Law

We look at the requirements and visa options under the new Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement for Australian employers looking to recruit horticulture workers from abroad.

05 February 2020 - Knowledge

Employing international students – what you need to know about work rights

#Immigration Law

International students are starting to arrive in Australia, ready to start the new school year and eager to find a job. As an employer, it is important you understand the work limitations imposed on international students.

04 February 2020 - Knowledge

Coronavirus outbreak: A warning for overseas travellers

#Immigration Law

We take a look at the likely impact of increased border control measures following the coronavirus outbreak.

05 December 2019 - Knowledge

SkillSelect Update – October 2019

#Immigration Law

The Migration Program for this year has been set at a cap of 160,000 places. Approximately 70 per cent of places have been allocated to skilled visas, with the bulk of the remainder allocated to family visas.

02 December 2019 - Knowledge

Employing an overseas worker: A guide for Australian businesses

#Immigration Law

Australia now has more employer sponsored visas than ever before – but which is right for your business? We take a look at some options.