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Australia Introduces Biometrics Trial Program in Nigeria

A biometrics trial program for visa applicants from Nigeria will commence on 29 July 2013 as announced by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP).

Monday, 22 July 2013READ MORE

Australia to Send Migrants Arriving by Boat to Papua New Guinea

According to a recent statement from the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, asylum seekers who arrive by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia and will be resettled on the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Friday, 19 July 2013READ MORE

Australian Electronic Visa Process for Papua New Guinea Visitors

A new arrangement which would improve services to Australian visa applicants from Papua New Guinea has been recently reached by Australian Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Tony Burke, and Papua New Guinea Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration Rimbink Pato.

Thursday, 11 July 2013READ MORE

Australian Visa Fee Increase from 1 July 2013

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) have recently announced that a new visa pricing application structure will be introduced from 1 July 2013. DIBP has advised that the pricing restructure will bring Australia's visa lodgement fees in line with similar countries such as Canada, the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013READ MORE

Fraud PIC 4020 Applied to all Australian Family Stream Visas

Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has announced that from 1 July 2013 the Fraud Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 will be applied to all Family Stream visa applications.

Thursday, 4 July 2013READ MORE

Australia Updates Consolidated Skilled Occupation List for 2013

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has announced the new Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) with 7 changes which will be effective from 1 July 2013.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013READ MORE

New 457 Visa Rule for Foreign Workers

Australia has recently implemented a new stringent 457 temporary visa system for hiring of foreign workers, allowing businesses to recruit expatriates only after exhausting all local options.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013READ MORE

Australia Celebrates Refugee Week 2013

Territorians across Australia have joined together to celebrate Refugee Week 2013, which is an annual event celebrating the contribution of refugees to Australia and encouraging people to take a more positive look at asylum.

Friday, 21 June 2013READ MORE

Growth in Migration to Australia in 2011-12

On 14 June, The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Australia released a report which states that Australia has seen a growth in the number of migrants to the country's states and territories under permanent immigration routes.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013READ MORE

Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Alice Springs

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) officers will meet people who have overstayed their Australian visas in Alice Springs.

Friday, 14 June 2013READ MORE

New Australian Visa Application Charges Announced

On 14 June, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) announced new visa pricing arrangements which will change visa application charges from a single charge when lodging an application to a charge per applicant in an individual or combined application.

Friday, 14 June 2013READ MORE

Australian Immigrant Skilled Worker Number Increases

The number of immigrant skilled worker coming to Australia on the Temporary Business 457 visa has increased over 20 percent this past year.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013READ MORE

Australian Government to Announce Further 457 Visa Changes

Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Brendan O'Connor has recently revealed the government's intention to bring in further changes to the foreign worker visa scheme in an attempt to crack down on rules breaches.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013READ MORE

India and China Top Source of Immigrants to Australia

According to a new report released by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Brendan O'Connor, seven of the top 10 source countries of Australian immigrants were Asian nations.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013READ MORE

Australia Updates Skilled Occupation List for 2013

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has announced that a new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) will apply from 1 July 2013 with 5 occupations to be removed.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013READ MORE

Chinese Visitors to Australia on the Rise

The number of Chinese visitors to Australia was increasing rapidly despite the strong local currency.

Thursday, 30 May 2013READ MORE

Australia Announces 2013-14 Migration Program

The Australian government will continue to set 190,000 places for the migration program in 2013-14, the same level as the previous year, according to an announcement by Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O'Connor on 14 May 2013.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013READ MORE

Australian Immigration Officers Visit Palmerston

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) officers have recently met people who have overstayed their Australian visas as well as local community leaders and service providers in Palmerston.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013READ MORE

Australia Grants First Significant Investor Visa to a Chinese National

Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor announced that Australia's first significant investor visa has been granted to a successful Chinese toy manufacturer and his young family.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013READ MORE

Australia and NZ Jointly Manage Overseas Immigration Physicians

According to a recent announcement, New Zealand and Australia agreed to jointly manage an offshore network of panel physicians to improve the quality of health examinations visa applicants receive.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013READ MORE

Update to the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa

According to a recent notice of New South Wales (NSW) government, applications for nomination under the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa for the 2012-13 financial year have reached full capacity and the program is closed for this fiscal year.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013READ MORE

Large Australian Citizenship Ceremony in Darwin

270 people became Australians in the largest citizenship ceremony conducted in Darwin in 15 April 2013.

Monday, 15 April 2013READ MORE

Changes to the Australian Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485 Announced

International students will now find it easier to stay and find jobs in Australia after completing their studies thanks to changes to the Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485 that have recently been announced by the government.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013READ MORE

DIAC Announces Changes to Student Visa Cancellations

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) 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.

Friday, 5 April 2013READ MORE

DIAC Announces Changes to Visitor and Medical Treatment Visas

On 23 March 2013, significant changes to the Visitor and Medical Treatment visa categories were introduced by Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Thursday, 4 April 2013READ MORE

Australian Work and Holiday Visa Agreement with Uruguay Takes Effect

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has recently announced that the new Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement between Australia and Uruguay commenced on 1 April 2013

Thursday, 4 April 2013READ MORE

Australia Announces Set of Changes to 457 Visa Program

On 23 February, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O'Connor, announced a number of reforms to the temporary skilled work (subclass 457) program to strengthen the integrity of the program and adapt to the Australian economy and domestic labour market.

Thursday, 7 March 2013READ MORE

Australia Achieves Record Interest from Foreign Tourists

According to statistics issued by Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) on February 22, 2013, Australia had achieved record interest from foreign tourists. The country was set to capitalise on its status as a preferred destination for visitors and working holiday makers.

Friday, 1 March 2013READ MORE

Australia To Introduce New Post-Study Work Visa Arrangements for Graduates

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will introduce new post-study work arrangements in early 2013 for overseas graduates who hold an Australian Bachelor's, Master's or a Doctoral degree, a DIBP spokeswoman announced.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013READ MORE

Changes to Australian Visa Service Delivery in China

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) on July 26, 2012 announced two key changes to the immigration services for Chinese, including the introduction of Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) in Beijing and Shanghai, and changes to visa processing locations.

Thursday, 26 July 2012READ MORE

UN Suggests Australia Ease Visas for Developing Country Tourists

Australia should relax its visas rules for visitors from developing countries in order to boost tourism, according to the UN World Tourism Organization.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012READ MORE

South Australia Calls for Direct Flights from China

The head of Tourism Australia Andrew McEvoy suggests China's airlines schedule flights from China direct to Adelaide to boost tourism between the two countries.

Friday, 20 July 2012READ MORE

Australia to Organize Skilled Migration Seminars in Central West

According to the Australian Immigration Department, there will be Skilled Migration Seminars taking place from July 16 to 19 in the Central West.

Monday, 16 July 2012READ MORE

New Priority Processing for Australian Skilled Migration Visas

New priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas, including new skilled visa subclasses introduced in the skilled migration reforms, have recently been set by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen MP.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012READ MORE

New Advisory Council on Australian Skilled Migration

According to a recent announcement from the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen MP, the new Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM) will provide the Government with expert advice on the role of skilled migration in the Australian economy.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012READ MORE

Living Cost Requirement for Australian Student Visa to Increase

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will increase the funds required for prospective student visa applicants to demonstrate their ability to meet living costs in Australia.

Friday, 22 June 2012READ MORE

$39 Million to Help Migrants and Refugees Settle in Australia

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy on June 20, 2012 announced that nearly 100 projects will be funded in 2012-13 under the Settlement Grants Program (SGP) to assist newly arrived migrants and refugees settle in Australia.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012READ MORE

Australia Supports Family Violence Victims on Partner Visas

The Australian government on June 17, 2012 announced new measures which will be implemented from November 24, 2012 to help victims of family violence on provisional partner visas.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012READ MORE

Australia to Grant Work Visas for Overseas Graduates

The Federal government will expand the Skilled Graduate visa scheme next year which will allow overseas students who graduate from Australian universities to be eligible for work visas lasting two to four years.

Monday, 18 June 2012READ MORE

Australia Updates the Skilled Migration Pass Mark

June 15, 2012, Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship announced changes to the pass mark for the new SkillSelect Visa.

Friday, 15 June 2012READ MORE

Australia Updates Skilled Occupation List for 2012

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) on June 13, 2012 published the updated Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for 2012 which features 4 new occupations and 4 occupations to be removed.

Thursday, 14 June 2012READ MORE

Australia to Hold Skilled Migration Seminars in Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour

There will be two skilled migration seminars taking place in Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour on June 19 and 20, according to officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP).

Tuesday, 12 June 2012READ MORE

Thornlie Students Get First-Hand Lesson in Australian Citizenship

In an annual tradition which started in 2006, students at Thornlie Primary School had a chance to experience an Australian citizenship ceremony on June 8, 2012.

Monday, 11 June 2012READ MORE

Increase in Chinese Visitor Numbers Travelling to Australia

The number of Chinese visitors travelling to Australia in the year ending March 2012 increased by 15 percent in comparison with the previous year.

Thursday, 7 June 2012READ MORE

New Australian Tourism Campaign Launched in China

A new multi-million dollar global tourism campaign for Australia was released in Shanghai on June 4, 2012 targeting Chinese visitors.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012READ MORE

Australian First Enterprise Migration Agreement Approved

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP on May 25, 2012 joined the Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AO MP in an announcement on the approval of the first Enterprise Migration Agreement (EMA) to welcome up to 1,715 overseas workers on 457 visas.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012READ MORE

OECD Index Rates Australia the World's Happiest Nation

According to the Better Life Index of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Australia is the "happiest" industrialized country in the world.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012READ MORE

Australia Announces Citizenship Fast–Tracked Process for ADF Family Members

A fast–track process which permits family members of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel to apply for Australian citizenship after 90 days of service has been announced by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, and the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon.

Monday, 4 June 2012READ MORE

Australia To Regain Favoured Destination for Indian Students?

According to Australia India Institute (AII) inaugural director Amitabh Mattoo, there has been an increase in the number if Indian student visa applications to Australia.

