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Planning on Attending the 2018 Commonwealth Games? Use a Registered Migration Agent to Get Your Visa in Time.

With less than 4 months to go until the 2018 Commonwealth Games hits the Gold Coast, there will likely be a late scramble for Australian tourist visas. Give yourself peace-of-mind and don’t get caught out by applying with adequate time beforehand. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will take place from the 4th to 15th of […]

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Visa Changes for Applicants in Same-sex Relationships

As of 9th December 2017, following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia, you may apply for a visa as your partner’s ‘spouse’ if you are in a same-sex marriage. These same-sex marriage changes mean you can apply as your partner’s ‘spouse’ as opposed to their ‘de facto partner’. The following Partner visas are affected […]

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Be Sure to Check When your Travel Facility

Australian permanent residents planning on travelling outside the country should check when their travel facility expires before going.  Although having an Australian permanent visa allows you to live in Australia indefinitely, your visa travel facility only lasts for a specified period. This is important to bear in mind even if you are only planning to […]

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Green Motion Disallowing Tougher Regulations on Visa Applications has passed the Senate

Tough new regulations which revoke visas from migrants who provided false or misleading information on their Australian visa applications, have been rejected by the Senate. The Green party had submitted a motion to disallow the regulations, which also covered application mistakes, and this passed the upper house on Tuesday 31-29. Had the regulations passed, the […]

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Australia’s Visa System Modernisation Reforms – Mygration

Visa simplification The Home Affairs Department has been tasked by the Australian Government to simplify the country’s visa system. The purpose is to make the system easier to understand and navigate, as well as being more responsive to Australia’s economic, social and security interests. Migration to Australia on all types of visas is constantly increasing, […]

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Skilled Visa E-news

Changes to Eligible Postcodes in Regional Australia  Regional boundary changes for Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) As of 17 November 2017, a new legislative instrument (IMMI/059) commenced. This amends the geographic boundaries for RSMS to exclude Perth and surrounding area. The list of Regional Certifying Bodies (RCBs) has also been updated. Due to these changes, […]

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A Big State With Even Bigger Business Potential

With a diverse and rejuvenated economy, Queensland is again becoming one of the leading powerhouses of the Australian economy. It is currently entering a transitional period, and the economy is expected to exceed national growth over the coming years with the top-performing sectors being in agriculture, construction, resources, tourism, manufacturing and services. For entrepreneurs with […]

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Two-year period of transition – Migration Agents Bill Regulation

A media release provided by the Hon. Alex Hawke MP, clarifies the announcement on the transitional period for lawyers with restricted practising licences, which was made at last week’s MIA National Conference. The Federal Government is expecting the lawyers to be removed from the Migration Agents Regulatory Authority (MARA) regulatory system starting 1 July 2018. […]

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Two Year Transition Update for Lawyers wanting to Practice in Migration Law

A media release provided by the Hon. Alex Hawke MP, clarifies the announcement on the transitional period for lawyers with restricted practising licences, which was made at last week’s MIA National Conference. The Federal Government is expecting the lawyers to be removed from the Migration Agents Regulatory Authority (MARA) regulatory system starting 1 July 2018. […]

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Grandfathering provisions 457 to ENS/RSMS Announced

DIBP Fact Sheet Two: Reforms to Australia’s permanent skilled migration program This update provides advice on the grandfathering provisions for holders of Subclass 457 visas up until 18 April 2017. These visa holders can access certain existing provisions under the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream: Occupation requirements remain the same There are no restrictions if […]

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