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Entrepreneur visa Australia

Australia is actively chasing entrepreneurs not only to assist in the economic led recovery from COVID-19 but also because it provides a viable alternative to the United States of America. The graph below from research conduct at QUT one of Australia’s leading universities outlines recent trends: How do I get…

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De facto for the purpose of getting a partner visa to Australia

One of the questions we are asked most often is “do I qualify as a de facto to get a partner visa to Australia?” Firstly, you must have a sponsor who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen. An eligible New Zealand citizen is…

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Entrepreneur visas for Australia

Australia’s government is seeking entrepreneurs to settle in Australia especially as the economy is being rebuilt as the global economy and the Australian economy come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Entrepreneur stream provides a visa which allows you to stay for…

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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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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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New citizenship bill introduced into parliament

A new Bill was introduced into Parliament for its first reading on 17 June 2017 which proposes significant changes to the current Citizenship Act 2007. The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 proposes a number of amendments, including proposals to strengthen requirements…

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Visas for Sportspersons, coaches and officials to come to Australia

There are a range of options when it comes to sponsoring sportspersons, coaches or officials either for a short or long stay in Australia. Temporary Activity visa (Subclass 408) From the 19th November 2016 a new framework will be implemented to reduce the red tape for short stay sports visas.…

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De facto Partner Visas – How do we prove it?

One of the most common questions that people ask me is; How do we prove we are in a de facto relationship? Whether you apply onshore or offshore for a partner visa you must satisfy the Department of Immigration that your relationship is genuine and you are committed to each…

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Partner Visas for Kiwi’s Living in Australia – Here’s What You Need To Know

The New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visa (subclass 461) is specifically designed for family members and partners of New Zealand citizens who are residents in, or are about to become residents in Australia. This visa category may be used by New Zealand citizens who are not eligible to sponsor…

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Important information for Kiwi’s living in Australia on the Subclass 444 Special Category Visa

As a New Zealand citizen, when you enter Australia you apply for what is known as a Subclass 444 Special Category visa (unless you’ve already applied and have been granted another type of visa). If you’re a Kiwi currently living in Australia on a subclass 444 visa, you should be…

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The character requirement for visa applications: will you meet the criteria?

To be granted entry to Australia whether temporarily or permanently, whether you are a main applicant or an additional applicant, you will need to pass the character test set out in section 501 of the Migration Act 1958. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will consider your past and…

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