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  • Changes to Onshore Partner Migration Processing

    The Director of Onshore Partner Migration, Wendy Davenport, has written to MIA to inform members about current changes to Onshore Partner processing leading up to the end of the program year: processing no longer by month of lodgement priority to be given to low-risk, fully front-end loaded applications that immediately satisfy Partner criteria You can […]

  • Skilled Migration WA - Suspension of RCB certification, Review of WASMOL

    Skilled Migration Western Australia has announced the following: A suspension of new applications to certify positions for RSMS nominations. A review of their State Nominated Migration Program and their Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL). While the WASMOL review is taking place, no new invitations to apply for WA State nomination will be issued. Further […]

  • Interesting Statistics from the Department of Home Affairs

    Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) published report with recent migration numbers for FY 15/16. The report indicates that a staggering 7.7 million temporary visas were granted to foreign nationals.  Close to 2 million temporary visitors were New Zealand nationals travelling on Special Category 444 visa. Detailed breakdown of each visa subclass is below: Temporary visas […]

  • Student visa deadline

    March 15th holds particular significance to many international students who have recently completed their studies. This date in most cases signals expiry of their student visa. By now most students would have completed their studies and received or about to receive their qualification. These bright individuals are about to enter the next chapter of their […]

  • Work and holiday visa changes Australia

    Legislative Instrument – F2016L02011 – IMMI 17/003 – Arrangements for Work and Holiday and Working Holiday Visa Applications, specifies additional countries eligible for Subclass 462 visas and changes to the manner of lodgement in some countries.   Schedule 1 Adds Hungary, Luxembourg and San Marino to the list of eligible countries for this subclass. This schedule also provides […]

  • Family unit visa Australia

    The new definition of Member of the Family Unit comes into effect on 19 November 2016 This change applies to most visas except protection, refugee and humanitarian visas  The new definition removes those ‘relatives’ as defined in the previous Reg 1.12 (1)(e): a relative of the family head or of a spouse or de facto partner of the family head who: (i)  does […]

  • Source: migrationblog.border.gov.au Australia’s Working Holiday Maker visa programme is a great way for young people aged 18-30 to have an extended holiday in Australia and earn money through short-term employment. There are two types of Working Holiday Maker visas: Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) and Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462). The visa you should […]

  • Source: www.migration.sa.gov.au 1)    High points  From 1st July, applicants who have 80 points or higher (including state nomination points) on the Department of Home Affairs’s (DOHA) points test, can gain access to the Supplementary Skilled List (SSL) and occupations on the main list that are special conditions apply. Applicants must meet all other South Australian state […]

  • White Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Our North, Our Future Source: www.immi.gov.au The Government has released its White Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Our North, Our Future. ​​​​The White Paper includes a range of visa initiatives to encourage tourism to northern Australia, and to support development in the north. The visa initiatives will include a trial of […]

  • Future directions for streamlined visa processing Source: www.immi.gov.au On 16 June 2015 the Australian Government released the Future directions for streamlined visa processing (2MB PDF)​ report and announced the introduction of a simplified international student visa framework (SSVF) to support Australia’s education services sector. The release of the report follows a period of extensive stakeholder consultation which presented […]

  • Polio Source: www.immi.gov.au   Visa applicants who have spent 28 days or longer in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia or Syria, or in any combination of these countries, on or after 5 May 2014 should provide a vaccination certificate as evidence that they have been vaccinated against polio if they are applying […]

  • Important information for travellers and clients Source: www.immi.gov.au Some employees of the Department of Home Affairs and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service staff will be taking  part in protected industrial action during the period 15 to 26 June 2015. The action will take place at various work sites including international airports, client service centres, ports, […]