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Government announces changes to the working holiday and holiday maker visas

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison whilst touring Queensland today (5 November 2018) announced significant changes to the Working Holiday Visa Programme. The Working Holiday Maker programme has two types of visas: Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417) and Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462). Depending where you are from will depend…

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Do you qualify for the new Entrepreneur visa? Australia is encouraging entrepreneurs

There is a new visa available for entrepreneurs who want to develop or commercialise their ideas in Australia. If you have funding of $200,000 from a specified party, you can apply for a business visa which gives you a pathway to permanent residency in Australia. The government is also rewarding…

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Failed the Health Requirements for a visa – Can you get a Health Wavier?

There are certain visas where a person can apply for a waiver when they fail the health requirements. You do not actually apply a health waiver. The Department of Immigration will send you a letter inviting you or a dependant who has failed to meet the health requirements to put…

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Entrepreneur visa – Supporting Innovation through visas

The Department of Immigration and Border Patrol department has announced the new Supporting Innovation through Visas measures that will be launched on 10 September 2016. Entrepreneur visa The Entrepreneur visa will be part of the Business Innovation and Investment visa programme. Entrepreneurs interested in applying for the Entrepreneur visa will need…

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New Business and Skilled Migration Queensland BIIP Criteria

The Queensland Government welcomes successful business investors who wish to invest and live in Queensland, Australia. Migration Queensland seeks nominations for business migrants through Australia’s Business Innovation and Investment Program. In partnership with the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Queensland nominates business migrants seeking to make an investment…

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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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Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188)

The Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 188) is a temporary visa that allows business people and investors to come to Australia to develop a new or existing business. The visa subclass is comprised of four streams; the Investor Stream, the Significant Investor Stream, the new Premium Investor Stream, and…

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Business Talent Visa (subclass 132)

The Business Talent visa (subclass 132) is a permanent visa that allows business people to come to Australia to develop a new or existing business. The visa subclass is comprised of two streams, the Significant Business History Stream, and the Venture Capital Stream. Common Requirements Both streams require sponsorship by…

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Have you received a Notice of Intention to Consider Cancellation (NOICC) from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection?

If so, our team of qualified migration lawyers and agents may be able to help with submissions to the Department in relation to the Notice of Intention to Consider Cancellation (NOICC). Under the Migration Act 1958, there are several situations in which the Minister may cancel the visa of a…

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Changes to Significant Investor Visa Program

As of July 1 2015, certain changes to the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) stream of the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) that were announced in October 2014 have come into effect. It is useful firstly to outline what has stayed the same and hasn’t changed in relation…

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New Law to Target Foreign Ownership in Australia

A new law to be bought in during the Federal Parliament’s next sitting period would seek to close existing loopholes that currently allow the illegal purchase of existing properties in Australia by foreign nationals. This comes off the back of a National Australia Bank survey of 300 people in the…

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Potential Visa Law Reforms Confirm Morrison Means Business

A recent article by Jennifer Hewett in the Financial Review published on May 20, 2014 explains Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison’s reaction to opinions that business and investment visas are turning into ‘open slathers’. Reviews are underway to expand the flexibility and responsiveness of Australian’s entire system of work and residency…

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