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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Demonising overseas skilled workers

DURING her desperate days of early 2013, Julia Gillard deliberately set off on an ugly, disgraceful and pitiful path by campaigning against migrant workers on temporary 457 visas. Playing to Labor’s wolfish union powerbrokers, whistling an “Aussie jobs first” tune, Ms Gillard pledged to “stop foreign workers being put at the front of the queue”…

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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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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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The end of IELTS monopoly!

Expanded English language proficiency and test scores for migration purposes have been recently announced. The changes apply to new applications only: Applications lodged before 1 July 2012 – no change, IELTS and OET Applications lodged after 1 July 2012 – no change, IELTS and OET Applications lodged on and after 23 November 2014 can now…

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Highly specialised short term visa for Australia extended to six months

A visa for those wishing to work in Australia for a short period of time in a highly specialised job has been extended from three months to six months. The Temporary Work Short Stay activity Visa (Subclass 400) is a dedicated visa for those seeking to enter and stay in Australia for non-ongoing short-term highly specialised work. It usually…

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SIV program to be expanded and improved

In an announcement issued by Tony Abbott on the 14 October 2014, the Government to expand and improve the Significant Investor Visa programme. At present, SIVs are available for applicants having an eligible investment in Australia of A$5 million, for a minimum of four years. The Government will reform the programme to encourage more high…

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Relaxing 457 visa laws will spoil the economic pie

Contrary to the Abbott government’s claims, flagged changes to the foreign worker 457 visa program won’t be good for the Australian economy. The Abbott government yesterday announced sweeping changes to the 457 “temporary” work visa program to make it much easier for Australian businesses to import so-called skilled foreign workers. These changes include relaxing English…

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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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Government delivers 2013-14 migration programme

The Australian Government’s target of attracting 190 000 new migrants in the latest financial year has been achieved, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison said today. Australian industry benefited with the majority of the permanent migration visas (128 550 places) granted within the skill stream. Minister Morrison said this equates to nearly 68…

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