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Refused Visa Application

What is this notice saying? If the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) have decided to refuse your visa application, they will send you a ‘notification of refusal of application’. DIAC will also send you a ‘Decision Record’ outlining why your visa application has been refused. What does this mean…

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Seeking Qualified Motorcycle Mechanic looking to immigrate to Australia

One of our clients, a motorcycle retailer with a repair workshop on site, is currently looking for a qualified motorcycle mechanic to join their team and head their busy motorcycle/ATV workshop. They are located in far North Queensland. Your duties include: Diagnoses and repair of all motorcycles and ATV’s; Supervision…

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I’ve got a notice of intention to refuse my visa application, what can I do?

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will send you a letter, known as a notice of intention to refuse, if they are considering refusing your visa application. This gives you the opportunity to show DIAC why your visa application should not be refused. The notice of intention to refuse…

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What does a bridging visa mean for you?

A ‘bridging visa’ is a temporary visa, allowing you (a non-citizen) to stay in Australia lawfully in situations where you would otherwise be unlawful. You may be eligible for a bridging visa (BV) if: You have lodged an application for a substantive visa, and it is being processed by the…

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The character requirement for visa applications: will you meet the criteria?

To be granted entry to Australia whether temporarily or permanently, whether you are a main applicant or an additional applicant, you will need to pass the character test set out in section 501 of the Migration Act 1958. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will consider your past and…

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How can I add a secondary applicant to my 457 Temporary Business (Long Stay) (subclass 457) visa?

Secondary visa applicants are members of the main visa applicant’s family unit. Eligible members of a family unit include the primary applicant’s spouse or de facto partner, a dependant 18 years of age or over, a dependant under the age of 18 or a dependent relative. It is important that…

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Are you currently in Australia on a temporary 457 visa or have an employer willing to sponsor you? If so, you might be eligible for a 187 permanent residence visa!

Temporary Residence Transition Stream If you are currently in Australia on a subclass 457 visa, you may be eligible for a subclass 187 visa through the Temporary Residence Transition stream. This visa is a permanent residence visa. In addition to the general criteria set out previously, to qualify under this…

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A subclass 187 visa will allow you to work, live and play ‘among the gum trees’ in Regional Australia!

As part of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), a subclass 187 visa allows Australian employers to sponsor foreign employees to live and work in regional Australia permanently. Regional Australia generally encompasses areas outside of the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne. It offers open spaces, less expensive…

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Have you unknowingly employed an illegal worker? What you need to know to avoid liability

If you are employing foreign nationals, it is important you are aware of the possible consequences if the employee becomes illegal, or does not have appropriate work rights.  It is currently illegal for employers to: Allow an unlawful non-citizen to work OR allow a non-citizen to work in breach of…

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Interested in the Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186 Visa? Be mindful of these hidden traps

Subclass 186 visas are for skilled workers from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents who live and work in Australia. This visa is a permanent residence visa. Holders of 186 visas and their family members are allowed to live, study and work permanently in Australia, enrol in Medicare, access some…

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457 Visa Changes effective as of 1 July 2012

What are the 457 visa changes as of 1st July 2012? Significant visa changes have been made to the subclass 457 visa which will affect all applications lodged after 1 July 2012. Some of the key visa changes include: An increase in the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) from…

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The Law Council of Australia’s Submission to Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers

In response to the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers call for submissions on the best way Australia can prevent asylum seekers from risking their lives on dangerous boat journeys to Australia, the Law Council of Australia made a submission on 18 July 2012. The aim of the Law Council’s Submission…

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