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House of Parliament approves new amendment for a Character and General Visa Cancellation Bill

A unanimous vote was recently passed by both Houses of Parliament for new migration amendments allowing Visas to be cancelled on the grounds of character test provisions (Schedule 1) or general Visa cancellation powers (Schedule 2) under the current Migration Act. The government explained the purpose behind this amendment was to ‘strengthen powers to refuse…

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China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Announced

The negotiations have been long but it looks like the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) has finally been announced.  Securing this agreement has given Australia access to a strong and beneficial trifecta of economies. Korea, Japan and now China account for more than 60% of Australia’s exports and make up Australia’s three largest export markets.…

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New English Language Testing for Visa applications

There will be significant changes coming in to effect as of the 23rd of November (this Sunday) in regards to the testing and test scores to assess and specify the proficiency of the English language for Visa applicants to Australia. Any Visa applicant who lodges their application on and after the 23rd of November will…

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Brisbane Farwells the G20 Summit

Last weekend Brisbane city, the capital of Queensland Australia played host to 20 of the worlds most influential leaders at the 2014 G20 Summit.  Amongst the leaders that attended the summit were President Barack Obama, President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister David Campbell and President Xi Jinping.  The priorities that were listed on the G20 agenda this…

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Streamlined Visa Processing Extended to Student Visas

From the 23rd of November, it’s going to be a whole lot easier for overseas students to study in Australia.  The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison, announced earlier in the week the intention to allow an additional 55 education providers to the list of study institutions eligible for the Streamlined Visa Processing…

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Professional Accounting Associations accept TOEFL

The Test Of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL is a world recognised system designed to test the ability and skill level of the applicants understanding of the English language.  The test has been taken by over 27 million people around the world. There are many reasons why international residents take the TOEFL and…

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Australian Government proposes new Premium Investment Visa

The Australian government is in the process of discussing and reviewing the proposal for a new Visa which is specifically aimed at international investors whom can meet a $15 million threshold of eligible investment in Australia. The proposed Premium Investment Visa (PIV) differs from the current Significant Investment Visa (SIV) as it offers a more…

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Applications for NSW Skilled Migration Program closes for 2014

The New South Wales Government have received a huge response to the recent increase of it’s Skilled Migration program from 600 to 4000 available places. Not only has this increase made this NSW Skilled Migration program the largest in Australia but it is has tested the system for it’s efficiency and ability in processing such…

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ACT Announces Criteria Change For Limited Occupations

At the beginning of October the ACT Small Business and Skills Department confirmed with registered Australian migration agents that the guidelines and criteria have been revised for what was previously listed as ‘Limited’ in The ACT Occupation List for the Skilled Nominated (190) Visa. As of the 1st October 2014, that the ‘Limited’ occupations is…

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Australia’s Work-Travel Visa Deal Confirmed with Israel

Australia is following in the footsteps of New Zealand, Germany and South Korea with the governments recent agreement with Israel releasing 500 work-travel Visas allowing young Israeli residents to work and travel around Australia for one year. The Visa (subclass 462) is a mutually beneficial agreement with Israel reciprocating the offer for young Australian citizens…

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