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Father To-Be Refused Visa Into Australia

You may have seen the sad case of Gold Coast couple Zoey and Alex after the Department of Immigration and Border Protection refused their most recent visa application. A pregnant Gold Coast woman says she will be forced to give birth without the baby’s father after he was refused a visa to re-enter Australia.#9News |…

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BSMQ Update to QSOL: Temporary removal of some occupations

Please note that due to high numbers of EOIs, BSMQ will not be accepting any further EOIs from 22 August 2017 for the below occupations until further notice: 221111 Accountant (general) 261311 Analyst Programmer 263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer 262111 Database Administrator 261312 Developer Programmer 261111 ICT Business Analyst 313112 ICT Customer Support Officer…

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10 Year Parent Visa for $20,000

Under a new visa, parents could stay for up to 10 years but would never be allowed to settle in Australia, and their children would need to pay for private health cover. Now up to 15,000 people each year will be able to pay anything from $5,000 to $20,000 to bring their parents to Australia…

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English Language Test For Visa Applicants

English Language Test   From the 1st of November 2017, engineers Australia will be accepting the Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) (Academic) for Migration Skills Assessment as well as for membership assessment purposes.  Applicants submitting their application after the 1st November will be able to either use the IELTS, TOEFL iBT or the PTE (Academic) to…

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CEO’s cannot be older than 45 under Turnbull’s 457 visa restrictions

CEO’s cannot be older than 45 under Turnbull’s 457 visa restrictions To find the right CEO just becomes harder and potentially more expensive, because if applicant is from overseas they have to be aged under 45 under Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to abolish the 457 visa policy. The federal government is also tightening eligibility requirements for…

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Border Force Commissioner on leave pending external investigation.

Border force head Roman Quaedvlieg on leave Justice Minister Michael Keenan has recently released a statement saying “a matter is under consideration by appropriate authorities”. He is not going to make any further comments on the matter until “that process is complete”. Fairfax Media have also reported that unnamed sources claim that Mr Quaedvlieg’s leave is related to…

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Australia Needs A Population Policy

No population strategy in place Over the last few years Australia has been lacking a population strategy. Since Australia adopted the 2% sustainable population strategy growth target in 2011 but never gained traction due to difficulties in gaining political support and concerns about coercion. National population policy need not be coercive – unlike, for example,…

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Important changes to the Employer sponsored 186, 187 visa, and Skilled visa 189, 190 & 489

Important changes to take effect for the Employer sponsored 186 and 187 visa, and the Skilled visa categories 189, 190 and 489 effective from 1 July 2017 From 1 July 2017 you will no longer be eligible to apply under the permanent employer sponsored or skilled visa categories above if you have reached your 45th…

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Migration Agents and Lawyers Hit Back At Immigration Chief Michael Pezzullo

Registered migration agents and lawyers hit back at Immigration Chief Michael Pezzullo on accusations the 457 visa was used as a pathway to obtaining permanent residency. Mr Pezzullo made his comments to Senate in the last week of May 2017 which is closely related to similar comments from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the former…

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Australian citizenship and visa waiting times could increase

Department secretary Mike Pezzullo told Senate Estimates that he would give no guarantee that waiting times would not increase with the recent cuts from the immigration department’s visa and citizenship departments He stated, “Due to the cuts some applicants may have to wait longer” even though this was an aggregated view. And followed up in…

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