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China visitors to Australia overtake the UK

Due to the Australian government ‘open for business’ campaign driven by our Prime Minister, China has been taking advantage of this initiative by frequently visiting Australia in search of new business opportunities. The Immigration Minister and Trade and Investment Minister have recognized the benefit to the tourism industry and have therefore instituted a three year…

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New South Wales State Nominations Closed

The New South Wales Government is committed to growing its economy and restoring growth by a number of initiatives including but not limited to attracting skilled and business migrants to reside, work and study. Each year in accordance with skills on demand they allocate a number of occupations that are in need in the NSW.…

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ACS Skills Assessment Changes to take effect 15 January 2014

Previously the ACS were deeming Graduates of Bachelor Degree’s with a major in Computing as skilled after 2 years of employment for the purposes of General Skilled migration. In line with the new legislative changes implemented in the Migration regulations on the 28 October 2013, the ACS will adopt new assessment criteria for Australian Graduates…

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Minister Scott Morrison Committed to ‘getting it right in both policy and implementation’

‘Immigration has shaped the Australia we know today, it has made a strong Australia and will make a stronger Australia in the future. Immigration has been our past and has forged our present. The same challenges those who arrive today were faced by our ancestors. Leaving the place they knew, leaving the culture they knew.…

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Commitment from Australia for Overseas Investors

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison instills a strong commitment to regenerate the Significant Investor visa, thereby attracting skilled and business migrants to make Australia their new home. Significant Investor Visas are designed to attract migrants with successful businesses and investment experience. Potentially the scheme could attract millions if not billions of overseas capital investment into projects…

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Changes to RSMS Northern Rivers Assessment criteria

The RDA has made some key changes to certain criteria for employers operate in the Northern Rivers region and who wish to nominate overseas skilled employees to fill a need within their business. Key changes relate to processing times, advertisement requirements and financial evidence. For more information please see:

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Department of Immigration Name Change

The Department of immigration have officially announced their name change from DIAC to DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection). This name is now in effect. This change among others has been initiated after the Prime Minister Tony Abbott was sworn in on September 18, 2013. All other changes will be transitioned into legislation over…

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WA to charge school fees for 457 holders

The WA government has outlined in its 2013/2014 state budget that from 2015 all school children who are dependents of 457 visa holders must pay for school fees. The fee structure will depend on the number of children per family going to school and will be adjusted accordingly. These fees however will not be allocated…

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Visa Application Fee increases 2017

Further applications fee increases have taken effect on the 1/9/2013. For a quick look at the current immigration application fees please view the website.

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What’s new for the subclass 457 Employer sponsored visa program

Lodgement   From 1 July 2013 all 457 applications must be lodged online. Paper applications will only be accepted if there is an issue with the Department of immigrations online computer system. If an applicant is lodging an online application and the system fails the day before the applicant becomes unlawful, only then will the…

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