July, 2015
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Should foreigners be able to buy their way into Australia?

This is the question being asked on the back of the Australian governments latest proposal due to be released as a draft recommendation in November this year. The proposal is recommending a review of how much the immigration entry charges can influence a foreigner’s likelihood on being granted a visa to Australia. The proposal will […]

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International students contribute to surge in 457 Visa applications to Australia

The popularity of the 457 Visa program continues to grow with applicants from India, Britain and China leading the charge by accounting for over 50% of the applications.  The figures which were released recently by the Australian Department of Immigration have also highlighted that more than 25% of applications are made from students and backpackers […]

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Bill Shorten proposes Australian government to accept more refugees.

“I want us to accept more refugees, and treat refugees more humanely.” Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten has caused a stir during his speech at Saturday’s ALP National Conference by addressing the controversial issue of refugees and asylum seeker boats.  Mr Shorten has outlined a number of proposed changes to immigration policies and implored members […]

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New migration program suggested to boost population

Agricultural groups as well as over 20 other industry groups are encouraging the Australian government to consider allowing a new migration program through parliament.  This proposed program is focusing on the regions and states of Australia which are experiencing noticeable skill shortages.  If the new program is approved it would allow these areas to employ […]

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Government cracks down on real estate agents for foreign investors

It’s no secret that the property market in Australia is booming when it comes to foreign investors. Sydney and Melbourne in particular are under the spotlight as Chinese investors snap up properties for their investment portfolio.  This property boom has come at a cost with prices in the two major cities expected to continue to […]

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Engineers Australia announce new scheme including 457 Visa applicants

The 457 visa scheme is one of the most popular programmes used by overseas professionals to live and work in Australia. The Australian government is a big advocate for the scheme due to the number of skilled and talented workers it attracts to fill the void of workers in particular industries. However, one particular industry […]

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Visiting Australia – what you should know

Australia is a popular destination for travel.  Whether it be for sight-seeing, business, visiting family, work opportunities or study, your journey to Australia should be as smooth as possible. In order for that to happen here’s a few tips on things you should check before you pack your bags for the Land Down Under. Ensure […]

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New Agency targets Illegal workers

A newly formed specialist team who has only been in operation since the 1st of July 2015, has claimed it’s first victory for the immigration department.  The Australian Border Force (ABF) was established with the primary aim of maintaining border protection and security duties. The ABF has already proved it’s worth by identifying 12 illegal […]

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Business Innovation and Investment Programme under review

The Business Investment and Innovation Visa has been the topic of conversation at the Department of Immigration with the department putting a hold on it’s proposed change to the Business Innovation and Investment Programme  (BIIP). The changes which were due to come into effect on the 1st of July involved an amendment to the ‘pass […]

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Department announces over 190,000 permanent migration places

The new 2015-2016 federal budget has kicked in and with it comes the confirmation of just under 200,000 spaces available for permanent migrants to Australia. The available spaces come through a variety of visa’s with the majority of the spots being allocated to skilled migrant schemes. The exact break-down of the available permanent visas to […]

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