When you become an Australian citizen you will be entitled to the same privileges and responsibilities as a person who was born here. There are generally 7 steps you will need to go through to apply for citizenship: Step 1: Make sure you are eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship Generally, you will be eligible […]
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A common question asked by prospective clients when they are considering lodging a visa application is “why should I use a registered migration agent?” It is not a requirement that you use a registered migration agent when lodging your visa application, however, you will find they can offer a variety of benefits. Benefits of using […]
If you’re in Australia and you’ve had your visa application refused or your visa cancelled, you will face limits on what visas you can apply for while you are still in Australia. Section 48 of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) and the Migration Regulations restrict non-citizens who have had their visa application refused or visa […]
With the swearing in of the new ministry, there are machinery of government changes that affect the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and their responsibilities. DIBP will be responsible for: Management of migration, humanitarian and citizenship programmes; Entry, stay and departure arrangements for non-citizens; Border immigration control; and Ethnic affairs and customs and […]
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is changing its name to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). The Department is expected to make a formal announcement about the name change at some stage this week. If you have any questions regarding Australian visas or would like to begin your visa application, please […]
On the 10th of September 2013 changes were announced for the Victoria State Nomination Occupation List and State Nomination Occupation List for Graduates. These lists relate to skilled migrants and graduates and outline eligibility criteria and available occupations for Victoria. These changes include the removal of the following occupations: Accountant (General) Carpenter Carpenter and Joiner […]
Due to the recent change in Australian Government, this week Prime Minster Tony Abbott has announced his first Federal Government Ministry. The new Minister for Immigration and Border Protection is Mr Scott Morrison MP and the Assistant Minister is Senator Michaelia Cash. Mr Scott Morrison MP was formally the Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship […]
If you have dependent children, you can include them on your visa application as long as they pass any required health and character regulations. Children aged 17 and under are automatically considered dependent on you. If you’re looking to include your children who are 18 years or older however, you will need to show evidence […]
On the 1st of September 2013, the Department of Immigration increased visa application charges for most visa applications, including parent visa applications. It was published in Schedule 1 of the Migration Regulations that the new Second Instalment fee for the subclass 143 Contributory Parent visa would be $48,550.00 as of September 1, however the visa pricing […]
The Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa is an employer sponsored permanent visa – you can apply for this visa if you’re a skilled worker and you have an employer who is willing to sponsor you. There are 3 streams available: Temporary Residence Transition stream: if you are already working for your employer on a […]