News from Migration Queensland
MQ Business Migrants Attend 'Taste of Queensland' 2022
MQ's migrants had the opportunity to see and sample a diverse range of Queensland food and beverage products. The event helped them establish contacts with Queensland manufacturers and source the right products for their export trading businesses in Queensland. Buiness migrants were especially interested in Queensland alcoholic beverages, nuts, edible oil, candy, honey and mineral water. One buyer from China has already placed an order of frozen beef valued at approximately A$100,000.
MQ migrants from China, Mr and Mrs Zhang, with their company 'Crest Chocolates', were exhibitors at the Brisbane session to showcase a variety of their products.
The couple purchased the Crest Chocolate factory in Brisbane three years ago and have transformed the business into an export-oriented confectionery manufacturer. Pictured below: Mr and Mrs Zhang presenting their beautifully designed and packaged chocolate to Hon Cameron Dick, the Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment.
In the evening of 2 November 2022, MQ business migrants were also invited to attend the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) – Queensland cocktail networking event at KPMG headquarters in Brisbane. They were warmly welcomed by MQ Manager, Greg McKean and ACBC Executive Member and KPMG Director, Bert Wu.
The Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) Commissioner for China and TIQ staff from Shanghai, Chengdu, and Hong Kong also attended the event.
Migration Queensland’s Business Program (BIIP) temporarily suspendedMigration Queensland’s business nomination program (BIIP) will be temporarily suspended from 8 November 2022.
IMPORTANT NEWS: Proof of English now required as part of MQ nomination applicationMigration Queensland now requires evidence of English language to be uploaded to your document portal if you receive an invitation.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – Update on the Migration Queensland Program Opening for FY2022-23The Migration Queensland (MQ) Program will open on 16 August 2022 with Queensland’s new nomination criteria and factsheets published on the MQ website.
Migration Queensland Program UpdateThe Migration Queensland skilled program is currently closed. We are awaiting nomination allocation from the Department of Home Affairs, and final approval for criteria changes for the 2022-23 financial year.
Migration Queensland Skilled Program is now CLOSED for the 2021–22 program yearThe Migration Queensland Skilled Program (subclass 190 and 491 visas) is now closed due to the nomination allocation for 2021–22 program year being filled.
Welcome to 2022 - Year of the Water Tiger!Hello and welcome to 2022. We hope you had a refreshing holiday period and had an opportunity to catch up with loved ones as domestic borders were relaxed.
Migration Queensland Events – 2021 and Upcoming Events 2022Migration Queensland staff supported over 20 business migration webinars hosted by onshore and offshore migration agencies since 1 July 2021.
Migration Queensland Website Navigation and Special FeaturesMigration Queensland launched a brand-new website in October last year, which we hope you have had an opportunity to explore.
Visa Updates from the Department of Home AffairsThere have been some exciting announcements made over the last couple of months by the Department of Home Affairs to address skill shortages as a result of COVID-19 and closed borders over the past two years.
Happy Lunar New Year from Migration Queensland2022 is a Year of the Water Tiger, starting from February 1st, 2022, and lasting until January 21st, 2023.
Not Processing Offshore Skilled Applications - Migration Queensland UpdateDue to the current high number of applications for Queensland State Nomination from temporary migrants onshore who are living and working in Queensland, it is unlikely that Migration Queensland will open to offshore to skilled applicants this financial year.
Migration Queensland Christmas Closure PeriodMigration Queensland will close over the festive season from Saturday 25 December 2021 – Monday 3 January 2022. We open again on Tuesday 4 January 2022.
Migration Queensland – No Gift PolicyAs Migration Queensland is part of the Queensland Government, we are unable to accept gifts of any kind during the festive season
Migration Queensland online payment system is currently downThe Migration Queensland online payment system is currently down. It is currently being worked on by developers and will be live again soon. Please wait until the system is live to make your application payment.
The Migration Queensland Program is NOW OPENThe Migration Queensland State Nomination Program is now open from Tuesday 26 October 2021.
Migration Queensland showcases Burdekin and Townsville opportunities for migrant investmentLeading a group of 29 delegates, Migration Queensland headed North in mid-June, successfully hosting in partnership with the Burdekin and Townsville City Councils, a regional roadshow to promote investment opportunities in the Burdekin and Townsville regions.
Last published: 2:30 PM, Monday, 19 September 2022