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Visa cancelled due to incorrect information given or provided to the Department of Home Affairs

It is a requirement that a visa applicant must fill in or complete his or her application form in a manner that all questions are answered, and no incorrect answers are given or provided. There is also a requirement that visa applicants must not provide incorrect information during interviews with…

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Partner Visa and Family Violence

In Australia, family and domestic violence is not acceptable. The Australian government including the Department of Home Affairs does not tolerate domestic and family violence in the community. The Family Law Act 1975 defines family violence in section 4AB as violent, threatening or other behaviour by a person that coerces…

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Can I apply for Partner visa if I’m still married and I cannot get a divorce?

In my experience of practising migration law, I have been approached by clients who would like to apply for Partner visa but they are still legally married to someone and they cannot obtain a divorce. Most of these clients are usually from countries where divorce is still illegal, namely the…

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Working as Uber or Taxi Driver while holding a Student Visa?

As a general rule, international students cannot work for more than 40 hours per fortnight during the school semester. This rule is explained under Condition 8105 of the Migration Regulations 1994 where it states: (1A)  The holder must not engage in any work in Australia before the holder’s course of study commences. (1)  Subject to…

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What is the health requirement for a permanent visa?

As part of the permanent visa application process, you and your dependent family members will be required to undertake health examinations and meet the health requirement. As a general rule, these examinations will include: A medical examination for all applicants, with blood testing required for applicants aged 15 years and…

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Two new regional provisional visas introduced

The Federal Government announced that two regional provisional visas will be introduced in November 2019 to assist regional areas in securing skilled workers to fill local skill shortages. While no detail has been provided at the time of writing, we are aware that both visas will lead to permanent residency…

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New Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa

It has been announced today that the new five-year sponsored parent visa, the Parent (Temporary) (870) visa, will be open for applications from 17 April 2019. Who is eligible for the temporary Sponsored Parent visa? To be eligible for the visa, a parent must be the biological, adoptive, or step-parent…

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How does my business employ an overseas worker on a temporary basis?

This is the first in a series of news updates from Visa Australia on the requirements for employing an overseas worker from a business perspective. If you are looking to employ an overseas worker on a temporary basis, please read the latest information below. Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (482) subclass…

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Skilling Australians Fund

Visa Australia have received further information this morning on the implementation of the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF). The associated Bills have been passed through Parliament and both are awaiting Royal Assent, which usually takes between 7 and 10 working days. When it comes into effect it will require employers to…

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