Thursday, 31 May 2012READ MORE

Australian Business Skills Program Reforms

The Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Chris Bowen MP on May 25, 2012 made an announcement on changes to the Business Skills visa program to lure more entrepreneurs with diverse business expertise to Australia.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012READ MORE

New Australian Visa Program for Migrants with Minimum Investment of $5 Million

Australia is welcoming successful foreign investors with a new fast-tracked visa program introduced by the Federal Government, according to a joint announcement made by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and the Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten MP, on May 25, 2012.

Monday, 28 May 2012READ MORE

Australian Skilled Migrants Job Fair in the U.S. Meets Enrolment Target

Over 650 vacancies in the minerals and resources sector in Australia will be filled by skilled workers from the USA.

Friday, 18 May 2012READ MORE

4.5 Million People Have Obtained Australian Citizenship

Australia has welcomed 4.5 million people as its citizens since the first Australian citizenship ceremony in 1949, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP announced.

Thursday, 17 May 2012READ MORE

Australian Employers Looking for Overseas Talents

Australian employers are looking abroad for talent in order to fill skill shortages, according to a recent research.

Thursday, 17 May 2012READ MORE

Number of Australian Student Visas on the Rise

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has recently released a quarterly report on the Student Visa program, which show an increase in the number of overseas students coming to Australia from July 2011 to March 2012.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012READ MORE

Additional Jobs for Australian Immigrants to Fill Skill Gaps

There will be an additional 5000 places for immigrants including workers to help fill skills shortages in parts of the Australian economy.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012READ MORE

Online Video to Assist Australian Visa Overstayers

A new online video message in 14 languages assisting Australian visa overstayers to resolve their immigration status is now available.

Monday, 7 May 2012READ MORE

More Young Visitors Travel to Australia under Working Holiday Visas

Australia saw an increase of three percent in the number of young visitors travelling to Australia under working holiday visas in 2011, Destination New South Wales revealed at the Australian Youth Tourism Exchange at the Sunshine Coast.

Thursday, 3 May 2012READ MORE

India Top Source Country for Skilled Permanent Immigrants to Australia

India has climbed to the top of the charts as the top exporter of skilled immigrants to Australia, surpassing China and the UK.

Thursday, 3 May 2012READ MORE

Australian Skilled Migration Seminars in Darwin

Officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will visit Darwin on May 8 to conduct information sessions focusing on upcoming significant reforms to the Australian skilled migration program.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012READ MORE

Australia Expands Streamlined Student Visas Program

International students of selected private and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) colleges will soon get Australian visas more easily thanks to recent immigration reforms.

Friday, 20 April 2012READ MORE

Changes to the Australian Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa Program from 1 July 2012

The Australian Government has recently announced reforms to the permanent employer-sponsored visa program, which will come into effect from 1 July 2012.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012READ MORE

Australia Launches an Association of Saudi Graduates of Australian Universities

The Australian Embassy in Riyadh held a get-together event on April 18 to welcome graduates studying in Australia and launched the association of Saudi graduates of Australian universities (SADAGA).

Wednesday, 18 April 2012READ MORE

Australia Opens New Visa Application Centre in Vanuatu

A new Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) is now opened for visa applicants in Vanuatu.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012READ MORE

Australia to Need more Farmers

A KPMG submission to the Federal Government has identified a future labour shortage in the agricultural sector, naming two major South Australian farming regions, the Eyre Peninsula and the Mallee, as examples. This is due to an increasing trend of younger workers leaving to take jobs in the mining sector, and half of the nation's farmers preparing to retire in the next decade.

Monday, 16 April 2012READ MORE

Australian Label-free Student Visas for Chinese

Arrangements that allow people from China and other nationals in the People's Republic of China to travel to Australia on a student visa without a visa label in their passport have been implemented from April 1, 2012, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) recently announced.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012READ MORE

Australia Welcomes More Skilled American Workers

Australia is hoping to attract more American workers to fill skill shortages in key sectors by taking measures to assist linking Australian employers with skilled workers in the U.S.

Thursday, 5 April 2012READ MORE

Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Regional South Australia

Officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will visit Naracoorte on April 12 and Penola on April 13.

Thursday, 5 April 2012READ MORE

Changes to Australian Points Tested Skilled Migration Visas

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has recently announced proposed changes to the points based skilled migration visa program.

Friday, 30 March 2012READ MORE

Immigrants from the UK Welcomed to Sydney, Australia

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner welcomes "high value" immigrants from countries like the UK to New South Wales in a plan boosting the number of students, business and skilled migrants to the State.

Friday, 23 March 2012READ MORE

Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Clare

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) officers will be visiting Clare on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012READ MORE

Changes to Australian Protection Visa Processing

Two changes to Australian Protection visa processing including considering complementary protection claims as part of the Protection Visa assessment process and a single statutory Protection Visa process for both boat and air arrivals will take effect from March 24, 2012, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) announced on March 19.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012READ MORE

DIAC proposes Stage 2 Implementation of Changes to the Australian Student Visa Program

The Australia Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) announced on March 19 changes to the Australian student visa system including streamlined visa processing and other major measures which are proposed to commence on March 24 and 26, 2012.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012READ MORE

Asian Tourists Top Spenders in Australia, a Study Reveals

According to new figures from Tourism Research Australia, tourists from Asia are big spenders in Australia, contributing approximately $10 billion to Australian tourism.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012READ MORE

Proposed Changes To Australian Working Holiday Visa

The Australian Tourist Export Council (ATEC) has recently delivered its paper to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship which urges the Australian federal government to make five major policy adjustments to an Australian visa category, claiming the changes could potentially increase Australia's GDP by at least $275 million in a decade.

Monday, 12 March 2012READ MORE

Australian Immigration Open for Business

Addressing excess 'red tape' the Australian government will simplify the permanent employer-sponsored visa program to assist skilled immigrants and their employers, declaired Federal Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen.

Friday, 9 March 2012READ MORE

Western Australia Calls for Enhanced Working Holiday Visas

WA Tourism Minister Kim Hames is lobbying the Australian Federal government to loosen visa restrictions for working holiday makers as a way to fight the skills shortage in the hospitality and tourism sectors.

Thursday, 1 March 2012READ MORE

New Work and Holiday Visa Program between Australia and Argentina Comes into Effect

Young Australians and Argentines now have the opportunity to enjoy an extended holiday in each other's countries through a work and holiday arrangement that comes into effect today.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012READ MORE

ABS's Report Says Immigration Helps Boost Australia's Skills

According to a report released recently by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), migrants have boosted Australia's workforce skills, with two-thirds of all working age migrants possessing academic or trade qualifications in 2010–11.

Friday, 24 February 2012READ MORE

Tourism Australia Launches New Campaign to Grow Business Events Sector

A new integrated marketing campaign has been launched by Tourism Australia at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) 2012 in Melbourne.

Friday, 24 February 2012READ MORE

New Program for Australian Immigrant Engineers

A new program focusing not only on aspects of technical training but also workplace culture, communication and job-finding skills will be provided to Australian immigrant engineers, by Navitas Workforce Solutions and Engineers Australia.

Thursday, 23 February 2012READ MORE

Rise in Australian Student Visas from India

Australia has once again seen an increase in student visa applications from India after a phase of decline.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012READ MORE

Foreign Workers to Be Welcomed to Australian Northern Territory

Australia's Northern Territory is now allowed to welcome overseas workers after its government reached a migration agreement with Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and the Federal government, which is considered a positive step to help fill the Territory's skill shortage.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012READ MORE

Australia to Simplify Visa Application Process for International Students

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, last week announced the Government would make the visa application process easier for students from 29 countries by reducing assessment levels across a range of student visa subclasses from 24 March.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012READ MORE

Increase in Australian Visas for Short-Term Business Trips

Recent Australian immigration figures reveal that there was an increase in the number of Australian visa applicants entering Australia under the visa for short-term business trips.

Monday, 20 February 2012READ MORE

Australian Online Tourist Visas for Brazilians and Argentines Officially Come into Effect

According to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP), citizens from Brazil and Argentina can apply for online tourist visas to Australia starting from February 15, 2012.

Friday, 17 February 2012READ MORE

Sharp Rise in Australian Working Holiday Visas Issued for Irish Citizens

According to a recent report released by the Australian Government's Working Holiday Maker Visa Program, the number of working holiday visas granted to Irish citizens rose by 33 percent in 2011.

Thursday, 16 February 2012READ MORE

New Streamlined Australian Visa Application Process Recommended

Universities Australia, the peak body representing the public interest of the country's universities, has recommended the sector accept a new streamlined process for Australian student visas.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012READ MORE

Call for All Australian Visa Applicants to Have Medical Insurance

The Vice President of the Australian Medical Association's branch in Victoria, Stephen Parnis, has called for health insurance to become a mandatory requirement for all Australian visa applicants.

Monday, 13 February 2012READ MORE

Working Holiday Visa Changes Could Boost Australia's Economy

Research initiated by the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has found that changes to the Working Holiday Visa (WHV) guidelines could boost annual GDP by up to AUD$700 million over 10 years and help fill the regional labour shortages.

Monday, 13 February 2012READ MORE

Australian Tourism to Benefit from New Scoot Airline Route

Singapore-based budget airline Scoot has chosen The Gold Coast as its second international destination (after Sydney), according to its announcement on February 7, 2012.

Thursday, 9 February 2012READ MORE

New Proposed Australian Immigration Laws to Protect Women

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has recently recommended new immigration laws to protect migrant women fleeing family violence.

Thursday, 9 February 2012READ MORE

MIA Calls Australia to Grant More Humanitarian Visas

The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) has called for a future Humanitarian Program that is both "larger in size and broader in scope" in their submission to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) Information Paper Australia's Humanitarian Program: 2012-13 and Beyond.

