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Partner visa changes for sponsorship and English language requirements

Partner visa changes for sponsorship and English language requirements are set to come in into force in November 2021. There are two significant changes that will affect any partner visa application relating to the sponsor and English language requirements. These changes were introduced in the 2020-21 federal budget and are…

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What do I do if my appeal in relation to my visa is refused?

Under the Migration Act 1958 (Act) the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs (the Minister), Members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and the Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA) are the decision makers who will decide a visa application and will review the merits of your application to…

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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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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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Minister of Religion visas

As a Minister of Religion, you can apply for a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) for up to four years or an Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186) which is a permanent visa. You must be nominated by a Religious Organisation. The Migration Regulations 1994 state that…

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Australian citizenship amendments

On 20 April 2017, the Australian Government announced the strengthening of requirements for Australian citizenship. On 18 October 2017, the Government proposed citizenship amendments to the legislation so only applications lodged on and after 1 July 2018 will be assessed against the new criteria, subject to the passage of legislation…

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Can I get Australian citizenship with a criminal record?

The Australian government in recent times is taking a much harder line when it comes to granting citizenship to a person who has a criminal record. It is a requirement that any person applying for citizenship must be of ‘good character’. Good character is not defined in the Citizenship Act…

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New short stay visa for the Entertainment Industry

Australia has a thriving entertainment and sporting industry. People from all over the world travel to Australia to work in the movie, television and live production industry. Whether you are performing or working in as supporting role such as directing or producing from the 19th November 2016 a new framework…

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What is the Character test? – Australian Visas and Citizenship

A person’s character is a significant issue when a person applies for an Australian visa or Australian citizenship. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) website correctly points out that “Entering or remaining is Australia is a Privilege, and it is expected that non-citizens are, and have been, law…

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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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Entrepreneur visa – Supporting Innovation through visas

The Department of Immigration and Border Patrol department has announced the new Supporting Innovation through Visas measures that will be launched on 10 September 2016. Entrepreneur visa The Entrepreneur visa will be part of the Business Innovation and Investment visa programme. Entrepreneurs interested in applying for the Entrepreneur visa will need…

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New Business and Skilled Migration Queensland BIIP Criteria

The Queensland Government welcomes successful business investors who wish to invest and live in Queensland, Australia. Migration Queensland seeks nominations for business migrants through Australia’s Business Innovation and Investment Program. In partnership with the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Queensland nominates business migrants seeking to make an investment…

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