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Australian Visa Applicants Now Have More English Test Options

Australian Visa Applicants Now Have More English Test Options

November 25, 2014

People who apply for Australian visas now have more choices in English language testing since the addition of two new assessment options, said Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on Monday.
VET Sector Received Streamlined Visa Processing Arrangement

VET Sector Received Streamlined Visa Processing Arrangement

November 25, 2014

Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) arrangements are now extended to 55 new education providers, following the implementation of a legislative instrument by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
457 Visa Holders Exempted from WA School Fee

457 Visa Holders Exempted from WA School Fee

November 24, 2014

Around 750 international families on 457 Visas will be exempted from paying $4000 in tuition fee for sending their children to West Australian public schools from next year.
Federal Government Successfully Grants the 500th Significant Investor Visa

Federal Government Successfully Grants the 500th Significant Investor Visa

November 21, 2014

The federal government announced that a Chinese investor had become the 500th person to be granted a Significant Investor Visa after the visa program came into effect since the Coalition won the Government.
The one Reason your skilled visa could be denied

The one Reason your skilled visa could be denied

November 06, 2014

Thousands of people around the world dream of an opportunity to work and live in Australia. However, obtaining a skilled visa can be a very complicated process that a lot of people take for granted. Although there are many areas of the skilled visa application that are complicated there is one in particular that must be taken very seriously: nominating the right occupation.
New South Wales Skilled Nominated Migration (190) Closed for October Intake

New South Wales Skilled Nominated Migration (190) Closed for October Intake

October 28, 2014

The NSW Government has announced that October intake of Skilled Nominated Migration had been closed after 1000 applicants had successfully submitted their applications.
Israel Joins Australian Work and Holiday Visa Program

Israel Joins Australian Work and Holiday Visa Program

October 24, 2014

The Australian government has expanded its work and holiday visa program by adding Israel to the list of countries that sign a reciprocal arrangement to provide young people with the chance to experience culture of each other's country.
Australia and Portugal Sign a New Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement

Australia and Portugal Sign a New Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement

October 22, 2014

On September 25, Australia and Portugal announced that a new reciprocal Work and Holiday (subclass 462) Visa arrangement between two countries had been signed at Parliament House Canberra.
Australia Seeks Public Views for 2015-16 Migration Program

Australia Seeks Public Views for 2015-16 Migration Program

October 21, 2014

The Australian government is seeking the public's views in preparation for Australia's 2015-16 Migration Programme, Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) announced on October 14, 2014.
Australia to Offer a New Premium Investor Visa

Australia to Offer a New Premium Investor Visa

October 15, 2014

On Tuesday 15 October, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a new Premium Investor Visa (PIV) which offers a more efficient, 12 month pathway to permanent residency than the current Significant Investor Visa (SIV) program.
Non-Contributory Parent and Carer Visas Reinstated by Australian Government

Non-Contributory Parent and Carer Visas Reinstated by Australian Government

September 26, 2014

On Thursday 25 September 2014, the Australian Senate voted to overturn attempts of the governments to repeal a range of essential, affordable family and carer visas.
190 000 New Migrants Attracted during the Past Financial Year

190 000 New Migrants Attracted during the Past Financial Year

September 25, 2014

Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison announced that the target of attracting 190,000 migrants in the past financial year had been achieved this week.
DIBP's Report Suggests New Foundations for 457 Visa Program

DIBP's Report Suggests New Foundations for 457 Visa Program

September 25, 2014

Findings of the report into Australia's 457 visa program conducted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) were shared by the Assistant Manager of DIBP, Senator Michaelia Cash.
Only One Visa Required for Both Australia and New Zealand during 2015 Cricket World Cup

Only One Visa Required for Both Australia and New Zealand during 2015 Cricket World Cup

September 10, 2014

Australia's Deputy Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, announced the new Trans-Tasman agreement for the 2015 Cricket World Cup which would be held in both Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March 2015.
Labor Agreement for Aged Care Service Provider in Australia Launched

Labor Agreement for Aged Care Service Provider in Australia Launched

August 25, 2014

A labor agreement between the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and Fronditha Care Nursing Facility in Victoria, the first for Australia's health and community services industry has been granted, according to a recent announcement by the DIBP's assistant manager, Senator Michaela Cash.
Can you apply for an Australian Visa if you have a criminal record?

Can you apply for an Australian Visa if you have a criminal record?

August 22, 2014

Migration Expert has vast experience dealing with clients from all over the world wishing to enter Australia. Every so often, we get concerns from some of our clients who have a criminal record on how they can come into Australia. Everyone wishing to enter Australia must be of “good character” and be able to satisfy the character requirement which applies. Although it is important to seek the advice of a migration agent for your individual case, here’s an overview of what you need to do to come into Australia when you have a criminal record.
Poland now Eligible for Australian Work and Holiday Visa Program

Poland now Eligible for Australian Work and Holiday Visa Program

August 15, 2014

A reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement between Australian and Polish governments took effect from 01 August 2014, providing young people from the two countries the chance to experience culture of each other's country.
Immigration Minister Demands Reports on Allegations of Visa Frauds

Immigration Minister Demands Reports on Allegations of Visa Frauds

August 14, 2014

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison required an urgent report from the Immigration Department about allegations of widespread visa fraud over the last six years.
190 000 Spaces set for 2014 Migration Programme

190 000 Spaces set for 2014 Migration Programme

July 23, 2014

The start of the new fiscal year has seen the introduction of the new Migration Programme with the planning level for 2014-2014 set at 190,000 places. As previously announced, the largest portion of the Migration Programme has been allocated to skilled migrants including employer sponsored migrants, general skilled migrants and business migrants.
Queensland Eases Visa Requirement for PhD Graduates

Queensland Eases Visa Requirement for PhD Graduates

July 09, 2014

Visa requirement for Queensland state sponsorship has been eased for PhD graduates, according to a recent announcement by the Queensland state government.
Department Forecasts on Overseas Student Migration to Australia

Department Forecasts on Overseas Student Migration to Australia

July 01, 2014

Australia will see an increase in the number of student overseas migration arrivals while overseas student departures will likely fall, according to the Net Overseas Migration Forecasts by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Australia Releases Validity Period for Skills Assessments

Australia Releases Validity Period for Skills Assessments

June 30, 2014

Following the immigration changes announced by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), a three year validity period will be applied for skills assessments issued by assessing authorities for the purpose of visa applications from July 1, 2014.
Australia Reveals Report of Migration Picture

Australia Reveals Report of Migration Picture

June 30, 2014

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison on June 26 introduced a new report called 'the People of Australia', showing a statistical overview of Australia's population and its migrant communities.
Update to Australian Immigration Shortages List from July 1

Update to Australian Immigration Shortages List from July 1

June 23, 2014

Traditionally the month of July sees the introduction of various changes to Australian migration law. This year will be no different, with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) announcing several amendments which will come into effect on 1 July 2014. The following changes will affect the skilled categories:
TOEFL iBT and PTE Academic to be Alternative English Tests across Visa Programs

TOEFL iBT and PTE Academic to be Alternative English Tests across Visa Programs

June 06, 2014

The Australian government has recently announced TOEFL iBT and PTE Academic as alternative English Language tests for Australian visa applicants under many visa programmes.
Closure of Certain Family Visas

Closure of Certain Family Visas

June 02, 2014

With immediate effect from Monday 2 June 2014, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have announced that applications for the following visa types will no longer be accepted:
Streamlined Visas to Australia for Vocational Students

Streamlined Visas to Australia for Vocational Students

May 30, 2014

According to a recent announcement by the Australian government on 26 May 2014, the streamlined visa processing (SVP) arrangements are extended to students enrolled in advanced diploma level courses at low immigration risk providers.
Australian Immigration Officers to Revisit South-West NSW

Australian Immigration Officers to Revisit South-West NSW

May 30, 2014

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) officers will meet people who have overstayed their Australian visas in south-west NSW on June 5.
Australia and Greece to Sign Work and Holiday Visa Agreement on May 14

Australia and Greece to Sign Work and Holiday Visa Agreement on May 14

May 26, 2014

The new Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement between Australia and Greece was signed on May 14 during the Australian visit of the Greek Minister for Tourism Olga Kefalogianni to Melbourne.
Changes to Migration Program Help Boost Australian Economy

Changes to Migration Program Help Boost Australian Economy

May 26, 2014

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison in his release on May 13, 2014 stated that the government will boost the economy through Australia's migration programme, with more than $300 million estimated to be saved.
Australia Introduces Trial Program as New Pathway to Permanent Residency

Australia Introduces Trial Program as New Pathway to Permanent Residency

May 26, 2014

A trial program which enables holders of a provisional state nominated visa to apply for permanent residency through the program has been introduced by the Government of South Australia on May 14, 2014.
Australia to Undertake 457 Visa Program Integrity Review

Australia to Undertake 457 Visa Program Integrity Review

May 26, 2014

The Australian Government is conducting a survey for 457 visa programme integrity review, including businesses that have sponsored 457 visa holders before and after the July 2013 legislative changes came into effect.
Commonwealth Budget and the 2014-15 Australian Migration Programme

Commonwealth Budget and the 2014-15 Australian Migration Programme

May 21, 2014

On 13 May 2014, the Federal Budget was delivered by the Commonwealth Treasurer, The Honorable Joe Hockey. The Budget has been labeled as one of the toughest budgets in Australia’s history with significant cuts to health and education aiming to reduce the 2014-15 deficits by approximately $20 billion compared to the previously projected figures for the current year.
DIBP Introduces Credit Card Surcharge Fees

DIBP Introduces Credit Card Surcharge Fees

April 23, 2014

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).
South Australia Releases New State Nominated Occupations List

South Australia Releases New State Nominated Occupations List

April 17, 2014

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.
Australia and Poland Sign Working Holiday Arrangement

Australia and Poland Sign Working Holiday Arrangement

April 03, 2014

The new work and holiday visa arrangement will allow to young people from Australia and Poland to visit each country for up to 12 months.
Australia and Greece to Sign Work and Holiday Visa Agreement in May

Australia and Greece to Sign Work and Holiday Visa Agreement in May

April 03, 2014

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.
 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.
Israelis now Eligible for Australian Visitor Visa Online Application

Israelis now Eligible for Australian Visitor Visa Online Application

November 28, 2013

It is now much easier for Israeli citizens to visit Australia thanks to an immigration change made by the new Federal government to allow Israelis to apply for a visitor visa online.
Australia Announces New 457 Visa Labour Market Testing Rules

Australia Announces New 457 Visa Labour Market Testing Rules

November 28, 2013

From 23 November 2013, new 457 visa labour market testing rules have been implemented, requiring employers to demonstrate that there is no suitable local candidate for the position before seeking to access the Subclass 457 visa programme to employ an overseas workers.
Changes to Queensland State Sponsorship Announced

Changes to Queensland State Sponsorship Announced

November 27, 2013

New changes to Queensland state sponsorship has been announced by the state government.
Australian Government plans to make Student Visas more accessible to International students

Australian Government plans to make Student Visas more accessible to International students

November 08, 2013

The Government has recently announced plans to restore Australia's international education sector to its former status as one of the country's most important economic contributors.
Australian Immigration Department Releases 2012-13 Annual Report

Australian Immigration Department Releases 2012-13 Annual Report

November 05, 2013

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) formerly known as the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has recently tabled its 2012-13 annual report, detailing a busy year of activity.
Australia Updates Change to Acceptable Skills Assessments for Temporary Graduate

Australia Updates Change to Acceptable Skills Assessments for Temporary Graduate

November 05, 2013

A change to acceptable skills assessments for Employer Nomination Scheme and Regional Skilled Migration Scheme visas has been announced by Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Australia to Streamline Student Visa Process

Australia to Streamline Student Visa Process

October 30, 2013

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison has recently joined Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne to announce a series of measures which would ease student visa rules to improve Australia's international sector.
Australia to Speed Up the Significant Investor Visa Program

Australia to Speed Up the Significant Investor Visa Program

October 28, 2013

The Australian Government is planning to prioritise the Significant Investor visa program to make it quicker for foreign investors to migrate to the country, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison announced in his speech on 21 October.
Immigration Accounted for 60 Percent of Western Australian Population Growth

Immigration Accounted for 60 Percent of Western Australian Population Growth

October 18, 2013

According to a recent report by Australian Bureau of Statistics, Western Australia has a population of 1.75m, with 60% of the growth being a result of immigration.
Australia Welcomes more than 85 New Citizens

Australia Welcomes more than 85 New Citizens

October 09, 2013

On 3 October in a unique event in Sydney, more than 85 people from 65 different countries took part in a special ceremony and officially became new Australian citizens.
Overview of Changes to Australian Government Machinery

Overview of Changes to Australian Government Machinery

October 09, 2013

Together with changes to names of Australian Immigration Department to Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), there have been some other changes that that affect the department and the immigration portfolio.
Australia Visas for Greeks on the Rise

Australia Visas for Greeks on the Rise

October 03, 2013

Australia has seen a continuous growth in the number of visas issued for migrants from Greece, recent data from the Australian Department of Immigration revealed.
DIAC Changes Name to Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)

DIAC Changes Name to Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)

September 24, 2013

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has changed its name to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
New Minister for Immigration and Border Protection of Australia

New Minister for Immigration and Border Protection of Australia

September 19, 2013

On 18 September 2013, The Hon. Scott Morrison was formally sworn in as the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection of Australia.
Affirm Australian Citizenship on Instagram

Affirm Australian Citizenship on Instagram

September 09, 2013

New Australian citizens can now affirm their loyalty and commitment to Australia by posting a video on Instagram.
19,000 Indians Arrive in Australia in Year to August

19,000 Indians Arrive in Australia in Year to August

September 06, 2013

According to new ABS data, nearly 19,000 immigrants from India arrived in Australia in the year to August, meaning that 360 permanent settlers from the country arrive in Australia each week.
Immigration Officials Push for Joint Australia-New Zealand Visa

Immigration Officials Push for Joint Australia-New Zealand Visa

September 05, 2013

In order to increase tourist numbers across Australia and New Zealand via the upcoming Cricket World Cup 2015, a joint visa between the two countries are currently pushed by immigration officials.
Melbourne Remains the Most Liveable City in the World

Melbourne Remains the Most Liveable City in the World

September 03, 2013

Melbourne has made it three straight years to be named the most liveable city in the world as revealed by the 2013 Global Liveability Survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Working Holiday Visa Holders to Australia on the Rise

Working Holiday Visa Holders to Australia on the Rise

August 28, 2013

Australian has seen a record high number of working holiday visas issued since the start of the global financial crisis.
More Irish Choose Australia to Settle

More Irish Choose Australia to Settle

August 28, 2013

Australia has welcomed more Irish than ever before amid the period in which Ireland's economy is trying hard to recover from the global financial crisis.
Western Australia Introduces New Charge for Children's Schooling