Thursday, 9 February 2012READ MORE

Virtual English Tuition for New Australian Immigrants

The Federal Government has launched a three-year trial of virtual English language tuition to help new Australian immigrants settle into regional communities.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012READ MORE

Australian Immigration Officers to Visit Regional South Australia

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) officers will be visiting Port Pirie, South Australia on February 23, 2012.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012READ MORE

Improved Job Opportunities for Foreign Students in Australia

A new report reveals that international students graduating in Australia now get more chances to find work in their fields of study.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012READ MORE

Australia Visa Application Centre to Open in Accra, Ghana

The Australian High Commission will open an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Accra, Ghana on February 8, 2012.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012READ MORE

Review of the Australian Student Visa Assessment Level Framework

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has released a discussion paper which seek submissions on the issues raised in the Review of the Student Visa Assessment Level Framework Terms of Reference.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012READ MORE

Thousands Granted Australian Citizenship on Australia Day

On Australia Day, 26 January 2012, around 13,700 people from 144 countries were welcomed as new Australian citizens, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP announced.

Monday, 30 January 2012READ MORE

Australian Tourist Visa Available Online for Brazil and Argentina

People from Brazil and Argentina will be able to apply online for their Australian tourist visa from February 15, 2012.

Monday, 30 January 2012READ MORE

Migration Expos in the UK

Migration Expos will be held in the UK during February, providing detailed information about immigration and employment opportunities for Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Thursday, 19 January 2012READ MORE

Australia Attracts Thousands of Immigrants from Europe

There is an increase in the number of European migrants coming to Australia to escape the European debit crisis.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012READ MORE

Foreign Investors Rule Australian Rental Housing Market

Foreign investors are now dominating the Australian rental residential property market, according to a recent report of property group CBRE, a commercial real estate services firm.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012READ MORE

Philippine Workers to Fill Australian Labour Shortage

The Philippines may become a large source of nurses and skilled workers to fill the shortage of Australian workforce in the year 2012, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Wednesday, 4 January 2012READ MORE

Removal of Assurance of Support from Australian Partner Visas

Migration Regulations 1994 ("the Regulations") have been amended to remove the discretionary "Assurance of Support" (AoS) requirements from certain Partner visas, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship has recently announced.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012READ MORE

Australian Citizenship Ceremony

Australian Citizenship ceremony welcomes more than 100 local residents to officially become the Sunshine Coast's newest Australian Citizens.

Friday, 29 July 2011READ MORE

Australian Immigration Opportunities for Medical Staff

South Australia will need more medical staff in the next five years due to retirements of approximately 25 per cent of doctors.

Friday, 29 July 2011READ MORE

More supportive Australia to welcome migrants

Australia acknowledged migration as a solution to the shortage of skilled workers.

Thursday, 28 July 2011READ MORE

Australian electronic tourist visa to expand to Turkey

The Australian electronic tourist visa will soon be available to citizens of Turkey, according to an announcement from The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP).

Thursday, 21 July 2011READ MORE

Report of the 2010 Review of the Australian Migration Amendment

An independent legal expert Mr Stephen Howells was appointed to review the penalties prescribed under the Australian Migration Act by the former Minister (Evans). The report of the review was released on 21 July 2011.

Thursday, 21 July 2011READ MORE

Australian Immigration outreach officers to visit Scenic Rim and Southern Downs

Appointments will be held in Scenic Rim and Southern Downs from July 25 to 28 for the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) officers and Australian residents to discuss on immigration issues, particularly on employer-sponsored visa options and the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011READ MORE

Immigration to Western Australia to Support Resource Exports

The Australian government will adjust immigration laws to make it easier for employers in Western Australia to recruit semi-skilled workers from overseas and help them transition to their permanent residency.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011READ MORE

Number of 457 work visas in Western Australia doubled

According to new statistics released by Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) yesterday - July 19, 2011, the number of Australian work visas granted for Western Australia (WA) has doubled in the past 12 months.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011READ MORE

16 Thousand Australian Regional Sponsored Visas Allocated

An extra 16, 000 visas have been allocated by the Australian Government under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, according to an announcement released by Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen yesterday - July 19, 2011.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011READ MORE

Australian Immigration outreach officers to visit Wollongong

A meeting will be held in Illawarra on July 18 for the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) officers and residents of Wollongong, NSW, to discuss immigration issues.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011READ MORE

New group formed to assist Indian students in Australia

In order to help new Indian students in Australia adjust to a new life in the country, a group named "Committee on Student Related Activities" (COSRA) has been formed by a team of prominent community leaders in association with the Indian Consulate here.

Monday, 11 July 2011READ MORE

Immigration Opportunities for Western Australia

The Western Australian economy presents an opportunity for the state government to plan for an expanding economy and employment market. Targeted migration to Australia is essential to meet the states need for skilled labour.

Friday, 8 July 2011READ MORE

New Australian Application Forms Released on 1 July,2011

According to Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP), latest Visa Application forms which had been passed officially came into effect from 1 Jul,2011.

Thursday, 7 July 2011READ MORE

New Priority Processing for Australian Skilled Migration

A recent announcement has been made by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen on setting new priority processing arrangements for certain visa applications under skilled migration categories.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011READ MORE

New Australian Migration Law Passed

The Australian Senate has passed a proposed law which will allow the Minister for Immigration to refuse or cancel an Australian Visa for anyone convicted of a criminal offence at his discretion.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011READ MORE

Increase in Indian students applying for Australian Visa

An increase in Australian student visa applications particularly from Indian students was seen in the first six months of 2011.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011READ MORE

Australian Immigrants and Officials Talk

The scheduled visit of officials from Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) in Darwin to Alice Springs this July will promise to provide useful immigration information for both local people and immigrants.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011READ MORE

West Australia offers Career Opportunities to One Thousand Irish emigrants

An open day will be held in Limerick on Wednesday 6 July 2011 by TR7 Total Human Resources, and will provide 1,000 Irish workers the opportunity to consider migrating to Western Australia for new careers and a new life.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011READ MORE

Australian Immigration Releases new model for Adult Migrant English Program

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) Request for Tender for AMEP General Services and Distance / e-learning has been released by the Australian Government.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011READ MORE

Minimum salary thresholds for Australian 457 Visa program to increase from 1 July 2011

Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has recently announced an increase in required minimum salary thresholds for 457 visa program, which has come to effect from 1 July 2011.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011READ MORE

Immigration to Australia for better career prospects

Recent research from currencies.co.au shows interesting statistics on emigrating overseas to pursue new job opportunities.

Monday, 4 July 2011READ MORE

Croatia and the Maldives included in Australian Electronic Visa Program

The Australian Government has recently announced that Croatia and the Maldives are now included in the electronic tourist visa program from July 1, 2011.

Monday, 4 July 2011READ MORE

Changes in Australian Family Visa System

The Australian Government has published a series of changes to Family Stream Visas in June. All the changes take effect today, July 1, 2011.

Friday, 1 July 2011READ MORE

Australia to spend more than 38 million dollars on enhancing immigration settlement services

$38.5 million will be spend in the next financial year on services to help refugees and migrants settle into their new communities, according to an announcement made by Australian Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, and Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011READ MORE

New Australian Migration Model to Attract Skilled Workers

Peter Speldewinde, Assisstant secretary of Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has recently made an announcement on a new immigration program called "Electronic Expression of Interest" (EOI) in efforts to attract more skilled workers from Indian and other countries.

Monday, 20 June 2011READ MORE

New Legislation Regarding English Tests for Australian Skilled Migration

A new definition for Competent, Proficient and Superior English has been included in the changes to the legislation which will take effect on 1 July 2011. Applicants who want to apply for skilled visas, as well as those who want to gain points for Proficient and Superior English will have to take an English test 2 years or less prior to their application's lodgement.

Thursday, 16 June 2011READ MORE

Australia Updates Skilled Occupation List

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has recently published the updated Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for 2011. The updated list features 13 new occupations and 4 occupations to be removed.

Thursday, 9 June 2011READ MORE

New details of Australian skilled migration points test published

Important details involved in the new Australian skilled migration points test which is scheduled to be implemented on July 1st, 2011 has been released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

Thursday, 9 June 2011READ MORE

Australia Releases the Outlook for Net Overseas Migration

A new report named "The Outlook for Net Overseas Migration: May 2011" has been released by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen. The report, which forecasts net migration levels in the coming years, is considered the first step towards a comprehensive annual report on Australia's future immigration levels.

Monday, 6 June 2011READ MORE

Fall in the number of Indian students going to Australia

While the Australian Immigration Department is trying to relax the visa application process for foreign students interested in studying abroad, the universities are faced with the decrease in international enrolments in the first half of year, especially from India.

Monday, 6 June 2011READ MORE

Proposal on Fast Tracking Australian Student Visa Approval

IDP Education has proposed a change which would help a group of trusted universities to fast track visa approvals for their students. This also helps Australian immigration authorities run the system more efficiently as well as control visa breaches.

Thursday, 2 June 2011READ MORE

Western Australia calls for broadening of regional skilled Australian migration model

The Western Australian (WA) government has called on the federal government to expand the regional skilled migration model that restricts applicants of certain Australian visas to live and work in regional parts of the state.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011READ MORE

New Australian Immigration forums to help businesses embrace skilled visas

A series of new forums designed to promote and educate employers about skilled migration programs by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will be delivered in a visit of the department to across Western Australia (WA) next month.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011READ MORE

Australia released new visa law on skilled migrants

A radical new model of Australian visa rule for skilled migrants has been announced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Minister Chris Bowen. Accordingly, independent skilled migrants will have to ask permission before lodging their application from July, 2012.

Thursday, 26 May 2011READ MORE

Australian Government to Increase Independent Skilled Migration

The independent skilled migrant category is planned to increase by almost 30 percent by the federal government.

Thursday, 26 May 2011READ MORE

Australian 457 Visa Program Sees Highest Immigration Level This Year

The increase in demand for overseas trade workers to fill skills shortages in resources industry has resulted in the significant increase in the number of approved 457 visas in this year so far.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011READ MORE

TOEFL test scores approved for Australian Student visas

Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship has recently announced that international students wishing to study in Australia can now use their TOEFL® test scores as part of their visa application process.

