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From DIAC to DIBP – Department Name Change!

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is changing its name to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). The Department is expected to make a formal announcement about the name change at some stage this week. If you have any questions regarding Australian visas or would like to…

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Changes to the way 457 Visa Applications are made

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) have announced a new version of the Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). ANZSCO is used by DIAC case officers to guide them as to the duties and description of nominated occupations used under many visa subclasses. The new ANZSCO (Version…

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457 Visa Changes Announced!

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) have announced new visa changes to the 457 program from 1 July 2013. The updated visa changes include; Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold Increase (TSMIT) The Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) has been increased as of 1 July 2013. The previous TSMIT…

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Increase in Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 Visas Fees

Visas Fees increase 457 Visas; Applicants wishing to obtain the subclass 457 visa will incur increased visas fees from 1 July 2013. The original fee for this visa was $455 but will now be almost doubled to $900. It is estimated that this increase will earn the Government a further…

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Can I work a second job whilst holding a 457 Temporary Work visa?

The simple answer is NO. You will note on your visa grant letter from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) condition 8107. Condition 8107 places employment conditions on your visa and as the main applicant you must; Work in the occupation for which you where nominated Work for the…

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Temporary Work 457 Changes are coming! Are you looking at applying for a 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa?

The 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa is a temporary employer sponsored visa, which allows you to remain in Australia for up to four years, while working with your employer. It is also a pathway to permanent residency – if you work for your employer on a 457 visa for two…

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Are you on a 457 Temporary Worker Visa and wish to obtain permanent residency? Here is how it works!

If you are in Australia on a 457 visa then the two most commonly used options to obtain permanent residency are the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) or the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) and both require sponsorship from your current employer who sponsored you for the 457. From the 1st…

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Can my employer sponsored visa be cancelled or revoked? Here is the answer!

If you are in Australia and are sponsored by an employer either temporarily or permanently, or you are considering applying for an employer sponsored visa, you need to know your rights – including whether or not your employer can have your visa revoked if you stop working for them. Are…

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Assigned a case officer for my visa application. What happens next?

When a case officer (CO) is assigned they will then review the file and assess it against immigration policy for the visa subclass applied for. At this point the case officer will either grant the visa or request further information in support of the application so they are satisfied the…

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Does bankruptcy affect your Australian Visa application?

A regularly question we receive from prospective migration is; “does being declared bankrupt affect my visa application?”. The answer depends on the visa subclass you are applying for. In all visa applications you will be asked character questions and as bankruptcy is not a criminal offence it therefore won’t affect…

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New Minister for Immigration and Citizenship – Hon Brendan O’Connor MP

This week Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a reshuffle of her cabinet resulting in a change to the Immigration and Citizenship portfolio with a new Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, who was sworn in last Monday. Formerly overseeing Small Business, Housing and Homelessness, Minister…

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Are you a secondary applicant on a permanent visa application but are experiencing family violence? You may still be eligible for the visa!

If you are the de facto partner or spouse of a primary applicant on a permanent visa application and your relationship has broken down due to family violence by that partner, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) may still consider you for the visa application. This is because the…

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