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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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Regional Australia – Updates to RCB and Postcodes

Legislative Instrument – F2017L01460 – IMMI 17/059: Regional Certifying Bodies and Regional Postcodes Instrument 2017 This Instrument specifies the postcodes for the areas of Australia defined as regional Australia, for migration purposes. Relevant Regional Certifying Bodies (RCB) are also listed.   Regional Certifying Bodies  Schedule 1 of the Instrument indicates these changes to RCBs below. […]

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Changes to Visitor VISA Application Arrangements – Indonesia

Legislative Instrument – F2017L01454 – IMMI 17/124: Arrangements for Visitor (Class FA) Visa Applications Changes to the visitor visa application are only for Indonesian visitor visa applicants. All previous Instrument visa application arrangements remain the same. This specifies that Indonesian passport holders can now apply for their Subclass 600 visa application in the Tourist, Business […]

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VETASSES – Holiday Closures

RMAs should have received a VETASSES Important Updates e-mail directly this week. VETASSESS will be closed for the holiday period beginning Friday 22 December 2017. It will reopen on Wednesday, 3 January 2018. PROCESSING CUT-OFF DATES Cut-off date for Priority Processing is 5pm AEST, Monday, 11 December 2017. Cut off for all other skills assessments […]

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TO PAY OR NOT TO PAY FOR INITIAL MIGRATION ASSESSMENT AND INITIAL MIGRATION CONSULTATION

Australian Immigration Law is a constantly changing and complex. Therefore, Initial consultations with a registered migration agent are really important before you even think about lodging the visa yourself or through the agent so you can work out the best visa pathway for your needs. A registered migration Agent is constantly dealing with immigration legislation […]

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On A Bridging Visa And Have Travel Plans?

So, you’ve just lodged your 187 Visa and now you find yourself holding a Bridging Visa A (BVA). Its leading up to the holiday season and you figure, you deserved it and decide to go to Fiji for a bit of sun and relaxation. Maybe it’s time to visit loved ones back home and you […]

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Father To-Be Refused Visa Into Australia

You may have seen the sad case of Gold Coast couple Zoey and Alex after the Department of Immigration and Border Protection refused their most recent visa application. A pregnant Gold Coast woman says she will be forced to give birth without the baby’s father after he was refused a visa to re-enter Australia.#9News | […]

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BSMQ Update to QSOL: Temporary removal of some occupations

Please note that due to high numbers of EOIs, BSMQ will not be accepting any further EOIs from 22 August 2017 for the below occupations until further notice: 221111 Accountant (general) 261311 Analyst Programmer 263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer 262111 Database Administrator 261312 Developer Programmer 261111 ICT Business Analyst 313112 ICT Customer Support Officer […]

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10 Year Parent Visa for $20,000

Under a new visa, parents could stay for up to 10 years but would never be allowed to settle in Australia, and their children would need to pay for private health cover. Now up to 15,000 people each year will be able to pay anything from $5,000 to $20,000 to bring their parents to Australia […]

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