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Month: April 2019

Australian Immigration 1901-1916

This is a good piece from the Sydney Morning Herald about the countries that Australia’s migration program has welcomed since 1901. Great little interactive chart too which is quite revealing on the changing state of the Australian population. One country does of course remain the biggest ‘sender’ of migrants, but it’s probably not a great …

Christchurch attack survivors to be offered New Zealand residency

New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Adern doesn’t hesitate when it comes to making commitments to her nation. The way she addresses these issues is unlike many other leaders in this current age and this new bold offering is no different. According to SBS News, the New Zealand PM has offered permanent residency to all those caught …

Labor and Liberal pre-election pledges

What are the Labor and Liberal leaders claiming in their pre-election pledges when it comes to migrant workers and small businesses in Australia?  Outlined in this article, taken from The New Daily, are a few elements that have been suggested by the leaders. What do you think?   Labor leader Bill Shorten will on Tuesday …

Extra points for migrating to regional Australia as a singleton – BUT also with a partner

So it seems there are potentially additional points up for grabs if you migrate to Australia as a single person, but also if you are migration with a spouse! This may sound a bit complicated and contradictory, but it will be explained …. According to the Migration Amendment (New Skilled Regional Visas) Regulations 2019, three …

Visitors trying to sneak dodgy goods in to Australia will get their visa cancelled

Is someone you know planning a trip to Australia and hoping to bring in food goods or illicit material? Tell them to THINK AGAIN! The new Migration Amendment (Biosecurity Contraventions and Importation of Objectionable Goods) Regulations 2019 start on 17 April 2019. Yes that is a long title but it is a serious regulation and …

Migrants may wait as long as 56 years to bring family to Australia

Migrant advocates have voiced outrage and disbelief as it emerged wait times for some Australian family reunion visas are now up to 56 years. At Senate Estimates last week, a representative from Immigration and Visa Services confirmed the average wait times for various classes the visas.  First assistant secretary Peta Dunn told the hearing 75 …

Will a ‘visa-for-life’ come to pass?

Australia’s tourism industry wants the upcoming federal budget to include more resources to ease visa processing delays. Introducing a “visa for life” to cash in on spontaneous foreign travellers and “passport-free” entry to Australia are among the items on the tourism industry’s budget wishlist.  In its pre-budget submission to Treasury, the Australian Tourism Export Council …