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Australian citizenship amendments

On 20 April 2017, the Australian Government announced the strengthening of requirements for Australian citizenship. On 18 October 2017, the Government proposed citizenship amendments to the legislation so only applications lodged on and after 1 July 2018 will be assessed against the new criteria, subject to the passage of legislation…

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New simplified student visa framework

On 16 June 2015 the Australian Government released the Future directions for streamlined visa processing report and announced the introduction of a simplified student visa framework (SSVF) to support Australia’s education services sector. Subject to the regulatory change process, it is expected that the SSVF will be implemented by mid-2016. Key…

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Attention Investors – New Premium Investor Visa Announced

On 14 October 2014, the Australian Government released the findings of a review into the Business Innovation and Investment Programme, which covers the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188). Already containing three streams (Business Innovation, Investor, and Significant Investor), the subclass 188 visa is designed to cater for…

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Coalition Government set to open up the 457 Visa Program

The Minister for Immigration Mr Scott Morrison has made statements indicating the government’s intention to wind back some of the excessive labour market testing requirements on the 457 visa program introduced by the previous government. In an article in The Australian, Annabel Hepworth writes: In a closed-door speech yesterday, Australian…

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New Immigration Minister

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…

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New Minister for Immigration and Citizenship – Hon Brendan O’Connor MP

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…

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