Permanent residency becoming more competitive

Migrants need a long-term well-considered strategy if they want to have a realistic chance of obtaining permanent migration to Australia. Rising costs, tougher rules, a stricter enforcement regime and a tight job market could easily derail poorly considered migration plans. With the government preferring temporary visas and forcing tough competition in the capped permanent visa…

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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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Coalition vows to end ‘union red tape’ for faster 457 visas

THE Abbott government has vowed to slash “union red tape” on 457 visas as business steps up its demands for the reversal of Labor’s crackdown on the scheme for bringing foreign skilled workers to Australia. In a closed-door speech yesterday, Australian Mines and Metals Association chief executive Steve Knott advocated the dumping of Labor’s “pre-election,…

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IELTS: Three Tips to Share with Your Clients

IDP IELTS offers more than 200 IELTS test locations worldwide, including 40 options conveniently located in cities and regional centres across Australia. A list of locations and test dates can be found online and test results are issued 13 days after each test. See below for three tips to share with your clients: 1. Register for an IELTS Masterclass…

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