Monday, 23 May 2011READ MORE

Australian Government to Increase Visa Fees

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will be increasing fees of a number of visa subclasses as part of the new federal budget.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011READ MORE

New Australian Immigration deal on asylum-seekers with Malaysia announced

In order to reduce human smuggling and illegal migration to Australia, a new agreement has been struck with Malaysia by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) at Parliament House in Canberra.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011READ MORE

Thousands of new Australian visa places to be allocated

With a new focus on regional Australian visas to fill skills shortages, the Australian Federal Budget yesterday released that almost 16,000 skilled migration places would be allocated as part of the Federal Budget.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011READ MORE

Australia Announces Series of New Immigration Changes to Fill Skill Shortages

The Australian government recently announced a series of immigration changes including a skilled migration program targeting regional Australia, a faster 457 visa process and an increase in the number of humanitarian visas in near future.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011READ MORE

Australia Plans to Train and Recruit Tens of Thousands of Indian Skilled Migrants

The Australia's economy, especially the booming natural resources sector is now facing a shortage in skilled labour market. A plan to train tens of thousands of Indian graduates is under consideration by officials in Australia and India to help Australia solve this problem.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011READ MORE

Australian budget set to create 500,000 new jobs and boost temporary immigration

The Australian government's treasury minister Wayne Swan has rejected calls for a large boost to permanent migration. But he flagged a likely spike in temporary skilled migration in the next four years as a result of measures in the budget making it easier for businesses to use foreign labour.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011READ MORE

Universities call for easing of restrictions on Australian student visas

A significant drop in students from India and China has put many self-funded Australian universities and other higher education providers in deep financial crisis. Therefore, they are calling on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) to ease visa restrictions for student arrivals from these countries.

Friday, 6 May 2011READ MORE

Tougher Australian visa rules for refugees clarified

Australian immigration minister Chris Bowen has clarified his plans to make it tougher for certain refugees to apply for visa to Australia.

Thursday, 5 May 2011READ MORE

Australian Visa Reviews for a More Competitive Tourism

Government reviews of many visa classifications are believed to bring about benefit to Australian tourism. This move can keep Australia competitive in the tourism industry and create a better environment for international visitors to Australia.

Thursday, 28 April 2011READ MORE

Immigrants in Western Australia get English Language Support

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has decided that the Central Institute and Polytechnic West should assist immigrants in Western Australia by providing English language support to them.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011READ MORE

Australia Proposes a Simplified Visitor Visa Program

Along with the Australian government's proposal to simplify visitor visas, a discussion paper for public comment on that matter has recently been released by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and Minister Assisting on Deregulation, Senator Nick Sherry.

Thursday, 21 April 2011READ MORE

New Australian rules to combat fraud immigration

In an effort to combat fraud immigration, Australian immigration department has introduced a tougher set of rules over the weekend.

Thursday, 14 April 2011READ MORE

Australian Announces Changes to Student Visa Assessment Level

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has announced on 2 April that the government will lower international student visa assessment levels for 38 countries across one or more subclasses.

Monday, 4 April 2011READ MORE

Western Australia attract more skilled migrants via Skilled Migration Strategy

A strategy that outlines an integrated and targeted approach to solve the future lack of skilled labour has recently been launched by the Western Australia.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011READ MORE

Australian biometric program extended to new countries

The introduction of biometrics program with tighter, more technologically advanced immigration controls for visa applicants in new countries has been announced by Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011READ MORE

Visa assistance to Japanese nationals in Australia

To assist Japanese residents affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami, Australian government has offered extensions of their Australian visas if required.

Monday, 21 March 2011READ MORE

Australia to celebrate Womens Day with better immigration policy for women

To highlight the 100th annual Women’s Day, Australia has celebrated women’s rights by promoting immigration policies that help protect women.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011READ MORE

New South Wales introduces State Migration Plan

A recent announcement from the New South Wales Government shows that NSW State Migration Plan, which leads to many changes in occupations for skilled sponsored migrants, has been approved and implemented from 3 March 2011.

Friday, 11 March 2011READ MORE

Australian work visas to be encouraged for WA businesses

According to a spokesman from Australian immigration department, The Australian Government will travel to Western of this country to encourage businesses to use Australia working visa to fill skills shortages.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011READ MORE

New campaign of Australia to attract skilled migrants

In order to attract skilled migrants to Canberra, a new campaign named "Live in Canberra" will be launched by The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government between 9 February and 28 February 2011.

Friday, 11 February 2011READ MORE

Visa privilege for Egyptians in Australia

Due to the current political situation in Egypt, Australia will give option of staying for Egyptian nationals currently in Australia beyond their Australian visa expiry.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011READ MORE

Australia supports Queensland via immigration

With reconstruction efforts to support Queensland after being devastated by flooding in December and January 2011, the Australian immigration Department will visit to cyclone-ravaged parts of Queensland.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011READ MORE

New Study on Migrants Settling in Australia

In Settler Arrivals 2009-10 publication, a study by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's (DIBP) has revealed the new figures of migrants settling in Australia during 2009/10.

Monday, 24 January 2011READ MORE

Actions needed to attract more foreign students to enter Australia

Australia is trying hard to keep attracting foreign students because of increasing competition from other countries and the efforts of Asian nations to retain their students.

Monday, 24 January 2011READ MORE

Skilled migrants from India attracted to Work in Australia

Talking to the media on last Friday, the Australian High Commissioner for India stated that the Australian government now wants to attract more Indian skilled workers.

Friday, 21 January 2011READ MORE

Australia needs to speed up Skilled Work Visa Application

According to a recent report in The Australian newspaper, the current backlog of Australian Visa applications has been widely criticized by businesses and migration employment advocates and they are calling on The Immigration Department to better allocate its resources.

Monday, 17 January 2011READ MORE

Changes in Australia visa appeal system for refugees

A recent High Court ruling has encouraged thousands of asylum seekers who have had their Australian Visa applications rejected to appeal the decision. This has forced the Government of Australia to make changes to the appeal system.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011READ MORE

Skilled migrants to be attracted to South Australia

The federal government of Australia and state government of South Australia have reached an agreement on immigration to meet South Australia needs for skilled migrants.

Monday, 10 January 2011READ MORE

Bangladesh joins Australian Work and Holiday Visa Program

On December, 31st 2010, a work and holiday agreement between Australia and Bangladesh has been stared.

Thursday, 6 January 2011READ MORE

Skilled Independent visa to encourage Brits to Immigrate to Australia

Thanks to economic growth and a decrease in unemployment rate, Australian job vacancies are now increasing and immigrants from the UK are expected to have greater opportunities to work in Australia.

Thursday, 6 January 2011READ MORE

More US Citizens move to Australia

More US citizens are moving to Australia for jobs as there is now an unemployment crisis in USA. About 7,000 US people, of whom 80 percent immigrate over the past five years, are working on Australian skilled work visas.

Thursday, 6 January 2011READ MORE

Australian Government to Implement More Efficient Processing Times

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship of Australia, Senator Chris Evans, has announced that there will be new visa processing times that will become effective on July 14, 2010.

Monday, 26 July 2010READ MORE

Australia Preferred Destination for Chinese Tourists

The latest PATA Travel Intentions Survey results show that Chinese tourists prefer Australia over other countries for travel and tourism.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010READ MORE

Australian Leaders See the Need for Sustained Immigration

Although Kevin Rudd is no longer Prime Minister, his vision for a "Big Australia" is still widely supported within Australia.

Friday, 16 July 2010READ MORE

Australian Skilled occupations List to Focus on Needs of the Economy

The new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) is now in effect as of July 1, 2010. The changes that have been implemented for the SOL are projected to attract Skilled Workers that are high in demand and want to live in Australia.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010READ MORE

Australia to Focus on Skilled Immigration

Australia's new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, is looking to implement new plans for immigration changes that would favour Skilled Immigrants wishing to live in Australia.

Friday, 2 July 2010READ MORE

Australian Dollar Rises

The Australian dollar closed slightly higher on Friday's close as the currency exchange rate rose one US cent and remained high throughout the weekend.

Friday, 2 July 2010READ MORE

New Australian Prime Minister Experienced Immigration First Hand

Julia Gillard, who stepped into the position of Prime Minister yesterday, was born in Wales, and migrated with her family to Australian in 1966.

Friday, 25 June 2010READ MORE

Freedom From Fear Theme for Australian Refugee Week

Refugee Week in Australia started on Sunday and is to run for the entire week to end on June 26, 2010.

Thursday, 24 June 2010READ MORE

Julia Gillard First Female Prime Minister of Australia

The Australian Labor Party has voted this morning for Julia Gillard to replace the outgoing Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister of Australia.

Thursday, 24 June 2010READ MORE

Employment in Australia Increases in May but More Still Needed

Australia's Unemployment rate decreased from 5.4% in April, to 5.2% in May, according to the latest statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Tuesday, 22 June 2010READ MORE

No Limit on Student Visas to Australia Says Government

In a media release, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans stated that the Government has no intention of placing a limit on the number of international student visas issued each year.

Friday, 11 June 2010READ MORE

Immigration Reform Will Provide Australia With the Skilled Labour it Needs

In an Address to the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Workforce Summit in Perth, Senator Chris Evans claimed that the Governments Immigration reform is "designed to provide workforce solutions for the business community".

Wednesday, 9 June 2010READ MORE

Australian Visa Process Simplified

According to latest information released by the Australian Government, plans are being made to radically change and make the immigration system less complicated.

Monday, 7 June 2010READ MORE

Australian Economy Strong due to International Trade

Latest Statistics show that Australia's trade position has returned to a surplus, mostly because of increasing commodity prices. Australia's economy is expected to receive a significant boost as a result of its strong trade position.

Friday, 4 June 2010READ MORE

New Rules will not Slow Immigration to Queensland

A new report shows that 70 percent of international migrants to Queensland are from visa categories that have not been significantly affected by the latest changes.

Monday, 31 May 2010READ MORE

Skilled Immigration Plans Revealed in 2011 Budget

The Government has announced that the Skilled Migration Program will focus more on critical skills in the coming year, but still expect to maintain the current immigration intake.

Thursday, 20 May 2010READ MORE

DIAC publishes new Skilled Occupation List

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has officially published the new Skilled Occupation List which will come into effect from 1 July 2010.

Monday, 17 May 2010READ MORE

Offshore Skilled Migration Visas Suspended

In a media release, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans announced that people will not be able to lodge certain offshore general skilled migration applications (GSM) from 8 May 2010.