Western Australia Introduces New Charge for Children's Schooling

August 22, 2013

According to a recent announcement by the Western Australian government, a fee of AUS$4,000 per year will be charged for children of 457 visa holders who will be educated in government-funded schools. By introducing the charge, the government hopes to raise $120m over four years.
New Australian Visa Application Centre in Guangzhou Opens

New Australian Visa Application Centre in Guangzhou Opens

August 22, 2013

On 21 August, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) announced the introduction of an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Guangzhou, China.
Improved Australian Visas Will Attract More Chinese Visitors

Improved Australian Visas Will Attract More Chinese Visitors

August 22, 2013

The Federal Opposition's commitment to build a faster, more streamlined and accessible visa system for Chinese visitors would be a great boost to Australia's tourism offering, according to Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) managing director Felicia Mariani.
Australia and Greece to Sign Working Holiday Visa Agreement

Australia and Greece to Sign Working Holiday Visa Agreement

August 14, 2013

Greece has commenced the necessary processes for the signing of a reciprocal working holiday visa agreement with Australia and is waiting on the Australian government to deliver the paperwork, according to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Akis Gerontopoulos.
Northern Territory of Australia Needs Skilled Immigrants

Northern Territory of Australia Needs Skilled Immigrants

August 09, 2013

The Northern Territory of Australia is now most in need of skilled immigrants to fill its labour shortages in 2014, according to a recent study by AMMA Pit Crew Labour Market.
Australian Visa Application Fees to Increase from 1 September 2013

Australian Visa Application Fees to Increase from 1 September 2013

August 08, 2013

Department of Immigration application fees will increase across the board by 15 percent from 1 September 2013, according to 2013-2014 Economic Statement published in August 2013.
Australia Introduces Biometrics Trial Program in Nigeria

Australia Introduces Biometrics Trial Program in Nigeria

July 22, 2013

A biometrics trial program for visa applicants from Nigeria will commence on 29 July 2013 as announced by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP).
Australia to Send Migrants Arriving by Boat to Papua New Guinea

Australia to Send Migrants Arriving by Boat to Papua New Guinea

July 19, 2013

According to a recent statement from the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, asylum seekers who arrive by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia and will be resettled on the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Australian Electronic Visa Process for Papua New Guinea Visitors

Australian Electronic Visa Process for Papua New Guinea Visitors

July 11, 2013

A new arrangement which would improve services to Australian visa applicants from Papua New Guinea has been recently reached by Australian Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Tony Burke, and Papua New Guinea Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration Rimbink Pato.
Australian Visa Fee Increase from 1 July 2013

Australian Visa Fee Increase from 1 July 2013

July 10, 2013

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) have recently announced that a new visa pricing application structure will be introduced from 1 July 2013. DIBP has advised that the pricing restructure will bring Australia's visa lodgement fees in line with similar countries such as Canada, the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
Fraud PIC 4020 Applied to all Australian Family Stream Visas

Fraud PIC 4020 Applied to all Australian Family Stream Visas

July 04, 2013

Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has announced that from 1 July 2013 the Fraud Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 will be applied to all Family Stream visa applications.
Australia Updates Consolidated Skilled Occupation List for 2013

Australia Updates Consolidated Skilled Occupation List for 2013

July 03, 2013

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has announced the new Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) with 7 changes which will be effective from 1 July 2013.
New 457 Visa Rule for Foreign Workers

New 457 Visa Rule for Foreign Workers

July 03, 2013

Australia has recently implemented a new stringent 457 temporary visa system for hiring of foreign workers, allowing businesses to recruit expatriates only after exhausting all local options.
Australia Celebrates Refugee Week 2013

Australia Celebrates Refugee Week 2013

June 21, 2013

Territorians across Australia have joined together to celebrate Refugee Week 2013, which is an annual event celebrating the contribution of refugees to Australia and encouraging people to take a more positive look at asylum.
Growth in Migration to Australia in 2011-12

Growth in Migration to Australia in 2011-12

June 19, 2013

On 14 June, The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Australia released a report which states that Australia has seen a growth in the number of migrants to the country's states and territories under permanent immigration routes.
Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Alice Springs

Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Alice Springs

June 14, 2013

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) officers will meet people who have overstayed their Australian visas in Alice Springs.
New Australian Visa Application Charges Announced

New Australian Visa Application Charges Announced

June 14, 2013

On 14 June, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) announced new visa pricing arrangements which will change visa application charges from a single charge when lodging an application to a charge per applicant in an individual or combined application.
Australian Immigrant Skilled Worker Number Increases

Australian Immigrant Skilled Worker Number Increases

June 05, 2013

The number of immigrant skilled worker coming to Australia on the Temporary Business 457 visa has increased over 20 percent this past year.
Australian Government to Announce Further 457 Visa Changes

Australian Government to Announce Further 457 Visa Changes

June 05, 2013

Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Brendan O'Connor has recently revealed the government's intention to bring in further changes to the foreign worker visa scheme in an attempt to crack down on rules breaches.
India and China Top Source of Immigrants to Australia

India and China Top Source of Immigrants to Australia

June 04, 2013

According to a new report released by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Brendan O'Connor, seven of the top 10 source countries of Australian immigrants were Asian nations.
Australia Updates Skilled Occupation List for 2013

Australia Updates Skilled Occupation List for 2013

June 04, 2013

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has announced that a new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) will apply from 1 July 2013 with 5 occupations to be removed.
Chinese Visitors to Australia on the Rise

Chinese Visitors to Australia on the Rise

May 30, 2013

The number of Chinese visitors to Australia was increasing rapidly despite the strong local currency.
Australia Announces 2013-14 Migration Program

Australia Announces 2013-14 Migration Program

May 22, 2013

The Australian government will continue to set 190,000 places for the migration program in 2013-14, the same level as the previous year, according to an announcement by Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O'Connor on 14 May 2013.
Australian Immigration Officers Visit Palmerston

Australian Immigration Officers Visit Palmerston

May 22, 2013

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) officers have recently met people who have overstayed their Australian visas as well as local community leaders and service providers in Palmerston.
Australia Grants First Significant Investor Visa to a Chinese National

Australia Grants First Significant Investor Visa to a Chinese National

May 08, 2013

Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor announced that Australia's first significant investor visa has been granted to a successful Chinese toy manufacturer and his young family.
Australia and NZ Jointly Manage Overseas Immigration Physicians

Australia and NZ Jointly Manage Overseas Immigration Physicians

April 23, 2013

According to a recent announcement, New Zealand and Australia agreed to jointly manage an offshore network of panel physicians to improve the quality of health examinations visa applicants receive.
Update to the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa

Update to the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa

April 16, 2013

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.
Large Australian Citizenship Ceremony in Darwin

Large Australian Citizenship Ceremony in Darwin

April 15, 2013

270 people became Australians in the largest citizenship ceremony conducted in Darwin in 15 April 2013.
Changes to the Australian Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485 Announced

Changes to the Australian Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485 Announced

April 09, 2013

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.
DIAC Announces Changes to Student Visa Cancellations

DIAC Announces Changes to Student Visa Cancellations

April 05, 2013

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.
DIAC Announces Changes to Visitor and Medical Treatment Visas

DIAC Announces Changes to Visitor and Medical Treatment Visas

April 04, 2013

On 23 March 2013, significant changes to the Visitor and Medical Treatment visa categories were introduced by Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Australian Work and Holiday Visa Agreement with Uruguay Takes Effect

Australian Work and Holiday Visa Agreement with Uruguay Takes Effect

April 04, 2013

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has recently announced that the new Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement between Australia and Uruguay commenced on 1 April 2013
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.
New Australian Work and Holiday Negotiations

New Australian Work and Holiday Negotiations

November 16, 2012

According to a recent announcement by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, Australia is in talks with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Poland and the Slovak Republic to establish reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangements.
Proposed Long Tourist Visa for Parents of Australian Citizens Updates

Proposed Long Tourist Visa for Parents of Australian Citizens Updates

November 16, 2012

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has recently released more updated information about the proposal to provide extended tourist visas for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents.
DIAC Announces Allocation and Processing of Skilled Australian Sponsored Visa Applications

DIAC Announces Allocation and Processing of Skilled Australian Sponsored Visa Applications

November 15, 2012

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) released details about allocation and processing of Skilled Australian Sponsored GSM Visa Applications for the 2012-13 program year.
Australian Rural Leaders Appeal for Special Long-stay Visas for Foreign Workers

Australian Rural Leaders Appeal for Special Long-stay Visas for Foreign Workers

November 15, 2012

On 8 November 2012, National Farmers Federation (NFF) president Jock Laurie called on the Australian government to expand the 457 skilled entry visas to much needed farm workers.
New Investment Fund Targets Chinese Applying for Australian Visas

New Investment Fund Targets Chinese Applying for Australian Visas

November 15, 2012

An affiliate of Goldman Sachs Group Inc has launched a new investment fund that will tap into the boom in applications from Chinese seeking to relocate to countries like Australia, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
Changes to Australian Temporary Work Visa from 24 November 2012

Changes to Australian Temporary Work Visa from 24 November 2012

November 08, 2012

According to a recent announcement of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, there will be changes to some Australian temporary work visa subclasses.
Australian Electronic Visa Applications now Available for Papua New Guinea

Australian Electronic Visa Applications now Available for Papua New Guinea

November 08, 2012

Papua New Guinea nationals can now apply for Australian visas online to avoid long waiting lines of applicants in Port Moresby; Australian parliamentary secretary Richard Marles and PNG's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato announced on November 7, 2012.
Record High At Six Million New Australian Visas Within a Year

Record High At Six Million New Australian Visas Within a Year

October 23, 2012

Australian tourism is in a strong position having recently broken records for the number of visitors entering the country.
Report Says Australia Needs Foreign Healthcare Workers

Report Says Australia Needs Foreign Healthcare Workers

October 12, 2012

A 450-page report claims that Australia needs more foreign doctors and nurses to fill the expected health worker shortfall over the next decade and a half.
Study Says More Indians Choose Australia to Spend their Holidays

Study Says More Indians Choose Australia to Spend their Holidays

October 12, 2012

A new study showed that there is an increase in the number of Indians visiting Australia for leisure and holiday.
Australia Inaugurates Key Members for New South Asian Consultant Committee

Australia Inaugurates Key Members for New South Asian Consultant Committee

October 08, 2012

The Australian government recently inaugurated more than 10 Indian-origin permanent residents to be the key members of the 'Subcontinent Ministerial Consultative Committee'.
Apple Co-Founder to Apply for Australian Citizenship

Apple Co-Founder to Apply for Australian Citizenship

October 08, 2012

After his trip to Australia to promote the newest iPhone 5, Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak announced that he wants to obtain an Australian citizenship.
More Air Access for Australian Visa Holders to Boost Jobs and Tourism in Tasmania

More Air Access for Australian Visa Holders to Boost Jobs and Tourism in Tasmania

October 08, 2012

The Tasmanian government is currently making plans to add air capacity to promote immigration and tourism in the country, particularly in Tasmania.
New Australian Significant Investor Visa to be Launched

New Australian Significant Investor Visa to be Launched

October 08, 2012

Australia will be launching its Australian Significant Investor Visa on November 24, 2012.
More Australian Immigrants Apply for Citizenship

More Australian Immigrants Apply for Citizenship

September 28, 2012

The Australia Citizenship Test Snapshot 2011-12 released 27/09/2012 reveals that there is increasing participation and pass rates for people from vulnerable backgrounds.
Label Free Visa to Australia for Indians

Label Free Visa to Australia for Indians

September 27, 2012

Australia will apply label free visas for Indian nationals travelling to Australia from October 1.
Australia to Fast-Track Citizenship for Families of Defence Recruits

Australia to Fast-Track Citizenship for Families of Defence Recruits

September 14, 2012

Australia is attracting more overseas military services personnel to highly specialised roles by making it easier for their families to get citizenship, according to a joint media release by Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen MP and Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon MP on September 11, 2012.
Australia Extends Tourist Visas for Parents of its Citizens

Australia Extends Tourist Visas for Parents of its Citizens

September 05, 2012

The Gillard Government will relax tourist visa rules for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents so that they can visit their family in Australia for longer, according to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP.
Australia Announces Change to Visa Lodgement and Processing for Clients in Azerbaijan

Australia Announces Change to Visa Lodgement and Processing for Clients in Azerbaijan

September 04, 2012

As part of the DIBP Transformation Program, on September 3 the Department announced changes to visa lodgement and processing for clients in Azerbaijan.
Spike in Australian Working Holiday Visas

Spike in Australian Working Holiday Visas

August 31, 2012

According to figures from the Department for Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP), there is an increase of 7 percent in the applications for Australian working holiday visas in the 12 months to the end of June.
Bowen Releases Key Requirements for Australian Significant Investor Visa

Bowen Releases Key Requirements for Australian Significant Investor Visa

August 30, 2012

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen MP on August 29 released key requirements for the Significant Investor Visa, a new visa category to encourage migrant investment into Australia.
Australian Immigration Officer to Visit Port Augusta

Australian Immigration Officer to Visit Port Augusta

August 29, 2012

An officer from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will visit Port Augusta on September 5, 2012.
ADF Families to Get Australian Citizenship under Bill

ADF Families to Get Australian Citizenship under Bill

August 28, 2012

The Australian Citizenship Amendment (Defence Families) Bill 2012 was passed on 23 August with the support of the coalition and the Greens.
DIAC Announces SkillSelect Invitation Round 1 August Results

DIAC Announces SkillSelect Invitation Round 1 August Results

August 28, 2012

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) on August 28 announced results of SkillSelect invitations for round 1.
Australia Launches New Settlement Publication for Migrants and Refugees

Australia Launches New Settlement Publication for Migrants and Refugees

August 23, 2012

The Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy on August 23, 2012 launched a new settlement publication in Canberra to assist new migrants and refugees to settle successfully in the Australian community.
Australia Seeks U.S. Veterans for High-paying Mining Jobs

Australia Seeks U.S. Veterans for High-paying Mining Jobs

August 23, 2012

Australia's Department of Immigration says it wants to fill some Australian mining jobs with U.S. former war veterans.
International Students in Australia Entitled to Local Benefits

International Students in Australia Entitled to Local Benefits

August 17, 2012

The decision by the Queensland Government to allow international students with Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to access treatment at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital has been welcomed by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans.
Negotiation on Work and Holiday Visa for Greek Nationals

Negotiation on Work and Holiday Visa for Greek Nationals

August 16, 2012

The Australian Government will begin negotiation with Greece about establishing a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP said.
Research Finds 457 Visas do not Threaten Mine Jobs for Australians

Research Finds 457 Visas do not Threaten Mine Jobs for Australians

August 09, 2012

Australian immigrants under 457 visas do not take jobs from Australians in the mining industry, a pilot study shows.
Queensland and Western Australia Welcome More Foreign Workers

Queensland and Western Australia Welcome More Foreign Workers

August 03, 2012

According to the Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, Australia could hire thousands more foreign workers for projects in Queensland and Western Australia.
Changes to Australian Visa Service Delivery in China

