A former migration agent has appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court charged with arranging fraudulent marriages for the purpose of obtaining permanent visas to Australia. Chetan Mohanlal Mashru and his wife, marriage celebrant Divya Krishne Gowde, are charged with 17 counts of arranging marriages to obtain visas. A Department of Immigration official has told the […]
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On the 20th of March 2015 the Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into the “greater use of charges relative to quotas and qualitative criteria to determine the intake of temporary and permanent entrants into Australia.” The final report of the enquiry, due in mid-March 2016, will examine the possibility of a […]
By appointing FC Lawyers as your registered migration agents, you allow us to communicate with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on your behalf. As such, we will generally be the Department’s first point of contact in relation to your visa application. The Department may get in contact with us to: Acknowledge receipt of […]
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have announced that as of the 1st January 2015, the partner visa application fee will be increasing by 50%. The new Partner Visa Application fees will be: Offshore Partner Visa – $6,865; Prospective Marriage Visa – $6,865; and Onshore Partner Visa – $6,865. Applicants should be aware […]
Are you looking at a Work and Holiday Visa? Do you hold an Israeli passport and would like to visit Australia? You’re in luck! Australia recently signed a new Work and Holiday Memorandum of Understanding with Israel that will allow 500 young adults to holiday in Australia and undertake short term work and study. It […]
This is a further update regarding a previous post about Family Visas and the announcement from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that as of June 2 2014, certain family visa subclasses would be ceasing. As of 25 September 2014, the following visa subclasses have again become available: the Non-Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 103 and […]
On 14 October 2014, the Australian Government released the findings of a review into the Business Innovation and Investment Programme, which covers the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188). Already containing three streams (Business Innovation, Investor, and Significant Investor), the subclass 188 visa is designed to cater for those people looking to either […]
In our recent post, it was noted that the position of Chef has been added to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) as of 1 July 2014. Are you a chef and are looking to work in Australia, or even migrate here permanently? Do you have relevant qualifications, years of experience in this industry, and/or an […]
If you are engaged to marry your Australian partner you might be eligible for a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300). This visa is aimed at couples who intend to marry in Australia within 9 months of the visa bring granted. It is often a better option for engaged couples as opposed to partner visas (subclasses […]
As per our blog on 11 June 2014, July 1 has seen some changes to both the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). You’ll need to check the new SOL if you’re looking at lodging any of the following visas: Independent points-based skilled migration who are not nominated by a […]