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How do I become an Australian citizen?

Obtaining Australian citizenship and an Australian passport is in more demand than ever. It continues to rate in the top ten most desirable countries to be a citizen. According to the United Nations, Australia is the second-best country in the world to live, due to its excellent quality of life…

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Entrepreneur visa Australia

Australia is actively chasing entrepreneurs not only to assist in the economic led recovery from COVID-19 but also because it provides a viable alternative to the United States of America. The graph below from research conduct at QUT one of Australia’s leading universities outlines recent trends: How do I get…

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Australian Business Visas

As the world emerges from the pandemic the demand for visas to Australia for business owners, investors and entrepreneurs is seeing unprecedented demand. As the border open Australia’s State and Territory governments will be actively seeking high quality applicants. Outlined in this article is the current pathways for business owners,…

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What are the current processing priorities for skilled migration visa applications in Australia?

Australia has prioritised both permanent and temporary work visas during the pandemic period to assist in its economic recovery. All skilled visa processing priorities are determined by the current government policy and outlined in the various Ministerial Directions. Currently this relates to the following visas:​ Subclass 124 (Distinguished Talent)Subclass 186…

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MLTSSL – Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List

The Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) contains 216 occupations. The list is prescribed in LIN 19/051: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities) Instrument 2019. MLTSSL is the occupational demand list which is in high demand across various states and territories of Australia. It is particularly relevant to the following visas in…

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Permanent residence – transitional arrangements for 457 visa holders cease in March 2022

The Australian Government in 2017 announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa program would cease and be replaced by subclass 482 (Temporary Skilled Shortage) visa. The subclass 482 came into effect in March 2018 with new eligibility requirements. The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) announced transitional arrangements for…

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Ministerial intervention – Australian immigration law

I receive many enquiries from migration agents and lawyers seeking assistance with Ministerial intervention applications for their clients. What is a Ministerial intervention? When your visa has been refused by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) there is provision in the Migration Act 1958 (Act) for the Minister to personally intervene…

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A new agricultural visa for Australia

The Australian Government has announced a new agricultural visa looking to be implemented in the second half of 2021. The visa is aimed at addressing the ever-increasing shortage of farm workers. With the borders closed the traditional backpacker army who assisted the agricultural sector has been significantly curtailed. Who will…

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Partner visa changes for sponsorship and English language requirements

Partner visa changes for sponsorship and English language requirements are set to come in into force in November 2021. There are two significant changes that will affect any partner visa application relating to the sponsor and English language requirements. These changes were introduced in the 2020-21 federal budget and are…

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What is a de facto partner according to Australian immigration law?

One of the most confusing aspects of applying for a partner visa is what will satisfy the definition of a de facto when it comes to applying for a visa to Australia. The Migration Act 1958 (Act) at Section 5CB provides the following definition: De facto partners (1)  For the purposes of…

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Does my partner who is sponsoring me for a partner visa to Australia, pass the character test?

  The Australian Government is very serious about protecting not only its citizens and residents, but also any person applying for a visa where an Australian citizen or permanent resident is sponsoring them. Since 2016, Australian citizens and permanent resident who want to sponsor an applicant for a partner visa…

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No restrictions for international students on work hours in the hospitality and tourism industry

Great news for international students in Australia who are working in or want to work in the hospitality and tourism sectors. The pressure on these sectors has reached breaking point with the borders closed whilst Australia’s economy continues to recover at unprecedented levels and low unemployment rates. The Minster for…

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