Changes to Australian Visa Service Delivery in China

July 26, 2012

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) on July 26, 2012 announced two key changes to the immigration services for Chinese, including the introduction of Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) in Beijing and Shanghai, and changes to visa processing locations.
UN Suggests Australia Ease Visas for Developing Country Tourists

UN Suggests Australia Ease Visas for Developing Country Tourists

July 25, 2012

Australia should relax its visas rules for visitors from developing countries in order to boost tourism, according to the UN World Tourism Organization.
South Australia Calls for Direct Flights from China

South Australia Calls for Direct Flights from China

July 20, 2012

The head of Tourism Australia Andrew McEvoy suggests China's airlines schedule flights from China direct to Adelaide to boost tourism between the two countries.
Australia to Organize Skilled Migration Seminars in Central West

Australia to Organize Skilled Migration Seminars in Central West

July 16, 2012

According to the Australian Immigration Department, there will be Skilled Migration Seminars taking place from July 16 to 19 in the Central West.
New Priority Processing for Australian Skilled Migration Visas

New Priority Processing for Australian Skilled Migration Visas

July 10, 2012

New priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas, including new skilled visa subclasses introduced in the skilled migration reforms, have recently been set by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen MP.
New Advisory Council on Australian Skilled Migration

New Advisory Council on Australian Skilled Migration

July 03, 2012

According to a recent announcement from the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen MP, the new Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM) will provide the Government with expert advice on the role of skilled migration in the Australian economy.
Living Cost Requirement for Australian Student Visa to Increase

Living Cost Requirement for Australian Student Visa to Increase

June 22, 2012

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will increase the funds required for prospective student visa applicants to demonstrate their ability to meet living costs in Australia.
$39 Million to Help Migrants and Refugees Settle in Australia

$39 Million to Help Migrants and Refugees Settle in Australia

June 20, 2012

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy on June 20, 2012 announced that nearly 100 projects will be funded in 2012-13 under the Settlement Grants Program (SGP) to assist newly arrived migrants and refugees settle in Australia.
Australia Supports Family Violence Victims on Partner Visas

Australia Supports Family Violence Victims on Partner Visas

June 19, 2012

The Australian government on June 17, 2012 announced new measures which will be implemented from November 24, 2012 to help victims of family violence on provisional partner visas.
Australia to Grant Work Visas for Overseas Graduates

Australia to Grant Work Visas for Overseas Graduates

June 18, 2012

The Federal government will expand the Skilled Graduate visa scheme next year which will allow overseas students who graduate from Australian universities to be eligible for work visas lasting two to four years.
Australia Updates the Skilled Migration Pass Mark

Australia Updates the Skilled Migration Pass Mark

June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012, Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship announced changes to the pass mark for the new SkillSelect Visa.
Australia Updates Skilled Occupation List for 2012

Australia Updates Skilled Occupation List for 2012

June 14, 2012

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) on June 13, 2012 published the updated Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for 2012 which features 4 new occupations and 4 occupations to be removed.
Australia to Hold Skilled Migration Seminars in Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour

Australia to Hold Skilled Migration Seminars in Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour

June 12, 2012

There will be two skilled migration seminars taking place in Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour on June 19 and 20, according to officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP).
Thornlie Students Get First-Hand Lesson in Australian Citizenship

Thornlie Students Get First-Hand Lesson in Australian Citizenship

June 11, 2012

In an annual tradition which started in 2006, students at Thornlie Primary School had a chance to experience an Australian citizenship ceremony on June 8, 2012.
Increase in Chinese Visitor Numbers Travelling to Australia

Increase in Chinese Visitor Numbers Travelling to Australia

June 07, 2012

The number of Chinese visitors travelling to Australia in the year ending March 2012 increased by 15 percent in comparison with the previous year.
New Australian Tourism Campaign Launched in China

New Australian Tourism Campaign Launched in China

June 05, 2012

A new multi-million dollar global tourism campaign for Australia was released in Shanghai on June 4, 2012 targeting Chinese visitors.
Australian First Enterprise Migration Agreement Approved

Australian First Enterprise Migration Agreement Approved

June 05, 2012

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP on May 25, 2012 joined the Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AO MP in an announcement on the approval of the first Enterprise Migration Agreement (EMA) to welcome up to 1,715 overseas workers on 457 visas.
OECD  Index Rates Australia the World's Happiest Nation

OECD Index Rates Australia the World's Happiest Nation

June 05, 2012

According to the Better Life Index of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Australia is the "happiest" industrialized country in the world.
Australia Announces Citizenship Fast–Tracked Process for ADF Family Members

Australia Announces Citizenship Fast–Tracked Process for ADF Family Members

June 04, 2012

A fast–track process which permits family members of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel to apply for Australian citizenship after 90 days of service has been announced by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, and the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon.
Australia To Regain Favoured Destination for Indian Students?

Australia To Regain Favoured Destination for Indian Students?

May 31, 2012

According to Australia India Institute (AII) inaugural director Amitabh Mattoo, there has been an increase in the number if Indian student visa applications to Australia.
Australian Business Skills Program Reforms

Australian Business Skills Program Reforms

May 29, 2012

The Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Chris Bowen MP on May 25, 2012 made an announcement on changes to the Business Skills visa program to lure more entrepreneurs with diverse business expertise to Australia.
New Australian Visa Program for Migrants with Minimum Investment of $5 Million

New Australian Visa Program for Migrants with Minimum Investment of $5 Million

May 28, 2012

Australia is welcoming successful foreign investors with a new fast-tracked visa program introduced by the Federal Government, according to a joint announcement made by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and the Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten MP, on May 25, 2012.
Australian Skilled Migrants Job Fair in the U.S. Meets Enrolment Target

Australian Skilled Migrants Job Fair in the U.S. Meets Enrolment Target

May 18, 2012

Over 650 vacancies in the minerals and resources sector in Australia will be filled by skilled workers from the USA.
4.5 Million People Have Obtained Australian Citizenship

4.5 Million People Have Obtained Australian Citizenship

May 17, 2012

Australia has welcomed 4.5 million people as its citizens since the first Australian citizenship ceremony in 1949, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP announced.
Australian Employers Looking for Overseas Talents

Australian Employers Looking for Overseas Talents

May 17, 2012

Australian employers are looking abroad for talent in order to fill skill shortages, according to a recent research.
Number of Australian Student Visas on the Rise

Number of Australian Student Visas on the Rise

May 09, 2012

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has recently released a quarterly report on the Student Visa program, which show an increase in the number of overseas students coming to Australia from July 2011 to March 2012.
Additional Jobs for Australian Immigrants to Fill Skill Gaps

Additional Jobs for Australian Immigrants to Fill Skill Gaps

May 09, 2012

There will be an additional 5000 places for immigrants including workers to help fill skills shortages in parts of the Australian economy.
Online Video to Assist Australian Visa Overstayers

Online Video to Assist Australian Visa Overstayers

May 07, 2012

A new online video message in 14 languages assisting Australian visa overstayers to resolve their immigration status is now available.
More Young Visitors Travel to Australia under Working Holiday Visas

More Young Visitors Travel to Australia under Working Holiday Visas

May 03, 2012

Australia saw an increase of three percent in the number of young visitors travelling to Australia under working holiday visas in 2011, Destination New South Wales revealed at the Australian Youth Tourism Exchange at the Sunshine Coast.
India Top Source Country for Skilled Permanent Immigrants to Australia

India Top Source Country for Skilled Permanent Immigrants to Australia

May 03, 2012

India has climbed to the top of the charts as the top exporter of skilled immigrants to Australia, surpassing China and the UK.
Australian Skilled Migration Seminars in Darwin

Australian Skilled Migration Seminars in Darwin

May 02, 2012

Officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will visit Darwin on May 8 to conduct information sessions focusing on upcoming significant reforms to the Australian skilled migration program.
Australia Expands Streamlined Student Visas Program

Australia Expands Streamlined Student Visas Program

April 20, 2012

International students of selected private and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) colleges will soon get Australian visas more easily thanks to recent immigration reforms.
Changes to the Australian Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa Program from 1 July 2012

Changes to the Australian Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa Program from 1 July 2012

April 18, 2012

The Australian Government has recently announced reforms to the permanent employer-sponsored visa program, which will come into effect from 1 July 2012.
Australia Launches an Association of Saudi Graduates of Australian Universities

Australia Launches an Association of Saudi Graduates of Australian Universities

April 18, 2012

The Australian Embassy in Riyadh held a get-together event on April 18 to welcome graduates studying in Australia and launched the association of Saudi graduates of Australian universities (SADAGA).
Australia Opens New Visa Application Centre in Vanuatu

Australia Opens New Visa Application Centre in Vanuatu

April 17, 2012

A new Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) is now opened for visa applicants in Vanuatu.
Australia to Need more Farmers

Australia to Need more Farmers

April 16, 2012

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.
Australian Label-free Student Visas for Chinese

Australian Label-free Student Visas for Chinese

April 10, 2012

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.
Australia Welcomes More Skilled American Workers

Australia Welcomes More Skilled American Workers

April 05, 2012

Australia is hoping to attract more American workers to fill skill shortages in key sectors by taking measures to assist linking Australian employers with skilled workers in the U.S.
Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Regional South Australia

Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Regional South Australia

April 05, 2012

Officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will visit Naracoorte on April 12 and Penola on April 13.
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.
Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Roma

Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Roma

November 30, 2011

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will be visiting Roma in rural Queensland on December 5 and 6, 2011.

Biometrics to be Used in Cambridge ESOL Exams for Australian Student Visa Applications

Biometrics to be Used in Cambridge ESOL Exams for Australian Student Visa Applications

November 29, 2011

A Biometric Services Platform and user interface application will be used to verify the identify of those taking the Cambridge Advanced English Exam in an attempt to eliminate exam fraud.
New Australian Visa Application Fees for 2012

New Australian Visa Application Fees for 2012

November 29, 2011

The Australian federal government has announced changes to the cost of applying for Australian visas from next year in an effort to return the budget to surplus.

Australian Jobs Expo 2011 to Target Skilled Irish Workers

Australian Jobs Expo 2011 to Target Skilled Irish Workers

November 25, 2011

Fifteen Australian employers are coming to Dublin to attend the Australia Employment Expo 2011, which takes place at the Aviva Stadium on November 26 and 27, 2011, with the promise of many Australian jobs for skilled Irish workers across a range of sectors.
Processing of Priority Group 5 Australian Visa Applications to Commence

Processing of Priority Group 5 Australian Visa Applications to Commence

November 25, 2011

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) released details about the processing of Priority Group 5 General Skilled Migration (GSM) applications for the program year 2011-12.
Asylum Seekers Issued Bridging Visas in Australia

Asylum Seekers Issued Bridging Visas in Australia

November 25, 2011

Eligible asylum-seekers will be considered for community placement in Australia on bridging visas while their claims are assessed, announced the Federal Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen.
Australia Celebrates 25 Years of International Education

Australia Celebrates 25 Years of International Education

November 25, 2011

Together with launching the new publication titled "Making a difference: Australian international education", Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans had also celebrated the achievements of international education in Australia on November 22, 2011.
Australia Targets Golf to Promote Tourism

Australia Targets Golf to Promote Tourism

November 24, 2011

Australia is set to become a leading international destination for golf tourism according to a new partnership between Australian Golf and Tourism industries.

Change to Australian Visa Processing Locations in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Change to Australian Visa Processing Locations in Pakistan and Afghanistan

November 23, 2011

From 1 December 2011, the Australian High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan will process all new family based migration applications for applicants from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Skilled Migrants Choose to Settle in Australia's Eastern States

Skilled Migrants Choose to Settle in Australia's Eastern States

November 23, 2011

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has released figures that indicate that the majority of skilled migrants choose to settle in Australia's Eastern states despite skills shortages and employment opportunities in Western Australia.
APEC Card for Businesspeople to Travel to Australia

APEC Card for Businesspeople to Travel to Australia

November 22, 2011

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen MP has announced new eligibility criteria for Australia's APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) that will support more Australian businesspeople in their trade and investment activities in the APEC region.
New Australian Visa Application Centres Open in New Zealand

New Australian Visa Application Centres Open in New Zealand

November 22, 2011

Two new Australian Visa Application Centres (AVAC) will open in New Zealand making it easier for people applying for visas and citizenship to Australia.
Foreign Workers Needed in Australia's Tourism Sector

Foreign Workers Needed in Australia's Tourism Sector

November 17, 2011

Australia's tourism sector is seeking overseas guest workers to fill a shortage of more than 35,000 jobs.
DIAC to Relocate Regional Office in Dandenong

DIAC to Relocate Regional Office in Dandenong

November 17, 2011

On November 28, 2011, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's (DIBP) regional office in Dandenong will move to Level 5, 76 Thomas Street.
Australia Expects More International Students in 2013

Australia Expects More International Students in 2013

November 17, 2011

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has revised its projections on the number of international students in Australia after the implementation of Stage 1 of the Knight Review recommendations.
Skills Australia Needs Information Sessions in London 2012

Skills Australia Needs Information Sessions in London 2012

November 15, 2011

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will host "Skills Australia Needs" sessions in London to promote sponsored migration to skilled workers in the United Kingdom.
Confirmation of Enrolment Required for Australian Student Visa Applications

Confirmation of Enrolment Required for Australian Student Visa Applications

November 11, 2011

From 5 November 2011, all student visa applicants will need to include a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), issued by their intended education provider, with their student visa applications.
Eligibility Details Announced for 457 Visa Sponsorship Accreditation

Eligibility Details Announced for 457 Visa Sponsorship Accreditation

November 08, 2011

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has released the criteria for Sponsorship Accreditation that will allow accredited employers to access priority processing and six-year approval periods for all future 457 visa applications.
457 Visa Improvements for Overseas Workers

457 Visa Improvements for Overseas Workers

November 04, 2011

The Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen announced on Wednesday, that the Federal government is fast-tracking 457 visa applications and doubling the sponsorship period to six years for accredited sponsors.
Stage 1 Changes to Australia's Student Visa Reform Implemented

Stage 1 Changes to Australia's Student Visa Reform Implemented

November 04, 2011

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will implement Stage 1 reforms in response to the Knight Review of Australia’s Student visa program from November 5, 2011.
Australia Signs Work and Holiday Agreement with Argentina

Australia Signs Work and Holiday Agreement with Argentina

November 03, 2011

On November 2, 2011, Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and Argentine Ambassador to Australia Pedro Villagra signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Work and Holiday visa at Parliament House in Canberra.
Australian 457 Visas on the Rise

Australian 457 Visas on the Rise

October 31, 2011

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has released figures which show an increase in the number of sponsored visas in the 2011-2012 program year to September 30.
DIAC Assists Australian Visa Holders Affected by Qantas Action

DIAC Assists Australian Visa Holders Affected by Qantas Action

October 31, 2011

All Australian visa holders whose visa status might be affected by the grounding of the Qantas fleet are now encouraged to contact their nearest Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) office for support.
Australia's Great Ocean Road Named Spectacular Route

Australia's Great Ocean Road Named Spectacular Route

October 28, 2011

The Great Ocean Road along Victoria's southern coastline has been named one of the world's most spectacular routes by the Lonely Planet.

