When you lodge a visa application with the Department of Immigration & Citizenship, it is usual practise for an Immigration officer to request further information from you if they are not satisfied that you have met the visa requirements. However, it has come to our attention recently that Immigration officers are refusing partner visa applications […]
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The General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas include the subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa, subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa and the subclass 489 Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) visa. This blog is focused on the first stage of applying for one of these visas – to find out more about the general process of these visa applications, […]
As a Kiwi, you’re able to come to Australia, live and work for an indefinite period of time. However, you are still technically a ‘temporary resident’ on a visa so you have to continue to meet the set ‘character’ test, or face having your visa cancelled. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has been cracking […]
There has been a political push in the media recently towards more rights for New Zealand citizens living in Australia. Currently, if you are a Kiwi and enter Australia you will be automatically granted a subclass 444 visa. This is a temporary visa with no expiry date so you can remain in Australia indefinitely with […]
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship have announced that as of 1 September 2013 visa application charges will be significantly increased. The majority of visa application charges have been increased – the list below is a few examples of the fee changes. Visa Fee Increases: Partner Visas (subclass 820/801) Main applicant charge: from $3975 to […]
When you lodge a visa application, you will generally be providing information to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) about your character – including things like your criminal history. For permanent visa applications, this information is used to assess whether you meet the character test. You can read more about the character requirements in […]
State and Territory Governments have been advised that they will no longer be able to nominate the occupations listed below for General Skilled Migration points tested visas. This includes subclasses 190 and 489. These occupations are: Chemical and Materials Engineers; [ANZSCO Group 2331] ICT Business and Systems Analysts; [ANZSCO Group 2611] Electronics Engineers: [ANZSCO Group […]
If you are the holder of a bridging visa or you do not hold any visa at all and then lodge an onshore partner visa application, you will be required to meet additional requirements in order to be eligible. These additional requirements are listed in Schedule 3 of the Migration Regulations. They require that you […]
The Department of Immigration and SCAMwatch have discovered a popular migration scam aimed at people who have migrated to Australia or currently hold temporary visas. This particular scam is focused on peoples fear of being deported and is generally done over the phone. Someone will ring you claiming to be from an Australian government agency […]
The main purpose of the Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300) is to allow you to come to Australia and then marry your future spouse and live as husband and wife. Your marriage must take place within the visa’s nine month validity period and after that time you can apply for a subclass 820 or 309 […]