18 Aug

Australia to offer 4,400 Refugee Visas for Syria and Iraq

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says the success of the Government's border protection policies means Australia will offer to resettle 4,400 people fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria. The places are from the existing refugee and special humanitarian programs, with 2,200 set aside for each country. Last week, Mr Morrison announced the Government had opened its annual humanitarian refugee program to Iraqi Christians and Yazidis in...

14 Aug

457 Visa Market Salary Rate to Stay the Same 2014/2015

Last Friday, the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Senator Michaelia Cash, confirmed in a MIA WA State Conference, that the Market Salary Rate payable for foreign workers under the 457 Visa Program will not be indexed for the 2014/2015 financial year. From 1 July 2013 , the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT), was indexed by 4.8 per cent, in line with...

09 Aug

Australian Skilled Migration Program Updates for 2014/2014

Australian Skilled Migration Program Updates for 2014/2014: The top five countries of origin for GSM applicants for this program year so far are: India, China, Pakistan, the UK and the Philippines; The top 5 skilled occupation for this program year so far are: Accountant, Registered Nurse, Software Engineer, Cook and Systems Administrator; The 'onhand' caseload for Pre SkillSelect subclasses has reduced from 98,096 at July...

07 Aug

Think Twice about using a Fake Identity when Migrating to Australia:

From 22 March 2014, new provisions were added to Australian Migration Legislation concerning bogus/fake documents provided by visa applicants. As part of these new requirements you must now satisfy case officers of your identity to be granted a visa. If you are refused a visa because of issues relating to your 'Identity' you will be barred for 10 years from applying for most Australian Visas....

25 Jul

International Organisation for Middle Eastern Human Rights (IOMHR)

Are you a Middle Eastern Refugee? A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and...

24 Jul

MIGRATION UPDATE : Australian Carer Visa

The Department has posted updated information on Carer visas lodged before 2 June 2014 which includes the following information: Applications for a Carer visa lodged before 2 June 2014: If you lodged your application for a Carer (subclass 116 or subclass 836) visa prior to 2 June 2014, it can only be accepted by the department if you provided evidence that you or your relative...

21 Jul

Polio Vaccination Certificates required

DIBP is introducing protective measures in response to the WHO declaration that wild poliovirus transmission is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.   Visa applicants applying from outside Australia and those who have spent a period of 28 days or longer on or after 5 May 2014 in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia or Syria, or in any combination...

20 Jul

Record Australian Tourist Visas

Australia continues to draw high levels of interest from international visitors according to the latest departmental report. The department has granted more than 3.1 million visitor visas this financial year to 31 March 2014, which is nearly 6 per cent higher than last year. Interest from Asia continues to rise significantly with tourism visa applications from China up 22 per cent (to more than 380...

16 Jul

Thinking about migrating to Australia?

OECD Regional Well-Being: A Closer Measure of Life How does your country perform when it comes to education, environment, safety and other topics important to your well-being? This interactive site allows you to measure well-being in your region and compare it with 300 other OECD regions based on eight topics central to the quality of our lives.  

14 Jul

NSW State Sponsorship Update

NSW State Sponsorship Update:  NSW opened the Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) program to significant demand on 14 July 2014. The full intake of 1000 applications for the first application quarter was quickly generated and applications for the first intake are now closed. NSW is currently reviewing the applications received and will make an announcement regarding further opening in due course. NSW is a highly attractive and...

10 Jul

Changes to Onshore Medical Assessments for Australian Visas

In July 2014 the Department of Immigration will change to a new migration medical services provider. The current Onshore Medical Services Contract between the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the current service provider Medibank Health Solutions (MHS) will expire on 25 July. From 28 July the provision of visa medical examinations and assessments to clients in Australia will commence with Bupa Medical...

02 Jul

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

Immigration SA has updated their State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL) and related policies as at 1 July 2014. These include:  Adding further occupations to their State Occupation List Simplifying the state nomination process, including receiving an invitation within 2 business days if you are selected for state nomination. State nomination places will now be calculated on time of submission rather than time of decisions, so applications...

29 Jun

IELTS Scores Explained for Australian Migration

IELTS Scores Explained: There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Candidates are graded on their performance, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score. This unique 9-band system measures scores in a consistent manner – wherever and whenever the test is taken....

29 Jun

How Powerful is Your Passport? 29 June 2014

An Australian passport holder has access to 167 countries without a visa or by receiving one upon arrival, the same number as a passport holder from Singapore and Greece.  British travel documents were cited as among the most powerful in the world, with passport holders in the UK, along with those in Finland and Sweden, able to enter 173 countries either without a visa or with...

27 Jun

Skills Assessments – Further Clarifications 27 June 2014

06/27/2014  All visa applications made on or after 1 July 2014 will be subject to the new regulatory requirements concerning the validity of skills assessments. Applicants who have been invited to apply are encouraged to apply on or before 30 June 2014.  Validity criteria will not affect partner skill points, which will require that the primary applicant has a valid skills assessment at...

25 Jun

Australian Migration for 2014 – 2015

A total of 190 000 places make up Australia’s 2014-15 migration programme, as announced by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on Budget Day. Breaking down the numbers, next year’s programme planning levels comprise: 128 550 places for skilled migrants, including employer sponsored, general skilled and business migrants 60 885 places for family migrants sponsored by family members in Australia 565 places for special...