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 Australia to Reduce APEC Business Travel Card's Application Cost by AUD330

Australia to Reduce APEC Business Travel Card's Application Cost by AUD330

March 28, 2014

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.
Closure of ACT Skilled Nomination Program has been announced

Closure of ACT Skilled Nomination Program has been announced

March 27, 2014

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.
Australia Offers Free Visa to Families of Missing Jet MH370 Victims

Australia Offers Free Visa to Families of Missing Jet MH370 Victims

March 27, 2014

According to Australian immigration authority, families of the missing jet MH370 will be given free visas if they wish to come to Australia during the search and recovery operation.
 Australia and New Zealand to Issue Single Visa for Cricket Fans

Australia and New Zealand to Issue Single Visa for Cricket Fans

March 21, 2014

A deal on issuing a single visa for cricket fans to visit the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup has been agreed by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his New Zealand counterpart John Key.
DIBP Announces Credit Card Surcharge Fees

DIBP Announces Credit Card Surcharge Fees

March 14, 2014

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.
Australia to Review Significant Investor Visa Program

Australia to Review Significant Investor Visa Program

March 13, 2014

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.
Australia Announces Visa Provisions for Ukrainians

Australia Announces Visa Provisions for Ukrainians

March 06, 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.
Independent Review of Australian 457 Visa Programme Announced

Independent Review of Australian 457 Visa Programme Announced

February 27, 2014

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.
Australia Chastises Marriage Scams via Partner Visa

Australia Chastises Marriage Scams via Partner Visa

February 25, 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.
  New QSOL for 489 Visa Introduced by Queensland Government

New QSOL for 489 Visa Introduced by Queensland Government

February 25, 2014

New Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL) for the Skilled Nominated (provisional) subclass 489 visas has been introduced by Queensland Government on January 1, 2014.
ACT Releases New Skilled Occupation List

ACT Releases New Skilled Occupation List

February 24, 2014

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.
Chinese Business Visitors now Eligible for Australian Three Year Multiple Entry Visas

Chinese Business Visitors now Eligible for Australian Three Year Multiple Entry Visas

February 13, 2014

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.
Special 2014 Australia Day Celebrations to Mark 65 Years of Australian Citizenship

Special 2014 Australia Day Celebrations to Mark 65 Years of Australian Citizenship

February 11, 2014

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.
Australia to Fast Track Visa Processing for Migrants Moving to regional Queensland

Australia to Fast Track Visa Processing for Migrants Moving to regional Queensland

January 27, 2014

Immigrants and refugees who agree to settle in regional Queensland could have their visa application fast-tracked, according to a proposal by the Queensland government's premier Campbell Newman.
Education Campaign about Australian Visa Conditions for Overseas Students

Education Campaign about Australian Visa Conditions for Overseas Students

January 17, 2014

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.
Australia Expands Working Holiday Visa Program

Australia Expands Working Holiday Visa Program

January 16, 2014

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.
Lowest Processing Priority for Family Stream Visa Applicants Sponsored by Illegal Maritime Arrivals

Lowest Processing Priority for Family Stream Visa Applicants Sponsored by Illegal Maritime Arrivals

January 15, 2014

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.
Australia Announces Set of Changes to 457 Visa Program

Australia Announces Set of Changes to 457 Visa Program

March 07, 2013

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.
Australia Achieves Record Interest from Foreign Tourists

Australia Achieves Record Interest from Foreign Tourists

March 01, 2013

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.
Australia To Introduce New Post-Study Work Visa Arrangements for Graduates

Australia To Introduce New Post-Study Work Visa Arrangements for Graduates

January 23, 2013

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.
Changes to Australian Points Tested Skilled Migration Visas

Changes to Australian Points Tested Skilled Migration Visas

March 30, 2012

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has recently announced proposed changes to the points based skilled migration visa program.
Immigrants from the UK Welcomed to Sydney, Australia

Immigrants from the UK Welcomed to Sydney, Australia

March 23, 2012

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.
Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Clare

Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Clare

March 21, 2012

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) officers will be visiting Clare on Thursday, March 29, 2012.
Changes to Australian Protection Visa Processing

Changes to Australian Protection Visa Processing

March 21, 2012

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.
DIAC proposes Stage 2 Implementation of Changes to the Australian Student Visa Program

DIAC proposes Stage 2 Implementation of Changes to the Australian Student Visa Program

