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  1. Visas and 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...
  2. Jobs and work
    The Australian Government is seeking views on its proposed new entrepreneur visa which is being created as part of the country's National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). NISA includes a range of initiatives to drive prosperity by putting innovation and science at the centre of the...
  3. Visas and immigration
    A former Foreign Minister in Australia has called for the country's immigration programme to be cut by up to a half as he thinks population growth is changing the way of life. Bob Carr, also a former Premier of New South Wales, believes that a rising population on the eastern coast of the...
  4. Visas and immigration
    Australia's immigration department is seeking views on the Business Innovation and Investment Visa Programme and change due this month has been postponed. The BIIP was created in 2012 to attract high quality investors and entrepreneurs to Australia and includes the Investor Visa, the Business...
  5. 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...
  6. Visas and immigration
    Significant immigration policy reforms and visa initiatives in Australia are already generating more interest from people wishing to work in and visit the country. According to Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash, amendments to the Work and Holiday visa programme and enhanced Visitor...
  7. Visas and immigration
    The Australian government has signalled its intention to be tough on visa holders and citizens who are involved in criminal and terrorist activity. In the latest crackdown a New Zealand national with strong links to an outlaw motorcycle gang has been detained and had his visa revoked. The...
  8. Visas and immigration
    Australia is introducing new flexible residency arrangements for the Significant Investor Visa from the beginning of July, it has been confirmed. There will also be other changes from 01 July covering the entire Business Innovation and Investment Programme (BIIP) which was created to attract...
  9. Visas and immigration
    A national consultation on citizenship has been launched in Australia with the aim of strengthening the system against undesirables, particularly terrorists and potential terrorists. The Government intends to update the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 so dual nationals who engage in terrorism...
  10. 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...
  11. Visas and immigration
    The Australian government is being urged to reconsider a dramatic increase in the cost of visas for partners that takes effect on the first day of January 2015. According to the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA), the 50% increase in the visa application charge for those applying from...
  12. Visas and immigration
    Plans are underway to overhaul citizenship rules in Australia, which will make it tougher for those who want to make the country their permanent home. According to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), change is aimed at ensuring that those who want to become an Australian...
  13. Visas and immigration
    A visa for those wishing to work in Australia for a short period of time in a highly specialised job has been extended from three months to six months. The Temporary Work Short Stay Activity Visa (Subclass 400) is a dedicated visa for those seeking to enter and stay in Australia for non-ongoing...
  14. Visas and immigration
    Proposed government changes to the Migration Act are incompatible with Australia's human rights obligations, it is claimed. A report from the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights is highly critical of the changes and says they put Australia at odds with international human rights law. A...
  15. Visas and immigration
    Australia's work and holiday visa programme has been extended further, with Israel becoming the latest country to sign an agreement. This means that young people from Israel and Australia will be able to apply for working holiday visas, which entitles them to take an extended holiday in each...
  16. Visas and immigration
    Australia's 457 visa programme for skilled migrants is to be reformed with strong safeguards against abuse, the government has announced. In a joint statement, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Minister for Industry Ian McFarlane and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison said...
  17. Jobs and work
    Farmers in Western Australia want the country's visa system to be changed to allow them to repeat hire overseas workers on a seasonal basis. Every year the farmers need seasonal staff to work during busy periods such as seed time and harvest but finding local people for short term work can be...
  18. Visas and immigration
    The recommendations from the Independent Review into the much-talked-about Australian 457 visa programme have been broadly welcomed. The report, titled Robust New Foundations, contains 22 recommendations which will now be considered by the government. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has...
  19. Visas and immigration
    The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has announced a review into Australia's border related fees, charges, visas and taxes on behalf of the Immigration minister. Each year, border agencies collect around $3 billion in revenue from border related fees and charges. This is...
  20. Visas and immigration
    Proposals to reform Australian's 457 visa programme are balanced and measured and are aimed at giving businesses access to the skilled workers they need to grow their businesses, according to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. Giving a speech to mark the one year anniversary of the current...
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