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Fee Increases from 1 July 2013

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship have announced that they would be making changes to the fee structure for dependents that are included in the main applicant’s visa application. Up until the 30 June 2013, all dependents that are included in a visa application are not required to pay an additional charge for processing their…

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Changes to all visa subclasses for short term visits to Australia

From the 23 March 2013 the Minister has announced that they will no longer be accepting applications for short stay visas for the following visa subclasses: Tourist visa (subclass 676) Sponsored family visitor visa (subclass 679) Business (short Stay) visa (Subclass 456) Sponsored business visitor (short stay) visa (subclass 459) Medical Treatment (short stay) visa…

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DIAC tightening ‘the belt’ on employers visa compliance for the 457 Visa program

Due to the increased misuse of the 457 Temporary work visa programs, the department of immigration have issued a joint statement with the Fair work Ombudsman who will independently embark on strict monitoring processes for Employers who have sponsored employees under the 457 work visa scheme. There has been a significant increase in complaints about…

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Importance of IELTS testing for migration visas to Australia

With the demand for IELTS testing around the world there has been a significant increase for IELTS testing. Australia’s first language is English and therefore requires that all immigrants possess functional English for specific visa subclasses. The department of immigration recognise the results of the IELTS testing as evidence of your English ability. Many immigrants…

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Skills Select Invitations End of 2012 Report

This month the Department of immigration will be issuing 3000 invitations to all Expressions of interest lodged online through the skills select database. The first rounds of invitations were issued on the 7 January 2013 with the second round of 1500 invitations to be sent on the 21 January 2012. From the 1/7/2012 till 31/12/2012…

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DIAC Visa Fee Increase

Each year the department of immigration review their fees for specific visa subclasses. Starting from the 1/1/2013, the visa charges have increased for the visas below. New charges are: Partner (onshore) SC820_801 visa             –          $3975.00 Partner (offshore) SC309_100                    –           $2680.00 Prospective Marriage SC300                       –           $2680.00 Temp Long stay business visa SC457         –      …

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Latest Report On Australian Skills In Demand

From the 1/7/2012 the Department of Immigration has implemented changes to the skilled migration programme. Skill Select was introduced as an online service that enables skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be identified for a skilled visa through lodging an expression of interest (EOI). Since the…

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Extended Tourist Visas For Parents of Australian Residents

In the past parents were issued with limited shorter tourist visas. Now the Department of immigration and citizenship have decided to grant these parents on a case-by case basis a longer tourist visa which will allow them to stay with their family who want to visit their children for a longer period in Australia For…

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Changes to Temporary visa subclasses

On the 24th November the Department of Immigration and Citizenship will implement new changes to the temporary visa subclasses. DIAC will be removing a significant number of temporary visa subclasses which will not be open to any new clients from this date. They plan to reduce the large number of different visa subclasses and combine…

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Skills Shortage rise in Australia

Industry in Australia is increasing which is reflected in the rising of the Australian Dollar. While the economy boom is developing at a rapid rate, Australian employers are struggling to fill the skill demand. CEO of an oil and gas producer David Knox strongly agrees that ‘Australia needs to tap into the large pool of…

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