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Australian Capital Territory updated Skilled Occupation List

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has released its updated skilled occupation list (SOL), and several occupations that were closed previously, have now been opened for state nomination. This updated list proves that Canberra is opening up its doors to skilled migrants. Before lodging an application for nomination, it is highly…

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Student Visa grants for Chinese, Brazilian and Malaysian students increase in 2014-15

In a previous post on September 16, which can be found here, I discussed the upcoming changes to the Australian Student Visa Framework, as well as the increase in the number of student visas which have been cancelled in the year ending June 2015. This blog post will discuss some…

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Changes to the Australian Student Visa Framework

Are you considering coming to Australia to study? Are you unsure about which subclass of student visa is correct for the studies you will be undertaking in Australia? On 16 June 2015 the Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne and the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia…

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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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Registered Migration Agents Working For You With DIBP

By appointing FC Lawyers as your registered migration agents, you allow us to communicate with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on your behalf. As such, we will generally be the Department’s first point of contact in relation to your visa application. The Department may get in contact with…

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Are you a New Zealand citizen interested in Australian citizenship?

If you are a New Zealand citizen in Australia on a Special Category Visa (Subclass 444), you may be able to apply for citizenship. Have you been in Australia since before 26 February 2001? If you entered Australia before the 26th February 2001 on a 444 visa and you have…

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Resident Return Visas – Here Is What You Need To Know

Only Australian citizens have an automatic right of entry to Australia. This means all non-citizens require a visa to gain lawful entry and status. The Resident Return (subclass 155 and 157) visa is a permanent visa for current or former Australian permanent residents. This visa will allow you to maintain…

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Urgent News For Some Family Visa Applications

Family Visa Applications Following the release of the 2014 Budget, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced applications for the following Family Visas will be ceasing in the very near future: Parent (subclass 103) Aged Parent (subclass 804) Aged Dependent Relative (114) Remaining Relative (115) Carer (116)…

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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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Partner Visa Applications – Not As Simple As You Might Think!

While partner visas may seem like relatively straightforward applications, here at FC Lawyers we regularly receive phone calls and emails from applicants who have had issues getting approval. These refusals often don’t have anything to do with the legitimacy of the relationship but rather are often caused by simple misunderstandings…

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Brisbane man Ali Choudhry facing deportation – A serious reminder to all visa applicants

ABC News has recently posted an article regarding Ali Choudhry, a gay man living in Brisbane who is now facing deportation. Mr Choudhry has been living in Brisbane for four years with his partner, Matthew Hynd. The pair lodged a de facto partner visa with the Australian Department of Immigration…

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