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A country in waiting – Australian election

The polling booths have officially closed for the 2016 Australian Federal Election, but 4 days on the country seems to be no closer in announcing the government and Prime Minister who will run the country. With the official voting day announced as the 2nd of July, the nation is still in waiting for the announcement…

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Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) introduced by Australian Government

On the 1st of July 2016 the Australian Government announced that the official roll out of their Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) had begun allowing international students an easier and more streamlined way to apply for visas to study in Australia. The news has been welcomed by visa applicants, learning institutions and migration agents due…

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Call for investigation on fraudulent Australian visas

Unscrupulous migration agents and fraudulent visa applicants are in the spotlight this week after a recent investigation presented by the ABC 7:30 Fairfax media program highlighted many issues of concern for the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. “Numerous investigations [by the department] revealed massive fraud within our Student, Skilled Migration, 457 programs.” Said…

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The aftermath – How Brexit will affect Australia

The world watched as the announcement was made that Britain was no longer part of Europe as the Brexit votes were counted. The domino affect to economies and immigration around the world was in play even before the announcement with the stock market and many banks suspending trade with the British pound for the 24…

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Brexit and the EU – Britain’s deciding vote

It’s been a turbulent time in the United Kingdom over the past few months as the Brexit debate has swept through the nation.  Emotions and political campaigns have been running high and came to a peak with the tragic murder of MP Jo Cox who was attacked during a speech encouraging voters to remain as…

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Brexit and what it could mean for immigration laws

Over the past few decades in particular, the world has become a much ‘smaller’ place in terms of accessibility in travel, technology, immigration and international trading which is why the world is watching and waiting for the decision millions of Britons will make on the 23rd of June. The term ‘Brexit’ was the simple combination…

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Gold Coast Retail boom boosts employment

It has been a busy time for retailers and shoppers alike, especially on the Gold Coast where three major shopping centres have undergone transformations and refurbishments. According to Local business directory Local Suburb the biggest one on the calendar was Pacific Fair with it’s big unveiling of a $670 million redevelopment of it’s centre earlier…

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Department targets illegitimate ‘genuine positions’

When applying for the popular 457 visa allowing you to live and work in Australia, you need to be able to approve that the job you will be doing is in fact a ‘genuine position.’ As defined by the Department of Immigration a genuine position is a job that has been advertised in Australia and…

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Why Australia is asking for a new entrepreneur visa

Chris Bailey, the COO of start-up company ‘Disrupt’ is making headlines for his recent detention in a Sydney detention centre after returning to Australia from a conference in America. The incident raised several flaws in the immigration system and further cemented the need for a review of the proposed new entrepreneur visa to prevent any…

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What is the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List?

If you are looking at working in Australia there are a lot of options to consider – many of which depends on your skill set and experience.  There are many opportunities available to work in Australia with a number of options such as: Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 Permanent Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass…

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