With effect from 19 April 2014, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have formally introduced a surcharge which will apply to all credit card payments for any Australian visa application charges (VAC).
On 8 April 2014, the South Australian government announced a new State Nominated Occupations List (SNOL), including 18 new occupations now classified as "in demand" in that state. Surprisingly, the list has included several food trades workers such as Baker, Cook and Chef. Other occupations which have also been added are: Customer Service Manager, Librarian and some engineering professional such as Aeronautical Engineer and Biomedical Engineer.
The Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece Mr Kyriakos (Akis) Gerontopoulos has recently confirmed that the new Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement between Australia and Greece will be signed in early May during the Australian visit of the Greek Minister for Tourism Olga Kefalogianni.
In an announcement on March 19, Australian Immigration and Border Protection Minister, Scott Morrison released the department would reduce the application cost of APEC (Asia-Pasific Economic Cooperation) Business Travel card by AUD330 for each business applicant.
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has recently announced that their Skilled Nomination program closed on 25 March 2014. The closure is a result of their program targets being met for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. It has been confirmed that the ACT will not accept any further applications for skilled nomination under the Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 until the program reopens in July 2014. The only exception to this rule is for potential applicants currently residing in Canberra who may be able to meet the limited criteria in place for onshore applicants.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have announced that they are in the process of implementing changes which will enable them to recover credit card merchant fees from applicants by way of a surcharge on credit card payments.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is planning to undertake a review to reboot the Australian significant investor visa programme as announced by the Coalition government on 7 March 2014.
On 05 March 2014, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison, joined by Minister for Foreign Affairs, announced visa provisions for Ukrainian nationals amid the increasing unrest in Ukraine these days.
An independent review will be conducted for the Subclass 457 visa programme as announced by the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash on 25 February 2014.
Marriage Scams found from those who are holding Australian partner visas have been chastised by Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). As a result of detailed assessments, the department has cancelled more than 1,000 fraudulent partner visas since July 2010.
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has implemented an updated sponsorship occupation list from 24 February 2014. The ACT currently only participates in the Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 and extends sponsorship to applicants living in Australia and those residing overseas, subject to meeting certain specific criteria.
The Hon Andrew Robb MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, and the Hon Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on 7 February 2014 announced the extension of entry visas for Chinese business visitors.
Australia has celebrated this year's Australia Day with a series of activities around the nation marking the 65th year of Australian citizenship, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison announced.
The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) launches this week a social media campaign to give detailed information for overseas students studying in the country about visa conditions and the possible impacts of changing course.
Due to its thriving economy, the Australian Government is encouraging greater cultural exchange by expanding its Working Holiday Visa (WHV) Program to a larger list of partner countries. This expansion has increased travel and employment opportunities for many and has sparked renewed interest in migration to Australia from across the globe.
The Australian government now sets the lowest processing priority for visa applications under family stream sponsored by permanent visa holders who arrived in Australia as illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs), Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) announced.
According to a recent notice of New South Wales (NSW) government, applications for nomination under the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa for the 2012-13 financial year have reached full capacity and the program is closed for this fiscal year.
International students will now find it easier to stay and find jobs in Australia after completing their studies thanks to changes to the Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485 that have recently been announced by the government.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has recently made an announcement on the removal of automatic and mandatory student visa cancellations from 13 April 2013. A discretionary cancellation will be used instead.
On 23 February, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O'Connor, announced a number of reforms to the temporary skilled work (subclass 457) program to strengthen the integrity of the program and adapt to the Australian economy and domestic labour market.
According to statistics issued by Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) on February 22, 2013, Australia had achieved record interest from foreign tourists. The country was set to capitalise on its status as a preferred destination for visitors and working holiday makers.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will introduce new post-study work arrangements in early 2013 for overseas graduates who hold an Australian Bachelor's, Master's or a Doctoral degree, a DIBP spokeswoman announced.
A KPMG submission to the Federal Government has identified a future labour shortage in the agricultural sector, naming two major South Australian farming regions, the Eyre Peninsula and the Mallee, as examples. This is due to an increasing trend of younger workers leaving to take jobs in the mining sector, and half of the nation's farmers preparing to retire in the next decade.