March 20, 2012

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.
Asian Tourists Top Spenders in Australia, a Study Reveals

Asian Tourists Top Spenders in Australia, a Study Reveals

March 13, 2012

According to new figures from Tourism Research Australia, tourists from Asia are big spenders in Australia, contributing approximately $10 billion to Australian tourism.
Proposed Changes To Australian Working Holiday Visa

Proposed Changes To Australian Working Holiday Visa

March 12, 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.
Australian Immigration Open for Business

Australian Immigration Open for Business

March 09, 2012

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.
Western Australia Calls for Enhanced Working Holiday Visas

Western Australia Calls for Enhanced Working Holiday Visas

March 01, 2012

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.
New Work and Holiday Visa Program between Australia and Argentina Comes into Effect

New Work and Holiday Visa Program between Australia and Argentina Comes into Effect

February 29, 2012

Young Australians and Argentines now have the opportunity to enjoy an extended holiday in each other's countries through a work and holiday arrangement that comes into effect today.
ABS's Report Says Immigration Helps Boost Australia's Skills

ABS's Report Says Immigration Helps Boost Australia's Skills

February 24, 2012

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.
Tourism Australia Launches New Campaign to Grow Business Events Sector

Tourism Australia Launches New Campaign to Grow Business Events Sector

February 24, 2012

A new integrated marketing campaign has been launched by Tourism Australia at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) 2012 in Melbourne.
New Program for Australian Immigrant Engineers

New Program for Australian Immigrant Engineers

February 23, 2012

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.
Rise in Australian Student Visas from India

Rise in Australian Student Visas from India

February 22, 2012

Australia has once again seen an increase in student visa applications from India after a phase of decline.
Foreign Workers to Be Welcomed to Australian Northern Territory

Foreign Workers to Be Welcomed to Australian Northern Territory

February 21, 2012

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.
Australia to Simplify Visa Application Process for International Students

Australia to Simplify Visa Application Process for International Students

February 21, 2012

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.
Increase in Australian Visas for Short-Term Business Trips

Increase in Australian Visas for Short-Term Business Trips

February 20, 2012

Recent Australian immigration figures reveal that there was an increase in the number of Australian visa applicants entering Australia under the visa for short-term business trips.
Australian Online Tourist Visas for Brazilians and Argentines Officially Come into Effect

Australian Online Tourist Visas for Brazilians and Argentines Officially Come into Effect

February 17, 2012

According to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP), citizens from Brazil and Argentina can apply for online tourist visas to Australia starting from February 15, 2012.
Sharp Rise in Australian Working Holiday Visas Issued for Irish Citizens

Sharp Rise in Australian Working Holiday Visas Issued for Irish Citizens

February 16, 2012

According to a recent report released by the Australian Government's Working Holiday Maker Visa Program, the number of working holiday visas granted to Irish citizens rose by 33 percent in 2011.
New Streamlined Australian Visa Application Process Recommended

New Streamlined Australian Visa Application Process Recommended

February 14, 2012

Universities Australia, the peak body representing the public interest of the country's universities, has recommended the sector accept a new streamlined process for Australian student visas.
Call for All Australian Visa Applicants to Have Medical Insurance

Call for All Australian Visa Applicants to Have Medical Insurance

February 13, 2012

The Vice President of the Australian Medical Association's branch in Victoria, Stephen Parnis, has called for health insurance to become a mandatory requirement for all Australian visa applicants.
Working Holiday Visa Changes Could Boost Australia's Economy

Working Holiday Visa Changes Could Boost Australia's Economy

February 13, 2012

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.
Australian Tourism to Benefit from New Scoot Airline Route

Australian Tourism to Benefit from New Scoot Airline Route

February 09, 2012

Singapore-based budget airline Scoot has chosen The Gold Coast as its second international destination (after Sydney), according to its announcement on February 7, 2012.
New Proposed Australian Immigration Laws to Protect Women

New Proposed Australian Immigration Laws to Protect Women

February 09, 2012

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has recently recommended new immigration laws to protect migrant women fleeing family violence.
MIA Calls Australia to Grant More Humanitarian Visas

MIA Calls Australia to Grant More Humanitarian Visas

February 09, 2012

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.
Virtual English Tuition for New Australian Immigrants

Virtual English Tuition for New Australian Immigrants

February 08, 2012

The Federal Government has launched a three-year trial of virtual English language tuition to help new Australian immigrants settle into regional communities.
Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Regional South Australia

Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Regional South Australia

February 07, 2012

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) officers will be visiting Port Pirie, South Australia on February 23, 2012.
Improved Job Opportunities for Foreign Students in Australia

Improved Job Opportunities for Foreign Students in Australia

February 07, 2012

A new report reveals that international students graduating in Australia now get more chances to find work in their fields of study.
Australia Visa Application Centre to Open in Accra, Ghana

Australia Visa Application Centre to Open in Accra, Ghana

February 01, 2012

The Australian High Commission will open an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Accra, Ghana on February 8, 2012.
Review of the Australian Student Visa Assessment Level Framework

Review of the Australian Student Visa Assessment Level Framework

February 01, 2012

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.
Thousands Granted Australian Citizenship on Australia Day

Thousands Granted Australian Citizenship on Australia Day

January 30, 2012

On Australia Day, 26 January 2012, around 13,700 people from 144 countries were welcomed as new Australian citizens, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP announced.
Australian Tourist Visa Available Online for Brazil and Argentina

Australian Tourist Visa Available Online for Brazil and Argentina

January 30, 2012

People from Brazil and Argentina will be able to apply online for their Australian tourist visa from February 15, 2012.
Migration Expos in the UK

Migration Expos in the UK

January 19, 2012

Migration Expos will be held in the UK during February, providing detailed information about immigration and employment opportunities for Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Australia Attracts Thousands of Immigrants from Europe

Australia Attracts Thousands of Immigrants from Europe

January 18, 2012

There is an increase in the number of European migrants coming to Australia to escape the European debit crisis.

Foreign Investors Rule Australian Rental Housing Market

Foreign Investors Rule Australian Rental Housing Market

January 04, 2012

Foreign investors are now dominating the Australian rental residential property market, according to a recent report of property group CBRE, a commercial real estate services firm.

Philippine Workers to Fill Australian Labour Shortage

Philippine Workers to Fill Australian Labour Shortage

January 04, 2012

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).
Removal of Assurance of Support from Australian Partner Visas

Removal of Assurance of Support from Australian Partner Visas

January 03, 2012

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.
Western Australia attract more skilled migrants via Skilled Migration Strategy

Western Australia attract more skilled migrants via Skilled Migration Strategy

March 29, 2011

A strategy that outlines an integrated and targeted approach to solve the future lack of skilled labour has recently been launched by the Western Australia.
Australian biometric program extended to new countries

Australian biometric program extended to new countries

March 29, 2011

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.
Visa assistance to Japanese nationals in Australia

Visa assistance to Japanese nationals in Australia

March 21, 2011

To assist Japanese residents affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami, Australian government has offered extensions of their Australian visas if required.
Australia to celebrate Womens Day with better immigration policy for women

Australia to celebrate Womens Day with better immigration policy for women

March 15, 2011

To highlight the 100th annual Women’s Day, Australia has celebrated women’s rights by promoting immigration policies that help protect women.
New South Wales introduces State Migration Plan

New South Wales introduces State Migration Plan

March 11, 2011

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.
Australian work visas to be encouraged for WA businesses

Australian work visas to be encouraged for WA businesses

March 08, 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.
New campaign of Australia to attract skilled migrants

New campaign of Australia to attract skilled migrants

February 11, 2011

In order to attract skilled migrants to Canberra, a new campaign named "Live in Canberra" will be launched by The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government between 9 February and 28 February 2011.
Visa privilege for Egyptians in Australia

Visa privilege for Egyptians in Australia

February 08, 2011

Due to the current political situation in Egypt, Australia will give option of staying for Egyptian nationals currently in Australia beyond their Australian visa expiry.
Australia supports Queensland via immigration

Australia supports Queensland via immigration

February 08, 2011

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.
New Study on Migrants Settling in Australia

New Study on Migrants Settling in Australia

January 24, 2011

In Settler Arrivals 2009-10 publication, a study by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's (DIBP) has revealed the new figures of migrants settling in Australia during 2009/10.
Actions needed to attract more foreign students to enter Australia

Actions needed to attract more foreign students to enter Australia

January 24, 2011

Australia is trying hard to keep attracting foreign students because of increasing competition from other countries and the efforts of Asian nations to retain their students.
Skilled migrants from India attracted to Work in Australia

Skilled migrants from India attracted to Work in Australia

January 21, 2011

Talking to the media on last Friday, the Australian High Commissioner for India stated that the Australian government now wants to attract more Indian skilled workers.
Australia needs to speed up Skilled Work Visa Application

