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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Report recommends robust new foundations for 457 programme

The report of the independent review into integrity in the 457 programme released on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 recommends that robust new foundations should be implemented, the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said today. ‘The report identified 22 recommendations that strive to achieve a balance between encouraging flexibility and…

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Visa fraud, migration crime ‘rampant,’ Immigration Department files reveal

Rampant visa fraud and migration crime involving people flying into Australia are going unchecked while the government focuses on stopping boats, according to secret government files detailing entrenched Immigration Department failings. Hundreds of pages of leaked confidential departmental documents obtained by Fairfax Media reveal that Australia’s national security is being compromised by wide-scale visa rorting…

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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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