Arrangements that allow people from China and other nationals in the People's Republic of China to travel to Australia on a student visa without a visa label in their passport have been implemented from April 1, 2012, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) recently announced.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner welcomes "high value" immigrants from countries like the UK to New South Wales in a plan boosting the number of students, business and skilled migrants to the State.
Two changes to Australian Protection visa processing including considering complementary protection claims as part of the Protection Visa assessment process and a single statutory Protection Visa process for both boat and air arrivals will take effect from March 24, 2012, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) announced on March 19.
The Australia Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) announced on March 19 changes to the Australian student visa system including streamlined visa processing and other major measures which are proposed to commence on March 24 and 26, 2012.
The Australian Tourist Export Council (ATEC) has recently delivered its paper to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship which urges the Australian federal government to make five major policy adjustments to an Australian visa category, claiming the changes could potentially increase Australia's GDP by at least $275 million in a decade.
Addressing excess 'red tape' the Australian government will simplify the permanent employer-sponsored visa program to assist skilled immigrants and their employers, declaired Federal Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen.
WA Tourism Minister Kim Hames is lobbying the Australian Federal government to loosen visa restrictions for working holiday makers as a way to fight the skills shortage in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
According to a report released recently by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), migrants have boosted Australia's workforce skills, with two-thirds of all working age migrants possessing academic or trade qualifications in 2010–11.
A new program focusing not only on aspects of technical training but also workplace culture, communication and job-finding skills will be provided to Australian immigrant engineers, by Navitas Workforce Solutions and Engineers Australia.
Australia's Northern Territory is now allowed to welcome overseas workers after its government reached a migration agreement with Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and the Federal government, which is considered a positive step to help fill the Territory's skill shortage.
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, last week announced the Government would make the visa application process easier for students from 29 countries by reducing assessment levels across a range of student visa subclasses from 24 March.
Research initiated by the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has found that changes to the Working Holiday Visa (WHV) guidelines could boost annual GDP by up to AUD$700 million over 10 years and help fill the regional labour shortages.
The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) has called for a future Humanitarian Program that is both "larger in size and broader in scope" in their submission to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) Information Paper Australia's Humanitarian Program: 2012-13 and Beyond.
The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has released a discussion paper which seek submissions on the issues raised in the Review of the Student Visa Assessment Level Framework Terms of Reference.
The Philippines may become a large source of nurses and skilled workers to fill the shortage of Australian workforce in the year 2012, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
Migration Regulations 1994 ("the Regulations") have been amended to remove the discretionary "Assurance of Support" (AoS) requirements from certain Partner visas, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship has recently announced.
Government reviews of many visa classifications are believed to bring about benefit to Australian tourism. This move can keep Australia competitive in the tourism industry and create a better environment for international visitors to Australia.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has decided that the Central Institute and Polytechnic West should assist immigrants in Western Australia by providing English language support to them.
Along with the Australian government's proposal to simplify visitor visas, a discussion paper for public comment on that matter has recently been released by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and Minister Assisting on Deregulation, Senator Nick Sherry.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has announced on 2 April that the government will lower international student visa assessment levels for 38 countries across one or more subclasses.
The introduction of biometrics program with tighter, more technologically advanced immigration controls for visa applicants in new countries has been announced by Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
A recent announcement from the New South Wales Government shows that NSW State Migration Plan, which leads to many changes in occupations for skilled sponsored migrants, has been approved and implemented from 3 March 2011.
According to a spokesman from Australian immigration department, The Australian Government will travel to Western of this country to encourage businesses to use Australia working visa to fill skills shortages.
With reconstruction efforts to support Queensland after being devastated by flooding in December and January 2011, the Australian immigration Department will visit to cyclone-ravaged parts of Queensland.
According to a recent report in The Australian newspaper, the current backlog of Australian Visa applications has been widely criticized by businesses and migration employment advocates and they are calling on The Immigration Department to better allocate its resources.
