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  1. Visas and immigration
    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...
  2. Visas and immigration
    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...
  3. Visas and immigration
    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...
  4. Visas and immigration
    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...
  5. Visas and immigration
    Carers for the aged should be included in Australia's skilled occupation list for overseas visa applicants because of a severe shortage in the profession, it is claimed. Australia's Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan has requested that the Minister for Immigration consider including...
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    A decision by the recently elected government in Australia to turn back boat loads of immigration seekers and prevent them from landing in the country is already being hailed a success. The latest Operation Sovereign Borders weekly update reveals that for 50 days there has not been a single...
  7. Visas and immigration
    Too many cooks are spoiling the immigration broth in Australia, as figures show they received more visas than any other group of workers last year. The Department of Immigration and Border Control's 2012/2013 Migration Programme Report shows that more than 8,000 cooks were granted permanent...
  8. 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...
  9. Visas and immigration
    Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has asked for all visa decision cases based on character to be referred to him after two high profile cases involving visa holders with criminal records created a rash of headlines. Morrison wants to take personal responsibility for visa...
  10. Visas and immigration
    A critical shortage of skills continues to fuel costs, hinder growth and constrain productivity improvement in many enterprises in Australia, it is claimed. Looking abroad to find skilled workers is relatively straightforward but actually getting them into Australia and on the job can be...
  11. Visas and immigration
    There could be more jobs created in the Australian state of Victoria in the mining sector due to reforms that aim to cut red tape. The mining, oil and gas sectors are popular with expat workers whose expertise is often needed, but Victoria has been regarded as lagging behind other regions...
  12. Visas and immigration
    An enforceable behaviour code is now a condition of bridging visas being granted in Australia in a bid to reduce the number of illegal arrivals who are released into the community. Scott Morrison, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, said that the previous government was forced to...
  13. Visas and immigration
    The Australian government has taken further action to deny permanent visas to those who have arrived in Australia illegally by boat, it has been announced. In December 2013 there have been 355 illegal maritime arrivals on seven boats - a 70% decline from last December. Following a decision...
  14. Visas and immigration
    The government of the state of Victoria in Australia has launched an online service to connect newly arrived skilled migrants and overseas qualified professionals with employers. The service allows overseas qualified professionals to profile their skills, qualifications and experience for...
  15. Visas and immigration
    A trade union in Australia is speaking out about unscrupulous employers who recruit foreign workers as a cheap source of labour and pay unfair wages. The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has written to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison calling on him to help a group of...
  16. Visas and immigration
    A new partnership has been announced by Australia and Switzerland which will see the two countries increase people to people links, trade, investment and cooperation on global and economic issues. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter announced...
  17. Visas and immigration
    New measures to take effect early next year will simplify student visas for overseas applicants seeking to study in the country. The new government says that it wants to attract more of the best overseas students and make Australian higher education one of the country's most important economic...
  18. Visas and immigration
    The annual report from Australia's immigration department has reignited a debate over the number of visas being granted, particularly to young people from abroad eager to work in the country. The debate highlights the opposing sides of the argument regarding how many people should be allowed to...
  19. Visas and immigration
    The last 12 months have seen unprecedented change for immigration officials in Australia and visa applicants in a challenging environment. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship's 2012/2013 annual report details a busy year of activity including its change of name to the Department of...
  20. Visas and immigration
    Visa applicants are being warned to avoid unscrupulous migration agencies who are targeting people interested in migrating to Australia. The repeated warning follows complaints which have recently resurfaced about AUSFIS, an offshore web based migration agency which is alleged to have induced...
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