When a case officer (CO) is assigned they will then review the file and assess it against immigration policy for the visa subclass applied for. At this point the case officer will either grant the visa or request further information in support of the application so they are satisfied the applicant meets policy. Further requests […]
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A regularly question we receive from prospective migration is; “does being declared bankrupt affect my visa application?”. The answer depends on the visa subclass you are applying for. In all visa applications you will be asked character questions and as bankruptcy is not a criminal offence it therefore won’t affect the eligibility for most visa […]
This week Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a reshuffle of her cabinet resulting in a change to the Immigration and Citizenship portfolio with a new Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, who was sworn in last Monday. Formerly overseeing Small Business, Housing and Homelessness, Minister Brendan O’Connor replaces the Hon […]
Yes, a small company in Australia can sponsor overseas workers! The most commonly used visa is the 457 visa which requires a three stage application process the standard business sponsorship for the company, the nomination for the position being offered and the visa for the employee. A few of the key requirements are: The company […]
If you are the de facto partner or spouse of a primary applicant on a permanent visa application and your relationship has broken down due to family violence by that partner, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) may still consider you for the visa application. This is because the Department recognises that you should […]
Here is an overview of the General Skilled Migration process and its impacts on applicants If you are looking to migrate to Australia and have skills that are in demand in Australia, you may be able to gain permanent residency through the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program. The GSM program is different to other types […]
Our team at Ferguson Cannon wishes you a very Happy New Year! If you’re looking to lodge a visa application, you should be aware that the New Year has brought in a number of changes to visa application charges and the closure of certain visa subclasses. Increased Visa Application Charges From January 1, the following […]
Long anticipated work rights for post study work have been announced following previous recommendations from the Knight Review. These arrangements are currently proposed and still need to be approved by the Governor General, which is anticipated to be early 2013, possibly March. For your reference; The Knight review recommendation 4 Information from DIAC regarding the […]
This information should also be read in conjunction with our previous blog on the Significant Investor Visa. Steven Koch, Executive Director of the Skills and Employment of the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) has provided further information about the eligibility criteria for applicants looking to apply for a Business Innovation and Investment (Subclass […]
If you are married to or are in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident (or an eligible New Zealand citizen), you may be able apply for one of the partner visas. 1. Partner Temporary Visa (Subclass 820/801 (onshore) Subclass 309/100 (offshore)) This is a temporary visa which allows you to […]