• Permanent Residency For Retirees

    Pathway to permanent residency for retirees Source:     Legislative Instrument – F2018L01472 – Migration Amendment (Pathway to Permanent Residence for Retirees) Regulations 2018. This amendment relates to the small cohort of temporary resident retirees who have been unable to progress to permanent residency due to the closure of that pathway for retirees. Holders or former […]

  • Skilled Migration

    Skilled Migration remains the best pathway to move to Australia Source:   The Migration Program is designed to achieve a range of economic and social outcomes. The program is set on an annual basis and re-sets on 1 July each year.  For the current migration year, with the total places available capped at a ceiling […]

  • Graduate Stream for WA

    New Recent Graduate Stream for WA State Nomination Source: The recent additional requirement that Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (Subclass 482) applicants must already have 2 years of experience has resulted in many struggling to find a visa pathway after graduation. Previously, without the work experience requirement, graduates could use the time on their Temporary […]

  • Cabarita Beach

    5 Things to do at Cabarita Beach, NSW Whether the Tweed Coast is your home or you are just passing by New South Wales, the coastal gem that is Cabarita Beach is worth a detour. Discover 5 things to do at Cabarita Beach: Hastings Point Headland Easy to walk or drive to, Hastings Point Headland […]

  • Canadian Working Holiday

    Increased age eligibility for Canadian Working Holiday Makers welcomed   Source:   Australia’s peak body of tourism organisations, Australian Chamber-Tourism, welcomes the announcement today that Canadians up to the age of 35 years are eligible to apply for working holidaymaker visas, from November 1, 2018.     Australian Chamber-Tourism Executive Chair, John Hart said, “the Working Holiday […]

  • New Labour Market Testing Source –   Legislative Instrument – F2018L01108 – LIN 18/036: Period, manner and evidence of labour market testing) Instrument 2018 has come into effect. The following alterations/additions have been made to the current LMT requirements: LMT must be for a minimum of 4 weeks  be undertaken in the 4 months immediately prior to lodgement  salary must be […]

  • Facts About Australia

    Fascinating Facts About Australia Australia is a strange and unique land in many ways. Even the name of our country is unique. The name ‘Australia’ means ‘Terra Australis Incognito’ in Latin, translated to ‘Unknown Southern Land’ in English. Learn some fascinating facts about Australia you might not have heard before. People The average Australian drinks […]

  • DOHA to increase visa application fees

    DOHA TO INCREASE VISA APPLICATION FEES FROM 1 JULY 2018 Source: As of yesterday – 1st July 2018, the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) have implemented a yearly increase in visa application fees. The rise is generally around 2% across the board. This may not be terribly significant, however, for the application fees that are already […]

  • General Skilled Migration Points

    General Skilled Migration Points Increase 1 July 2018 Source: Legislative Instrument-IMMI18/067-  Pool and Pass Marks for General Skilled Migration Visas Instrument 2018. Part 2 of this instrument increases the pool and pass mark to 65 for the following three subclasses where an application is made on or after 1 July 2018 in response to an […]

  • 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 […]