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  • 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 […]

  • Easing Australian visa restrictions to the UK has become a hot topic among Westminster MPs Source: news.com.au AUSTRALIA’S push to ease visa restrictions on entering the UK has been debated in Westminster for the first time in seven years amid a report showing thousands of Aussies were being forced to leave the UK and or […]

  • Selective immigration might bring greater benefits to economy Source: THE AUSTRALIAN | Adam Creighton “IF 100,000 French people of Spanish origin were to leave, I would never say that France is not France any more. But if 100,000 Jews leave, France will no longer be France. The French Republic will be judged a failure,” said France’s Barcelona-born […]

  • Focusing on a safer Sydney for international students Source: NSW Police Yesterday Police hosted an expert forum to share ideas and discuss ongoing improvements to the safety, well-being and experience of international students in Sydney. The International Education Provider Forum provided an opportunity for Education institutions, Government officials, and International education service providers to discuss […]

  • Partner visa application charge (VAC) to increase by thousands of dollars from 1 January 2015. The department of immigration will charge 50 per cent more for partner visa application fees from next year, according to a recent media release by DOHA. A check on the charges using DOHAs online visa charge calculator however shows that […]