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23 Jun

English Language Tests Equivalency Scores for Australian Migration – Effective November 2014

English Language Equivalency Scores for Australian Migration - Effective November 2014 A summary of test score equivalencies for all English language tests accepted by the Department from November 2014 is provided above. Test scores from the TOEFL iBT and PTE Academic tests will be benchmarked against the IELTS equivalent score for each English language proficiency level (Functional, Vocational, Competent, Proficient or Superior).  For more information contact...

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19 Jun

Introduction of Validity Period for Australian Skills Assessments

Introduction of Validity Period for Australian Skills Assessments Following amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994, from 1 July 2014, if a skills assessment is mandatory as part of a visa application, it will only be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue, unless a shorter validity period is specified on the assessment. A skills assessment must be valid at the...

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18 Jun

Australian Skilled Migration / Skills Assessment Results

Australian Skills Assessment Certificates  - Validity Changes Skills assessments issued by assessing authorities for the purpose of visa applications will only be valid for three years, or if the skills assessing authority has specified a shorter validity period, for that shorter period. The default three year validity period is to align with the existing three year validity period for English Language tests. For more information...

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18 Jun

Australian Skilled Migration

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17 Jun

Australian Skilled Migration News

Australian Skilled Migration Changes: The following changes will be made to the SOL and CSOL lists, on or after 1 July 2014: 1. The following occupations will be added to the SOL: Chef (ANZSCO) 351311) Bricklayer (ANZSCO 331111) Wall and Floor Tiler (ANZSCO 333411) 2. The following occupations will be added to the CSOL: Hydrogeologist (ANZSCO 234413) Exercise Physiologist (ANZSCO 234915) 3. The following titles...

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02 Oct

Australian Skilled Migration Interest Free Finance Scheme

Australian Skilled Migration Interest Free Finance Scheme At Immigration Law Matters we understand that Migrating to Australia can be a costly process. We also understand that migrants delay the process due to concerns about the cost of Skilled Migration or simply cannot afford the fees involved. To this end, Immigration Law Matters has introduced our Skilled Migration Interest Free Finance Scheme. Rather than pay our...

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08 May

ATO to Begin Financial Data Matching with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will collect information on some people who held temporary work visas between 1 January 2012 and 30 June 2014 in an effort to "identify potential fraud, and other non compliance". These will be electronically matched and analysed with certain sections of ATO data holdings to identify potential fraud, and other non compliance with lodgement and payment obligations under taxation law. Records relating...

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05 May

ILM Australia celebrates the release of its new Website

Immigration Law Matters (ILM) celebrates the release of its new Website: www.ilmaustralia.com To celebrate our websites launch, ILM is offering the first 20 Australian Skilled Migration Visa applicants who engage in our Professional Service a free one way airline ticket to Australia when their visa is granted. The airline ticket is for travel to any part of Australia from any destination in the world and is valid...

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05 May

Australia’s First Significant Investor Visa Granted

Australia's First Significant Investor Visa Granted! Australia’s first significant investor visa has been granted to a successful Chinese toy manufacturer and his young family, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O’Connor announced today. The significant investor visa was introduced in November 2012 to attract potential migrants with a demonstrated history of success in business and investment. Under the scheme, significant investors must invest at least $5 million in...

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25 Apr

UN Sanctions placed on Iranian and Syrian Students

Immigration Law Matters has been informed that some Australian Universities are no longer accepting new enrollments for Iranian and Syrian Nations. We have been told that this measure is temporary. Immigration Law Matters have voiced their concerns regarding these sanctions and hope to see these sanctions lifted as soon as possible. Below is part of the information we received explaining the sanctions from a leading Australian University:...

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08 Apr

DIAC Announces Changes to Student Visa Cancellations

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has recently made an announcement on the removal of automatic and mandatory student visa cancellations from 13 April 2013. A discretionary cancellation will be used instead. As stated in the announcement, the changes address recommendations 24 and 25 of the Strategic Review of the Student Visa Program 2011 which was conducted by the Hon Michael Knight AO. All student...