Australia needs to speed up Skilled Work Visa Application

January 17, 2011

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.
Changes in Australia visa appeal system for refugees

Changes in Australia visa appeal system for refugees

January 12, 2011

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.
Skilled migrants to be attracted to South Australia

Skilled migrants to be attracted to South Australia

January 10, 2011

The federal government of Australia and state government of South Australia have reached an agreement on immigration to meet South Australia needs for skilled migrants.
Bangladesh joins Australian Work and Holiday Visa Program

Bangladesh joins Australian Work and Holiday Visa Program

January 06, 2011

On December, 31st 2010, a work and holiday agreement between Australia and Bangladesh has been stared.
Skilled Independent visa to encourage Brits to Immigrate to Australia

Skilled Independent visa to encourage Brits to Immigrate to Australia

January 06, 2011

Thanks to economic growth and a decrease in unemployment rate, Australian job vacancies are now increasing and immigrants from the UK are expected to have greater opportunities to work in Australia.
More US Citizens move to Australia

More US Citizens move to Australia

January 06, 2011

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.
ACT updates Skills in Demand List

ACT updates Skills in Demand List

March 30, 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.
Australian Work Visa Applicants can use Existing Skills Assessments

Australian Work Visa Applicants can use Existing Skills Assessments

March 17, 2010

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.
DIAC Supports Campaign Against Illegal Work Practices

DIAC Supports Campaign Against Illegal Work Practices

March 16, 2010

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.
Baird Review of Education Shows Support for Australian Student Visa Changes

Baird Review of Education Shows Support for Australian Student Visa Changes

March 11, 2010

The final report of the Baird Review on legislation governing international education shows support for recent Government immigration policy changes.
457 Skilled Workers to be Hired When Local Labour Cannot be Found

457 Skilled Workers to be Hired When Local Labour Cannot be Found

March 05, 2010

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.
Temporary Skilled Workers are Highly Skilled Professionals According to Immigration Stats

Temporary Skilled Workers are Highly Skilled Professionals According to Immigration Stats

February 23, 2010

New Immigration figures show that almost 90 percent of 457 Subclass Temporary Overseas work visas granted in 2009-10 went to managers and highly skilled professional workers.
It is never too late to become an Australian Citizen

It is never too late to become an Australian Citizen

February 23, 2010

Iris Boatfield, 92, became an Australian Citizen in a private Citizenship ceremony with her family in Brisbane, Queensland.
Australian Skilled Work Visa Points Test to be Reviewed

Australian Skilled Work Visa Points Test to be Reviewed

February 18, 2010

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has released a discussion paper, seeking public comment on a review of the points test for Skilled Work Visa applicants.
Australian Student Visa Still in Demand According to Survey

Australian Student Visa Still in Demand According to Survey

February 15, 2010

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.
Students still have a path to Australian Permanent Residency

Students still have a path to Australian Permanent Residency

February 12, 2010

According to the Australian Government, Student Visa holders still have options to seek permanent residency to Australia under the latest changes to Australian Immigration policy.
Australian Skilled Immigration and Work Visa Changes

Australian Skilled Immigration and Work Visa Changes

February 09, 2010

The Australian Government has announced major changes to the Skilled Work Visa program which will favour those with business or Government sponsorship.
Australia Welcomes Record Number of New Citizens on Australia Day

Australia Welcomes Record Number of New Citizens on Australia Day

January 27, 2010

Australia welcomed 16,500 new Australians at Citizenship ceremonies around the country on January 25.
Football Star forced to leave for breaching Australian Travel Visa

Football Star forced to leave for breaching Australian Travel Visa

January 21, 2010

Former Manchester United player Paul Parker has been forced to leave Australia after he allegedly breached his Australian Travel Visa by working as a TV soccer analyst.
457 visa program successfully addressing skills shortages in Australia

457 visa program successfully addressing skills shortages in Australia

January 19, 2010

Senator Chris Evans believes that changes to the temporary skilled migration scheme are successfully addressing some of Australia's skill shortages while protecting local jobs.
Australian Working Holiday Visa Over-stayers Deported

Australian Working Holiday Visa Over-stayers Deported

January 18, 2010

12 or more Irish nationals have been deported as a part of investigations into immigration fraud in Australia.
Temporary Skilled Migration to Australia down 49 percent

