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  • 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, […]

  • Australia and the Slovak Republic sign a new Work and Holiday visa arrangement Source: www.immi.gov.au   On 27 May 2015, Australia and the Slovak Republic signed a Work and Holiday Memorandum of Understanding, establishing a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement between our two countries. This arrangement will allow up to 200 young adults […]

  • Volunteer work activities Source: www.immi.gov.au The Department of Home Affairs is currently in the process of making a change to the second Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa initiative, to exclude volunteer wor​​​k activities, such as Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF), from its eligibility framework. However, this change will take some time to introduce, and is not […]

  • New visa arrangements for people working in Australia’s offshore oil and gas industry Source: www.immi.gov.au    From 31 March 2015, new visa arrangements came into effect for non-citizens other than permanent residents intending to work in Australia’s offshore oil and gas industry. People intending to work on resources installations should hold either a Subclass 457 Temporary […]

  • Lodging child visas in Australia from 18 April 2015 Source: www.immi.gov.au   From 18 April 2015, child visa applications in Australia must be lodged at the Perth office in Western Australia – attention to Child and Other Family Processing Centre. This change will apply to all applications for Child visas (subclass 802) and Orphan Relative visas […]

  • Australia and Vietnam sign a new Work and Holiday visa arrangement Source: www.immi.gov.au On 18 March 2015, Australia and Vietnam signed a Work and Holiday Memorandum of Understanding, establishing a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement between our two countries. This arrangement will allow up to 200 young adults from Vietnam and up to […]

  • Inclusion of sponsored family visitor visa in offshore biometrics programme Source: www.immi.gov.au From 6 May 2015, as part of our global expansion of biometrics collection, we will start collecting biometrics from visa applicants in designated countries who are applying for a subclass 600 Visitor visa in the Sponsored Family Visitor stream. A list of designated countries […]

  • Bringing family members to Australia Source: www.immi.gov.au Most student visas allow you to bring your family members to Australia as your dependants if you are: eligible for streamlined visa processing assessment level 1 or 2 or assessment level 3 or 4 and your course is longer than 12 months. If the duration of your course is […]

  • Health insurance for students – What you need to do Source: www.immi.gov.au You must have health insurance while in Australia. Health insurance can be provided by obtaining Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which provides medical and hospital insurance. See: Overseas Student Health Cover – Frequently Asked Questions You can ask your education provider to organise OSHC […]