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Refund, waivers, and visa extensions in COVID-19 times

Many visa holders who have been affected by travel restrictions because of COVID-19 will be able to access a refund of their Visa Application Charge (VAC). Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said, “Tourists, working holidaymakers, seasonal and pacific workers, prospective partners and temporary skilled workers whose travel has been impacted…

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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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Frequent Traveller – Ten year validity visitor visa stream

There has been an amendment to the Migration Act 1958 (Migration Legislation Amendment (2016 Measures No. 5) Regulation 2016) which now creates a new Subclass 600 (Visitor) visa stream to be known as the Frequent Traveller stream for frequent travellers which permits both tourism and business visitor activities and allows up…

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URGENT WARNING – DIAC Visa Fee Increases as of 1 September 2013

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship have announced that as of 1 September 2013 visa application charges will be significantly increased. The majority of visa application charges have been increased - the list below is a few examples of the fee changes. Visa Fee Increases: Partner Visas (subclass 820/801) Main…

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Warning: Visa Application Fee Increases Coming Your Way!

If you are thinking about applying for a visa, or are in the process of a visa application, watch out for the fee increases starting on 1 July 2013. All valid visa applications lodged with the department before 1 July will not be subject to these changes to pricing. Your…

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January 1 Changes Now in Place!

Our team at Ferguson Cannon wishes you a very Happy New Year! If you’re looking to lodge a visa application, you should be aware that the New Year has brought in a number of changes to visa application charges and the closure of certain visa subclasses. Increased Visa Application Charges…

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Warning – Visa Application Charges are Increasing!

As part of the Government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook the Visa Application Charges (VACs) for some visas that are in high demand have been increased. The Government is trying to make it a fairer ‘user-pays’ system. The higher charges will take effect on 1 January 2013. Some visa applicants…

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