A recent High Court ruling has encouraged thousands of asylum seekers who have had their Australian Visa applications rejected to appeal the decision. This has forced the Government of Australia to make changes to the appeal system.
More US citizens are moving to Australia for jobs as there is now an unemployment crisis in USA. About 7,000 US people, of whom 80 percent immigrate over the past five years, are working on Australian skilled work visas.
According to a release from the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Evans, a number of tough new measures to crack down on student immigration will ensure that only genuine students will be accepted to study in Australia.
The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) have announced changes to the Business Skills Migration program. Applicants wishing to migrate under this program will need to meet increased visa thresholds from 19 April 2010.
The Australian Capital Territory Government has updated their Skills in Demand List (SDL). This change will impact business analysts, advertising professionals, and some teachers wishing to immigrate to Australia under the state/territory sponsored program.
The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has announced that many Work Visa applicants who have nominated a trade occupation will be able to use an existing skills assessment to lodge a valid visa application.
The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP), announced its support of a national campaign to educate employers in the horticulture industry about their obligations when employing overseas workers.
The minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans has released a public statement confirming the Governments position that the 457 Visa programme should only be used when employers are unable to find the skilled workers within Australia.
An online survey of over 1600 international students showed that Australia is still a preferred destination for studying despite recent immigration changes, crack-downs on educational institutes and incidents involving international students.
The Australian Immigration Department has announced a number of changes to the 457 Temporary Business Long Stay Visa, to ensure that prospective immigrants are suitably skilled, and are not being under-payed or discriminated against.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) have announced a new reciprocal agreement between the Australian and Indonesian governments, which allows university educated Australian and Indonesian travellers aged between 18 and 30 years old to travel and work and holiday in each others’ countries.
Recent findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) indicate that Australians are living longer. The percentage of the Australian population older than 65 years has increased to 13% in 2006, compares to just 4% back in 1901.
There have been a number of changes to the Victorian State Sponsorship list. The sponsorship lists are updated in order to reflect changes in the skill needs for Victorian employers whose positions they cannot fill locally.
Recent figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) indicate that a record number of the Irish population are emigrating Down Under. The report shows that emigration is at its highest in 20 years. 45,300 workers have left the country in the year to April 2008, and the majority of these have chosen Australia as their preferred location to settle down.
A series of information sessions about Australian Work Visas and employment for overseas workers will be presented by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) on Monday, the 28th of April 2008 in Western Australia’s Kalgoorlie.
If you are a teacher or/and you’re considering immigration to Australia for your family, you could soon be faced with a government who is planning to give kids in Australia the best education in the world.
It's no secret that Australia's in high demand of skilled workers, and now, thanks to a list Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has just released, the world now knows in exactly which sectors the country needs them.
The immigration of health professionals could be the answer to Australia's huge gap in the medical sector. Physiotherapists, social workers, radiologists and other health professionals are urgently needed to work in Australia.
In the IT industry and considering immigration to Canada? Your timing couldn't be any better, as a report issued by a group of industry professionals estimates that over 90,000 jobs in the IT sector will become available before 2011.
In the IT industry and considering immigration to Canada? Your timing couldn't be any better, as a report issued by a group of industry professionals estimates that over 90,000 jobs in the IT sector will become available before 2011.
Details of reforms to Australia's General Skilled Migration (GSM) programme have been announced by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP and Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP.
The Australian Labour Party (ALP) plans to stop unions from making decisions on whether a business should be allowed to recruit temporary skilled migrants. The plan comes as a bid by the ALP to show that the party recognises the need for employer sponsored visas, despite continuous campaigns against their abuse.
The increasing number of newborn babies and migrants have driven Australia’s population growth to its highest level in five years, fuelling economic growth and generating expansion in Australia’s research-rich states.
Latin America has opened its door to Australian students and professionals to work and holiday in Chile. The renewed arrangement for the ‘Work and Holiday’ visa will allow up to 500 visas per year for both Australia and Chile.
According to a recent media release, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Teresa Gambaro has reinforced the government’s commitment to a strong and cohesive Australia through effective integration.
