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  1. Visas and immigration
    More visa change is likely in Australia this year as Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has signalled that further structural changes are under consideration of a system that is too complex. He said that the public consultation last year on reducing the number of visas from 99 to around 10...
  2. Visas and immigration
    Australia will continue to pursue a policy of cancelling the visas of people who commit serious crimes, the Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed. Nationally almost 1,200 non-citizens had their visas cancelled and faced deportation from Australia in 2017. (Luap...
  3. Visas and immigration
    The new Home Affairs super ministry is now in place in Australia with Peter Dutton, former immigration minister, at the helm of the Government department taking care of immigration, law enforcement and security. Dutton said it is a significant change at a time when Australia is facing a growing...
  4. Visas and immigration
    Signs are emerging that stricter and tougher rules for becoming a citizen in Australia being proposed by the Government could be watered down. Changes planned by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, particularly a harder English test and increasing the residency qualification from the current one...
  5. Visas and immigration
    Australia's immigration minister has defended the nation's hard line immigration policy and revealed that officials check incomers at offshore airports. Immigration minister Peter Dutton said that while legitimate workers and visitors are welcome in Australia, the country should not shy away...
  6. Visas and immigration
    The Australian Government has repeated that people who move to the country and break the law will be forced to leave and they are doing so in unprecedented numbers. The latest figures show that 2,847 foreign born criminals have been deported since 2014 on the grounds that their activities meant...
  7. Visas and immigration
    The Australian Government is to create a new UK style Home Office that will be responsible for immigration, including visas, border protection, domestic security and law enforcement. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the new Home Affairs portfolio will be similar to the Home Office in...
  8. Visas and immigration
    Questions that Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton plans to introduce for people applying to become an Australian citizen have been questioned as being unsuitable, and in some cases potentially discriminatory. It has been reported that the new values test that all applicants will be...
  9. Visas and immigration
    The latest tough immigration stance announced in Australia will affect people who have arrived by boat in recent years who have been told they must prove they are genuine refugees to be deported. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has set a deadline of 01 October for about 7,500 of the 50,000...
  10. Visas and immigration
    Immigration and visa rules are set to continue to be major topics in Australia with calls continuing for a tightening up of the system but economists are backing growth. American President Donald Trump has just praised Australia's point-based immigration system but there are plenty of people in...
  11. Visas and immigration
    The time that someone with a 457 visa in Australia can stay in the country after their employment is finished is being reduced from 90 days to 60 days. In a couple of days' time, from 19 November 2016, the change will be activated, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has announced, affecting...
  12. Visas and immigration
    The integrity of Australia's visa system has been strengthened by the passage of legislation prohibiting people from receiving payment in return for sponsoring temporary and permanent foreign workers. The Migration Amendment (Charging for a Migration Outcome) Bill outlaws conduct involving...
  13. International Travel
    There has always been a special relationship between New Zealanders and Australians with citizens often living and working in each other's countries. But that 'special family' relationship is in danger of being destroyed according to campaigners who are against the new rules in Australia which...
  14. Visas and immigration
    Peter Dutton has been sworn in as Australia's new immigration minister following a government cabinet reshuffle. Dutton, who has moved from the health department, is a former police detective and described as a tough, no nonsense individual. New immigration minister Peter Dutton has already...
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