Temporary Skilled Migration to Australia down 49 percent

January 12, 2010

Compared to the same time last year, temporary skilled migration to Australia has decreased by almost 50 percent, after stricter workplace laws came into effect.
New Critical Skills List for Migration to Australia

New Critical Skills List for Migration to Australia

March 25, 2009

DIBP have removed a large number of trade skills such as carpenters, welders and plumbers, from the CSL (Critical Skills List) to reduce Australia's immigration intake.
Changes to Immigration Act for Same-Sex Couples

Changes to Immigration Act for Same-Sex Couples

March 25, 2009

The government has announced changes to the Immigration Act, in order to eliminate any discrimination against same-sex couples and their children.
South Australia Immigration Changes for March

South Australia Immigration Changes for March

March 20, 2009

The South Australian State Government has announced a number of changes to state immigration programs that will come into effect on March 31, 2009.
Immigration helps Australia grow.

Immigration helps Australia grow.

March 18, 2009

Recent figures show that Australia’s estimated resident population increased by 359,000 to 21,374,000 people the year ended 30 June 2008.
New Work and Travel Visa Agreement for Indonesia and Australia

New Work and Travel Visa Agreement for Indonesia and Australia

March 03, 2009

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.
DIAC report shows increase in immigration

DIAC report shows increase in immigration

February 18, 2009

DIBPs 2007-2008 Annual Report shows the number of people entering Australia both permanently and temporarily continued to increase during the 2007-2008 period.
Australian Statistics indicate longer lives, better education and a growing country

Australian Statistics indicate longer lives, better education and a growing country

February 12, 2009

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.
13,000 New Australian Citizens Welcomed on Australia Day 2009

13,000 New Australian Citizens Welcomed on Australia Day 2009

February 05, 2009

January 26, 2009 marked the 60th year of Australia's Nationality and Citizenship Act which created the concept of "Australian Citizenship".
No Reduction in Skilled Migrants for 2009

No Reduction in Skilled Migrants for 2009

January 29, 2009

Immigration Minister Chris Evans has announced that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will not reduce the number of skilled migrant visas for the 2009 programme.
Changes to Victorian State Sponsorship list

Changes to Victorian State Sponsorship list

January 21, 2009

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.
Record number of Irish migrating to Australia

Record number of Irish migrating to Australia

January 14, 2009

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.
Immigration needs to open doors to more than 96,000 farm workers in Australia

Immigration needs to open doors to more than 96,000 farm workers in Australia

March 26, 2008

The National Farmers' Federation (NFF) is calling on the Rudd Government to ease immigration laws to allow Pacific islanders to come to Australia on a seasonal basis and pick fruit and vegetables.

Skilled immigration could earn you an above average wage in Australia

Skilled immigration could earn you an above average wage in Australia

March 25, 2008

A recent report by the Department of Immigration has revealed that overseas workers mainly in higher skilled areas are earning wages well above their Australian counterparts.

Australian immigration: boost for 457 work visa, guest workers and refugees

Australian immigration: boost for 457 work visa, guest workers and refugees

March 20, 2008

In order to remedy its skills crisis, Australian Immigration is coming up with plans that will influence temporary overseas workers and refugees.

Australian immigration expo this weekend in the UK

Australian immigration expo this weekend in the UK

March 14, 2008

Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Evans is hoping that the two-day 2008 Australia Needs Skills expo this weekend will lure more skilled workers to Australia.

Australian Immigration: New UK police clearance procedure

Australian Immigration: New UK police clearance procedure

March 13, 2008

The Brisbane Character Assessment Unit of Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has announced a new trial procedure for UK police checks.

Construction work visa changes on cards for Australian immigration

Construction work visa changes on cards for Australian immigration

March 11, 2008

Construction workers wanting to live around the beach and wine regions could be in for a treat if Kevin Rudd follows through with immigration changes.

Australian immigration could benefit your kids' health

Australian immigration could benefit your kids' health

March 07, 2008

If you have kids and are planning to immigrate to Australia, you will be glad to know that the Australian Government has just invested even more funds into promoting the health of children.

Australian immigration to bring in 15,000 construction workers

Australian immigration to bring in 15,000 construction workers

March 04, 2008

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is looking into a solution to ease Australia's current housing shortage, which includes taking care of the country's other shortage: construction labour.

The big 17 for immigration: Australia's most-wanted jobs

The big 17 for immigration: Australia's most-wanted jobs

March 03, 2008

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.

