Don’t Whistle While You Work!

By |August 17th, 2019|0 Comments

For six years to 2012, an employee of the Department of Immigration, tweeted approximately 9000 times. The tweets were from her own device. The tweets were critical of immigration policies. The Department found the employee

New Skilled Migration Pathways

By |June 1st, 2019|0 Comments

With the return of government at the recent election, it is now very likely the Department will introduce two skilled regional visas, subclass 494 and subclass 491. These new visa will come into effect from

Family Members Redefined

By |March 12th, 2017|0 Comments

In November 2016, legislation redefined the age limit of dependent children for certain visa types. The new definition is more restrictive on adult aged children. Rather than look at each situation on the facts in

Student Visa Cancellation

By |March 10th, 2017|0 Comments

During the last 12 months, the Immigration Department have increased the number of Student visa cancellations. The Department are using powers under section 116 to cancel student visas onshore, and using powers under section 128

This is the Real Australia

By |November 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Australia has absorbed an estimated 10 million settlers since the First Fleet arrived in 1788. The majority of these settlers, some seven million, have come to Australia since 1945. The migration program has favoured skilled migrants over

Extra points for skilled research students

By |September 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Under law Migration Regulation - F2016L01391, skilled applicants can now obtain five extra points for completing an Australian PhD or Masters (Research). This requires two years full time study in the following fields: Biological Sciences Chemical Sciences

Migration year – quota reset

By |July 10th, 2016|0 Comments

The new migration year commencement on 1 July means that most federal and state migration quota limits are reset.   Therefore many state occupation restrictions are now available. Many potential skilled migrants may now have

New Student Visa Laws Start Today

By |July 1st, 2016|0 Comments

The newstudent visa framework (SSVF)   Key changes are:   international students have a single type of visa (subclass 500), regardless of their chosen course of study new Student Guardian (subclass 590) visa online lodgement

New Skilled Occupation List

By |May 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Under Legislative Instrument - IMMI 16/059 - F2016L00800, the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) which will come into effect 1 July 2016.     Occupations moved from SOL to CSOL 233611  Mining Engineers (excluding Petroleum)