Monday, 10 May 2010READ MORE

DIAC delays release of new Skilled Occupation List

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) Australia have delayed the release of the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL), scheduled for release on 30, April 2010.

Monday, 3 May 2010READ MORE

Australian Government Closes Student Visa Loopholes

According to a release from the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Evans, a number of tough new measures to crack down on student immigration will ensure that only genuine students will be accepted to study in Australia.

Friday, 30 April 2010READ MORE

Australian Government Changes Business Skills Migration Program

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) have announced changes to the Business Skills Migration program. Applicants wishing to migrate under this program will need to meet increased visa thresholds from 19 April 2010.

Friday, 30 April 2010READ MORE

Regional Australian Cities Benefit from Mining Immigration

Federal Resources Minister, Martin Ferguson says that Australia should expect large numbers of Immigrants settling into regional Australian towns and cities, as a result of the next mining boom.

Friday, 16 April 2010READ MORE

IT Industry Calls for More Temporary Skilled Visas

According to Recruiters, the IT sector is sliding into a skills shortage that could be eased by making it easier to sponsor skilled temporary workers from overseas.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010READ MORE

Australia prepares for future Immigration

The Australian Government has announced new measures for developing the infrastructure and resources needed to accommodate Australia's immigration and growing population.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010READ MORE

Australian Universities Want Residency for Post Graduate Students

Australia's top universities have called for a new Australian visa to be established that would guarantee post-graduate students a 3 year temporary visa that could lead to permanent residency.

Monday, 5 April 2010READ MORE

ACT updates Skills in Demand List

The Australian Capital Territory Government has updated their Skills in Demand List (SDL). This change will impact business analysts, advertising professionals, and some teachers wishing to immigrate to Australia under the state/territory sponsored program.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010READ MORE

Australian Work Visa Applicants can use Existing Skills Assessments

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has announced that many Work Visa applicants who have nominated a trade occupation will be able to use an existing skills assessment to lodge a valid visa application.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010READ MORE

DIAC Supports Campaign Against Illegal Work Practices

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP), announced its support of a national campaign to educate employers in the horticulture industry about their obligations when employing overseas workers.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010READ MORE

Baird Review of Education Shows Support for Australian Student Visa Changes

The final report of the Baird Review on legislation governing international education shows support for recent Government immigration policy changes.

Thursday, 11 March 2010READ MORE

457 Skilled Workers to be Hired When Local Labour Cannot be Found

The minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans has released a public statement confirming the Governments position that the 457 Visa programme should only be used when employers are unable to find the skilled workers within Australia.

Friday, 5 March 2010READ MORE

Temporary Skilled Workers are Highly Skilled Professionals According to Immigration Stats

New Immigration figures show that almost 90 percent of 457 Subclass Temporary Overseas work visas granted in 2009-10 went to managers and highly skilled professional workers.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010READ MORE

It is never too late to become an Australian Citizen

Iris Boatfield, 92, became an Australian Citizen in a private Citizenship ceremony with her family in Brisbane, Queensland.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010READ MORE

Australian Skilled Work Visa Points Test to be Reviewed

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has released a discussion paper, seeking public comment on a review of the points test for Skilled Work Visa applicants.

Thursday, 18 February 2010READ MORE

Australian Student Visa Still in Demand According to Survey

An online survey of over 1600 international students showed that Australia is still a preferred destination for studying despite recent immigration changes, crack-downs on educational institutes and incidents involving international students.

Monday, 15 February 2010READ MORE

Students still have a path to Australian Permanent Residency

According to the Australian Government, Student Visa holders still have options to seek permanent residency to Australia under the latest changes to Australian Immigration policy.

Friday, 12 February 2010READ MORE

Australian Skilled Immigration and Work Visa Changes

The Australian Government has announced major changes to the Skilled Work Visa program which will favour those with business or Government sponsorship.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010READ MORE

Australia Welcomes Record Number of New Citizens on Australia Day

Australia welcomed 16,500 new Australians at Citizenship ceremonies around the country on January 25.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010READ MORE

Football Star forced to leave for breaching Australian Travel Visa

Former Manchester United player Paul Parker has been forced to leave Australia after he allegedly breached his Australian Travel Visa by working as a TV soccer analyst.

Thursday, 21 January 2010READ MORE

457 visa program successfully addressing skills shortages in Australia

Senator Chris Evans believes that changes to the temporary skilled migration scheme are successfully addressing some of Australia's skill shortages while protecting local jobs.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010READ MORE

Australian Working Holiday Visa Over-stayers Deported

12 or more Irish nationals have been deported as a part of investigations into immigration fraud in Australia.

Monday, 18 January 2010READ MORE

Temporary Skilled Migration to Australia down 49 percent

Compared to the same time last year, temporary skilled migration to Australia has decreased by almost 50 percent, after stricter workplace laws came into effect.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010READ MORE

Overseas Skilled Workers to supplement not replace Australian work force

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Evans has commented on the recent immigration reforms, and stated that the aim of the Rudd government is to provide training and job opportunities for Australians.

Thursday, 30 July 2009READ MORE

Skilled Migrants more likely to get Permanent Residency to Australia

Minister of Immigration & Citizenship, Chris Evans has told press on his recent visit to India that Australian Immigration law is changing with a stronger focus on skilled workers.

Thursday, 23 July 2009READ MORE

Australian Immigration statistics funding extended 3 years

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP), and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have announced that the National Migrant Statistics Unit (NMSU) would continue to operate for at least the next 3 years.

Monday, 20 July 2009READ MORE

Changes for Skilled Visas to Australia

From July 1, 2009 trades people applying to live and work in Australia will be required to meet a higher level of English language ability than before. Also, minimum wage for 457 Subclass visa holders will be increased by 4.1 percent.

Thursday, 2 July 2009READ MORE

Increased Government Processing Fees for Australian Visas

The Australian Government has announced that immigration processing fees has increased, effective from July 1, 2009.

Thursday, 2 July 2009READ MORE

Many Australian Visa Application Forms to change from 1 July 2009

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) have announced a number of changes to application forms and other forms to take effect from 1 July 2009.

Thursday, 18 June 2009READ MORE

Australian economic growth in the face of global recession

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on the second of June indicate positive news for the Australian economy showing economic growth in the first quarter of 2009.

Friday, 5 June 2009READ MORE

Sixtieth Anniversary of Australia Citizenship

2009 marks the sixtieth anniversary of Australian Citizenship, which was introduced in 1949 following the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948. Before this time most Australians were British subjects.

Friday, 29 May 2009READ MORE

Risks of Working Illegally in Australia

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) have reminded Australian employers to check that their staff have the right to work in Australia.

Friday, 29 May 2009READ MORE

Record Number of Brits Moving to Australia

Records show that over the last ten years, the level of emigration from the UK to Australia has more than doubled. This trend has also been influenced heavily of recent times due to the uncertain economic situation in the UK.

Friday, 29 May 2009READ MORE

Further Changes to 457 Work Visa Programme

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Australia, Chris Evans, has announced that a number of occupations will be removed from the 457 Work Visa programme.

Friday, 22 May 2009READ MORE

Fewer Australian Skilled Migration Places Available Next Year

The Australian Government has announced as part of the 2009-10 Budget, that there will be fewer skilled migration visas available in the next financial year.

Thursday, 14 May 2009READ MORE

Australian Unemployment Rate Falls

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released April figures that show a surprise reduction in the unemployment rate for the month of April 2009.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009READ MORE

New Skilled Migration requirements for NSW

The New South Wales (NSW) state government has made a series of changes that affect skilled migrants wanting to live and work in NSW.

Friday, 24 April 2009READ MORE

Increased level of English ability required for 457 visa

DIBP have announced that they will be raising the level of English for all subclass 457 trades and chef applicants, effective from today.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009READ MORE

Changes to 457 visa programme

The Australian Immigration Department has announced a number of changes to the 457 Temporary Business Long Stay Visa, to ensure that prospective immigrants are suitably skilled, and are not being under-payed or discriminated against.

Friday, 3 April 2009READ MORE

New Critical Skills List for Migration to Australia

DIBP have removed a large number of trade skills such as carpenters, welders and plumbers, from the CSL (Critical Skills List) to reduce Australia's immigration intake.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009READ MORE

Changes to Immigration Act for Same-Sex Couples

The government has announced changes to the Immigration Act, in order to eliminate any discrimination against same-sex couples and their children.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009READ MORE

South Australia Immigration Changes for March

The South Australian State Government has announced a number of changes to state immigration programs that will come into effect on March 31, 2009.

Friday, 20 March 2009READ MORE

Immigration helps Australia grow.

Recent figures show that Australia’s estimated resident population increased by 359,000 to 21,374,000 people the year ended 30 June 2008.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009READ MORE

New Work and Travel Visa Agreement for Indonesia and Australia

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) have announced a new reciprocal agreement between the Australian and Indonesian governments, which allows university educated Australian and Indonesian travellers aged between 18 and 30 years old to travel and work and holiday in each others’ countries.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009READ MORE

DIAC report shows increase in immigration

DIBPs 2007-2008 Annual Report shows the number of people entering Australia both permanently and temporarily continued to increase during the 2007-2008 period.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009READ MORE

Australian Statistics indicate longer lives, better education and a growing country

Recent findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) indicate that Australians are living longer. The percentage of the Australian population older than 65 years has increased to 13% in 2006, compares to just 4% back in 1901.

Thursday, 12 February 2009READ MORE

13,000 New Australian Citizens Welcomed on Australia Day 2009

January 26, 2009 marked the 60th year of Australia's Nationality and Citizenship Act which created the concept of "Australian Citizenship".

Thursday, 5 February 2009READ MORE

No Reduction in Skilled Migrants for 2009

Immigration Minister Chris Evans has announced that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) will not reduce the number of skilled migrant visas for the 2009 programme.

Thursday, 29 January 2009READ MORE

Changes to Victorian State Sponsorship list

There have been a number of changes to the Victorian State Sponsorship list. The sponsorship lists are updated in order to reflect changes in the skill needs for Victorian employers whose positions they cannot fill locally.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009READ MORE

Record number of Irish migrating to Australia

Recent figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) indicate that a record number of the Irish population are emigrating Down Under. The report shows that emigration is at its highest in 20 years. 45,300 workers have left the country in the year to April 2008, and the majority of these have chosen Australia as their preferred location to settle down.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009READ MORE

Increase in temporary skilled migration visas

Australia has increased the total number of temporary work visas granted this year by 27% compared to last year.