New Campaign to Attract More Asian Tourists to Australia

New Campaign to Attract More Asian Tourists to Australia

October 28, 2011

Tourism Australia has signed an agreement with airline Jetstar to spend $10 million on a marketing campaign to attract Japanese tourists to Australia and expand the brand's presence in Asia Pacific.
Demand for 457 Visas for IT Workers Increases by 50 Percent

Demand for 457 Visas for IT Workers Increases by 50 Percent

October 26, 2011

The demand for highly skilled foreign IT workers being sponsored by Australian employers under the 457 visa category has risen by up to 50 percent in more than a year, says reports.
Western Australia Welcomes Skilled Migrants from the UK and Ireland

Western Australia Welcomes Skilled Migrants from the UK and Ireland

October 24, 2011

Attracting more highly skilled migrants from the UK and Ireland is now a goal for Western Australian in order to meet the need for skilled labour.
PTE Scores for Australian Student Visas To Be Accepted

PTE Scores for Australian Student Visas To Be Accepted

October 21, 2011

The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) scores submitted with student visa applications will soon be accepted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP).
Plan to Attract Migrants to Rural Western Australia

Plan to Attract Migrants to Rural Western Australia

October 20, 2011

People from culturally diverse backgrounds in Western Australia (WA) will be given the chance to move into town and take up opportunities of full employment, housing and education through the Regional Repopulation Plan released by the Shire of Dalwallinu.
Australia's 10 Year Plan to Attract More Indian Visitors

Australia's 10 Year Plan to Attract More Indian Visitors

October 19, 2011

Tourism Australia last week launched a new ten-year campaign to attract more high-spending visitors from India, a lucrative market that has been damaged by recent attacks on Indian students.
More English Language Test Providers for Australian Student Visas

More English Language Test Providers for Australian Student Visas

October 18, 2011

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will no longer hold a monopoly in the Australian international education market with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) announcing it will now accept English language test options from other providers.
Australian State Sponsorship Available to Chefs and Cooks

Australian State Sponsorship Available to Chefs and Cooks

October 14, 2011

Overseas chefs and cooks are eligible for sponsorship to live and work in five of Australia's states and territories, according to the current State Sponsorship Occupation Lists.
Australia to Implement Skilled Migrant Selection Register from July 1, 2012

Australia to Implement Skilled Migrant Selection Register from July 1, 2012

October 13, 2011

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has released additional details about the Skilled Migrant Selection Register (SkillSelect) reform which was announced on May 11, 2011.
New Australian Work and Holiday Visa Agreement for Papua New Guineans

New Australian Work and Holiday Visa Agreement for Papua New Guineans

October 13, 2011

October 12, 2011, the Australian and Papua New Guinean (PNG) governments have signed a new agreement to allow its youth to work and holiday in each other's country.

New Research on Studying in Australia, Views from Six Key Countries

New Research on Studying in Australia, Views from Six Key Countries

October 12, 2011

Australian Education International has recently published the results of a survey which examined perceptions about studying in Australia.
Increase in Demand for Australian Tourist Visas

Increase in Demand for Australian Tourist Visas

October 12, 2011

According to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released on October 6, demand for Australian tourist visas is riding high despite the global economic downturn due to a growing interest from Asia.
More Irish Apply for Australian Visas

More Irish Apply for Australian Visas

October 05, 2011

There has been an increase in the number of Australian working holiday visas granted to Irish nationals, according to immigration authorities.

Australian Immigration Key Contributor to Population Growth

Australian Immigration Key Contributor to Population Growth

October 04, 2011

According to a report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on September 29, 2011, immigration is still the key factor in population growth despite a general decline in net migration.
Opportunity for International Students to Join a Study Tour in Australia

Opportunity for International Students to Join a Study Tour in Australia

September 28, 2011

The Australian Institute of Technology and Education (AITE) is offering international students who the opportunity to participate in a one month study tour in Australia.

South Australian Proposes to Extend Student Visa Reforms

South Australian Proposes to Extend Student Visa Reforms

September 27, 2011

The South Australian government has called for the extension of the proposed Australian student visa reforms to include the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.
Australia Enhances Education and Training Cooperation with India

Australia Enhances Education and Training Cooperation with India

September 26, 2011

Australia is committed to developing education and training ties with India, according to the Inaugural Australia India Institute conference in Melbourne on Sep 23, 2011.

One Million Australian Visas Granted for Maritime Workers

One Million Australian Visas Granted for Maritime Workers

September 26, 2011

The Australian Government has granted its millionth Maritime Crew Visa (MCV) since they were introduced in January 2008.
Australian Student Visa Program to Change in Response to the Knight Review

Australian Student Visa Program to Change in Response to the Knight Review

September 23, 2011

A suite of measures to enhance competitiveness in Australia's international education sector has been announced by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans, and the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP.
Victoria Updates its State Sponsorship Occupation List

Victoria Updates its State Sponsorship Occupation List

September 23, 2011

An updated version of State Migration Plan (SMP) has recently been announced by the Victorian Department of Business and Innovation.

Perth included in Australia's Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)

Perth included in Australia's Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)

September 21, 2011

Perth has been included in the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme and the regional General Skilled Migration visa programs, according to a recent official announcement from Australian Government.
4,000 New Citizens Welcomed on Australian Citizenship Day

4,000 New Citizens Welcomed on Australian Citizenship Day

September 21, 2011

Citizenship and affirmation ceremonies have been held across the country, welcoming more than 4,000 new citizens on September 17, 2011 - Australian Citizenship Day.

Online Tourist Visa Applications Open for Chilean and Turkish Nationals

Online Tourist Visa Applications Open for Chilean and Turkish Nationals

September 21, 2011

From September 20, 2011, all citizens of Chile and Turkey who hold a service, special or diplomatic passport are permitted to apply online for a tourist visa to Australia.
Australian Immigration Officers to visit NSW Central West

Australian Immigration Officers to visit NSW Central West

September 12, 2011

Following the regional visits program launched by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP), department staff will visit the Central West of NSW on September 19, 2011. This is a good opportunity for local residents to discuss any immigration issues they may have faced.

"Skills Australia Needs" Events 2011 Coming to Berlin and Athens

September 08, 2011

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) announced yesterday in a press release that they will host Skills Australia Needs information sessions on October 6 in Berlin, Germany and on October 8-9 in Athens, Greece this year.
Australia Expands Pacific Island Guest Worker Program

Australia Expands Pacific Island Guest Worker Program

September 08, 2011

Four additional countries will be included in the Pacific Island guest worker scheme for unskilled workers to work on Australian farms, according to an announcement from the Federal Government at the Pacific Islands Forum. The Pacific Island guest worker program has also been broadened to include overseas workers in the tourism sector.
Increase in Number of Indonesians Applying for Australian Visas

Increase in Number of Indonesians Applying for Australian Visas

September 07, 2011

There were more than 16,000 Indonesian applicants for Australian visitor visas in the seven weeks leading up to Idul Fitri, according to news released on September 2, 2011, setting a new record.
Australian Immigration Guest Worker Scheme to be Discussed

Australian Immigration Guest Worker Scheme to be Discussed

September 06, 2011

The Australian government is considering expanding its "guest worker" scheme in order to fill chronic labour shortages.
Libyan Students Supported in Australia

Libyan Students Supported in Australia

September 05, 2011

There are around 650 Libyan students, and dependants in Australia receiving financial assistance from the Australian Government.
Australian Immigration Initiative to Deal with Skills Shortage

Australian Immigration Initiative to Deal with Skills Shortage

September 05, 2011

Submission Guidelines for Enterprise Migration Agreements (EMA) have been released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to assist project owners and contractors in recruiting international skilled workers under the new initiative.
Melbourne Becomes the Best Australian City of the World to Live

Melbourne Becomes the Best Australian City of the World to Live

August 31, 2011

For the first time since 2002, Melbourne has surpassed Vancouver to be the most liveable city of the world, the latest Global Liveability Survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) reveals.
New Project to Support Australian Immigrants in Tasmanian

New Project to Support Australian Immigrants in Tasmanian

August 31, 2011

On August 30, 2011, the Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy, announced funding of $68,900 for the Second Gear project under the 2011- 12 Settlement Grants Program in Tasmania.
Australia Signed Immigration Deal with PNG

Australia Signed Immigration Deal with PNG

August 25, 2011

Following the refugee swap deal signed with Malaysia in May 2011, a new detention deal has been signed by Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) in Port Moresby as part of the Australian Immigration strategy to combat the increasing number of asylum seekers arriving to Australia by boat.
Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Emerald

Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Emerald

August 24, 2011

According to the Australian Government News, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will visit the Central Highlands from August 25 to 27 to provide immigration information for businesses and overseas workers.
Review of Australian Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa Programs

Review of Australian Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa Programs

August 24, 2011

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) released a discussion paper on the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visas on Friday the 19th of August. This is aimed to provide the starting point for public consultation on the review of these visa categories.
New 3 Year Australian Visa Proposed by Queensland

New 3 Year Australian Visa Proposed by Queensland

August 22, 2011

In order to attract more skilled workers to Australia, a proposal of a new 3 year Australian Visa has been put forward by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh at the Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra on last Friday - August 19, 2011.
Immigration to Australia for a Better Life

Immigration to Australia for a Better Life

August 18, 2011

Bright sandy shores of Australia is now the first choice for those who are consistently looking for ways to lead a better life and what better place to start.
Highest Number of Australian 457 Visa Applications

Highest Number of Australian 457 Visa Applications

August 17, 2011

A great number of Australian 457 visa applicants and grants have reached the immigration peak since 2008.
Australian Immigration Opportunities for Accountants

Australian Immigration Opportunities for Accountants

August 17, 2011

The number of Australian skilled migrant visas granted for accountants has doubled to 14,680 since last year, released the official 2010-2011 migration program report.
Online Australian Tourist Visa to Expand to Chile

Online Australian Tourist Visa to Expand to Chile

August 15, 2011

The Australian e676 tourist visa will soon be available online to Chilean citizens, according to the latest announcement from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP).
Advice on Lodgement Time for Australian Travel Visa Applications

Advice on Lodgement Time for Australian Travel Visa Applications

August 10, 2011

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) made an announcement on 8 August, 2011 which gives advice to applicants under Sponsored Family Visitor category for the coming busy holiday period on December/January 2011/12.
Australia is The Top Destination for Migrants from China in The First Half of 2011

Australia is The Top Destination for Migrants from China in The First Half of 2011

August 10, 2011

Australia surpassed the UK to become the top destination for migrants from China in the year to June.
Australian updates Character Requirement for Immigration

Australian updates Character Requirement for Immigration

August 09, 2011

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has recently updated and released the latest version of the Character Requirement, which now includes more criteria in the test, for those who wish to enter and stay in Australia.
Australian citizenship test called to be scrapped

Australian citizenship test called to be scrapped

August 03, 2011

The Australian citizenship test, which was given to immigrants in English, now faces pressure to be scrapped.
Australian Citizenship Ceremony

Australian Citizenship Ceremony

July 29, 2011

Australian Citizenship ceremony welcomes more than 100 local residents to officially become the Sunshine Coast's newest Australian Citizens.
Australian Immigration Opportunities for Medical Staff

Australian Immigration Opportunities for Medical Staff

July 29, 2011

South Australia will need more medical staff in the next five years due to retirements of approximately 25 per cent of doctors.
More supportive Australia to welcome migrants

More supportive Australia to welcome migrants

July 28, 2011

Australia acknowledged migration as a solution to the shortage of skilled workers.
Australian electronic tourist visa to expand to Turkey

Australian electronic tourist visa to expand to Turkey

July 21, 2011

The Australian electronic tourist visa will soon be available to citizens of Turkey, according to an announcement from The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP).
Report of the 2010 Review of the Australian Migration Amendment

Report of the 2010 Review of the Australian Migration Amendment

July 21, 2011

An independent legal expert Mr Stephen Howells was appointed to review the penalties prescribed under the Australian Migration Act by the former Minister (Evans). The report of the review was released on 21 July 2011.
Australian Immigration outreach officers to visit Scenic Rim and Southern Downs

Australian Immigration outreach officers to visit Scenic Rim and Southern Downs

July 20, 2011

Appointments will be held in Scenic Rim and Southern Downs from July 25 to 28 for the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) officers and Australian residents to discuss on immigration issues, particularly on employer-sponsored visa options and the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme.
Immigration to Western Australia to Support Resource Exports

Immigration to Western Australia to Support Resource Exports

July 20, 2011

The Australian government will adjust immigration laws to make it easier for employers in Western Australia to recruit semi-skilled workers from overseas and help them transition to their permanent residency.
Number of 457 work visas in Western Australia doubled

Number of 457 work visas in Western Australia doubled

July 20, 2011

According to new statistics released by Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) yesterday - July 19, 2011, the number of Australian work visas granted for Western Australia (WA) has doubled in the past 12 months.
16 Thousand Australian Regional Sponsored Visas Allocated

16 Thousand Australian Regional Sponsored Visas Allocated

July 20, 2011

An extra 16, 000 visas have been allocated by the Australian Government under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, according to an announcement released by Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen yesterday - July 19, 2011.
Australian Immigration outreach officers to visit Wollongong

Australian Immigration outreach officers to visit Wollongong

July 12, 2011

A meeting will be held in Illawarra on July 18 for the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) officers and residents of Wollongong, NSW, to discuss immigration issues.
New group formed to assist Indian students in Australia

New group formed to assist Indian students in Australia

July 11, 2011

In order to help new Indian students in Australia adjust to a new life in the country, a group named "Committee on Student Related Activities" (COSRA) has been formed by a team of prominent community leaders in association with the Indian Consulate here.
Immigration Opportunities for Western Australia

Immigration Opportunities for Western Australia

July 08, 2011

The Western Australian economy presents an opportunity for the state government to plan for an expanding economy and employment market. Targeted migration to Australia is essential to meet the states need for skilled labour.
New Australian Application Forms Released on 1 July,2011

New Australian Application Forms Released on 1 July,2011

July 07, 2011

According to Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP), latest Visa Application forms which had been passed officially came into effect from 1 Jul,2011.
New Priority Processing for Australian Skilled Migration

New Priority Processing for Australian Skilled Migration

July 06, 2011

A recent announcement has been made by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen on setting new priority processing arrangements for certain visa applications under skilled migration categories.
New Australian Migration Law Passed

New Australian Migration Law Passed

July 06, 2011

The Australian Senate has passed a proposed law which will allow the Minister for Immigration to refuse or cancel an Australian Visa for anyone convicted of a criminal offence at his discretion.
Increase in Indian students applying for Australian Visa

Increase in Indian students applying for Australian Visa

July 06, 2011

An increase in Australian student visa applications particularly from Indian students was seen in the first six months of 2011.
Australian Immigrants and Officials Talk

