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What does Australia’s Immigration program look like in 2021?

There is no doubt immigration plays a vital role in Australia’s economic plan in normal times. I believe it will be even more important in a post COVID-19 world which we are all hoping for in 2021. The Federal government and the State and Territories have always focused on attracting…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Visas for Australia

The World Health Organization has announced that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a pandemic. The migration situation is changing rapidly throughout Australia. As an Australian citizen or permanent resident, can I still enter Australia? There is no restriction on Australian citizens or permanent residents entering Australia at this stage. However, those arriving…

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New Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa

It has been announced today that the new five-year sponsored parent visa, the Parent (Temporary) (870) visa, will be open for applications from 17 April 2019. Who is eligible for the temporary Sponsored Parent visa? To be eligible for the visa, a parent must be the biological, adoptive, or step-parent…

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Australia to start fast-track visa service for Indian nationals

The Australian Government says it will test changes to current visa arrangements in key markets in a bid to boost visitor and investor numbers to Australia. The announcement has been made during the federal budget on Tuesday 3 May, 2016. Changes in the visa arrangement will include a user-pays visa fast-track…

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Australia & Hungary sign new Work and Holiday visas arrangement

Hungary has become the latest country to sign a reciprocal arrangement with Australia, allowing young people from both countries to visit each other’s nations under the Australian Government’s work and holiday visas arrangement. On 24 February 2016, Australia and Hungary signed a Work and Holiday Memorandum of Understanding, establishing a…

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Are You Engaged to Your Australian Partner? Read This!

If you are engaged to marry your Australian partner you might be eligible for a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300). This visa is aimed at couples who intend to marry in Australia within 9 months of the visa bring granted. It is often a better option for engaged couples as…

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Look Out for These Public Interest Criterion Changes

Changes have been made to the Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 in relation to identity proof in an attempt to prevent identity fraud in Australian immigration and citizenship programmes. PIC 4020 was introduced in 2011 to strengthen the integrity of Australia’s immigration program by detecting and preventing visa fraud. What…

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Can I add a Child to my 457 Visa?

If you are a 457 visa holder and have had a baby since your visa was granted – your child is eligible to be added onto your current visa. In order to have your child added, you will need to provide the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with identity…

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Take note – Parent Visa Fee Confusion!

On the 1st of September 2013, the Department of Immigration increased visa application charges for most visa applications, including parent visa applications. It was published in Schedule 1 of the Migration Regulations that the new Second Instalment fee for the subclass 143 Contributory Parent visa would be $48,550.00 as of September…

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Are you working in Australia and looking for residency?

The Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa is an employer sponsored permanent visa – you can apply for this visa if you’re a skilled worker and you have an employer who is willing to sponsor you. There are 3 streams available: Temporary Residence Transition stream: if you are already working…

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A Political Push for the Rights of New Zealand citizens living in Australia

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…

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2013-14 Budget Overview: Australia’s Migration Program

A preliminary reading of the DIAC Portfolio Budget Statements 2013-14 shows migration has come through relatively unscathed following a tough budget where unpopular decisions were made. The following was revealed: Total Migration Program numbers remain unchanged at 190,000; Skilled Program down by 700 places to 128,550; Family Program up by…

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