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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DIBP Introduces Credit Card Surcharge Fees
With effect from 19 April 2014, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have formally introduced a surcharge which will apply to all credit card payments for any Australian visa application charges (VAC).

South Australia Releases New State Nominated Occupations List
On 8 April 2014, the South Australian government announced a new State Nominated Occupations List (SNOL), including 18 new occupations now classified as "in demand" in that state. Surprisingly, the list has included several food trades workers such as Baker, Cook and Chef. Other occupations which have also been added are: Customer Service Manager, Librarian and some engineering professional such as Aeronautical Engineer and Biomedical Engineer.

Australia and Poland Sign Working Holiday Arrangement
The new work and holiday visa arrangement will allow to young people from Australia and Poland to visit each country for up to 12 months.

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