Australian Immigrants and Officials Talk

July 06, 2011

The scheduled visit of officials from Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) in Darwin to Alice Springs this July will promise to provide useful immigration information for both local people and immigrants.
West Australia offers Career Opportunities to One Thousand Irish emigrants

West Australia offers Career Opportunities to One Thousand Irish emigrants

July 06, 2011

An open day will be held in Limerick on Wednesday 6 July 2011 by TR7 Total Human Resources, and will provide 1,000 Irish workers the opportunity to consider migrating to Western Australia for new careers and a new life.
Australian Immigration Releases new model for Adult Migrant English Program

Australian Immigration Releases new model for Adult Migrant English Program

July 05, 2011

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) Request for Tender for AMEP General Services and Distance / e-learning has been released by the Australian Government.
Minimum salary thresholds for Australian 457 Visa program to increase from 1 July 2011

Minimum salary thresholds for Australian 457 Visa program to increase from 1 July 2011

July 05, 2011

Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has recently announced an increase in required minimum salary thresholds for 457 visa program, which has come to effect from 1 July 2011.
Immigration to Australia for better career prospects

Immigration to Australia for better career prospects

July 04, 2011

Recent research from currencies.co.au shows interesting statistics on emigrating overseas to pursue new job opportunities.
Croatia and the Maldives included in Australian Electronic Visa Program

Croatia and the Maldives included in Australian Electronic Visa Program

July 04, 2011

The Australian Government has recently announced that Croatia and the Maldives are now included in the electronic tourist visa program from July 1, 2011.
Changes in Australian Family Visa System

Changes in Australian Family Visa System

July 01, 2011

The Australian Government has published a series of changes to Family Stream Visas in June. All the changes take effect today, July 1, 2011.
Australia to spend more than 38 million dollars on enhancing immigration settlement services

Australia to spend more than 38 million dollars on enhancing immigration settlement services

June 22, 2011

$38.5 million will be spend in the next financial year on services to help refugees and migrants settle into their new communities, according to an announcement made by Australian Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, and Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy.
New Australian Migration Model to Attract Skilled Workers

New Australian Migration Model to Attract Skilled Workers

June 20, 2011

Peter Speldewinde, Assisstant secretary of Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has recently made an announcement on a new immigration program called "Electronic Expression of Interest" (EOI) in efforts to attract more skilled workers from Indian and other countries.
New Legislation Regarding English Tests for Australian Skilled Migration

New Legislation Regarding English Tests for Australian Skilled Migration

June 16, 2011

A new definition for Competent, Proficient and Superior English has been included in the changes to the legislation which will take effect on 1 July 2011. Applicants who want to apply for skilled visas, as well as those who want to gain points for Proficient and Superior English will have to take an English test 2 years or less prior to their application's lodgement.
Australia Updates Skilled Occupation List

Australia Updates Skilled Occupation List

June 09, 2011

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has recently published the updated Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for 2011. The updated list features 13 new occupations and 4 occupations to be removed.
New details of Australian skilled migration points test published

New details of Australian skilled migration points test published

June 09, 2011

Important details involved in the new Australian skilled migration points test which is scheduled to be implemented on July 1st, 2011 has been released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.
Australia Releases the Outlook for Net Overseas Migration

Australia Releases the Outlook for Net Overseas Migration

June 06, 2011

A new report named "The Outlook for Net Overseas Migration: May 2011" has been released by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen. The report, which forecasts net migration levels in the coming years, is considered the first step towards a comprehensive annual report on Australia's future immigration levels.
Fall in the number of Indian students going to Australia

Fall in the number of Indian students going to Australia

June 06, 2011

While the Australian Immigration Department is trying to relax the visa application process for foreign students interested in studying abroad, the universities are faced with the decrease in international enrolments in the first half of year, especially from India.
Proposal on Fast Tracking Australian Student Visa Approval

Proposal on Fast Tracking Australian Student Visa Approval

June 02, 2011

IDP Education has proposed a change which would help a group of trusted universities to fast track visa approvals for their students. This also helps Australian immigration authorities run the system more efficiently as well as control visa breaches.
Western Australia calls for broadening of regional skilled Australian migration model

Western Australia calls for broadening of regional skilled Australian migration model

May 31, 2011

The Western Australian (WA) government has called on the federal government to expand the regional skilled migration model that restricts applicants of certain Australian visas to live and work in regional parts of the state.
New Australian Immigration forums to help businesses embrace skilled visas

New Australian Immigration forums to help businesses embrace skilled visas

May 31, 2011

A series of new forums designed to promote and educate employers about skilled migration programs by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will be delivered in a visit of the department to across Western Australia (WA) next month.
Australia released new visa law on skilled migrants

Australia released new visa law on skilled migrants

May 26, 2011

A radical new model of Australian visa rule for skilled migrants has been announced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Minister Chris Bowen. Accordingly, independent skilled migrants will have to ask permission before lodging their application from July, 2012.
Australian Government to Increase Independent Skilled Migration

Australian Government to Increase Independent Skilled Migration

May 26, 2011

The independent skilled migrant category is planned to increase by almost 30 percent by the federal government.
Australian 457 Visa Program Sees Highest Immigration Level This Year

Australian 457 Visa Program Sees Highest Immigration Level This Year

May 25, 2011

The increase in demand for overseas trade workers to fill skills shortages in resources industry has resulted in the significant increase in the number of approved 457 visas in this year so far.
TOEFL test scores approved for Australian Student visas

TOEFL test scores approved for Australian Student visas

May 23, 2011

Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship has recently announced that international students wishing to study in Australia can now use their TOEFL® test scores as part of their visa application process.
Australian Government to Increase Visa Fees

Australian Government to Increase Visa Fees

May 18, 2011

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will be increasing fees of a number of visa subclasses as part of the new federal budget.
New Australian Immigration deal on asylum-seekers with Malaysia announced

New Australian Immigration deal on asylum-seekers with Malaysia announced

May 17, 2011

In order to reduce human smuggling and illegal migration to Australia, a new agreement has been struck with Malaysia by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) at Parliament House in Canberra.
Thousands of new Australian visa places to be allocated

Thousands of new Australian visa places to be allocated

May 11, 2011

With a new focus on regional Australian visas to fill skills shortages, the Australian Federal Budget yesterday released that almost 16,000 skilled migration places would be allocated as part of the Federal Budget.
Australia Announces Series of New Immigration Changes to Fill Skill Shortages

Australia Announces Series of New Immigration Changes to Fill Skill Shortages

May 11, 2011

The Australian government recently announced a series of immigration changes including a skilled migration program targeting regional Australia, a faster 457 visa process and an increase in the number of humanitarian visas in near future.
Australia Plans to Train and Recruit Tens of Thousands of Indian Skilled Migrants

Australia Plans to Train and Recruit Tens of Thousands of Indian Skilled Migrants

May 10, 2011

The Australia's economy, especially the booming natural resources sector is now facing a shortage in skilled labour market. A plan to train tens of thousands of Indian graduates is under consideration by officials in Australia and India to help Australia solve this problem.
Australian budget set to create 500,000 new jobs and boost temporary immigration

Australian budget set to create 500,000 new jobs and boost temporary immigration

May 10, 2011

The Australian government's treasury minister Wayne Swan has rejected calls for a large boost to permanent migration. But he flagged a likely spike in temporary skilled migration in the next four years as a result of measures in the budget making it easier for businesses to use foreign labour.
Universities call for easing of restrictions on Australian student visas

Universities call for easing of restrictions on Australian student visas

May 06, 2011

A significant drop in students from India and China has put many self-funded Australian universities and other higher education providers in deep financial crisis. Therefore, they are calling on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) to ease visa restrictions for student arrivals from these countries.
Tougher Australian visa rules for refugees clarified

Tougher Australian visa rules for refugees clarified

May 05, 2011

Australian immigration minister Chris Bowen has clarified his plans to make it tougher for certain refugees to apply for visa to Australia.
Australian Visa Reviews for a More Competitive Tourism

Australian Visa Reviews for a More Competitive Tourism

April 28, 2011

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.
Immigrants in Western Australia get English Language Support

Immigrants in Western Australia get English Language Support

April 26, 2011

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.
Australia Proposes a Simplified Visitor Visa Program

Australia Proposes a Simplified Visitor Visa Program

April 21, 2011

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.
New Australian rules to combat fraud immigration

New Australian rules to combat fraud immigration

April 14, 2011

In an effort to combat fraud immigration, Australian immigration department has introduced a tougher set of rules over the weekend.
Australian Announces Changes to Student Visa Assessment Level

Australian Announces Changes to Student Visa Assessment Level

April 04, 2011

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.
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.
Study Shows Benefits of Gap Year to Australia

Study Shows Benefits of Gap Year to Australia

November 26, 2010

There has been an increase an increase in graduation rates, as American students and recent grads are embracing the gap year. Major universities such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton are recognizing the benefits and are offering deferments for a gap year.
Australian skills needs to be better addressed by new migration points test

Australian skills needs to be better addressed by new migration points test

November 18, 2010

A recent announcement from the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP stated "a new points test to assess independent skilled migrants as part of the Gillard Government's ongoing commitment to reforming the skilled migration program to deliver the skills Australia needs.
Biometric scans extend to most offshore visa applications

Biometric scans extend to most offshore visa applications

November 18, 2010

In a trial of biometric checks, foreign students will be included as the campaign to weed out potential terrorists grows.
Changes to Migration Plan target ACT skills shortage

Changes to Migration Plan target ACT skills shortage

November 15, 2010

The changes to the ACT's professional migration program, should improve the territory's skills shortage within nine months.
Victorian Government announces changes to Skilled State Sponsorship

Victorian Government announces changes to Skilled State Sponsorship

November 03, 2010

The Victorian Government has recently announced changes to the skilled state sponsored visa program, including a revised list of eligible occupations eligible for sponsorship.
New information booklet launched for immigrant workers

New information booklet launched for immigrant workers

October 28, 2010

A booklet of information produced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has been launched for overseas workers in an attempt to inform workers of their rights and to help reduce the incidence of exploitation in the workplace. This is a unique booklet as it is the first time the DIBP has created a publication specifically for workers.
Online help for immigrants

Online help for immigrants

October 20, 2010

Immigrants who are intending to move to Australia are being warned of online scams that often leave them without a visa and at a loss for the money they have spent.
Sharp drop in migration levels

Sharp drop in migration levels

October 20, 2010

After a dramatic decrease in the migration levels, Australia's population growth has declined to a rate that has not been seen since 2007.
International students value Australian qualifications

International students value Australian qualifications

October 20, 2010

In a recent survey of 2000 students found that nearly 40 percent of the participants believe their Australian degrees with give them the competitive edge they would need against graduates from the US and the UK.
South Australia State Sponsorship Applications

South Australia State Sponsorship Applications

October 08, 2010

The South Australian Government has announced their new Sponsored Occupations list and will be accepting new applications for sponsorship to live and work in South Australia.
National Party Leader Advocates Immigration to Australia

National Party Leader Advocates Immigration to Australia

October 08, 2010

Victorian leader of the National Party, Peter Ryan has said that immigration should be encouraged as it is essential to the survival of Victorias' rural communities.
Western Australia Needs Skilled Immigrants

Western Australia Needs Skilled Immigrants

October 07, 2010

According to a leading economic policy analyst, high immigration levels are essential to fill skills shortages created by Western Australia's economic boom.
Expert Advises Australia to Increase Skilled Immigration

Expert Advises Australia to Increase Skilled Immigration

October 07, 2010

Alan Chanesman, the chief executive of immigration strategy firm Lipman James addressed the World Computer Congress in Brisbane that Australia's economy will suffer if the Government does not increase its skilled immigration intake.
Unemployment Rate Decreases in Australia

Unemployment Rate Decreases in Australia

September 15, 2010

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released data that suggests that the unemployment rate within Australia is decreasing, a sure sign of the steady recovery from the world-wide recession that hit amidst the year 2008.
Universities Take Action to Protect Foreign Students from Australian Immigration Changes

Universities Take Action to Protect Foreign Students from Australian Immigration Changes

September 13, 2010

A group composed of eight of the most renowned Australian Universities have taken action to delegate with Prime Minister Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.
A Closer Look at How Restrictions on Population Growth Affect Australian Innovation

A Closer Look at How Restrictions on Population Growth Affect Australian Innovation

September 13, 2010

The late libertarian economist, Julian Simon, freely expressed the view that, economically, minds matter more than mouths and hands. Simon often argued that human ingenuity is an inexhaustible resource that could be multiplied through immigration and population growth. He often demonstrated the links between population growth, human creativity and advancement.
Chris Bowen New Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

Chris Bowen New Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

September 13, 2010

Chris Bowen is going to replace Chris Evans as Australia's Minister for Immigration and Citizenship after Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced her new Federal Cabinet on Saturday, September 11, 2010.
New Australian Government Formed

New Australian Government Formed

September 07, 2010

After the 3 Australian Independent Ministers made their decisions on which major party they would support, the Australian Labour Party has held onto the majority of seats, and will continue as Australia's Government for another term.
Immigration Cuts May Push Demand for Workers within Australia

Immigration Cuts May Push Demand for Workers within Australia

September 06, 2010

The looming immigration cap may lead to widespread labour shortages across Australia, warned Industry analysts. Although the cap has not yet been put into place, the Housing Construction Industry has already been experiencing some labour shortages due to the undersupply of labour and a lack of a dedicated migration program that attends to the residential sector.
Australian Government to Advocate Possible Rise in Regional Immigration

Australian Government to Advocate Possible Rise in Regional Immigration

September 06, 2010

The current Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has joined Tony Abbott and the independents Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshoft and Bob Katter in advocacy to increase Australian immigration numbers in the regional parts of the nation.
Statistics Report Australian Economic Growth

Statistics Report Australian Economic Growth

September 03, 2010

According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data Australia's economy continues to experience unprecedented economic growth.
Australias Increased Private Sector Construction Spending a Sign of Improving Economy

Australias Increased Private Sector Construction Spending a Sign of Improving Economy

August 30, 2010

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced that the construction spending in the private sector rose by a seasonally adjusted 4.9% in the second quarter of this year, and the Government sector also rose by 0.4%.
Australia Needs Working Holiday Makers for Dream Holiday Jobs

Australia Needs Working Holiday Makers for Dream Holiday Jobs

August 30, 2010

Australia, the nation that created the worldwide famous "Best Job in the World" looking after Hamilton Island, has opened up its doors to yet another set dream job opportunities.
The Debate over Australian Immigration Policy Changes Continue

The Debate over Australian Immigration Policy Changes Continue

August 18, 2010

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott have both adopted a populist solution to further develop Australia’s infrastructure by limiting the amount of skilled immigrants into the country each year.
Australian Universities Recommend Government Continues Student Visa Intake

Australian Universities Recommend Government Continues Student Visa Intake

August 11, 2010

Australian Universities to Delegate with Government to Help Foreign Students amidst the Immigration Changes.
Australian Dollar Rises due to Positive Economic Predictions