Immigration adds to 'brain gain

Immigration adds to 'brain gain

March 01, 2008

Thanks to immigration, Australia has found it a breeze to fill more than half (53.9%) of the country's full-time jobs created over the last 12 months.

Australian business investment a good bet for immigration

Australian business investment a good bet for immigration

February 29, 2008

With the Australian dollar at a 24-year high, setting your investment sights on Australian businesses while considering immigration could be in your best interest.

Australian immigration: Doctors urgently needed in Victoria

Australian immigration: Doctors urgently needed in Victoria

February 21, 2008

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is calling for urgent action to increase the number of GPs in regional Victoria, setting its hopes on doctors considering immigration.

Australian immigration lifts restrictions on working holiday & skilled workers

Australian immigration lifts restrictions on working holiday & skilled workers

February 18, 2008

A total of 6000 more Australian skilled visas have just been released by the Australian government, and are up for grabs before the end of June 2008 by overseas applicants keen on immigration.

Immigration gives hope for Australia's economic future

Immigration gives hope for Australia's economic future

February 06, 2008

Australia is in dire need of increased immigration, because when millions of baby boomers retire, many job vacancies will be created, according to a latest report.

Immigration leads to record number of brand new Australian citizens

Immigration leads to record number of brand new Australian citizens

February 05, 2008

More than 14,000 new citizens can now finally call Australia home after immigration paved their way to a new life in the world's friendliest country.

Cricketer Bradman stays put in Australian Immigration Citizenship Test Revamp

Cricketer Bradman stays put in Australian Immigration Citizenship Test Revamp

January 30, 2008

The Australian immigration citizenship test is in for a possible makeover, only six months after its introduction by the previous conservative Howard government on 1 October 2007.

Immigration of medical professionals to fill 15,300 positions in Australia

Immigration of medical professionals to fill 15,300 positions in Australia

January 29, 2008

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.

Immigration can help Canada not face critical IT labour shortage in next 3-5 years

Immigration can help Canada not face critical IT labour shortage in next 3-5 years

January 25, 2008

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.

Immigration can save Canada from facing IT labour shortage in next 3-5 years

Immigration can save Canada from facing IT labour shortage in next 3-5 years

January 25, 2008

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.

Australian immigration: Happy migrants express no regret

Australian immigration: Happy migrants express no regret

January 24, 2008

Afraid your immigration decision to Australia could be of ill judgement? Maybe you're in for a rather pleasant surprise.

Studying in Australia opens doorway to immigration

Studying in Australia opens doorway to immigration

January 23, 2008

Students from all over the world are flocking to Australian schools and universities as part of a quest for adventure, international study opportunities and a means of immigration.

Studying in Australia opens doorway to immigration

Studying in Australia opens doorway to immigration

January 23, 2008

Students from all over the world are flocking to Australian schools and universities as part of a quest for adventure, international study opportunities and a means of immigration.

Skilled immigration: lifeline for Australian engineering & science

Skilled immigration: lifeline for Australian engineering & science

January 17, 2008

If you're a scientist or engineer, your immigration decision could be the answer to Australia's energy, mining and pharmaceutical industries' pleads for more qualified professionals to migrate to Australia.

Cycling for green: Immigration to a cleaner, healthier Australia

Cycling for green: Immigration to a cleaner, healthier Australia

January 14, 2008

Looking at the latest statistics on bicycle sales, it's not hard to see why immigration to Australia can be like a breath of fresh air for many – literally.

Labor set to bin union input

Labor set to bin union input

March 29, 2007

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.

Migrants and babies fuel population growth

Migrants and babies fuel population growth

March 28, 2007

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.

Australia celebrates national harmony

Australia celebrates national harmony

March 22, 2007

The Australian Government encouraged its citizens and residents to get together on 21 March 2007 and acknowledge the nation’s cultural diversity.

Employers call for action on skills crises

Employers call for action on skills crises

March 15, 2007

The Australian government is being urged to respond to employer groups calling for a serious increase to the size and scope of the 2007-8 migration program.

Australia looks to strengthen citizenship laws

Australia looks to strengthen citizenship laws

March 13, 2007

New immigration legislation designed to strengthen Australian security was passed through the Senate on 25 February 2007.

