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  • 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 […]

  • Australian university graduates earn the biggest salaries Graduates from prestigious universities earn more over their lifetime By Alexandra Hansen, The Conversation Graduates from the prestigious Group of Eight and technology universities earn more than graduates from the lesser known and regional universities over their lifetime. A new analysis released by the Grattan Institute found that bachelor-degree […]