Australian Dollar Rises due to Positive Economic Predictions

August 10, 2010

The Australian Dollar has risen against the USD to a 3 month high of $0.92 USD on Friday. Economists are predicting further increases due to expectations that Australia’s economy will remain Buoyant in the coming months.
Businesses to Advocate for Skilled Migration to Australia

Businesses to Advocate for Skilled Migration to Australia

August 04, 2010

As the Prime Minister's plan to change the current immigration policy looms closer, several businesses across Australia have voiced much concern regarding the restriction of skilled migration to Australia.
Australian Government to Implement More Efficient Processing Times

Australian Government to Implement More Efficient Processing Times

July 26, 2010

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship of Australia, Senator Chris Evans, has announced that there will be new visa processing times that will become effective on July 14, 2010.
Australia Preferred Destination for Chinese Tourists

Australia Preferred Destination for Chinese Tourists

July 21, 2010

The latest PATA Travel Intentions Survey results show that Chinese tourists prefer Australia over other countries for travel and tourism.
Australian Leaders See the Need for Sustained Immigration

Australian Leaders See the Need for Sustained Immigration

July 16, 2010

Although Kevin Rudd is no longer Prime Minister, his vision for a "Big Australia" is still widely supported within Australia.
Australian Skilled occupations List to Focus on Needs of the Economy

Australian Skilled occupations List to Focus on Needs of the Economy

July 07, 2010

The new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) is now in effect as of July 1, 2010. The changes that have been implemented for the SOL are projected to attract Skilled Workers that are high in demand and want to live in Australia.
Australia to Focus on Skilled Immigration

Australia to Focus on Skilled Immigration

July 02, 2010

Australia's new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, is looking to implement new plans for immigration changes that would favour Skilled Immigrants wishing to live in Australia.
Australian Dollar Rises

Australian Dollar Rises

July 02, 2010

The Australian dollar closed slightly higher on Friday's close as the currency exchange rate rose one US cent and remained high throughout the weekend.
New Australian Prime Minister Experienced Immigration First Hand

New Australian Prime Minister Experienced Immigration First Hand

June 25, 2010

Julia Gillard, who stepped into the position of Prime Minister yesterday, was born in Wales, and migrated with her family to Australian in 1966.
Freedom From Fear Theme for Australian Refugee Week

Freedom From Fear Theme for Australian Refugee Week

June 24, 2010

Refugee Week in Australia started on Sunday and is to run for the entire week to end on June 26, 2010.
Julia Gillard First Female Prime Minister of Australia

Julia Gillard First Female Prime Minister of Australia

June 24, 2010

The Australian Labor Party has voted this morning for Julia Gillard to replace the outgoing Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister of Australia.
Employment in Australia Increases in May but More Still Needed

Employment in Australia Increases in May but More Still Needed

June 22, 2010

Australia's Unemployment rate decreased from 5.4% in April, to 5.2% in May, according to the latest statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
No Limit on Student Visas to Australia Says Government

No Limit on Student Visas to Australia Says Government

June 11, 2010

In a media release, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans stated that the Government has no intention of placing a limit on the number of international student visas issued each year.
Immigration Reform Will Provide Australia With the Skilled Labour it Needs

Immigration Reform Will Provide Australia With the Skilled Labour it Needs

June 09, 2010

In an Address to the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Workforce Summit in Perth, Senator Chris Evans claimed that the Governments Immigration reform is "designed to provide workforce solutions for the business community".
Australian Visa Process Simplified

Australian Visa Process Simplified

June 07, 2010

According to latest information released by the Australian Government, plans are being made to radically change and make the immigration system less complicated.
Australian Economy Strong due to International Trade

Australian Economy Strong due to International Trade

June 04, 2010

Latest Statistics show that Australia's trade position has returned to a surplus, mostly because of increasing commodity prices. Australia's economy is expected to receive a significant boost as a result of its strong trade position.
New Rules will not Slow Immigration to Queensland

New Rules will not Slow Immigration to Queensland

May 31, 2010

A new report shows that 70 percent of international migrants to Queensland are from visa categories that have not been significantly affected by the latest changes.
Skilled Immigration Plans Revealed in 2011 Budget

Skilled Immigration Plans Revealed in 2011 Budget

May 20, 2010

The Government has announced that the Skilled Migration Program will focus more on critical skills in the coming year, but still expect to maintain the current immigration intake.
DIAC publishes new Skilled Occupation List

DIAC publishes new Skilled Occupation List

May 17, 2010

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has officially published the new Skilled Occupation List which will come into effect from 1 July 2010.
Offshore Skilled Migration Visas Suspended

Offshore Skilled Migration Visas Suspended

May 10, 2010

In a media release, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans announced that people will not be able to lodge certain offshore general skilled migration applications (GSM) from 8 May 2010.
DIAC delays release of new Skilled Occupation List

DIAC delays release of new Skilled Occupation List

May 03, 2010

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) Australia have delayed the release of the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL), scheduled for release on 30, April 2010.
Australian Government Closes Student Visa Loopholes

Australian Government Closes Student Visa Loopholes

April 30, 2010

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.
Australian Government Changes Business Skills Migration Program

Australian Government Changes Business Skills Migration Program

April 30, 2010

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.
Regional Australian Cities Benefit from Mining Immigration

Regional Australian Cities Benefit from Mining Immigration

April 16, 2010

Federal Resources Minister, Martin Ferguson says that Australia should expect large numbers of Immigrants settling into regional Australian towns and cities, as a result of the next mining boom.
IT Industry Calls for More Temporary Skilled Visas

IT Industry Calls for More Temporary Skilled Visas

April 13, 2010

According to Recruiters, the IT sector is sliding into a skills shortage that could be eased by making it easier to sponsor skilled temporary workers from overseas.
Australia prepares for future Immigration

Australia prepares for future Immigration

April 13, 2010

The Australian Government has announced new measures for developing the infrastructure and resources needed to accommodate Australia's immigration and growing population.
Australian Universities Want Residency for Post Graduate Students

Australian Universities Want Residency for Post Graduate Students

April 05, 2010

Australia's top universities have called for a new Australian visa to be established that would guarantee post-graduate students a 3 year temporary visa that could lead to permanent residency.
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.
Positive Report on Australian Economy by Reserve Bank of Australia

Positive Report on Australian Economy by Reserve Bank of Australia

November 30, 2009

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) have reported in a speech at the 6th National Housing Conference in Melbourne, a number of positive predictions in regards to Australia's economy.
Australia will need 1.4 million extra skilled workers by 2025

Australia will need 1.4 million extra skilled workers by 2025

November 17, 2009

According to a new report by the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce, Australia will have a skills shortage, and will require 1.4 million additional workers by 2025, unless steps are taken.
New visa measures to assist international students in Australia

New visa measures to assist international students in Australia

November 10, 2009

The Australian Government has announced new measures designed to assist international students who have been affected by the closure of their university or other education provider.
More Immigration Agents Lose Access to Apply For E-Visas to Australia

More Immigration Agents Lose Access to Apply For E-Visas to Australia

October 26, 2009

In early October, 200 Immigration Agents were restricted from submitting e-Visa applications electronically for student visas. Now a further 150 agents have had the same restriction applied to them.
DIAC Recommends Visa Applications to be Lodged by November 6

DIAC Recommends Visa Applications to be Lodged by November 6

October 26, 2009

The Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIBP) has advised that people intending to lodge applications for overseas family members to visit Australia over Christmas should do so before November 6, 2009.
DIAC Changes Re-Use Health Check Policy

DIAC Changes Re-Use Health Check Policy

October 22, 2009

On November 9, 2009, The Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIBP) will suspend arrangements that allow some visa applicants to re-use previous health examination reports.
Australia Commences New Citizenship Test

Australia Commences New Citizenship Test

October 21, 2009

On Monday, October 19, the new Australian Citizenship test commenced. The test assesses prospective Australian citizens on their understanding of Australian civics, and the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship.
New Australian Immigration Advisory Council

New Australian Immigration Advisory Council

October 12, 2009

Minister for Immigration & Citizenship Australia, Senator Chris Evans, has announced the establishment of the Council for Immigration Services and Status Resolution.
More Full time Employment in Australia

More Full time Employment in Australia

October 12, 2009

Australian Labour Force Numbers released this month reveal that Australia's economy is showing strong growth, with full-time employment growing significantly.
More Young People Applying for Australian Working Holiday Visas

More Young People Applying for Australian Working Holiday Visas

October 08, 2009

According to statistics provided by the Australian Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIBP), there has been a significant increase in the number of young people entering Australia on Working Holiday Visas.
Adelaide needs skilled migrants on Australian Work Visas

Adelaide needs skilled migrants on Australian Work Visas

October 08, 2009

South Australia relies heavily on migrant workers to help grow, and to meet labour demands, but Business Leaders are concerned that not enough migrants are settling in the state.
Student Visas - Australia Suspends 200 Visa Agents

Student Visas - Australia Suspends 200 Visa Agents

October 06, 2009

The Australian Government has suspended almost 200 immigration agents from lodging student visa applications. Suspensions have been issued due to evidence of fraud, or poor visa approval rates.
Immigration Essential for Australia - according to expert

Immigration Essential for Australia - according to expert

October 02, 2009

Immigration is the best solution for Australia's aging population, according to Bernard Salt, from KPMG.
New Australian Immigration changes passed in Parliament

New Australian Immigration changes passed in Parliament

September 18, 2009

The Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Test Review and Other Measures) Bill has been accepted by the Australian Parliament today.
Australian Interest Rates Remain Low

Australian Interest Rates Remain Low

September 17, 2009

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced that Australia's record low interest rates are going to stay low (3%) for at least another month, but economists warn us to expect an increase before the end of the year.
New Laws Protect 457 Work Visa Holders

New Laws Protect 457 Work Visa Holders

September 14, 2009

New laws have come into effect today that protect the rights of overseas temporary workers in Australia and ensure that Australia's wages and working conditions are not undermined.
Immigrants Welcome in Australia According to Report

Immigrants Welcome in Australia According to Report

September 11, 2009

A new report by Monash University shows that according to Australians, your country of birth is not an important factor on whether you are considered Australian or not.
Temporary Work Visa Holders to Australia Must Receive Fair Wages

Temporary Work Visa Holders to Australia Must Receive Fair Wages

September 07, 2009

The minister for Immigration & Citizenship Australia, Senator Chris Evans, has announced a reform that will ensure that all temporary skilled workers receive salaries and wages comparable to their Australian counterparts.
Proposed Citizenship Rule Changes for Specialist Professions and Elite Athletes

Proposed Citizenship Rule Changes for Specialist Professions and Elite Athletes

September 01, 2009

The Australian Government plans to introduce changes to Australian Citizenship rules that have previously excluded elite athletes and other professionals who need to frequently travel internationally for work, from applying for citizenship.
Increase in Sponsored Work Visas to Australia

Increase in Sponsored Work Visas to Australia

August 31, 2009

According to a report from the Australian Government, 1 in 5 people who migrated to Australia in 2008-9 were sponsored by an employer.
Stricter Student Visa checks

Stricter Student Visa checks

August 21, 2009

According to a release by Minister For Immigration & Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, the Department of Immigration & Citizenship Australia is "strengthening" checks on student visa applications to restrict fraud & misuse of the system.
Australian Universities call for stricter rules for student visas

Australian Universities call for stricter rules for student visas

August 20, 2009

Universities Australia (UA) are calling for the Australian Government to implement stricter rules in regards to vocational training to ensure that international students are coming to Australia primarily for education, rather than a pathway to permanent residency.
Australia Needs Temporary Workers

Australia Needs Temporary Workers

August 13, 2009

There has been a significant decrease in the number of people applying for, and being awarded temporary work visas to Australia, but the demand for skilled overseas workers is still strong.
Australia expects tourist numbers to increase dramatically

Australia expects tourist numbers to increase dramatically

August 04, 2009

The Tourism Forecasting Committee (TFC) has released projections that Australia should expect 900,000 tourists from China in 2018, compared to 356,000 in 2008.
Overseas Skilled Workers to supplement not replace Australian work force

Overseas Skilled Workers to supplement not replace Australian work force

July 30, 2009

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Evans has commented on the recent immigration reforms, and stated that the aim of the Rudd government is to provide training and job opportunities for Australians.
Skilled Migrants more likely to get Permanent Residency to Australia

Skilled Migrants more likely to get Permanent Residency to Australia

July 23, 2009

Minister of Immigration & Citizenship, Chris Evans has told press on his recent visit to India that Australian Immigration law is changing with a stronger focus on skilled workers.
Australian Immigration statistics funding extended 3 years

Australian Immigration statistics funding extended 3 years

July 20, 2009

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP), and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have announced that the National Migrant Statistics Unit (NMSU) would continue to operate for at least the next 3 years.
Changes for Skilled Visas to Australia

Changes for Skilled Visas to Australia

July 02, 2009

From July 1, 2009 trades people applying to live and work in Australia will be required to meet a higher level of English language ability than before. Also, minimum wage for 457 Subclass visa holders will be increased by 4.1 percent.
Increased Government Processing Fees for Australian Visas

Increased Government Processing Fees for Australian Visas

July 02, 2009

The Australian Government has announced that immigration processing fees has increased, effective from July 1, 2009.
Many Australian Visa Application Forms to change from 1 July 2009

Many Australian Visa Application Forms to change from 1 July 2009

June 18, 2009

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) have announced a number of changes to application forms and other forms to take effect from 1 July 2009.
Australian economic growth in the face of global recession

Australian economic growth in the face of global recession

June 05, 2009

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on the second of June indicate positive news for the Australian economy showing economic growth in the first quarter of 2009.
Sixtieth Anniversary of Australia Citizenship

Sixtieth Anniversary of Australia Citizenship

May 29, 2009

2009 marks the sixtieth anniversary of Australian Citizenship, which was introduced in 1949 following the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948. Before this time most Australians were British subjects.
Risks of Working Illegally in Australia

Risks of Working Illegally in Australia

May 29, 2009

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) have reminded Australian employers to check that their staff have the right to work in Australia.
Record Number of Brits Moving to Australia

Record Number of Brits Moving to Australia

May 29, 2009

Records show that over the last ten years, the level of emigration from the UK to Australia has more than doubled. This trend has also been influenced heavily of recent times due to the uncertain economic situation in the UK.
Further Changes to 457 Work Visa Programme

Further Changes to 457 Work Visa Programme

May 22, 2009

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Australia, Chris Evans, has announced that a number of occupations will be removed from the 457 Work Visa programme.
Fewer Australian Skilled Migration Places Available Next Year

Fewer Australian Skilled Migration Places Available Next Year

May 14, 2009

The Australian Government has announced as part of the 2009-10 Budget, that there will be fewer skilled migration visas available in the next financial year.
Australian Unemployment Rate Falls

Australian Unemployment Rate Falls

May 13, 2009

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released April figures that show a surprise reduction in the unemployment rate for the month of April 2009.
New Skilled Migration requirements for NSW

