• Direct Control

    Direct Control – TRT and associated entities policy reversed Source: Following representation from the MIA, advice has been received from the Department reversing its position on the ‘direct control’ policy for TRT applications. The Department is reverting to the previous ‘wider interpretation’ which allowed the ‘direct control’ test to be satisfied when the visa holder had been […]

  • Australian Citizenship Requirements

    Will Australian citizenship requirements change in 2018? Source: The controversial citizenship bill was struck down by the Senate in 2017. But will the amended bill pass in 2018? On October 18th 2017, before the controversial citizenship bill was struck down, the Government proposed amendments to the Citizenship Bill. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s last-ditch effort to water […]

  • State sponsorship

    State sponsorship – Vic and Qld suspend applications Source: Live in Melbourne and Business and Skilled Migration Queensland have suspended acceptance of applications for state sponsorship due to high volumes and backlogs of applications.  Details for each authority are provided below and by clicking on the links to the relevant websites. Live in Melbourne No […]

  • Parent visa crackdown

    Exclusive: Coalition backflips on parent visa crackdown Source: The Turnbull government will reverse a controversial regulation that effectively doubles the income requirement for people trying to bring their parents to Australia.   The Turnbull government will scrap its controversial changes to parent visa sponsorship rules to prevent an impending Senate defeat, SBS News can reveal. The backflip […]

  • The history of the Gold Coast

    The fascinating history of the Gold Coast We all know that Australia’s Gold Coast is famed for its laid back beach culture. However, its origins go back far beyond the holiday home surfer vibe that it is known for today. You might be surprised to realise that the Gold Coast’s origins lie in its traditional […]

  • Sponsored Visas

    Sponsored Visas: Assurance of Support (AoS) Made More Difficult Source: AoS is a legal commitment to provide financial support to a migrant applicant so that the Australian government will not carry any financial liability. The assurer, who does not need to be the sponsor, is also bound to repay the Australian government for any welfare […]

  • History of the Tweed Coast

    The fascinating history of the Tweed Coast, NSW Australia New South Wales’ Tweed Coast is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. Now well-known because of a boom in tourism over the last couple of decades. More and more travellers flocking to the area, as well as retirees deciding to relocate to a […]

  • Australia’s top travel destinations

    Australia’s top travel destinations – Our top 5 Most people put Australia right at the top of their travel wish-lists. It’s no surprise really, not when you consider the vast array of travel destinations to choose from. It’s impossible to list them all in detail, so we’ll stick to the most recognised. One thing’s for […]

  • Family visa announcement

    IMPORTANT – Family visa announcement The DOHA head of family visas announced at the MIA conference that from 18 November 2017 any family visa applications (and perhaps others) lodged without supporting documentation will be subject to refusal with no request for further information or other 28-day notification etc… They seem to be targeting people who […]

  • Updates to RCB and postcodes

    Regional Australia – updates to RCB and postcodes Legislative Instrument – F2017L01460 – IMMI 17/059: Regional Certifying Bodies and Regional Postcodes Instrument 2017, specifies the postcodes for the parts of Australia defined as regional Australia for migration purposes and the list of relevant Regional Certifying Bodies (RCB). Regional Certifying Bodies Schedule 1 of the Instrument specifies the […]

  • Grandfathering provisions announced

    Grandfathering provisions 457 to ENS/RSMS announced The DOHA Fact Sheet Two: Reforms to Australia’s permanent skilled migration program, November 2017, updates the previous versions and provides guidance on the grandfathering provisions for holders of Subclass 457 visas up to and on 18 April 2017. These visa holders will be able to access certain existing provisions under the TRT […]

  • Australian citizenship

    Strengthening the requirements for Australian citizenship On 20 April 2017, the Australian Government announced it is strengthening the integrity of Australian citizenship. The Australian Citizenship legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was introduced into Parliament on 15 June 2017. On 18 October 2017, the Government proposed amendments to […]