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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Scammers taking advantage of Fiji work holiday visa program delays

Fiji has become the target of scammers including travel and recruitment agents who are taking people’s money with the promise of work visas into Australia. The Australian High Commission has warned that while Australia had invited Fiji to join the Seasonal Worker Program and the Work and Holiday Visa program, neither of those arrangements had…

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Portugal to join Australian work and holiday visa scheme

The global footprint of Australia’s working holiday programme has expanded again, with the signing of a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement between Australia and Portugal. Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, said it means that young people from Australia and Portugal will have the opportunity to experience short term work and…

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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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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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Working holiday visas granted to increasing number of back-packers

WORK-hungry backpackers are flocking Down Under to work in record numbers, and competing for jobs with local school-leavers. The Immigration Department (DIAC) issued a record 249,231 backpacker visas during 2012/13, latest official data shows. Three times as many young backpackers from China, Italy and Taiwan were granted visas during 2012/13 than at the start of…

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“Simpler visas” Reform of Visitor visas from 23 March 2013

Yesterday, Minister O’Connor announced a new Visitor visa structure as part of DIAC’s “Simpler visas” reform agenda. “Simpler visas” intends to reduce the total number of visa Subclasses by half by 2015. Subject to final approval of the legislation by the Governor-General, the proposed reforms to Visitor visas will reduce the number of Subclasses from nine to…

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Tourist Visas from Thailand – Processing Times

This notification has been recently published on the Australian Embassy website Tourist visa applications can either be submitted directly to the Australian Embassy Bangkok or the Australian Visa Application Centre on Sathorn Road, Bangkok. Until very recently current standard processing was 10 business days upon receipt of the tourist visa application, whether submitted to the…

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