Better Compliance, Not More Laws, Needed To Protect Integrity Of Working Visa Program

Reports that some temporary visa workers are not being treated in accordance with Australian laws demonstrate the case for improved enforcement rather than new laws, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Kate Carnell AO, CEO of the ACCI, said: “Enforcing compliance is critical to maintaining public confidence in the migration system. The…

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Citizenship for sale: government explores price-based immigration system

The scheme could help the government rein in the budget deficit by bringing in tens of billions of dollars in extra revenue. The Australian government would sell the right to immigrate to Australia – with migrants no longer accepted based on their skills or family connections – under radical proposals being examined by the government’s…

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Liberals tighten checks on 457 visas

INTEGRITY checks on the 457 skilled visa program will be strengthened, including by sharing data with the Australian Taxation Office, to ensure overseas workers receive their nominated salary and are not undercutting Australian jobs. A new penalty will also be introduced as part of the revamp to make it illegal for businesses to accept payments…

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Australia remains a top destination for UK emigration

Australia remains a top emigration destination for UK residents, the latest Office for National Statistics migration figures show. The February 2015 quarterly statistics show that 137,000 UK Citizens emigrated from the UK in the year ending September 2014. Australia is among the most common destinations for British citizens, with work the main reason given for…

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Big companies not playing by the same 457 visa program rules

Questions are being raised about the visa activities of some of Australia’s biggest infrastructure and mining  players amid a probe into working visas. The latest investigation centres around allegations that Irish workers have fraudulently obtained 457 visas to work on key national projects include the multibillion dollar Queensland Curtis Liquefied Natural Gas project and the Sino iron…

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Immigration advisers warn of Cricket World Cup visa scam

Illegal immigrants out to exploit easy entry during cricket comp! The visa arrangement was aimed at providing ease of movement for cricket fans. Travellers with no intention of attending Cricket World Cup games are taking advantage of a trans-tasman arrangement allowing visa-free entry to New Zealand for the event. The visa arrangement, announced last September,…

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Overseas workers will be allowed to work for a year without applying for 457 visas

A new temporary-entry permit proposed by the Department of Immigration to allow overseas workers to stay in Australia for a year without a 457 visa would create “open slather” on the Australian labour market at the same time it faces growing unemployment, unions warn. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has reviewed skilled migration…

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Govt to cash in on visas for foreign love

The Abbott government will increase the visa applications charges for partner visas by 50 per cent, raising $373.6 million for the budget repair job. The cost of a foreign affair is set to increase by several thousand dollars. Australians who fall in love with or marry a foreigner will have to pay 50 per cent…

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Australian Skill Shortages Creating More Job Opportunities for Expatriates

Specialists in international removals, Interdean, have commented on the recent news that skill shortages are becoming widespread across Australia and that numerous industries are calling for skilled expatriates to relocate there in order to make up the shortfall. Australia has recently seen a boom in demand for skilled positions in certain sectors. Key industries such…

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