Thursday, 24 July 2008READ MORE

New Immigration Deal to help Philippines Skilled Workers

South Australia and the Philippines are in discussions to help skilled Filipino workers to work and build their careers.

Thursday, 17 July 2008READ MORE

New Amendments Made to Working Holiday Visa Australia

Amendments have been made to the Migration Regulations Act (1994) to encourage working holiday visa applicants to spend some time working in regional areas of Australia.

Friday, 11 July 2008READ MORE

DIAC Annual Fee Adjustment for Australian Visas

The DIBP (Department of Immigration and Citizenship) have made their annual adjustment of most of their visa application fees. The new fees came into effect from 1 July 2008 and were applied to the majority of Australian visas.

Thursday, 10 July 2008READ MORE

Government Pushes State Sponsored Visas to Australia

Immigration Minister Chris Evans has called on states and territories to increase their use of the state sponsored skilled migration scheme.

Monday, 7 July 2008READ MORE

DIAC Opens visa processing centres to cope with increased visa applications

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) Australia have announced changes in visa processing locations that come into effect on the 1st of July 2008.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008READ MORE

Online Visa Applications for Bulgaria, Poland & Romania

The Department of Immigration & Citizenship of Australia (DIBP) announced a roll-out of improved electronic processing for Bulgarian, Polish and Romanian Citizens.

Monday, 30 June 2008READ MORE

Immigration to Australia Could Help Pacific Islanders Find Skills & Employment

Australian federal government is expected to sign off on a plan to create a new "guest worker" program to allow 5,000 Pacific Islanders to work in Australia for a year to build their skills & experience before returning home to help strengthen their country's skills & economy.

Monday, 23 June 2008READ MORE

Australia Invests $34 Million to Support Migrants Living in Australia

Laurie Ferguson, Secretary for Multicultural Affairs & Settlement announced that the Australian Government would spend $34 million next financial year on services to assist the integration of migrants and refugees.

Friday, 6 June 2008READ MORE

Australian Budget Plan Reveals 300,000 More Visas to Australia

The Labor party budget for 2008-09 includes an increase of almost 300,000 visas to Australia in a bid to address labour shortages in Australia.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008READ MORE

Faster processing speed for 457 Australian Work Visas for skilled migrants

Many skilled migrants wanting to work in Australia can now look forward to faster processing times for their 457 Australian Work Visas.

Tuesday, 6 May 2008READ MORE

Strong immigration program with integrity critical to Australia's future

Immigration makes Australia stronger, says the latest research by the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements.

Thursday, 1 May 2008READ MORE

Immigration Dept workshop for Australian Work Visas & Employment

A series of information sessions about Australian Work Visas and employment for overseas workers will be presented by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) on Monday, the 28th of April 2008 in Western Australia’s Kalgoorlie.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008READ MORE

Immigration change on Australian Student Visa

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship has introduced a change to permit all initial Student Visa holders to work once they’ve started a course of study.

Thursday, 17 April 2008READ MORE

Australian immigration will open door to world-class education for your kids

If you are a teacher or/and you’re considering immigration to Australia for your family, you could soon be faced with a government who is planning to give kids in Australia the best education in the world.

Thursday, 17 April 2008READ MORE

Australian Immigration: 40,000 skilled workers needed to ease shortage in construction sector

Immigration can be the answer to curbing Australian state, Victoria’s rise in housing prices because of labour shortages in commercial and residential projects.

Monday, 14 April 2008READ MORE

Australian Immigration urged to lift age restrictions on Working Holiday Visas

A request has been launched to Australian Immigration to remove the age restrictions currently set for Working Holiday Visas.

Friday, 11 April 2008READ MORE

World Youth Day pilgrims: lodge visa applications now, says Australian Immigration Minister

If you want to travel to Australia for the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day, you’d have to apply for your visa as soon as possible, Chris Evans, Australia’s Immigration Minister advises.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008READ MORE

Immigration to Australia quite the trend amongst Brits

Brits immigrating to Australia have increased double fold since ten years ago, says a new media report, making it the second most popular destination after Spain for UK immigrants.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008READ MORE

Australian immigration: Citizenship testing expanded in Northern Territory

Potential candidates for permanent immigration don’t have to travel as far anymore when they have to do a citizenship test for Australia.

Wednesday, 2 April 2008READ MORE

Multicultural Australian nation swells with immigration pride

Immigration is vital to Australia’s economy and now accounts for more than half the country’s population growth, said a recent report.

Tuesday, 1 April 2008READ MORE

Immigration needs to open doors to more than 96,000 farm workers in Australia

The National Farmers' Federation (NFF) is calling on the Rudd Government to ease immigration laws to allow Pacific islanders to come to Australia on a seasonal basis and pick fruit and vegetables.

Wednesday, 26 March 2008READ MORE

Skilled immigration could earn you an above average wage in Australia

A recent report by the Department of Immigration has revealed that overseas workers mainly in higher skilled areas are earning wages well above their Australian counterparts.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008READ MORE

Australian immigration: boost for 457 work visa, guest workers and refugees

In order to remedy its skills crisis, Australian Immigration is coming up with plans that will influence temporary overseas workers and refugees.

Thursday, 20 March 2008READ MORE

Australian immigration expo this weekend in the UK

Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Evans is hoping that the two-day 2008 Australia Needs Skills expo this weekend will lure more skilled workers to Australia.

Friday, 14 March 2008READ MORE

Australian Immigration: New UK police clearance procedure

The Brisbane Character Assessment Unit of Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has announced a new trial procedure for UK police checks.

Thursday, 13 March 2008READ MORE

Construction work visa changes on cards for Australian immigration

Construction workers wanting to live around the beach and wine regions could be in for a treat if Kevin Rudd follows through with immigration changes.

Tuesday, 11 March 2008READ MORE

Australian immigration could benefit your kids' health

If you have kids and are planning to immigrate to Australia, you will be glad to know that the Australian Government has just invested even more funds into promoting the health of children.

Friday, 7 March 2008READ MORE

Australian immigration to bring in 15,000 construction workers

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is looking into a solution to ease Australia's current housing shortage, which includes taking care of the country's other shortage: construction labour.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008READ MORE

The big 17 for immigration: Australia's most-wanted jobs

It's no secret that Australia's in high demand of skilled workers, and now, thanks to a list Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has just released, the world now knows in exactly which sectors the country needs them.

Monday, 3 March 2008READ MORE

Immigration adds to 'brain gain

Thanks to immigration, Australia has found it a breeze to fill more than half (53.9%) of the country's full-time jobs created over the last 12 months.

Saturday, 1 March 2008READ MORE

Australian business investment a good bet for immigration

With the Australian dollar at a 24-year high, setting your investment sights on Australian businesses while considering immigration could be in your best interest.

Friday, 29 February 2008READ MORE

Australian immigration: Doctors urgently needed in Victoria

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is calling for urgent action to increase the number of GPs in regional Victoria, setting its hopes on doctors considering immigration.

Thursday, 21 February 2008READ MORE

Australian immigration lifts restrictions on working holiday & skilled workers

A total of 6000 more Australian skilled visas have just been released by the Australian government, and are up for grabs before the end of June 2008 by overseas applicants keen on immigration.

Monday, 18 February 2008READ MORE

Immigration gives hope for Australia's economic future

Australia is in dire need of increased immigration, because when millions of baby boomers retire, many job vacancies will be created, according to a latest report.

Wednesday, 6 February 2008READ MORE

Immigration leads to record number of brand new Australian citizens

More than 14,000 new citizens can now finally call Australia home after immigration paved their way to a new life in the world's friendliest country.

Tuesday, 5 February 2008READ MORE

Cricketer Bradman stays put in Australian Immigration Citizenship Test Revamp

The Australian immigration citizenship test is in for a possible makeover, only six months after its introduction by the previous conservative Howard government on 1 October 2007.

Wednesday, 30 January 2008READ MORE

Immigration of medical professionals to fill 15,300 positions in Australia

The immigration of health professionals could be the answer to Australia's huge gap in the medical sector. Physiotherapists, social workers, radiologists and other health professionals are urgently needed to work in Australia.

Tuesday, 29 January 2008READ MORE

Immigration can help Canada not face critical IT labour shortage in next 3-5 years

In the IT industry and considering immigration to Canada? Your timing couldn't be any better, as a report issued by a group of industry professionals estimates that over 90,000 jobs in the IT sector will become available before 2011.

Friday, 25 January 2008READ MORE

Immigration can save Canada from facing IT labour shortage in next 3-5 years

In the IT industry and considering immigration to Canada? Your timing couldn't be any better, as a report issued by a group of industry professionals estimates that over 90,000 jobs in the IT sector will become available before 2011.

Friday, 25 January 2008READ MORE

Australian immigration: Happy migrants express no regret

Afraid your immigration decision to Australia could be of ill judgement? Maybe you're in for a rather pleasant surprise.

Thursday, 24 January 2008READ MORE

Studying in Australia opens doorway to immigration

Students from all over the world are flocking to Australian schools and universities as part of a quest for adventure, international study opportunities and a means of immigration.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008READ MORE

Studying in Australia opens doorway to immigration

Students from all over the world are flocking to Australian schools and universities as part of a quest for adventure, international study opportunities and a means of immigration.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008READ MORE

Skilled immigration: lifeline for Australian engineering & science

If you're a scientist or engineer, your immigration decision could be the answer to Australia's energy, mining and pharmaceutical industries' pleads for more qualified professionals to migrate to Australia.

Thursday, 17 January 2008READ MORE

Cycling for green: Immigration to a cleaner, healthier Australia

Looking at the latest statistics on bicycle sales, it's not hard to see why immigration to Australia can be like a breath of fresh air for many – literally.

