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Breaking the Silence: The Nixon Review Unveils Key Findings on Australia’s Visa System

October 6, 2023

  In a groundbreaking move, the Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security, the Hon Clare O’Neil MP, has unveiled the findings of the Rapid Review into the Exploitation of Australia’s Visa System, aptly known as the Nixon Review. This release, which took place on October 4, 2023, signifies a critical step towards addressing the…

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Becoming an Australian Permanent Resident: A Comprehensive Roadmap

February 6, 2022

  Australia’s vast and captivating landscapes, thriving urban centres, and exceptional quality of life have long lured people from across the globe. If you’re eager to join the ranks of Australian permanent residents, this article serves as your comprehensive guide, outlining the steps and requirements to turn that dream into reality. Step 1: Select the…

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Empowering Skilled Migrants: Visa Changes for Australia’s Economic Revival

November 29, 2021

  In a bid to facilitate Australia’s post-pandemic resurgence and to acknowledge the vital contributions of highly skilled migrants, the Morrison Government is rolling out significant visa changes. These measures are tailored to make it more feasible for skilled migrants to not only remain in Australia but also actively participate in pivotal sectors that are…

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Employers Rate JCU Graduates as Best in Australia

January 11, 2018

  James  Cook University (JCU) graduates are leading the way in employer satisfaction, according to a national survey. JCU graduates topped the list in the Australian Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2017 ‘Employer Satisfaction Survey’ (QILT ESS) receiving the highest percentage of favourable ratings from employers. They outranked graduates from all other universities across Australia.…

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Spouse Visas Are Impossible To Obtain Unless You Have a Joint Bank Account

December 11, 2017

  Not strictly true, as some couples nowadays prefer to keep their finances independent. Overseas partner visa applicants who do not have these important documents – joint bank accounts – can still succeed. We can show you how to compensate with other evidentiary documents from yourselves, friends and family. Evidence for partner visas covers many…

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Spouse Visa Applications Are Easy – My Friend Did It Him/Herself

September 11, 2017

  That may be true for your friend but, if your friend was jumping off a high cliff and over rocks into the ocean, would you jump too? None of us do everything our friends do – we need to make our own choices, especially in matters as important as love and migration where the…

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Visa Overhaul to Slam Door on 55,000 Skilled Migrants

August 11, 2017

  The government’s Visa crackdown is estimated to slash Australia’s annual skilled immigration intake by more than 55,000, or about a quarter of the total. The Australian Population Research Institute’s study suggests this could ease congestion and house price growth. The government’s amendments have put an axe through the two pillars of the past immigration…

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Australia May Introduce Mandatory Provisional Visas Before Permanent Residency

August 11, 2017

  The government is discussing plans to introduce mandatory provisional Visas before migrants are allowed to live in Australia on permanent Visas. Migrants coming to Australia may have to spend a certain period of time on mandatory provisional Visas before they are granted a permanent residency. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (now the…

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Working Holiday Age Raised to 35

July 11, 2017

  Some welcome news for working holiday travellers wishing to visit Australia to work and holiday. Applicants can now be up to 35 years of age at the time of making an application. A Subclass 417 Working holiday Visa is a temporary Visa for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for…

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Visa Application Charges to Rise

June 11, 2017

  Visa Application Charges to rise – as part of the 2017-18 Budget, the Australian Government announced a number of changes to existing Visa Application Charges (VACs). From 1 July 2017 all current VACs payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will be indexed annually in line with the forecast Consumer Price…

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Introducing a Five Year Temporary Sponsored Visa for Parents

June 11, 2017

  In May 2017, the Australian Government confirmed that, subject to the passage of relevant legislation, a new temporary sponsored parent Visa will be introduced during the 2017-18 Migration Programme year. The temporary sponsored parent Visa is designed to allow the parents of Australians to spend longer periods of time with their children in Australia…

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Summary of Changes to Subclass 457

April 11, 2017

  Temporary work visas & subclass 186 and 187 permanent residence visas Any 457 sponsorship, nomination or visa applications that are NOT listed in the relevant Instrument IMMI 17/040 (check any notes against the relevant occupation) and NOT decided by 18th April 2017 will no longer be able to be approved. Any new 457 applications lodged from…

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Visa Processing Times

March 11, 2017

  The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has advised that Visa applicants will now be able to view current visa application processing times. This information is now available for most visa types, and can be found on the DIBP website. This means that visa applicants should be able to access up-to-date information related…

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Australia’s Second Biggest Export

February 11, 2017

More international students than Britain Australia attracts more international students than Britain and there are opportunities to extend this reach further as the number of international students globally is forecast to increase, according to international real estate and investment company, JLL. In November 2016 JLL released this information in its Student Accommodation Market Review. With…

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Study Commercial Cookery in Beautiful Brisbane, Queensland, Australia!

January 11, 2017

  CERTIFICATE III AND CERTIFICATE IV IN COMMERCIAL COOKERY These qualifications provides a pathway to work in Australia as a commercial cook in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes, cafeterias and coffee shops. Founded by Award Winning Chefs in 2009, Australian Skills Management Institute (ASMI) is a Brisbane based progressive training company founded…

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Partner and Fiancé Visa Applications

November 11, 2016

Changes to sponsorship requirements Sponsors of Partner and Prospective Marriage (Fiancé) visa applications who lodge a visa application, on or after 18 November 2016, will be required to provide Australian or foreign police checks and consent to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection disclosing their convictions for relevant offences to the visa applicants. Relevant…

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