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Australia Updates Intercountry Adoption Law

International adoption and surrogacy has been a hot topic in the media of late. There has been speculation that the Intercountry surrogacy laws are under review while earlier this week a confirmed update to the existing Family Law Regulations was passed through with several countries mentioned. South Korea and the People’s Republic of China are…

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Medical Assessments for Visa Applicants

As of the 28th of July, private health insurer, Bupa has been confirmed through a recent revocation of Medibank Australia as the official health service provider that can provide medical assessments to Australian visa applicants. The tender was won through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with a three year agreement in place with…

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Home Sweet Home

You’ve just had your Visa approved for Australia. You’ve got a great job organised in Brisbane, found a good school for the kids now it’s time to find your new home. But houses are expensive in Australia aren’t they? Not necessarily. A recent Index compiled by the Housing Industry Association (HIA) has revealed that housing…

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Visa Review Goes Offshore

Currently in the waters off the Australian coastline, there is $200 billion worth of major projects in operation or under construction. This is an industry that not only generates revenue through production (such as oil rigs) but is also responsible for a huge percentage of employment in the Maritime industry. Recently a Legislative Instrument was…

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New Visa application charges

From the 1 July 2013 the Department of immigration and citizenship have introduced new visa application charges for many of the visa subclasses.   Temporary visas applied for outside Australia   For all persons who apply for a visa to come to Australia temporarily such as for visits, study or work visas- the new visa…

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Update to changes for Skills occupations list to be implemented on 1 July 2014

What does a bricklayer, chef and tiler have in common? These three trades have a recognized skill shortage in Australia and have been officially added to the ‘Australia’s Skilled Occupation List.’ So what exactly does this mean for chefs, bricklayers and tilers? If a profession is listed on the Skilled Occupation List, it means that if a…

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Australia is Open for Business!

Fresh from his election win in September last year, one of the first assurances that the newly elected Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared was that Australia was now officially ‘open for business.’ This statement is true in more ways than one with interest from overseas investors increasing due to the recent signing of two…

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Ooh La La! The French are Coming!

Last year the Department of Immigration released figures showing a 50 per cent increase over the past 5 years in Working Visa applications to Australia from the French. Australian Immigration also noted an increase of 8.4 per cent of Working Holiday Maker Visas granted to 20, 086 French visitors. Mr. Cedric Barusseau of Paris, France…

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Australian Small Businesses and the Budget

The Australian Federal Budget is still a strong talking point for most Australians, but now that the dust has settled and all of the big controversial cuts have been discussed, reviewed and debated, we are now hearing about the ‘smaller’ changes that did not make the initial headlines. Some of these changes, will directly affect…

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Government cracks down on Australian business’s employing illegal workers

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection posted an article on their website earlier in the month reinforcing the need for businesses in Australia to comply with the Australian Governments visa regulations. With the number of Skilled Worker Visa applications made to Australia growing every year, Australian Businesses will be held just as accountable as…

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