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  1. Visas and immigration
    Hi all I wonder if any of you can help. I was in Aus back in 2020 and had to leave when the pandemic hit due to losing my job and not being able to get any support from the government. I was always planning to return and last year they announced that if you left Aus due to covid you would...
  2. Visas and immigration
    Hi everyone, I am going to Colombia for vacation over the Christmas holidays and I have read on the Department of Health website( Department of Health | Yellow fever - general fact sheet) that "If you are arriving in Australia from a yellow fever risk country but do not hold a vaccination...
  3. Visas and immigration
    Hi Everyone, My partner and I (Australian Citizen) am planning to travel to Australia with her on a tourist visa and may apply for a partner visa once we arrive. My partner's tourist visa has already been approved without any problems. We have been living overseas for the past few years and I...
  4. Visas and immigration
    Australia's attitude to immigration is not that different from that of new American President Donald Trump with an analysis of recent policy suggesting that the country is far tougher than many might think. According to legal experts, border control policies in both countries amount to a...
  5. Visas and immigration
    The new Australian Border Force has announced its first 'victory' in combatting illegal immigration with a successful operation in Queensland. Some 12 people working illegally in the horticultural industry in Bundaberg from Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong have been detained after they were found...
  6. Visas and immigration
    The new Australian Border Force, the front-facing arm of Australia's Department of Immigration, is now in place with the inauguration of its first commissioner at a ceremony in Canberra. Roman Quaedvlieg heads up the ABF, which is being hailed as 'a world class' organisation aiming to make the...
  7. Visas and immigration
    From the beginning of July 2015 the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) is combining with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, creating the new Australian Border Force. It means that information will be available on a new website and email addresses will...
  8. Visas and immigration
    The merging of Australia's Customs and Immigration departments will lead to the introduction of cutting edge technologies to deal with border control and immigration. These are expected to include advanced analytics, biometrics, CCTV and traveller border clearance as well as facial recognition...
  9. International Travel
    Customs officers at Australian airports will be armed from the beginning of July, the new immigration minister Peter Dutton has announced. Customs and border protection officers will be permitted to carry "personal defensive equipment", which includes firearms, while on duty at Australian...
  10. Visas and immigration
    A new Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been announced by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot. Michael Pezzullo, currently chief executive officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), will take up his position on Monday 13 October...
  11. Visas and immigration
    Australian borders have just become tougher for those who may pose a risk with the opening of a new National Border Targeting Centre (NBTC), which will operate round the clock. It brings together nine border, law enforcement, national intelligence and regulatory partner agencies to analyse and...
  12. Visas and immigration
    The Australian government has announced sweeping changes to immigration and border protection that will see the creation of a new customs agency. From 01 July 2015, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will be merged...
  13. Visas and immigration
    An extra $88 million of funding has been announced to increase screening and examination of international mail, air cargo and sea cargo in Australia. The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) will receive the money in a change of political policy as the previous government...
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