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Online processing times for global visa and citizenship applications

From the 13th of March 2017, global visa and citizenship application processing times will be available online for the first time. As part of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s ongoing efforts to improve client information, the publishing of current visa and citizenship processing times will give people more…

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New simplified student visa framework

On 16 June 2015 the Australian Government released the Future directions for streamlined visa processing report and announced the introduction of a simplified student visa framework (SSVF) to support Australia’s education services sector. Subject to the regulatory change process, it is expected that the SSVF will be implemented by mid-2016. Key…

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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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NEWS ALERT – Family Visas Now Back Available!

This is a further update regarding a previous post about Family Visas and the announcement from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that as of June 2 2014, certain family visa subclasses would be ceasing. As of 25 September 2014, the following visa subclasses have again become available: the Non-Contributory…

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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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Push for Significant Investor Visa (sc 188) Expansion

An article published in the InvestorDaily on April 15, states the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL) is lobbying for an increase in the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) program. The program is expected to contribute to economic growth in Australia and boost venture capital funding for businesses. According…

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Mapping Chinese Investments in Australia

An article in the Courier Mail on April 10, 2014 written by Nick Perry reveals the Federal Government has been using a new online database to map Chinese investments in Australia. The resource is going to be turned into an app making it a fast and efficient way for Australians…

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