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Health issues and health waivers for Australian visas

Australia has one of the best medical systems in the world and visa applicants must meet certain health requirements before a visa is granted. Generally, a visa will be refused for one of three reasons: To prevent people from bringing communicable diseases into Australia, which may cause a public health…

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New Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa

It has been announced today that the new five-year sponsored parent visa, the Parent (Temporary) (870) visa, will be open for applications from 17 April 2019. Who is eligible for the temporary Sponsored Parent visa? To be eligible for the visa, a parent must be the biological, adoptive, or step-parent…

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Permanent Residency and Citizenship in Australia for New Zealand Citizens

Australia and New Zealand have always had very close ties. Over many decades, thousands of New Zealanders have lived and brought up their families in Australia. However, the ability to obtain permanent residency status and citizenship can be complex. Every New Zealander who travels to Australia is granted a Special…

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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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Religious Workers – Religious Institution Sponsorship

This visa is for religious workers to undertake full-time religious work that directly serves the religious objectives of a religious institution in Australia. You might be eligible for this activity type if you: intend to do full-time religious work that directly serves the religious objectives of the religious institution, religious…

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The new subclass 482 temporary skill shortage visa comes into effect

On 19 March 2018, the Government has introduced the new Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482) visa. This new visa enables employers to engage a temporary skilled overseas worker if an appropriately skilled Australian worker is unavailable. An overseas worker must be nominated by a sponsoring business and obtain a Subclass…

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Do I have to pay tax in Australia if I am on a visa?

Australian residency for tax purposes defines a “foreign resident” as being a person who is not a resident of Australia for the purposes of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936. An individual is generally an Australian resident if they reside in Australia. They will also be considered an Australian resident…

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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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Look Out for These Public Interest Criterion Changes

Changes have been made to the Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 in relation to identity proof in an attempt to prevent identity fraud in Australian immigration and citizenship programmes. PIC 4020 was introduced in 2011 to strengthen the integrity of Australia’s immigration program by detecting and preventing visa fraud. What…

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Can I add a Child to my 457 Visa?

If you are a 457 visa holder and have had a baby since your visa was granted – your child is eligible to be added onto your current visa. In order to have your child added, you will need to provide the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with identity…

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Have you had your visa application refused or visa cancelled?

If you’re in Australia and you’ve had your visa application refused or your visa cancelled, you will face limits on what visas you can apply for while you are still in Australia. Section 48 of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) and the Migration Regulations restrict non-citizens who have had their…

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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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