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Australian partner visas in a pandemic COVID-19 world

Whilst Australia has managed the COVID-19 pandemic much better than many other countries, it has been a tough period for many couples. Border closures, lockdowns and job losses have meant many couples have been separated for significant periods. We have seen an upsurge in partner requests to process partner visa…

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Proposed new entrepreneur visa

There could soon be a new visa encouraging entrepreneurs to base their start-ups in Australia. Proposed Entrepreneur visa Entrepreneurs will be lured to Australia by a new visa as part of the Turnbull government's plan to encourage innovative talent. The Australian Government announced the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA)…

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Recent Updates at the Department of Immigration

On July 1 2015 Australian Customs and Border Protection Service was officially disestablished, and together with the pre-existing Department, the new Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) was created. The DIBP will still be responsible for visa applications, while the Australian Border Force will be the operational arm…

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Pair accused of organising fraudulent marriages

A former migration agent has appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court charged with arranging fraudulent marriages for the purpose of obtaining permanent visas to Australia. Chetan Mohanlal Mashru and his wife, marriage celebrant Divya Krishne Gowde, are charged with 17 counts of arranging marriages to obtain visas. A Department of…

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New Occupations – Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

If you’re applying for a subclass 485 Temporary Graduate - Graduate Work Stream visa or an Independent or Family Sponsored Points Tested visa (for example, Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) or Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa) you’ll need to have an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). Updates…

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Are you confused by Australian Bridging Visas?

Bridging visas are granted to allow you to remain in Australia while you are waiting for an application to be processed, or to provide lawful status while you make arrangements to depart the country. What are the different types of Australian bridging visas available? 1. Bridging Visa A If you are…

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Minister for Immigration Scott Morrison set to streamline the 188 Significant Investor Visa Program

The Minister for Immigration Scott Morrison MP made a speech at the Migration Institute of Australia this Monday 21st October in which he discussed how the coalition government will be approaching the migration portfolio in the years ahead. The Minister singled out the 188 Significant Investor visa as a priority…

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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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