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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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Student Visa Assessment Levels

Australia’s current Student Visa programme grants visas for international students from over 190 countries. Having such a diverse range of applicants with different backgrounds, educational achievements and other individual situations is the reason that each student visa application to Australia, is assessed on an individual basis. Initially the application will be assessed and allocated to…

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What is the Business Innovation Visa?

The Business Innovation Visa is a programme tailored to encourage international entrepreneurs who are wanting to move to Australia to be in business.  The options they have under the Business Innovation Visa is: Establish a new business Manage an existing business Develop a new business The Business Innovation Visa SC188 (A) is a points tested…

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457 Work Visas Applications increase by 15%

Introduced in 1996, the 457 Work Visa to Australia allows skilled workers from overseas to work in Australia for up to four years.  The popularity of this visa scheme stems from the diversity of occupations on offer through the program.  Ranging from engineers to music directors, the occupations list has opened up opportunities for international…

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Changes to Skilled and Sponsored Occupations List

The 1st of July marks a day for a lot of changes to many government departments due to the recent federal budget.  There have been many changes to the immigration department relating to processing visa applications, application fees, terms of existing visas and so on. One such change that will impact a lot of applicants…

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How many people are migrating to Australia?

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection have released their annual report detailing exactly how many people visited and moved to Australia between 2013-2014.  The report allows the government to evaluate the required administrative infrastructure and also of any increase in one particular field of visitors/migrants. Across the board, the number of people coming to…

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Government moves to increase Chinese Tourism

A free trade agreement between Australia and China was officially signed earlier in the month cementing the Australian government’s commitment to increasing trade and tourism between the countries. The agreement was signed by Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb and Chinese Commerce Minister, Gao Hucheng.  Mr. Robb confirmed the benefit to the Australian economy…

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