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01 Feb

NSW Regional 489

On January 28, the NSW 489 Regional Skilled Occupation List was updated with some important changes. Few occupations were added to the regional area of Far South Coast so they may be eligible for regional visa subclass 489. See below the changes: The following occupations were added to Far South Coast: • 135111 (Chief Information Officer) • 261112 (Systems Analyst) • 261313 (Software Engineer) •...

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13 Jan

Work and Holiday Visa for Slovaks Commences

The new Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangements between Australia and the Slovak Republic and Australia and Slovenia commenced on 1 January 2016. These arrangements allow up to 200 young adults from the Slovak Republic and up to 200 young adults from Slovenia each year to enjoy an extended holiday of up to 12 months in Australia, during which time they can undertake short...

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13 Jan

Visa cancellations on character grounds hits new record: guess which country tops the list?

Last year a record 580 people had their visas cancelled on character grounds, according to figures released by the department of immigration. The number of visa cancellations have been steadily rising because Immigration Minister Peter Dutton now has greater powers to cancel visas and has been using them to deport more non-citizens. Nationality                     Number New...

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06 Jan

Engineers Australia now accepting TOEFL Ibt for Skilled Migration

Engineers Australia have announced that from 1 January 2016 it will be accepting the TOEFL IbT as an alternative English Language Test to address the English language competency element of the Migration Skills Assessment. Applicants submitting their application on or after the 1 January 2016 will be able to provide either an IELTS test result form with a score of 6 or more in each...

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06 Jan

Expert review of the 457 temporary skilled migration income threshold

Mr John Azarias has been appointed to undertake an evidence-based review of the Temporary Skilled Migration Incomes Threshold (TSMIT). The review was recommended by the Independent Review into Integrity in the Subclass 457 Programme. The review will consider a range of issues including the factors that should determine the settings, the appropriate base level, and the roles of indexation and regional concessions for the TSMIT....

Arabic Refugee Instructions for Australia

Refugee Entitlements in AustraliaENGLISH Refugee InstructionsARABIC Refugee Instructions

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13 May

English for AUSTRALIAN SKILLED MIGRATION

English Language Requirements and Acceptable English Tests for Australian Skilled Migration

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15 Mar

Australian Skilled Migration as an IT Professional

Are you an IT Professional and would like to migrate to Australia? If you hold a degree qualification in IT and have a minimum of 2 years full time work experience in one of the below IT occupations then you may be eligible to migrate to under the Australian Skilled Migration programme. ELIGIBLE IT OCCUPATIONS: -ICT business Analyst -Systems Analyst -Analyst Programmer -Developer Programmer -Software...

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18 Feb

Occupation ceilings for the 2014-15 Skilled Migration programme year

An occupation ceiling will be applied to invitations to apply to migrate under the points based skilled visas of  the Australian skilled migration programme. There will be a limit on how many invitations are issued in these subclasses for a particular occupation to ensure that the migration programme is not dominated by a small number of occupations. Occupational ceilings do not apply to, State or Territory Nominated,...

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04 Dec

Australia’s Humanitarian Intake to Increase by 7,500 places

Australia's Humanitarian Intake to increase by 7,500 Places and Temporary Protection Visas now available for Asylum Seekers. This morning, the Australian Parliament has passed sweeping changes to Australia's immigration laws, including the re-introduction of temporary protection visas (TPV), representing a much-needed legislative win for the Abbott Government. In exchange for the crossbencher's support, Scott Morrison agreed to lift Australia's refugee intake by 7,500 places, give asylum...

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25 Nov

Tough new Australian Citizenship laws to give Minister more power

The government wants to strengthen the integrity of the Australian Citizenship program and hand Immigration Minister Scott Morrison powers to revoke citizenship where it has been obtained by fraud or misrepresentation. These are among the several changes scheduled in a proposed bill.   Generally, the stricter citizenship laws are set to make it harder to obtain and maintain Australian citizenship.The proposed amendments set out in the...

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29 Sep

Victorian Government pauses ICT skilled nominations

Due to the large volume of applications received, applications for Victorian State nomination for ICT occupations will not be accepted from 1 October 2014 to 5 January 2015. This temporary closure will allow the Victorian Government to process all outstanding applications and to reduce delays for future applicants. The occupations affected by this pause are: • 135112 ICT Project Manager • 261111 ICT Business Analyst...

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23 Sep

Australian Student Visas and Working Rights

The work conditions offered as part of a student visa provide an opportunity for international students to gain cultural experience during their stay in Australia, and can also help them improve their English language skills. However it is important to recognise that international students should not rely on work in Australia to pay for the costs of their studies and living expenses. Most international students...

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04 Sep

South Australia Skilled Migration nomination update

Immigration SA has announced the following:General Skilled Migration 190/489 - Immigration SA has made it easier for citizens and current passport holders of exempt countries to apply for South Australian state nomination. Exempt Countries include: - United Kingdom - Canada - New Zealand - United States of America - Republic of Ireland If you are a citizen or passport holder of one of the listed exempt...

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31 Aug

457 Visas for the Northern Territory

The Assistant Minister of Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash, has announced the finalisation of guidelines for Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).A DAMA will: - allow employers in the designated area who are unable to recruit Australian workers to employ overseas workers - have a salary concession of up to 10% for the TSMIT (the minimum wage could be $48,510) - not undercut Australian workers...

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21 Aug

Top Universities in Australia by Region 2014/15

If you’re looking at study options in the Land Down Under, you may have noticed that there are 31 top universities in Australia to choose from in the QS World University Rankings. The majority can be found in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane - Australia’s first, second and third largest cities by population respectively. But the country’s top ranking university, Australian National University (ANU), is found...