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)

Engineers Migration

By |January 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Engineers Australia have modernised their assessment process to recognise people as Engineers when they obtain an Australian Master’s Engineering degree (after a non-engineering Bachelor’s degree overseas). Previously Engineers Australia would only recognise people with a

Work and Holiday

By |January 17th, 2016|0 Comments

The Minister for Immigration has announced that the Slovak Republic and Slovenia are the latest countries to have a work and holiday visa arrangement with Australia, joining a number of other countries including Argentina, Bangladesh,

Australia – quality of life

By |December 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Australia has been ranked as the second-best country in the world for its quality of life by a UN report that assessed economic, education and life-expectancy data. The top three rankings, Norway, Australia and Switzerland,

This is the Best time to be an Australian

By |December 12th, 2015|0 Comments

In 2016, the Government will introduce a new Entrepreneur visa to attract innovators to Australia.  The new visa assists highly educated and talented foreign students to remain in Australia.  Graduates with science, technology, engineering, ICT, and

Paying for Sponsorship

By |December 5th, 2015|0 Comments

The Migration Amendment (Charging for a Migration Outcome) Act 2015 recently received Royal Assent.   This law introduces criminal and civil penalties for a person to ask for, receive, offer, or provide payment in return

Cap and Cease Challenge

By |October 30th, 2015|0 Comments

There are enough people adversely affected by the Government's Cap-and-Cease determination to cause some Government MPs concern. Many of those affected are Australian Citizens whose relative's rights have been trashed by the former Assistant Minister

Cap and Cease Disgrace

By |September 26th, 2015|0 Comments

This week the Federal Government announced they have deemed thousands of skilled migration applications "not to have been made". Most of these applicants have been waiting seven years for their applications to be decided. These applicants

English level for 457 visas

By |September 4th, 2015|0 Comments

The current 457 English test requirements are: IELTS – overall 5 (minimum 4.5 in each component) – single sitting; CAE – overall 154 (minimum 147 in each component) – single sitting – test taken on

Important Migrant Statistics

By |August 30th, 2015|0 Comments

According to the Migration Council of Australia (paper 1 2015) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics , 6.6 million Australians are migrants (28 per cent). The education of migrants since year 2000, is on average

Visa Labels

By |August 30th, 2015|0 Comments

As from 1 September 2015, the Australian government will no longer issue any visa labels. All visa will be issued and recorded electronically. All visa records are stored on a central database in Australia which

Defacto Couples

By |June 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Defacto couples do not necessarily have to live together in order to meet the Migration definition of a partner couple.  Defacto couples living apart may be able to meet the migration partner criteria as defined by

Subclass 886 Applications Processing

By |June 12th, 2015|0 Comments

It appears that many of the old subclass 886 applications have started re-processing. This is very welcome news for those applicants that have had their permanent residency applications on hold by the Immigration Department for

Australian Boarder Force

By |June 6th, 2015|0 Comments

As from 1 July 2015, the Immigration department will be known as Australian Boarder Force. The legislation to effect this change was passed by Parliament on 14 May 2015. The new department combines the Department

Worker Exploitation Crackdown

By |May 24th, 2015|0 Comments

The Assistant Minister for Immigration has reported the following statements with respect to cracking down on worker exploitation:   A Darwin-based company has been fined over $175,000 for breaching sponsorship obligations under the subclass 457

Good news for overseas students

By |April 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Instrument IMMI 15 / 062, commencing 18 April 2015 provides that Immigration have lowered the minimum English language test scores for the Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476) and Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visas.  Applicants