Recent figures from the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) indicate more than 64,000 people are in Australia illegally after overstaying work and tourist visas, with the Federal government estimating as many as 12,000 have been here for more than 20 years. There were nearly 10,000 Malaysians recorded as having overstayed visas in 2016-17, along with […]
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Australia is fast becoming one of the hottest destinations for immigrants to migrate to. The popularity of Australia is increasing yearly as the annual intake of migrants is tipping over the 200,000 mark. The increasing popularity of Australia as a premium destination is due to the variety of lifestyle, working and economic conditions offered. The […]
A great article in the Australian newspaper today dispels the myth that skilled migrants are taking Australian jobs. One of Australia’s leading demographers Professor Peter McDonald from Melbourne University who is presenting later this week at ‘The Australian Economic and Social Outlook’ conference will tell attendees that without migration there would have been no increase […]
The State Government has released an updated version of the Western Australian (WA) skilled migration list, slashing it to just 18 eligible occupations. The Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL), which used to carry 178 occupations including bricklayers, electricians, refrigeration mechanics, teachers, cafe managers, psychologists and others are also off the list, which was […]
A new Bill was introduced into Parliament for its first reading on 17 June 2017 which proposes significant changes to the current Citizenship Act 2007. The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 proposes a number of amendments, including proposals to strengthen requirements to become an Australian citizen. […]
From 1 July 2017, there is a new pathway for New Zealand citizens living in Australia to gain permanent residency status and the Australia Citizenship. This new pathway is within the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa. To qualify for the new visa you must: hold a Special Category Subclass 444 visa have been usually resident in Australia […]
Training Benchmarks will be phased out and a new Skilling Australians Fund will be established which will raise revenue of $1.2 billion over the forward estimates period. The government says the new Skilling Australians Fund will be used to meet future skills needs, with a focus on apprenticeships and traineeships. For more information on the […]
On 18 April 2017, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia and the Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection jointly announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa which will support businesses in […]
In a sweeping review of Australia’s citizenship requirements Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced today (20 April 2017) that there will be a greater emphasis on Australian values, a demonstrated capacity to integrate into the Australian Community, greater English language skills, more detailed evaluation of a person’s criminal record and longer residency requirements. The Prime Minister […]
On 18 April 2017, the Turnbull government announced the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. The Government has adopted a new “Australians first” approach to skilled migration, announcing it will abolish the controversial 457 visa program for temporary […]