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Immigration Minister Declares Controversial ‘No Boats’ Policy a Success

April 28, 2014 Australia

The Australian government has declared its Operation Sovereign Borders policy has had a major impact on people smuggling illegal boat arrivals over the past four months. The policy is highly controversial, as it means any boats will be turned away and not allowed to land in Australia. The government has also stopped providing free immigration […]

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Assessment levels for foreign students in Australia simplified

April 18, 2014 Australia

International students considering applying to study at Australian universities are being reminded that the student visa Assessment Level Framework has been simplified. Since last month, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has removed AL4 and AL5 so that the framework now consists of three assessment levels, AL1 to AL3. AL1 represents the lowest […]

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Visa watch list criticised by Australia National Audit Office

April 17, 2014 Australia

The Central Movement Alert List (CMAL,) a kind of watch list used by the Department of Immigration to manage people arriving in Australia has been criticised in a new report. One of the main problems is that Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) staff cannot use a biometric data such as fingerprints and facial […]

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Tax payer funded immigration advice removed for illegal arrivals

April 2, 2014 Australia

The end of tax payer funded immigration advice for people arriving in Australia on illegal boats or by other means is set to save the country $100 million, it has been announced. As part of a wider policy to deter people from arriving in the country illegally by boat taxpayer funded immigration advice and assistance […]

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Credit card surcharge for visa payments delayed

March 31, 2014 Australia

The introduction of credit card surcharge fees for visas has been delayed with no new date being given, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has said. The charges were due to come into effect on 22 March but a spokesman confirmed this did not happen and a new date will be announced soon. […]

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Australia announces special bilateral visa for Cricket World Cup 2015

March 24, 2014 Australia

People travelling to Australia for the Cricket World Cup next year who also want to attend matches in New Zealand will be able to do so with one visa. Immigration minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that permitted travellers to both countries can apply for a bilateral visa for the duration of the sporting event in […]

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Australian immigration department to cut red tape

March 20, 2014 Australia

A number of regulatory changes are being made by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) in Australia as part of a wider government led initiative to cut red tape. These changes include streamlining the process for businesses that use the APEC Business Travel Card by reducing costs and helping facilitate small businesses travelling […]

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Review of significant investor visa in Australia announced

March 12, 2014 Australia

The Australian government has announced an internal review aimed at rebooting the significant investor visa (SIV) programme. According to assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, there have been ‘significant implementation issues’ with the visa programme. She said this had led to the progress of the programme being held up. ‘We want to […]

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Australia extends its electronic self-processing airport programme

March 5, 2014 Australia

Immigration in Australia is launching a trial to allow Singapore e-passport holders to use SmartGate self-processing facilities in the country’s eight major airports, it has been announced. The extension to Singaporean travellers will make them the sixth nation to use this state of the art technology. SmartGate is currently available to Australian, New Zealand and […]

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New advice for people on working holiday visas in Australia

March 3, 2014 Australia

The Department of Immigration in Australia has issued new travel advice for those planning to visit the country on a working holiday visa. It advises people to make sure they take out travel insurance before they arrive in Australia so that they are covered to pay for any medical treatment, loss or theft of personal […]

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Review of 457 visa programme announced

February 26, 2014 Australia

The subclass 457 visa programme in Australia, one of the most popular with overseas workers, is to be reviewed, it has been announced. Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, said that an independent review will be carried out in line with an election commitment. The visa programme has undergone a number of […]

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