From 1 July 2017, visitor visa applications for people with Indian passports can be lodged online. This will make it quicker and more convenient to lodge applications to visit Australia. Visitor visas seem easy, but many get refused by the Department every year. If you or someone you know is th......

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The new sponsorship system that was planned to start on 1 July 2017 has been delayed and might not start until 2018. In order to start the new system, the laws first have to be passed through Parliament and this has not yet happened. The new system will mean that you have to have a sponsorship a......

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PARTNER SPONSORSHIP LIMITS The changes to partner sponsorship coming in on 1 July will affect how you apply for sponsorship, but did you know there are limits on who you can sponsor and when you can sponsor them? Here are the most important facts: -You can only sponsor a maximum of 2 partners i......

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If you get a call from someone who claims to be from the government and says that you have lied on your visa application and you need to pay them money or else you’ll be deported, hang up! This is a scam that targets migrants in Australia, especially Indian migrants. The government will never p......

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The Northern Territory government has announced the state will not issue new nominations for people who are outside Australia until 1 July. If you have previously applied to the Northern Territory and your application is not being processed, you will need to re-lodge the application. The curren......

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The government has announced full details of the new pathway to permanent residency for New Zealand citizens. The visa will be available after 1 July and has the following requirements: •    You must have been “usually resident” in Australia for a continuous period of least 5 y......

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The Department has released their monthly processing time figures for April. The times have mostly held steady, with some slight increases and decreases. Here are the “75% finalised” figures for some popular visas: 457: Rose from 51 days in March to 53 days in April Graduate visa – post-......

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The government has released several statistics showing a massive increase in visa cancellations over previous years. STUDENT VISAS Between 1 July -31 December 2016, the government cancelled over 27,000 visas. Around 9000 of these were student visas. This is in line with recent large increases......

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There has been some confusing and conflicting information from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection about changes to RSMS, but we can now confirm that from March 2018 you will require 3 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE to apply for an RSMS visa.   The following changes are happening from 1 ......

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WHAT DOES THE BUDGET MEAN FOR VISAS? The budget that was announced last night includes some changes for migrants and businesses sponsoring workers:   VAC INCREASES: From 1 July 2017, visa application charges are rising by 2% and will be indexed to CPI each year. For example: -Partner v......

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NEW TEMPORARY PARENT VISA ANNOUNCED !!! The government has just announced a new parent visa allowing parents to stay in Australia for between 3 to 10 years. The application charges will be: $5000 for a 3-year visa $10,000 for a 5-year visa $20,000 to stay for the ful......

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A large number of people from across the world are depended on Licensed Education and Migration Service Providers when they apply for visa to Australia. These licensed service providers are also known as agents in some countries and/or consultants in other nations, depending on the culture of the co......

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Student Visa is the only visa where processing time and complexities are the least. Apart from this, the study visa of Australia permits you to legally work part time during your study period. During the course pauses, you are allowed to work full time also. After completing the course, you can work......

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On 14 December 2015, new criminal and civil penalties and visa cancellation provisions were introduced as part of a 'paying for visa sponsorship ' framework that allows for sanctions to be imposed on a person who asks for, receives, offers or provides a benefit in return for visa sponsorship or em......

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If you are aiming to obtain a permanent work permit in Australia and the present occupation is on the current SOL then the Skilled Independent Visa is the best option you can go for. The purpose of this visa is to permanently live and work or study in the country and if you wish, get the Australian ......

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