New Skilled Migration requirements for NSW

April 24, 2009

The New South Wales (NSW) state government has made a series of changes that affect skilled migrants wanting to live and work in NSW.
Increased level of English ability required for 457 visa

Increased level of English ability required for 457 visa

April 22, 2009

DIBP have announced that they will be raising the level of English for all subclass 457 trades and chef applicants, effective from today.
Changes to 457 visa programme

Changes to 457 visa programme

April 03, 2009

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.
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.
New Australian Citizenship Test

New Australian Citizenship Test

November 25, 2008

The Rudd government aims to dump John Howard’s citizenship test for migrants, and replace it with a simpler test based on democratic values rather than obscure historical or sporting facts.
Changes to New Zealand Working Holiday Visas

Changes to New Zealand Working Holiday Visas

November 21, 2008

The New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, has announced changes to the working holiday visa scheme as part of the nations new immigration policy.
Changes in Australia's temporary work visa programme

Changes in Australia's temporary work visa programme

November 19, 2008

Australia’s temporary worker visa programme is in store for changes due to a prompt review by the Government.
Britons Applying for Working Holiday Visa to Australia

Britons Applying for Working Holiday Visa to Australia

November 18, 2008

More and more young Britons are opting to come to Australia on the Working Holiday visa scheme proposed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP).
Latvia now eligible for Electronic travel Authority

Latvia now eligible for Electronic travel Authority

November 17, 2008

From 27th October 2008, Latvian nationals are able to travel to Australia on electronic visas (e-visas).
Immigration Australia: Western Australia economy still strong despite Global Financial Crisis

Immigration Australia: Western Australia economy still strong despite Global Financial Crisis

November 10, 2008

Despite the diminishing state of the world’s economy, the State of Western Australia still shows that it will be able to withstand the global financial crisis and help the Australian economy remain strong.
Immigration Australia: Minister of Tourism opens Tourism office in India

Immigration Australia: Minister of Tourism opens Tourism office in India

November 07, 2008

The Minister of Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, has opened the first Tourism Australia office in India. This shows the strong ties that India, as an emerging market, has to Australia’s tourism industry.
Visas to Australia: Police Check Fees Increased

Visas to Australia: Police Check Fees Increased

October 20, 2008

The Australian Federal Police have announced fee increases for police checks. These fees may affect some individuals applying for visas to Australia.
Business & Tourist eVisitor Visa's soon available to 35 European Countries

Business & Tourist eVisitor Visa's soon available to 35 European Countries

October 07, 2008

Visitors from all European Union countries as well as eight other European countries will be able to apply over the internet for an eVisitor Visa from the 27th October 2008.
Migrants to South Australia Can Learn English After Migrating

Migrants to South Australia Can Learn English After Migrating

September 30, 2008

The South Australian Government is participating in the "Concessional English" provision, which will allow migrants, who may not possess competent English language levels, the ability to qualify for migration.
Migration helps build Australia's Population in 2008

Migration helps build Australia's Population in 2008

September 30, 2008

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) latest figures show that immigration accounts for over 50% of Australia's net population growth over the past year to March 2008.
Immigration Australia to recognize new English Language Tests for migrants.

Immigration Australia to recognize new English Language Tests for migrants.

September 09, 2008

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Australia (DIBP) are seeking to expand the number of English language tests that are accepted as evidence of English language proficiency.
Indian Students do not overstay their Student Visas: Statistics Show

Indian Students do not overstay their Student Visas: Statistics Show

September 01, 2008

Statistics show that Indian students, who represent a large proportion of international students in Australia, rarely breach student visa rules.
Australian Immigration Changes: Student Visa Assessment Levels

Australian Immigration Changes: Student Visa Assessment Levels

August 26, 2008

A number of changes have been made to the student visa assessment levels for Australian immigration. These changes will come into effect on September 1, 2008.
Work and Holiday visa quotas with Thailand to be increased by Australia.

Work and Holiday visa quotas with Thailand to be increased by Australia.

August 15, 2008

Australia continues to increase its Work and Holiday scheme through signing visa agreements with new countries as well as increasing visa quotas for countries that already participate in the program.
Western Australia lures migrants with job huge offers.

Western Australia lures migrants with job huge offers.

August 15, 2008

Australia's West is now Australia's well paid West, and is selling itself to Kiwis to fill a chronic shortage of workers.
Arroyo invites Australian PM to Asia Pacific Migration Forum.

Arroyo invites Australian PM to Asia Pacific Migration Forum.

August 12, 2008

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will be addressing the 2nd Global Forum on Migration and Development and the Philippine-Australian Ministerial Meeting (PAMM) in Manila this October. He will be in Manila on an invitation extended by his Philippine counterpart President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Immigration Report Calls for Changes to Citizenship Test

Immigration Report Calls for Changes to Citizenship Test

August 12, 2008

It has been reported that a campaign to encourage Australian residents to take up citizenship and an overhaul of the qualifying test has been proposed in a report to Immigration Minister Chris Evans.
Changes in Minimum Salary Level (MSL) for Sponsored workers

Changes in Minimum Salary Level (MSL) for Sponsored workers

August 06, 2008

The Minimum Salary Level (MSL) for skilled workers has increased by 3.8% from the 1st of August 2008.
Increase in temporary skilled migration visas

Increase in temporary skilled migration visas

July 24, 2008

Australia has increased the total number of temporary work visas granted this year by 27% compared to last year.
New Immigration Deal to help Philippines Skilled Workers

New Immigration Deal to help Philippines Skilled Workers

July 17, 2008

South Australia and the Philippines are in discussions to help skilled Filipino workers to work and build their careers.
New Amendments Made to Working Holiday Visa Australia

New Amendments Made to Working Holiday Visa Australia

July 11, 2008

Amendments have been made to the Migration Regulations Act (1994) to encourage working holiday visa applicants to spend some time working in regional areas of Australia.
DIAC Annual Fee Adjustment for Australian Visas

DIAC Annual Fee Adjustment for Australian Visas

July 10, 2008

The DIBP (Department of Immigration and Citizenship) have made their annual adjustment of most of their visa application fees. The new fees came into effect from 1 July 2008 and were applied to the majority of Australian visas.
Government Pushes State Sponsored Visas to Australia

Government Pushes State Sponsored Visas to Australia

July 07, 2008

Immigration Minister Chris Evans has called on states and territories to increase their use of the state sponsored skilled migration scheme.
DIAC Opens visa processing centres to cope with increased visa applications

DIAC Opens visa processing centres to cope with increased visa applications

July 01, 2008

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) Australia have announced changes in visa processing locations that come into effect on the 1st of July 2008.
Online Visa Applications for Bulgaria, Poland & Romania

Online Visa Applications for Bulgaria, Poland & Romania

June 30, 2008

The Department of Immigration & Citizenship of Australia (DIBP) announced a roll-out of improved electronic processing for Bulgarian, Polish and Romanian Citizens.
Immigration to Australia Could Help Pacific Islanders Find Skills & Employment

Immigration to Australia Could Help Pacific Islanders Find Skills & Employment

June 23, 2008

Australian federal government is expected to sign off on a plan to create a new "guest worker" program to allow 5,000 Pacific Islanders to work in Australia for a year to build their skills & experience before returning home to help strengthen their country's skills & economy.
Australia Invests $34 Million to Support Migrants Living in Australia

Australia Invests $34 Million to Support Migrants Living in Australia

June 06, 2008

Laurie Ferguson, Secretary for Multicultural Affairs & Settlement announced that the Australian Government would spend $34 million next financial year on services to assist the integration of migrants and refugees.
Australian Budget Plan Reveals 300,000 More Visas to Australia

Australian Budget Plan Reveals 300,000 More Visas to Australia

May 20, 2008

The Labor party budget for 2008-09 includes an increase of almost 300,000 visas to Australia in a bid to address labour shortages in Australia.
Faster processing speed for 457 Australian Work Visas for skilled migrants

Faster processing speed for 457 Australian Work Visas for skilled migrants

May 06, 2008

Many skilled migrants wanting to work in Australia can now look forward to faster processing times for their 457 Australian Work Visas.

Strong immigration program with integrity critical to Australia's future

Strong immigration program with integrity critical to Australia's future

May 01, 2008

Immigration makes Australia stronger, says the latest research by the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements.

Immigration Dept workshop for Australian Work Visas & Employment

Immigration Dept workshop for Australian Work Visas & Employment

April 22, 2008

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.

Immigration change on Australian Student Visa

Immigration change on Australian Student Visa

April 17, 2008

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship has introduced a change to permit all initial Student Visa holders to work once they’ve started a course of study.

Australian immigration will open door to world-class education for your kids

Australian immigration will open door to world-class education for your kids

April 17, 2008

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.

Australian Immigration: 40,000 skilled workers needed to ease shortage in construction sector

Australian Immigration: 40,000 skilled workers needed to ease shortage in construction sector

April 14, 2008

Immigration can be the answer to curbing Australian state, Victoria’s rise in housing prices because of labour shortages in commercial and residential projects.

Australian Immigration urged to lift age restrictions on Working Holiday Visas

Australian Immigration urged to lift age restrictions on Working Holiday Visas

April 11, 2008

A request has been launched to Australian Immigration to remove the age restrictions currently set for Working Holiday Visas.

World Youth Day pilgrims: lodge visa applications now, says Australian Immigration Minister

World Youth Day pilgrims: lodge visa applications now, says Australian Immigration Minister

April 09, 2008

If you want to travel to Australia for the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day, you’d have to apply for your visa as soon as possible, Chris Evans, Australia’s Immigration Minister advises.

Immigration to Australia quite the trend amongst Brits

Immigration to Australia quite the trend amongst Brits

April 08, 2008

Brits immigrating to Australia have increased double fold since ten years ago, says a new media report, making it the second most popular destination after Spain for UK immigrants.

Australian immigration: Citizenship testing expanded in Northern Territory

Australian immigration: Citizenship testing expanded in Northern Territory

April 02, 2008

Potential candidates for permanent immigration don’t have to travel as far anymore when they have to do a citizenship test for Australia.

Multicultural Australian nation swells with immigration pride

Multicultural Australian nation swells with immigration pride

April 01, 2008

Immigration is vital to Australia’s economy and now accounts for more than half the country’s population growth, said a recent report.

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.

Australia Votes!

Australia Votes!

November 27, 2007

Australia has a new government this week. As the nation voted over the weekend, the results of the 2007 Australian Federal Election mean Australia has a new Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd.

Australians study hard, live longer

Australians study hard, live longer

November 20, 2007

A recent study comparing the well being and the standard of life between countries shows that Australia is among the best in the world!

Australians love city life

Australians love city life

November 19, 2007

A recent population study has found that Australians are more than willing to give up their houses, swimming pools and large backyards for the fast paced inner-city lifestyle.

Australian job boom a double-edged sword

Australian job boom a double-edged sword

November 16, 2007

Australia enjoys one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the world, with some states at full employment. However, the steady growth in employment has lead to a severe shortage of skilled workers.

Australia: top brand!

Australia: top brand!

November 14, 2007

According to the most recent Country Brand Index study, Australia is the top national “brand” in the world. The Country Brand Index rates the world’s countries in terms of travel desirability and international image recognition.

Dollar eases pressure on Australian economy

Dollar eases pressure on Australian economy

November 09, 2007

The Australian dollar has slipped slightly from it's 23 year high to $0.927 USD. The slip eases pressure on the Australian economy ad inflation fears.

Immigration to Australia could help inflation

Immigration to Australia could help inflation

November 07, 2007

Many economists in Australia expect the Federal Government to raise interest rates in the coming year in order to curb inflation driven by Australia’s hot economy. However, this may not be necessary as immigration fuels the continued job shortage

Australia runs out of workers

Australia runs out of workers

November 02, 2007

According to a recent study by Australian banking giant Westpac, job opportunities abound in Australia's West, especially in the mining and resource sectors.

Australians among the happiest people in the world

Australians among the happiest people in the world

October 25, 2007

According to a recent study on national happiness levels, Australians are the second happiest people in the world, second only to Iceland.

Copper mine to bring more jobs to South Australia

Copper mine to bring more jobs to South Australia

October 25, 2007

There is renewed interest in a 1970s era copper mine which promises to bring 600 new jobs to South Australia.

Migration keeps property prices high

Migration keeps property prices high

October 23, 2007

The demand for housing in Australia caused by immigration to the country could mean Australia needs 100,000 more new homes within the next year.

Full employment is the goal of the Australian government

Full employment is the goal of the Australian government

October 15, 2007

With the unemployment rate hitting a record low last week, Prime Minister John Howard has promised even better times are still to come, which will further reduce the unemployment rate.

The new wave of UK emigration

The new wave of UK emigration

October 07, 2007

British emigration to Australia is starting a new wave that could become an exodus. Close to 1 in 5 Britons has put serious thought into emigrating, with many wishing to leave as soon as possible.

Australia gears up for Citizenship Day

Australia gears up for Citizenship Day

September 17, 2007

Australia’s Citizenship Day takes place each September 17, with ceremonies across the country to celebrate the sense of pride surrounding Australian citizenship.

Skills Shortage to Hamper Construction Projects

Skills Shortage to Hamper Construction Projects

September 14, 2007

A recent construction industry survey in Australian identifies that the skills shortage could hamper construction projects in Australia, with spillover into other economic sectors.

Canada and Australia face similar challenges; Canadian PM

Canada and Australia face similar challenges; Canadian PM

September 11, 2007

Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has addressed Australia’s government - where he outlined shared challenges and opportunities that the two countries face.

TRA - Significant Change to Skills Assessment Procedure

TRA - Significant Change to Skills Assessment Procedure

September 06, 2007

Trades Recogniton Australia (TRA) have announced that they will no longer accept applications that predominantly rely on evidence of work experience.

Changes to Australian immigration system take effect today

Changes to Australian immigration system take effect today

September 01, 2007

Australia's General Skilled Migration Programme (GSM) has undergone a significant overhaul which takes effect today.

Record Number of Emigrants from UK

Record Number of Emigrants from UK

August 24, 2007

According to the Office of National Statistics, a record number of people are emigrating from the United Kingdom for greener, and sunnier, pastures abroad.

Australian Universities Key to Knowledge Economy

Australian Universities Key to Knowledge Economy

August 20, 2007

According to American IT Guru Prof. Larry Smarr, Australia's universities will be key to maintaining it’s high-tech knowledge based economy.

Increase in British Migration to Australia Expected

Increase in British Migration to Australia Expected

August 17, 2007

Experts in Australian migration expect that next month’s changes to the Australian Skilled Migration System could open the door for more Britons to migrate to Australia.

$123.6 Million for New Australian Citizenship Test

$123.6 Million for New Australian Citizenship Test

August 08, 2007

The 2007-2008 Australian Federal Budget earmarks $123.6 million (AUD) for a new Citizenship test for prospective Australian citizens.

New MODL Announced

New MODL Announced

August 01, 2007

With effect from 30 July 2007, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has announced a revised Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL). The changes have resulted in one occupation being removed from the MODL and a further nine occupations being added.

