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International students could face higher fees for TAFE courses in Australia

June 16, 2016 Education in Australia

International students studying for certain Technical and Further Education (TAFE) qualifications in Australia could face paying higher fees. In the run up to the general election in July it has been revealed that the Labour Party has plans to charge students thousands of dollars in upfront course fees which would affect both domestic and overseas […]

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Leaving the EU would bring the UK and Australia closer, it is suggested

June 14, 2016 Australia Immigration

Australia and the UK would be brought closer together if British people vote to leave the European Union later this month, it is claimed. The referendum on leaving the EU takes place in 23 June and much of the arguments surrounding the Leave and Remain campaigns are related to the economy and immigration. A key […]

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Australians confused over immigration in run up to general election, polls suggest

June 9, 2016 Australia Immigration

Immigration is becoming a major issue ahead of the general election in Australia in July with views being expressed that the country should be tougher on who it allows to enter the country. There has always been a divide between those who welcome highly skilled workers and those who believe they should not take the […]

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People with visa issues in Australia urged to contact immigration dept

May 17, 2016 Australia Immigration

People in Australia who have overstayed their visa or have a bridging visa are being encouraged to take advice to sort out their situation. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) points out that it has a Community Status Resolution Service (CSRS) which is free and works with people who need to resolve issues […]

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British pensioners leaving Australia because of increased costs

May 16, 2016 Australia Immigration

Increasing costs, especially for medical cover, are affecting retired British expats in Australia, with some speaking out about having to leave the country as a result. Retired British expats in Australia receive their state pensions but they are not increased in line with inflation as they are in other countries such as France and Spain. […]

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Australia announces next step in visa security programme

May 13, 2016 Australia Immigration

Visa applicants will come under greater scrutiny in Australia with the announcement of a new risk assessment system to weed out undesirable or risky people. The new visa risk assessment capability will be created inside in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) with more details being readily available to officials. Immigration Minister Peter […]

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Australia announces two new visa options for Singaporeans

May 10, 2016 Australia Immigration

Two new visa initiatives are being introduced that will enhance tourism, youth mobility and business links between Australia and Singapore. The new visa arrangements have been developed as part of the Australia-Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and the two countries have agreed to implement a Work and Holiday visa arrangement for young adults from both countries. […]

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Campaign launched to attract more farmers to Tasmania

May 2, 2016 Australia Immigration

The Australian state of Tasmania has launched an international campaign to attract dairy farmers from around the world to move to the island off the country’s south coast. DairyTas, part of the Australian farmers organisation Dairy Australia, is particularly interested in farmers from the UK and officials will be visiting in May to persuade young […]

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Campaign launched for regional visa for Australia and New Zealand

April 25, 2016 Australia Travel

People visiting Australia often end up travelling to New Zealand too and need separate visas for both countries but now a joint travel document could become a reality. Tourism heads from both countries have launched a campaign for a joint visa and point out that successful events like the Cricket World Cup last year where […]

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New simpler system for overseas students will be in place soon in Australia

April 22, 2016 Australia

The number of student visa types available for international applicants studying in Australia will be reduced from eight to two as from July 2016. Under a series of changes announced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) the new simplified international student visa programme will have the Subclass 500 (Student) and Subclass 590 […]

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Visa changes for Chinese nationals set to make it easier to visit and study in Australia

April 15, 2016 Australia Immigration

Australia to make changes to visa applications for Chinese people in a bid to entice more of them to visit the country for pleasure and business and to study. Under plans being drawn up the number of visa categories could be reduced from eight to two to make it easier for Chinese students to study […]

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