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  1. Visas and immigration
    I read on a few websites that there are some Partner Visa changes upcoming but nobody is sure when they will come into effect. These changes would be very bad for me because my substantive visa would expire and it would make the process much more difficult (as the Sponsor would need to be...
  2. Visas and immigration
    The work and holiday visa programme allowing young people to travel, work and study in Australia has been expanded to allow more young people from various countries to participate. The arrangements are now in place for young people in Spain, Peru, Chile and Israel. The Australian Government...
  3. Visas and immigration
    Visa changes in Australia could see skilled workers sponsored by employers favoured rather than those who seek to arrive and find work on their own, says the nation's new Immigration Minister. David Coleman also indicated in a speech in Sydney that the likelihood of the number of student visas...
  4. Visas and immigration
    A new visa for start-up entrepreneurs seeking to establish a business in South Australia has been launched as part of a new pilot programme. The $400,000 programme aims to boost business growth in the state and investment, as well as increasing job opportunities by attracting entrepreneurs from...
  5. Visas and immigration
    The fact that it is now tougher to get a visa to work and live in Australia than it was a couple of years ago is the reason behind a 10% drop in immigration, according to the Government. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed that the number of people arriving in Australia has fallen...
  6. Visas and immigration
    Australia's population is undergoing change and it looks as if changes in visa policies are having an effect. The latest official figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that almost 85,000 people formally departed in the final three months of 2017, some 9,000 more than in...
  7. Jobs and work
    A new visa scheme to attract highly skilled talent, particularly in the technology sector, from around the globe and boost innovation has been announced by officials in Australia. According to Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge, the Australian Government recognises there...
  8. Visas and immigration
    Further clarification has been provided by the Australian Home Affairs Department on changes to the skilled temporary visa programme which come into force in March 2018. The changes relate to new applications that are made under the new Temporary Skilled Shortage (TSS) visas, a two year and a...
  9. 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...
  10. Visas and immigration
    New temporary visa schemes will be introduced in Australia within weeks with the popular 457 visa stream ceasing to exist in March. An official date for the changeover has still not been published but the plan is for the changed to take place in early March 2018. Both applicants and migration...
  11. Education
    The higher education sector in Australia is concerned about how changes to visa programmes will affect students from overseas who want to study in Australia. Nor is the industry sure how the creation of the new super Home Affairs Department will have an impact as it is just a few weeks since it...
  12. 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...
  13. Visas and immigration
    The Home Affairs Department in Australia is asking for submissions on what kind of people are needed to work in the country from overseas as part of its aim to make immigration stronger and more relevant. It is asking for opinions particularly relating to immigration in regional areas which...
  14. Visas and immigration
    The latest part of a wider modernisation of Australia's visa and citizenship services has been announced with officials claiming it will speed up applications. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has announced that application enquiry services currently done by workers in the UK, Canada and...
  15. International Travel
    Tourists are most likely to overstay their visa in Australia, followed by students, working holiday makers and temporary residents, according to a new report. Most of those who stay on in Australia once their visa has expired are from Malaysia, China, the United States and the UK, says the...
  16. Visas and immigration
    There is likely to be more strict controls on visas in Australia in 2018 with the Immigration Department introducing a new visa risk assessment programme. As well as helping to identify undesirables before they enter the country it is also good news for valid visa holders as it will make their...
  17. Visas and immigration
    A number of changes come into force for the new year in Australia affecting those who already live in the country and those planning to move in 2018. One of the biggest changes for people who want to move to Australia to work in 2018 relates to visas with the popular 457 visa stream ceasing to...
  18. Visas and immigration
    People apply for visas for Australia, including students and holidaymakers, are now subject to stricter rules relating to debt, behaviour, identity and fraud. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) introduced a number of new visa conditions and a breach of these can lead to...
  19. Visas and immigration
    Fewer permanent visas were granted for people moving to Australia in the 2016/2017 financial year, the latest official figures show. The data from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) shows that some 183,600 permanent visas were granted to for skilled workers and family...
  20. Visas and immigration
    I'm really confused as to which visa i should apply for. I gained 65 points via skill select and have filled in an expression of interest form and put Subclass 189 down as my preferred but I now understand that any state can select me, however I only want to go to Western Australia as that's...
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