Inquiry launched into exploitation of Australian holiday working visas

A major inquiry is being launched into pay and conditions for young people in Australia on working holiday visas. The inquiry by the Fair Work Ombudsman comes after it was found that large percentages of young workers are being exploited, including not being paid the minimum wage. The 417 Working Holiday  Visa is a temporary visa for young people…

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Changes to Occupational Ceilings could affect you

This month has seen some notable changes to the Australian General Skilled Migration programme. Have a look to see how your profession could be affected. Occupational Ceilings are state and government imposed limits on the issuing of Skilled Migrant visas for each profession. Some of these changes that have come into affect might impact on…

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The price is right for Australia’s ‘golden ticket’ visa

For Australia, our significant investment visas program is another way to capitalise on China’s economic boom. Simply put, we offer a pathway to permanent residency in exchange for pouring funds into country. Earlier this year, analysis revealed that Australia’s SIV program – which was introduced in 2012 — brought in around $4 million a day for our…

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New English language testing options for Australian visa applicants

Applicants for Australian visas will have more choice in English language testing with the addition of more test options, it has been announced. The increase of choice will affect applications for temporary graduate, skilled, work and holiday, and former resident visas. ‘Applicants who need to provide the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with an…

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English language standards challenged

The battleground in the government’s sc457 review has now become more defined with both unions and industry bodies targeting the English-language standard as the key question the panel must decide on: should the panel recommend that the standard be maintained, or lowered? The unions want it to be maintained given the current high-employment rates. But…

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Fast-tracked access to Australian visitor visas for 51 more nations

Fifty one countries and regions have been added to the eligibility list for electronic lodgement of Visitor visa (subclass 600) applications from 9 May 2014. Citizens from 124 countries can now benefit from lodging online to holiday in or visit Australia. For those who are eligible, travellers to Australia will find the process of applying for a…

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457 visa holders taking up permanent residence in greater numbers

Trends in the 457 visa program have been previously discussed and there are some interesting statistics surrounding the increasing number of 457 visa holders successfully making the transition to permanent residence. Figures released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) show that in the migration program year ending December 2013, the number of…

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457 visa workers at Roy Hill being exploited, whistleblower claims

A whistleblower at Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill iron ore project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region claims workers on 457 visas are working excessive hours and being grossly underpaid. The CFMEU says it has asked Employment Minister Eric Abetz to start an urgent investigation. The whistleblower says up to 200 white-collar 457 visa workers, about half…

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Rort fears as 457 visa loophole reopened

The Abbott government has quietly reopened a visa loophole that will allow employers to hire an unlimited number of foreign workers under a temporary working visa, in a move that unions say will bring back widespread rorting of the system. In the Coalition’s bid to remove all ”red tape” from the 457 skilled migrant visa,…

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Kiwis rally for rights in Australia

NEW Zealanders will rally together in cities around Australia to protest what they call unjust and discriminative immigration laws. The rallies on Wednesday, organised by the Iwi n Aus Foundation, will take place in Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria. About 300,000 New Zealanders live across the Tasman on special category…

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Independent skilled worker visas for Australia proving popular

Independent skilled visas for Australia have proven to be popular with job seekers from China, the UK, Sri Lanka and Malaysia, according to figures from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP.) The department granted 74,020 visas in the 2012/2013 financial years in the points tested skilled migration stream under SkillSelect, the programme that…

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