Monday, 14 January 2008READ MORE

Immigrants to Australia Add Value: Study

A new Government study, Social Costs & Benefits of Migration into Australia, finds that immigrants to Australia are generally better educated, more willing to participate in society and less dependent on social assistance that their Australian-born peers. Newcomers from around the world provide valuable human capital to the Australian economy.

Friday, 27 July 2007READ MORE

Record Number of Backpackers and Gap Year Travellers

According to the Department of Immigration, Australia granted a record number of visas to Backpackers in 2006 and 2007, with 102,966 visas granted representing an increase of 15% over the previous year.

Thursday, 26 July 2007READ MORE

Australia Skills Shortage Driving Housing Demand

Demand for housing in Australia is expected to grow significantly due to the influx of migrants to Australia.

Monday, 23 July 2007READ MORE

Australian Economy Shows Strong Growth in First Fiscal Quarter

The Australian economy has shown another quarter of strong fiscal growth - growing 3.8% compared to the first quarter last year.

Monday, 9 July 2007READ MORE

New Application Forms for Most Australian Vias

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) has instituted new application forms for most Australian visa types.

Wednesday, 4 July 2007READ MORE

Australian Trucking Industry Investigates Skills Shortage

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Kevin Andrews has announced the launch of an industry working group to investigate and provide recommendations on the Australian trucking industry skills shortage.

Monday, 18 June 2007READ MORE

South Australia opens arms to Burmese refugees

The Assistant Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Teresa Gambaro has congratulated the Limestone Coast of South Australia for their commitment to refugee settlement.

Thursday, 14 June 2007READ MORE

Queensland welcomes over 500 new citizens

Brisbane has celebrated its annual 'Queensland Citizenship Day' by welcoming 561 new citizens.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007READ MORE

Australia commits $32 million to help new migrants

Australia has committed $32 million to services aimed at helping refugees and other new migrants to integrate into the mainstream community, an increase from last year's $31 million.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007READ MORE

Australian population tops 21 million mark

According to the preliminary results of the 2006 Census, Australia’s population increased by 1.4% during the 12 months up to December, 2006.

Thursday, 7 June 2007READ MORE

Queensland economy on the rise

Queensland is well on the road to economic success following a recent study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Tuesday, 5 June 2007READ MORE

Major reforms for Australia's GSM Programme

The Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Kevin Andrews and the Minister of Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop, have announced a number of dramatic changes to the current General Skilled Migration (GSM) programme.

Friday, 1 June 2007READ MORE

Australia welcomes record number of Chinese tourists

The Australian tourism market reached a high point last week by welcoming its 300,000th Chinese visitor under the Approved Destination Scheme.

Monday, 28 May 2007READ MORE

Fresh start for Zimbabwean Nurses

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) have lifted a ban on recruiting Zimbabwean Nurses, providing a fresh start and significant career opportunities for many Zimbabwean nursing professionals in Australia.

Friday, 25 May 2007READ MORE

20 questions for fair dinkum migrants

Potential Australian citizens will soon be quizzed in the form of a multiple choice citizenship test about Australia’s values, political affairs and sporting preferences. The test will consist of 20 questions drawn from a pool of 200.

Monday, 21 May 2007READ MORE

Solid employment for Australias skilled migrants

Recently arrived skilled migrants are enjoying strong employment outcomes and job satisfaction, according to preliminary results of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIBP) third longitudinal survey of immigrants.

Friday, 18 May 2007READ MORE

Western Australia seeks skilled meat workers

Kevin Andrews, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, and Margaret Quirk, West Australian Minister for Small Business, have finalised a three-year labour agreement for the temporary entry of skilled meatworkers to Western Australia.

Thursday, 17 May 2007READ MORE

Increased intake for skilled workers

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) have released details of the 2007-08 Migration Programme intake with a planning level set at 152,800 places.

Friday, 11 May 2007READ MORE

Major Changes to Australian General Skilled Migration Programme

The Australian Government has hinted at introducing extensive changes to the current General Skilled Migration Programme.

Monday, 7 May 2007READ MORE

Tough new laws strengthen Skilled Temporary Visa

Changes to the controversial Skilled Temporary Visa (subclass 457) which will protect and strengthen the integrity of the 457 visa scheme, have been formally announced by the Australian Government.

Monday, 30 April 2007READ MORE

Australian Skilled Migrant programme under reform

Details of reforms to Australia's General Skilled Migration (GSM) programme have been announced by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP and Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP.

Tuesday, 17 April 2007READ MORE

Labor set to bin union input

The Australian Labour Party (ALP) plans to stop unions from making decisions on whether a business should be allowed to recruit temporary skilled migrants. The plan comes as a bid by the ALP to show that the party recognises the need for employer sponsored visas, despite continuous campaigns against their abuse.

Thursday, 29 March 2007READ MORE

Migrants and babies fuel population growth

The increasing number of newborn babies and migrants have driven Australia’s population growth to its highest level in five years, fuelling economic growth and generating expansion in Australia’s research-rich states.

Wednesday, 28 March 2007READ MORE

Australia celebrates national harmony

The Australian Government encouraged its citizens and residents to get together on 21 March 2007 and acknowledge the nation’s cultural diversity.

Thursday, 22 March 2007READ MORE

Employers call for action on skills crises

The Australian government is being urged to respond to employer groups calling for a serious increase to the size and scope of the 2007-8 migration program.

Thursday, 15 March 2007READ MORE

Australia looks to strengthen citizenship laws

New immigration legislation designed to strengthen Australian security was passed through the Senate on 25 February 2007.

Tuesday, 13 March 2007READ MORE

Australian Public Holiday - Monday, 12th of March 2007

We wish to advise our clients that our Australian office will be closed on 12th March, 2007 for Labour Day.

Friday, 9 March 2007READ MORE

Warm welcome for over 600 new Australian citizens

More than 600 new Australian citizens from 50 difference countries were given a ‘home town welcome’ last night at a Citizenship Ceremony held in Brisbane.

Thursday, 8 March 2007READ MORE

Chile Open Door to Work and Holiday Agreement

Latin America has opened its door to Australian students and professionals to work and holiday in Chile. The renewed arrangement for the ‘Work and Holiday’ visa will allow up to 500 visas per year for both Australia and Chile.

Thursday, 22 February 2007READ MORE

Government backs Multicultural Affairs

According to a recent media release, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Teresa Gambaro has reinforced the government’s commitment to a strong and cohesive Australia through effective integration.

Thursday, 22 February 2007READ MORE

Renewed agreement for German and Aussie travellers

Thousands of young Germans and Australians will have the opportunity to enjoy a working holiday in each other's countries following a renewed agreement in Berlin.

Tuesday, 20 February 2007READ MORE

Fast tracked 457 visas for honest employers

Changes to the controversial subclass 457 visa were unveiled this week by new Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews. The adjustments will introduce harsh penalties for those in breach of the sponsorship conditions and reward those who adhere to the rules.

Thursday, 8 February 2007READ MORE

Australia's unemployment rate hits 31 year low

Australia’s unemployment rate hit an unexpected dip in figures last month sparking discussions that a lack of suitable labors will eventually generate wage and price pressures.

Thursday, 8 February 2007READ MORE

DIAC form changes from 12th January 2007

Several DIMA forms have been updated with essential changes.

Friday, 2 February 2007READ MORE

DIMA to DIAC

Following the ceremony swearing in the new Minister and Parliamentary Secretary on Tuesday, 30th January, The Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) has officially changed its name to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP).

Wednesday, 31 January 2007READ MORE

Migrants boost Australian economy

The Australian Government's Migration Programme has released details of the highest skill stream intake on record. These figures are illustrated in DIBP’s annual publication “Population Flows: Immigration Aspects, 2007”, which details statistics for 2005-2006.

Tuesday, 30 January 2007READ MORE

Australian PM shows Vanstone the door

In a reshuffling of the Australian federal parliament, Australian PM John Howard has identified new immigration, environment and employment ministers ahead of federal elections later this year.

Monday, 29 January 2007READ MORE

Australian celebrates what's great

Australia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in Australia and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories.

Monday, 29 January 2007READ MORE

Valid passport for Australia's Greek visitors

The Greek authorities have announced that as of January 1st 2007, Greek passports issued prior to January 1st 2006 will no longer be considered valid for travel.

Monday, 29 January 2007READ MORE

AUSTRALIA WELCOMES ABOUT 158 FOREIGN WORKERS EVERY DAY

Australia looks to migrants as a solution for its skills shortage. Almost every skilled profession is in great demand. A growing economy means that new workers are welcomed to the country at an approximate rate of 158 per day.

Wednesday, 5 July 2006READ MORE

NSW to join STNI visa program

In order to participate in the State/Territory Nominated Independent (STNI) program, applicants need to meet the basic visa criteria under the skilled category, meet the pool mark (of 110) and obtain nomination from a participating State/Territory Government.

Tuesday, 14 March 2006READ MORE

Victorian Government releases Investor Retirement Form

In order to apply under the Investor Retirement Visa, the main applicant must be over 55 years of age, have no dependents (other than a spouse) and have sufficient assets to be self-supporting in Australia. In addition to satisfying these criteria, applicants are required to obtain sponsorship from a State or Territory government agency and a significant investment must be lodged with the sponsoring government treasury corporation.

Tuesday, 14 March 2006READ MORE

Tax Arrangements for Temporary Residents

On 16 February, the Commonwealth Treasurer announced changes to the taxation arrangements for temporary residents which will introduce a tax exemption on foreign source income.

Tuesday, 14 March 2006READ MORE

Record 14,000 New Australian Citizens make history

The celebration of Australia Day on 26 January 2006 was of special significance to 14,000 people who became Australian citizens at ceremonies held around the country. According to government statistics, these 14,000 people came from more than 90 places of birth and joined more than 3.5 million people who have become citizens since Australian citizenship was introduced 55 years ago.

Tuesday, 14 March 2006READ MORE

IT specialization added to MODL

With effect from 15 December 2005, the Department of Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) has announced that the following Computer Professional Specialisations were added to the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL):

Wednesday, 18 January 2006READ MORE

New South Wales commits to increasing number of Skilled Business Migrants

In order to attract skilled business migrants to New South Wales (NSW), the Government has announced that they intend to attract 350 sponsored applicants who will generate $89 million in investment, 1120 jobs and $560 million in exports.

