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Australia lowers maximum age for Subclass 189 visa

Australia lowers maximum age for Subclass 189 visa

May 22, 2017

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced that it will be lowering the maximum age for applicants under the Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189 to applicants who are under 45 years of age.

Northern Territory suspends GSM nominations to prioritise online system launch

Northern Territory suspends GSM nominations to prioritise online system launch

May 22, 2017

The government of Northern Territory (NT) announced that it has temporarily suspended all General Skilled Migration (GSM) nomination applications for subclass 489 and 190 visas for all foreign citizens outside the region.

Australian government toughens citizenship test

Australian government toughens citizenship test

April 21, 2017

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

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull to abolish 457 visas

April 18, 2017

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

Australia and Vietnam commence reciprocal work and holiday visa program

March 17, 2017

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

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

March 17, 2017

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

Major changes made to Visitor Visa applications for Chinese Applicants

February 01, 2017

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

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

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

February 01, 2017

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

Ecuador signs new Work and Holiday agreements with Australia

Ecuador signs new Work and Holiday agreements with Australia

February 01, 2017

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

 Australia introduces 4 new visa subclasses

Australia introduces 4 new visa subclasses

November 16, 2016

According to the Australian government, four new work visas will replace existing visas for work and training & research.