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Positive changes to Australia’s global talent visa in the global talent independent program

The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) has recently made several changes to Distinguished Talent Visa (subclass 858 visa). This is a permanent visa for people who have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in an eligible field. The changes for the Distinguished Talent Visa are: The removal…

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Sponsoring a Parent to Australia – The Contributory Parent Route

Currently the waiting list to sponsor a parent is more than 30 years. However, there is a shorter route and that is if you pay a Contribution. There are four categories of visa under this pathway and they are: Contributory Parent visa (Subclass 173) temporary residency Contributory Parent visa (Subclass…

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Options for overstaying your Australian visa

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…

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Visa Cancelled or Refused – What do I do?

When your visa is cancelled or refused you often have limited time to decide how to move forward so it is important to get the right advice early. From 1 July 2015, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has been the only merits review tribunal that can make a decision after…

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Are you unlawful or on a bridging visa and looking to lodge a Partner Visa Application?

If you are the holder of a bridging visa or you do not hold any visa at all and then lodge an onshore partner visa application, you will be required to meet additional requirements in order to be eligible. These additional requirements are listed in Schedule 3 of the Migration…

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Are you finding the General Skilled Migration (GSM) process overwhelming?

Here is an overview of the General Skilled Migration process and its impacts on applicants If you are looking to migrate to Australia and have skills that are in demand in Australia, you may be able to gain permanent residency through the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program. The GSM program…

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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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