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Australian government toughens citizenship test

Australian government toughens citizenship test

April 21, 2017

The Federal Government of Australia has adopted a new stance on eligibility for Australian citizenship. In a statement released by the Australian government on 20 April 2017, a sweeping redraft of Australian citizenship laws is underway.
Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull to abolish 457 visas

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull to abolish 457 visas

April 18, 2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull just announced earlier today that the Australian government has decided to abolish the 457 visa route. This specific visa type will be replaced with a temporary visa with stricter requirements, including longer work experience, higher English proficiency score and mandatory penal clearance certificates to be provided.
Australia and Vietnam commence reciprocal work and holiday visa program

Australia and Vietnam commence reciprocal work and holiday visa program

March 17, 2017

Starting March 1, 2017, a total of 200 Australian and Vietnamese citizens aged between 18 and 30 will become eligible to enter Australia and Vietnam under the Work and Holiday Visa program.
DIBP publishes online list of processing times for visa and citizenship applications

DIBP publishes online list of processing times for visa and citizenship applications

March 17, 2017

On 13 March 2017, the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) published a list of processing times for various visa types and citizenship application programs. According to the DIBP, the recent move is part of the government’s goal of enhancing customer service by regularly updating client information and making processing arrangements faster and more efficient.
Major changes made to Visitor Visa applications for Chinese Applicants

Major changes made to Visitor Visa applications for Chinese Applicants

February 01, 2017

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has been introducing some new developments to tourist visa applications for Chinese nationals.

New Work and Holiday agreements with Hungary, Luxembourg and San Marino

New Work and Holiday agreements with Hungary, Luxembourg and San Marino

February 01, 2017

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) recently announced that Australia has successfully facilitated reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa agreements with three new countries: Hungary, Luxembourg and San Marino.

Ecuador signs new Work and Holiday agreements with Australia

Ecuador signs new Work and Holiday agreements with Australia

February 01, 2017

On January 19th, 2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) announced that Australia signed Work and Holiday Visa agreements with Ecuador.

 Australia introduces 4 new visa subclasses

Australia introduces 4 new visa subclasses

November 16, 2016

According to the Australian government, four new work visas will replace existing visas for work and training & research.
DIBP introduces changes to subclass 462 and 457 visas

DIBP introduces changes to subclass 462 and 457 visas

November 04, 2016

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced changes to two visa subclasses, namely, subclasses 462 and 457.
Updates to lodgement process for Resident Return Visa

Updates to lodgement process for Resident Return Visa

November 04, 2016

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection has released a new update regarding the lodgement for Resident Return Visa (RRV).