Welcome to AustraliaForum.com

by mfafadmin on October 31, 2008

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Thank you for visiting the new look Australia Forum. You can now access the forums section from here or by clicking any of the links on the right. Our aim is to become one of the best web resources for emigrating and moving to Australia. We provide members with content and a community to help through the long Australian immigration process and settle into your new life overseas. The site is organised into 2 main parts – the forums and the articles. You can access either section using the navigation menu at the top or the right of the site. Enjoy the Australia Forum and we are really thankful to have you here as part of our community.

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Thumbnail image for Singapore woman embraces Australian citizenship 30 years after arrival

Singapore woman embraces Australian citizenship 30 years after arrival

August 29, 2014 Australia Immigration

Not everyone who moves to Australia wants to become an Australian citizen, but for those who do it is not always a decision that happens quickly. Sometimes, it can be a life event that prompts the urge to become a citizen. But for Rachel Low of Singapore, it took 30 years for her to make [...]

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Australia and US to share immigration information

August 28, 2014 Australia Immigration

Australia and the United States have signed an agreement that establishes a framework for information sharing between the two countries on immigration. This is in the context of the enforcement and administration of the countries’ respective immigration laws and visa arrangements. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said that once specific information sharing arrangements have been developed [...]

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Demand for popular but controversial 457 Australian visa falls

August 27, 2014 Australia Immigration

Demand for 457 visas, the most common visa for overseas workers that allows them the right to work and live in Australia for four years, has fallen. There were 40% fewer applications for the 457 visa from foreign workers in the last financial year with numbers actually falling below 50,000. In particular, there was a [...]

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Diversity of Australian population revealed by new research

August 26, 2014 Australia Immigration

New research reveals just how diverse the population of Australia is, with the country’s population represented by 252 distinct places of birth. While most people living in the country are Australians, the next most popular country of birth is England, with 900,000 people coming from that country, followed by New Zealand with 483,000. But even [...]

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Employers in Northern Australia to get concessions on overseas workers

August 25, 2014 Jobs in Australia

Skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers looking for work in North and West Australia could find it easier to be sponsored for a 457 visa under new arrangements to combat serious job shortages. The federal government is set to make it easier for employers across Northern Australia to import guest workers as local people leave their [...]

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Research reveals vulnerabilities of Irish expats in Australia

August 22, 2014 Australia Immigration

Young Irish people who left their homeland during the economic crisis to seek a new life in Australia have not always seen their dreams fulfilled, new research suggests. It is estimated that around 200,000 expats have left Ireland since the recession hit in 2008, many of them young professionals, but many now face isolation and [...]

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Volunteers needed to test new customs ‘eGates’ at Brisbane airport

August 21, 2014 Australia Travel

Volunteers travelling by air from Australia are being sought as part of a new trial of eGates which will eventually allow passengers to go through passport control faster and more efficiently. The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, together with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, are currently trialling the eGates at Brisbane International [...]

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New visa arrangements for children in detention in Australia

August 20, 2014 Immigration Documentation

The Australian government has announced new measures that will enable more children to be released onto bridging visas from detention and save taxpayers more than $50 million. The government has finalised new bridging visa arrangements that it says will provide greater protection and support for young children aged under 10 and their families that will [...]

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Australia makes it easier to take citizenship test outside capital cities

August 19, 2014 Australia

People living in some areas of regional Australia can now sit the Australian Citizenship test at their local Centrelink or Medicare Service Centres, it has been announced. A new partnership between the departments of immigration and human services means that it will be easier for people living in regional areas across Australia to sit the [...]

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Thumbnail image for Stalled wealthy visa stream in Australia could see rules relaxed

Stalled wealthy visa stream in Australia could see rules relaxed

August 18, 2014 Australia Immigration

Visa rules for wealthy people looking to move to Australia could be relaxed in a bid to attract more and clear a current back log of applications. The Significant Investor visa was introduced 18 months ago with the specific aim of attracting more wealthy people to invest and live in Australia. However, according to migration [...]

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Assistant minister protests claims 457 visa programme is riddled with fraud

August 15, 2014 Australia Immigration

Australia’s Assistant Minister for Immigration has hit out at rhetoric surrounding claims that the country’s skilled visa programme is not fit for purpose. Michaelia Cash claims that opposition politicians and trade unions are exaggerating allegations that the visa system is riddled with fraud after news media revealed details from a report under freedom of information. [...]

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