Immigrants to Australia Add Value: Study

Immigrants to Australia Add Value: Study

July 27, 2007

A new Government study, Social Costs & Benefits of Migration into Australia, finds that immigrants to Australia are generally better educated, more willing to participate in society and less dependent on social assistance that their Australian-born peers. Newcomers from around the world provide valuable human capital to the Australian economy.

Record Number of Backpackers and Gap Year Travellers

Record Number of Backpackers and Gap Year Travellers

July 26, 2007

According to the Department of Immigration, Australia granted a record number of visas to Backpackers in 2006 and 2007, with 102,966 visas granted representing an increase of 15% over the previous year.

Australia Skills Shortage Driving Housing Demand

Australia Skills Shortage Driving Housing Demand

July 23, 2007

Demand for housing in Australia is expected to grow significantly due to the influx of migrants to Australia.

Australian Economy Shows Strong Growth in First Fiscal Quarter

Australian Economy Shows Strong Growth in First Fiscal Quarter

July 09, 2007

The Australian economy has shown another quarter of strong fiscal growth - growing 3.8% compared to the first quarter last year.

New Application Forms for Most Australian Vias

New Application Forms for Most Australian Vias

July 04, 2007

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has instituted new application forms for most Australian visa types.

Australian Trucking Industry Investigates Skills Shortage

Australian Trucking Industry Investigates Skills Shortage

June 18, 2007

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Kevin Andrews has announced the launch of an industry working group to investigate and provide recommendations on the Australian trucking industry skills shortage.

South Australia opens arms to Burmese refugees

South Australia opens arms to Burmese refugees

June 14, 2007

The Assistant Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Teresa Gambaro has congratulated the Limestone Coast of South Australia for their commitment to refugee settlement.

Queensland welcomes over 500 new citizens

Queensland welcomes over 500 new citizens

June 13, 2007

Brisbane has celebrated its annual 'Queensland Citizenship Day' by welcoming 561 new citizens.

Australia commits $32 million to help new migrants

Australia commits $32 million to help new migrants

June 13, 2007

Australia has committed $32 million to services aimed at helping refugees and other new migrants to integrate into the mainstream community, an increase from last year's $31 million.

Australian population tops 21 million mark

Australian population tops 21 million mark

June 07, 2007

According to the preliminary results of the 2006 Census, Australia’s population increased by 1.4% during the 12 months up to December, 2006.

Queensland economy on the rise

Queensland economy on the rise

June 05, 2007

Queensland is well on the road to economic success following a recent study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Major reforms for Australia's GSM Programme

Major reforms for Australia's GSM Programme

June 01, 2007

The Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Kevin Andrews and the Minister of Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop, have announced a number of dramatic changes to the current General Skilled Migration (GSM) programme.

Australia welcomes record number of Chinese tourists

Australia welcomes record number of Chinese tourists

May 28, 2007

The Australian tourism market reached a high point last week by welcoming its 300,000th Chinese visitor under the Approved Destination Scheme.

Fresh start for Zimbabwean Nurses

Fresh start for Zimbabwean Nurses

May 25, 2007

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) have lifted a ban on recruiting Zimbabwean Nurses, providing a fresh start and significant career opportunities for many Zimbabwean nursing professionals in Australia.

20 questions for fair dinkum migrants

20 questions for fair dinkum migrants

May 21, 2007

Potential Australian citizens will soon be quizzed in the form of a multiple choice citizenship test about Australia’s values, political affairs and sporting preferences. The test will consist of 20 questions drawn from a pool of 200.

Solid employment for Australias skilled migrants

Solid employment for Australias skilled migrants

May 18, 2007

Recently arrived skilled migrants are enjoying strong employment outcomes and job satisfaction, according to preliminary results of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIBP) third longitudinal survey of immigrants.

Western Australia seeks skilled meat workers

Western Australia seeks skilled meat workers

May 17, 2007

Kevin Andrews, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, and Margaret Quirk, West Australian Minister for Small Business, have finalised a three-year labour agreement for the temporary entry of skilled meatworkers to Western Australia.

Increased intake for skilled workers

Increased intake for skilled workers

May 11, 2007

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) have released details of the 2007-08 Migration Programme intake with a planning level set at 152,800 places.

Major Changes to Australian General Skilled Migration Programme

Major Changes to Australian General Skilled Migration Programme

May 07, 2007

The Australian Government has hinted at introducing extensive changes to the current General Skilled Migration Programme.

Tough new laws strengthen Skilled Temporary Visa

Tough new laws strengthen Skilled Temporary Visa

April 30, 2007

Changes to the controversial Skilled Temporary Visa (subclass 457) which will protect and strengthen the integrity of the 457 visa scheme, have been formally announced by the Australian Government.

Australian Skilled Migrant programme under reform

Australian Skilled Migrant programme under reform

April 17, 2007

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.

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.

Migration Experts UK office has moved

Migration Experts UK office has moved

August 05, 2006

Our UK office has relocated to vibrant "Regent Street" in central London!

Australia attracts record number of Brits

Australia attracts record number of Brits

August 04, 2006

A recent poll in the UK suggests that more Britons than ever before want to make their dreams of migrating to another country a reality - with Australia as the top choice!
AUSTRALIA WELCOMES ABOUT 158 FOREIGN WORKERS EVERY DAY

AUSTRALIA WELCOMES ABOUT 158 FOREIGN WORKERS EVERY DAY

July 05, 2006

Australia looks to migrants as a solution for its skills shortage. Almost every skilled profession is in great demand. A growing economy means that new workers are welcomed to the country at an approximate rate of 158 per day.

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.

Change to

Change to "2 year study requirement" for onshore skilled migration

November 22, 2005

From 1 September 2005, the "2 year study requirement" has been modified to enable students undertaking the equivalent of 2 years study in a minimum of 16 months to satisfy this requirement.

Skilled Migration Targeting Occupations in Demand

Skilled Migration Targeting Occupations in Demand

November 22, 2005

In response to recent research undertaken by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) regarding skills shortages in certain industries, the Australian Government has added 4 new occupations to the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL). These new occupations include mining engineers, petroleum engineers, chemical engineers and dental specialists.

Business Migration Promotional Events in China

Business Migration Promotional Events in China

November 22, 2005

The Australian Consulate General visa office in Hong Kong has announced that their next round of promotional events to be held in the PRC will be held in Guangzhou and Shanghai in November 2005.

Opportunity for further Working Holiday Visa

Opportunity for further Working Holiday Visa

November 22, 2005

In order to assist rural and regional industries to attract seasonal harvest workers, the Australian Government has announced that it will be possible to apply for a second 12 month Working Holiday Maker Visa if applicants have undertaken at least 3 months harvest work.

New countries added to Working and Holiday Visa Arrangement

New countries added to Working and Holiday Visa Arrangement

November 22, 2005

Earlier this year, DIMIA announced a reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa arrangement between Australia and Chile. A further announcement was made recently, adding Thailand to the reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement. This agreement will open up new opportunities for young people from the two countries wishing to travel and experience different lifestyles and cultures.

Settlement Grants Program

Settlement Grants Program

November 22, 2005

The Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, John Cobb, has announced a new program worth $31 million designed to provide funding for eligible organizations who offer settlement services such as linking new arrivals with mainstream agencies which deliver health, education and employment services.

New State Sponsored Retiree Visas

New State Sponsored Retiree Visas

July 20, 2005

A new Investor Retirement Visa for Australia came into effect on 1 July 2005. The new visa allows State and Territory governments to sponsor self-funded retirees to invest and live in Australia. The visa will provide an opportunity for retired business and professional persons with significant assets to migrate to Australia on a temporary visa.

Migrants supplying the skills that are needed

Migrants supplying the skills that are needed

July 20, 2005

A recent report has shown that Australia is increasing successful in targeting the skilled migration that it needs. In 2001-02 there was an increase of 385,600 skilled jobs in Australia. During this period, Australia received 114,500 skilled migrants, which is equivalent to 30 per cent of the increase in skilled jobs.

Migrants bring in $300m to Victoria

Migrants bring in $300m to Victoria

July 20, 2005

Business migration to the state of Victoria has more than doubled in the past year, with the number of business migrants jumping from 301 in 2003/04 to 680 for 2004/05. Of this figure, 65 % of the migrants are from China.

Sydney voted world’s best city

Sydney voted world’s best city

July 20, 2005

American travelers have voted Sydney the world’s best city for the eighth year in a row. Sydney was considered the better holiday destination over Bangkok, Rome, Florence and Chaing Mai. Australia was also voted the best migration destination for a young person, according to a global opinion poll taken by Pew Global Attitudes Project.

Australian Class Sizes Smallest in 10 years

Australian Class Sizes Smallest in 10 years

July 20, 2005

Class sizes at Australian universities have fallen for the first time in a decade. Last year, universities had 19.4 students for each academic staff member, a figure which is down from 19.7 in 2003.

WORKING HOLIDAY MAKER AGREEMENT WITH ESTONIA

WORKING HOLIDAY MAKER AGREEMENT WITH ESTONIA

June 12, 2005

The Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) has announced that it is extending is Working Holiday Maker Visa program to include Estonia. Australia and Estonia have entered into a mutual agreement which will allow young people from both countries to visit the other on Working Holiday Maker Visas. The change was introduced on 11 May 2005.

RECORD LOW UNEMPLOYMENT IN AUSTRALIAN WORKFORCE

RECORD LOW UNEMPLOYMENT IN AUSTRALIAN WORKFORCE

June 12, 2005

The current unemployment rate in Australia is at a very low 5.1%, while employment rates continue to rise. The low rate of unemployment is forcing businesses to stop searching for skilled staff in Australia in favour of looking offshore to recruit the workers they need.

NEW AMERICAN UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

NEW AMERICAN UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

June 12, 2005

An American University, Carnegie Mellon, has announced that it will be opening a campus in Adelaide, South Australia. The university hopes to offer its Master of Science in information technology and Master of Science in public policy early next year. This will make it the states fourth university in South Australia, a move that is encouraged by the state's government, who is offering the university generous subsidies.

AUSTRALIA INCREASINGLY POPULAR WITH INDIAN STUDENTS

AUSTRALIA INCREASINGLY POPULAR WITH INDIAN STUDENTS

June 12, 2005

The number of Indian students studying in Australia is rapidly increasing. There are an estimated 23,000 Indian students currently studying in Australia, with a recent forecast predicting that this number could increase to 80,000 a year within two decades.

INCREASING AIRPORT SECURITY IN AUSTRALIA

INCREASING AIRPORT SECURITY IN AUSTRALIA

June 12, 2005

The Australian government has announced that it will take several measures to increase its airport security, in response to growing evidence of widespread criminal activity at Australia’s entry points. The enhanced security is predicted to raise the price of airfares to and from Australia.

INCREASING BORDER SECURITY IN AUSTRALIA

INCREASING BORDER SECURITY IN AUSTRALIA

June 12, 2005

The Department of Immigration and Multicultral and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) have announced that they will attempt to enhance Australian border security by using biometric technology.

20,000 ADDITIONAL AUSTRALIAN SKILLED MIGRATION VISAS NOW AVAILABLE

20,000 ADDITIONAL AUSTRALIAN SKILLED MIGRATION VISAS NOW AVAILABLE

April 15, 2005

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.
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE AUSTRALIAN RETIREMENT VISA

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE AUSTRALIAN RETIREMENT VISA

April 15, 2005

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.
ENHANCEMENTS TO THE WORKING HOLIDAY VISA

ENHANCEMENTS TO THE WORKING HOLIDAY VISA

April 15, 2005

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.
LEGISLATIVE CHANGES TO SPONSORING OF OVERSEAS WORKERS BY AUSTRALIAN EMPLOYERS

LEGISLATIVE CHANGES TO SPONSORING OF OVERSEAS WORKERS BY AUSTRALIAN EMPLOYERS

April 15, 2005

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.
NEW PASS MARK FOR THE AUSTRALIAN SKILLED-INDEPENDENT STUDENT VISA

NEW PASS MARK FOR THE AUSTRALIAN SKILLED-INDEPENDENT STUDENT VISA

April 15, 2005

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.
NEW COUNTRIES ELIGIBLE FOR THE ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORITY (ETA)

NEW COUNTRIES ELIGIBLE FOR THE ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORITY (ETA)

April 14, 2005

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.
SPECIAL HUMANITARIAN PROGRAM VISA PROCEDURES SIMPLIFIED

SPECIAL HUMANITARIAN PROGRAM VISA PROCEDURES SIMPLIFIED

April 14, 2005

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.
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
FORM CHANGES

FORM CHANGES

November 16, 2004

DIMIA introduces changes to a number of visa application and associated forms. These are effective as from 1st November 2004.
VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT PLANS TO INCREASE MIGRATION INTAKE

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT PLANS TO INCREASE MIGRATION INTAKE

April 30, 2004

Victorian Government has announced plans to encourage an increase in migration.
NEW MIGRATION STATISTICS RELEASED

NEW MIGRATION STATISTICS RELEASED

April 29, 2004

New Migration Statistics Released
 PASS MARK FOR SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA RAISED

PASS MARK FOR SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA RAISED

April 05, 2004

Changes to Points Test
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.
DIMIA RELEASES MIGRANT EMPLOYMENT FIGURES

DIMIA RELEASES MIGRANT EMPLOYMENT FIGURES

November 13, 2003

DIMIA releases results of migrant employment outcomes.
AUSTRALIA'S PROJECTED IMMIGRATION INTAKE TO 2005/2006 ANNOUNCED

AUSTRALIA'S PROJECTED IMMIGRATION INTAKE TO 2005/2006 ANNOUNCED

October 16, 2003

Immigration announces migration intake estimates to 2005/2006
ITALY, FRANCE AND BELGIUM SIGN WORKING HOLIDAY AGREEMENTS WITH AUSTRALIA

ITALY, FRANCE AND BELGIUM SIGN WORKING HOLIDAY AGREEMENTS WITH AUSTRALIA

October 07, 2003

As from the 1st of January, 2004 Italy and France will enter the Working Holiday Maker arrangement with Australia. Belgium has also entered into a similar agreement but the commencement date is yet to be announced.
RECENT CHANGES TO AUSTRALIAN VISAS ANNOUNCED

RECENT CHANGES TO AUSTRALIAN VISAS ANNOUNCED

June 10, 2003

Please note that the Australian Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs recently changed some details of the Australian Business Visa; the Australian Retirement Visa; the Australian Skilled Migration Visa; and the Australian Parent Visa.
AUSTRALIAN FAMILY VISA ADVICE NOW AVAILABLE

AUSTRALIAN FAMILY VISA ADVICE NOW AVAILABLE

June 10, 2003

Migration Expert is proud to announce that we have expanded our range of available immigration visas for Australia to include Australian Family Immigration Visas.
NEW UK IMMIGRATION SITE LAUNCHED

NEW UK IMMIGRATION SITE LAUNCHED

May 29, 2003

migrationexpert.com has launched a new site specifically designed to assist with immigration applications for the United Kingdom.