Australian Public Holiday - Monday, 12th of March 2007

Australian Public Holiday - Monday, 12th of March 2007

March 09, 2007

We wish to advise our clients that our Australian office will be closed on 12th March, 2007 for Labour Day.
Warm welcome for over 600 new Australian citizens

Warm welcome for over 600 new Australian citizens

March 08, 2007

More than 600 new Australian citizens from 50 difference countries were given a ‘home town welcome’ last night at a Citizenship Ceremony held in Brisbane.

Chile Open Door to Work and Holiday Agreement

Chile Open Door to Work and Holiday Agreement

February 22, 2007

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.

Government backs Multicultural Affairs

Government backs Multicultural Affairs

February 22, 2007

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.

Renewed agreement for German and Aussie travellers

Renewed agreement for German and Aussie travellers

February 20, 2007

Thousands of young Germans and Australians will have the opportunity to enjoy a working holiday in each other's countries following a renewed agreement in Berlin.

Fast tracked 457 visas for honest employers

Fast tracked 457 visas for honest employers

February 08, 2007

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.

Australia's unemployment rate hits 31 year low

Australia's unemployment rate hits 31 year low

February 08, 2007

Australia’s unemployment rate hit an unexpected dip in figures last month sparking discussions that a lack of suitable labors will eventually generate wage and price pressures.

DIAC form changes from 12th January 2007

DIAC form changes from 12th January 2007

February 02, 2007

Several DIMA forms have been updated with essential changes.
DIMA to DIAC

DIMA to DIAC

January 31, 2007

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).

Migrants boost Australian economy

Migrants boost Australian economy

January 30, 2007

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.

Australian PM shows Vanstone the door

Australian PM shows Vanstone the door

January 29, 2007

In a reshuffling of the Australian federal parliament, Australian PM John Howard has identified new immigration, environment and employment ministers ahead of federal elections later this year.

Australian celebrates what's great

Australian celebrates what's great

January 29, 2007

Australia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in Australia and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories.

Valid passport for Australia's Greek visitors

Valid passport for Australia's Greek visitors

January 29, 2007

The Greek authorities have announced that as of January 1st 2007, Greek passports issued prior to January 1st 2006 will no longer be considered valid for travel.

NSW to join STNI visa program

NSW to join STNI visa program

March 14, 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.

Victorian Government releases Investor Retirement Form

Victorian Government releases Investor Retirement Form

March 14, 2006

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.

Tax Arrangements for Temporary Residents

Tax Arrangements for Temporary Residents

March 14, 2006

On 16 February, the Commonwealth Treasurer announced changes to the taxation arrangements for temporary residents which will introduce a tax exemption on foreign source income.

Record 14,000 New Australian Citizens make history

Record 14,000 New Australian Citizens make history

March 14, 2006

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.

IT specialization added to MODL

IT specialization added to MODL

January 18, 2006

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):

New South Wales commits to increasing number of Skilled Business Migrants

New South Wales commits to increasing number of Skilled Business Migrants

January 18, 2006

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.

Turkey added to Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement

Turkey added to Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement

January 18, 2006

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.

Significant interest in further Working Holiday Visa

Significant interest in further Working Holiday Visa

January 18, 2006

In early November 2005, current Working Holiday Visa makers who undertook at least 3 months harvest work, were able to apply for a further 12 month Working Holiday Visa.

Increase in number of new migrants

Increase in number of new migrants

January 18, 2006

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.

AUSTRALIA'S CULTURAL DIVERSITY

AUSTRALIA'S CULTURAL DIVERSITY

February 09, 2005

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 - 14 JANUARY 2005

ELECTRONIC HEALTH ASSESSMENTS FOR ONLINE VISA APPLICANTS - 14 JANUARY 2005

February 09, 2005

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.

UPDATED ARRANGEMENTS FOR FEE PAYMENT FOR INTERNET APPLICATIONS

UPDATED ARRANGEMENTS FOR FEE PAYMENT FOR INTERNET APPLICATIONS

February 09, 2005

Updated arrangements for fee payment for internet applications - issued 23 December 2004
NEW SKILLED VISA TO BE INTRODUCED 1ST JULY 2004

NEW SKILLED VISA TO BE INTRODUCED 1ST JULY 2004

March 24, 2004

New Skilled Visa to be introduced 1st July 2004
CHANGES TO RETIREMENT VISA

CHANGES TO RETIREMENT VISA

January 05, 2004

Australian Immigration announces changes to the Retirement Visa effective as from 1st January 2004.