Changes to the controversial subclass 457 visa were unveiled this week by new Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews. The adjustments will introduce harsh penalties for those in breach of the sponsorship conditions and reward those who adhere to the rules.
Following the ceremony swearing in the new Minister and Parliamentary Secretary on Tuesday, 30th January, The Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) has officially changed its name to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP).
The Australian Government's Migration Programme has released details of the highest skill stream intake on record. These figures are illustrated in DIBP’s annual publication “Population Flows: Immigration Aspects, 2007”, which details statistics for 2005-2006.
In order to participate in the State/Territory Nominated Independent (STNI) program, applicants need to meet the basic visa criteria under the skilled category, meet the pool mark (of 110) and obtain nomination from a participating State/Territory Government.
In order to apply under the Investor Retirement Visa, the main applicant must be over 55 years of age, have no dependents (other than a spouse) and have sufficient assets to be self-supporting in Australia. In addition to satisfying these criteria, applicants are required to obtain sponsorship from a State or Territory government agency and a significant investment must be lodged with the sponsoring government treasury corporation.
The celebration of Australia Day on 26 January 2006 was of special significance to 14,000 people who became Australian citizens at ceremonies held around the country. According to government statistics, these 14,000 people came from more than 90 places of birth and joined more than 3.5 million people who have become citizens since Australian citizenship was introduced 55 years ago.
With effect from 15 December 2005, the Department of Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) has announced that the following Computer Professional Specialisations were added to the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL):
In order to attract skilled business migrants to New South Wales (NSW), the Government has announced that they intend to attract 350 sponsored applicants who will generate $89 million in investment, 1120 jobs and $560 million in exports.
The Australian Government has recently announced that Australia and Turkey have entered a reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa arrangement. This arrangement will enable university trained people from Australia and Turkey between 18 to 30 years of age to work and holiday in the other country for up to 12 months.
Statistics released by the Immigration Minister on 31 December 2005 show that more than 123,000 people arrived and settled in Australia during 2004-2005, reflecting a 40% increase over the past 10 year period.
The Australian Skilled Migration program for 2005-2006 will increase by up to 20,000 additional places, in a further move to address the growing shortage of skilled workers in the Australian labour force. This substantial increase will take the total number of skilled visas available in 2005–2006 to a record high of 97,500.
The Australian Retirement Visa Subclass 410 category will cease to exist as of the 1st of July 2005. The Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMA) has announced plans to introduce a new visa category. The precise details are yet to be released. There are also changes relevant to current holders of the Subclass 410 Retirement Visas.
As of November 2005 Working Holiday makers who do a minimum amount of seasonal harvest work in regional Australia will be allowed to apply for another Working Holiday Maker visa. This is a major change as at present, Working Holiday Makers can only get one such visa in a lifetime.
Important legislative changes relating to the sponsoring of overseas workers by Australian employers took effect on the 2nd of April 2005. These changes mean that Australian employers will now need to plan ahead when attempting to fill vacancies with overseas skilled staff. They also mean that applicants under this visa category need to fulfill new criteria.
The Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMA) has announced that the pass mark for the Australian Skilled Independent Overseas Student Visa (subclass 880) has changed. As of the 1st of April 2005 the pass mark for the Australian Skilled Independent Overseas Student Visa has been changed to 120 points.
Polish and Estonian nationals are now able to apply for the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for the Australian Student Visa. This change recognises that students from these counties have a good track record of completing their studies and complying with their visa requirements. The eligibility criteria for applicants from these countries have also been made easier.
The Australian Government has recently announced that applications for the Special Humanitarian Program Visa for relatives from Africa and the Middle East can now be lodged in Australia. This is a welcome change as it will make it easier for those wishing to bring relatives from the relevant counties to Australia to apply for this visa.
According to a media release published by the Australian Goverment Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Peter McGauran, on 7 February 2005, Australia is made up of people from more than 200 countries.
Electronic Health Assessments for Online Visa Applicants - issued 14 January 2005
On 14 January 2005, the Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs - Amanda Vanstone - announced that a new electronic system has been developed to help in assessing the health status of online visa applicants to Australia.