Wednesday, 18 January 2006READ MORE

Turkey added to Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement

The Australian Government has recently announced that Australia and Turkey have entered a reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa arrangement. This arrangement will enable university trained people from Australia and Turkey between 18 to 30 years of age to work and holiday in the other country for up to 12 months.

Wednesday, 18 January 2006READ MORE

Significant interest in further Working Holiday Visa

In early November 2005, current Working Holiday Visa makers who undertook at least 3 months harvest work, were able to apply for a further 12 month Working Holiday Visa.

Wednesday, 18 January 2006READ MORE

Increase in number of new migrants

Statistics released by the Immigration Minister on 31 December 2005 show that more than 123,000 people arrived and settled in Australia during 2004-2005, reflecting a 40% increase over the past 10 year period.

Wednesday, 18 January 2006READ MORE

New State Sponsored Retiree Visas

A new Investor Retirement Visa for Australia came into effect on 1 July 2005. The new visa allows State and Territory governments to sponsor self-funded retirees to invest and live in Australia. The visa will provide an opportunity for retired business and professional persons with significant assets to migrate to Australia on a temporary visa.

Wednesday, 20 July 2005READ MORE

Migrants supplying the skills that are needed

A recent report has shown that Australia is increasing successful in targeting the skilled migration that it needs. In 2001-02 there was an increase of 385,600 skilled jobs in Australia. During this period, Australia received 114,500 skilled migrants, which is equivalent to 30 per cent of the increase in skilled jobs.

Wednesday, 20 July 2005READ MORE

Migrants bring in $300m to Victoria

Business migration to the state of Victoria has more than doubled in the past year, with the number of business migrants jumping from 301 in 2003/04 to 680 for 2004/05. Of this figure, 65 % of the migrants are from China.

Wednesday, 20 July 2005READ MORE

Sydney voted world’s best city

American travelers have voted Sydney the world’s best city for the eighth year in a row. Sydney was considered the better holiday destination over Bangkok, Rome, Florence and Chaing Mai. Australia was also voted the best migration destination for a young person, according to a global opinion poll taken by Pew Global Attitudes Project.

Wednesday, 20 July 2005READ MORE

Australian Class Sizes Smallest in 10 years

Class sizes at Australian universities have fallen for the first time in a decade. Last year, universities had 19.4 students for each academic staff member, a figure which is down from 19.7 in 2003.

Wednesday, 20 July 2005READ MORE

WORKING HOLIDAY MAKER AGREEMENT WITH ESTONIA

The Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) has announced that it is extending is Working Holiday Maker Visa program to include Estonia. Australia and Estonia have entered into a mutual agreement which will allow young people from both countries to visit the other on Working Holiday Maker Visas. The change was introduced on 11 May 2005.

Sunday, 12 June 2005READ MORE

RECORD LOW UNEMPLOYMENT IN AUSTRALIAN WORKFORCE

The current unemployment rate in Australia is at a very low 5.1%, while employment rates continue to rise. The low rate of unemployment is forcing businesses to stop searching for skilled staff in Australia in favour of looking offshore to recruit the workers they need.

Sunday, 12 June 2005READ MORE

NEW AMERICAN UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

An American University, Carnegie Mellon, has announced that it will be opening a campus in Adelaide, South Australia. The university hopes to offer its Master of Science in information technology and Master of Science in public policy early next year. This will make it the states fourth university in South Australia, a move that is encouraged by the state's government, who is offering the university generous subsidies.

Sunday, 12 June 2005READ MORE

AUSTRALIA INCREASINGLY POPULAR WITH INDIAN STUDENTS

The number of Indian students studying in Australia is rapidly increasing. There are an estimated 23,000 Indian students currently studying in Australia, with a recent forecast predicting that this number could increase to 80,000 a year within two decades.

Sunday, 12 June 2005READ MORE

INCREASING AIRPORT SECURITY IN AUSTRALIA

The Australian government has announced that it will take several measures to increase its airport security, in response to growing evidence of widespread criminal activity at Australia’s entry points. The enhanced security is predicted to raise the price of airfares to and from Australia.

Sunday, 12 June 2005READ MORE

INCREASING BORDER SECURITY IN AUSTRALIA

The Department of Immigration and Multicultral and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) have announced that they will attempt to enhance Australian border security by using biometric technology.

Sunday, 12 June 2005READ MORE

20,000 ADDITIONAL AUSTRALIAN SKILLED MIGRATION VISAS NOW AVAILABLE

The Australian Skilled Migration program for 2005-2006 will increase by up to 20,000 additional places, in a further move to address the growing shortage of skilled workers in the Australian labour force. This substantial increase will take the total number of skilled visas available in 2005–2006 to a record high of 97,500.

Friday, 15 April 2005READ MORE

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE AUSTRALIAN RETIREMENT VISA

The Australian Retirement Visa Subclass 410 category will cease to exist as of the 1st of July 2005. The Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMA) has announced plans to introduce a new visa category. The precise details are yet to be released. There are also changes relevant to current holders of the Subclass 410 Retirement Visas.

Friday, 15 April 2005READ MORE

ENHANCEMENTS TO THE WORKING HOLIDAY VISA

As of November 2005 Working Holiday makers who do a minimum amount of seasonal harvest work in regional Australia will be allowed to apply for another Working Holiday Maker visa. This is a major change as at present, Working Holiday Makers can only get one such visa in a lifetime.

Friday, 15 April 2005READ MORE

LEGISLATIVE CHANGES TO SPONSORING OF OVERSEAS WORKERS BY AUSTRALIAN EMPLOYERS

Important legislative changes relating to the sponsoring of overseas workers by Australian employers took effect on the 2nd of April 2005. These changes mean that Australian employers will now need to plan ahead when attempting to fill vacancies with overseas skilled staff. They also mean that applicants under this visa category need to fulfill new criteria.

Friday, 15 April 2005READ MORE

NEW PASS MARK FOR THE AUSTRALIAN SKILLED-INDEPENDENT STUDENT VISA

The Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMA) has announced that the pass mark for the Australian Skilled Independent Overseas Student Visa (subclass 880) has changed. As of the 1st of April 2005 the pass mark for the Australian Skilled Independent Overseas Student Visa has been changed to 120 points.

Friday, 15 April 2005READ MORE

NEW COUNTRIES ELIGIBLE FOR THE ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORITY (ETA)

Polish and Estonian nationals are now able to apply for the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for the Australian Student Visa. This change recognises that students from these counties have a good track record of completing their studies and complying with their visa requirements. The eligibility criteria for applicants from these countries have also been made easier.

Thursday, 14 April 2005READ MORE

SPECIAL HUMANITARIAN PROGRAM VISA PROCEDURES SIMPLIFIED

The Australian Government has recently announced that applications for the Special Humanitarian Program Visa for relatives from Africa and the Middle East can now be lodged in Australia. This is a welcome change as it will make it easier for those wishing to bring relatives from the relevant counties to Australia to apply for this visa.

Thursday, 14 April 2005READ MORE

AUSTRALIA'S CULTURAL DIVERSITY

According to a media release published by the Australian Goverment Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Peter McGauran, on 7 February 2005, Australia is made up of people from more than 200 countries.

Wednesday, 9 February 2005READ MORE

ELECTRONIC HEALTH ASSESSMENTS FOR ONLINE VISA APPLICANTS - 14 JANUARY 2005

Electronic Health Assessments for Online Visa Applicants - issued 14 January 2005

On 14 January 2005, the Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs - Amanda Vanstone - announced that a new electronic system has been developed to help in assessing the health status of online visa applicants to Australia.

Wednesday, 9 February 2005READ MORE

UPDATED ARRANGEMENTS FOR FEE PAYMENT FOR INTERNET APPLICATIONS

Updated arrangements for fee payment for internet applications - issued 23 December 2004

Wednesday, 9 February 2005READ MORE

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT PLANS TO INCREASE MIGRATION INTAKE

Victorian Government has announced plans to encourage an increase in migration.

Friday, 30 April 2004READ MORE

NEW MIGRATION STATISTICS RELEASED

New Migration Statistics Released

Thursday, 29 April 2004READ MORE

PASS MARK FOR SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA RAISED

Changes to Points Test

Monday, 5 April 2004READ MORE

NEW SKILLED VISA TO BE INTRODUCED 1ST JULY 2004

New Skilled Visa to be introduced 1st July 2004

Wednesday, 24 March 2004READ MORE

CHANGES TO RETIREMENT VISA

Australian Immigration announces changes to the Retirement Visa effective as from 1st January 2004.

Monday, 5 January 2004READ MORE

RECENT CHANGES TO AUSTRALIAN VISAS ANNOUNCED

Please note that the Australian Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs recently changed some details of the Australian Business Visa; the Australian Retirement Visa; the Australian Skilled Migration Visa; and the Australian Parent Visa.

Tuesday, 10 June 2003READ MORE

AUSTRALIAN FAMILY VISA ADVICE NOW AVAILABLE

Migration Expert is proud to announce that we have expanded our range of available immigration visas for Australia to include Australian Family Immigration Visas.

Tuesday, 10 June 2003READ MORE

NEW UK IMMIGRATION SITE LAUNCHED

migrationexpert.com has launched a new site specifically designed to assist with immigration applications for the United Kingdom.

Thursday, 29 May 2003READ MORE

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Can you apply for an Australian Visa if you have a criminal record?

Migration Expert has vast experience dealing with clients from all over the world wishing to enter Australia. Every so often, we get concerns from some of our clients who have a criminal record on how they can come into Australia. Everyone wishing to enter Australia must be of “good character” and be able to satisfy the character requirement which applies.

Although it is important to seek the advice of a migration agent for your individual case, here’s an overview of what you need to do to come into Australia when you have a criminal record.


Poland now Eligible for Australian Work and Holiday Visa Program
A reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement between Australian and Polish governments took effect from 01 August 2014, providing young people from the two countries the chance to experience culture of each other's country.

Immigration Minister Demands Reports on Allegations of Visa Frauds
Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison required an urgent report from the Immigration Department about allegations of widespread visa fraud over the last six years.

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