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Month: February 2020

Good news for skilled visa hopefuls

The first Skill Select round of 2020 saw the Department of Home Affairs issue 1300 skilled visa invites which the experts say, is a positive trend for visa hopefuls. Migration experts expect the department will continue issuing at least 1000 skilled visa invites every month for the rest of the program year. Apparently the total …

Backpackers to help with the bushfires in return for staying longer in Australia

This is a tricky one. Is this fair? Does it make the best use of those keen to spend longer in Australia or is it exploitative? Read the following article from the ABC and you decide. Do let us know what you think: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-17/backpacker-working-holiday-visa-changes-for-bushfire-volunteers/11971010

Long distance love affairs – a Valentine’s day special

Happy Valentine’s Day! In an attempt to bring some warmth and love into the world – something that it seems fairly devoid of it at the moment, we wanted to bring you (from The Age) some love stories that have a migration focus (since that is what we do here at TranQuill Legal after all!). …

Over a thousand Indian students stripped of their visas in 2019

Thousands of international students had their visas cancelled last year for a number of reasons, including for providing false documents and non-compliance with visa conditions. Students from India accounted for over 1,100 cancellations, behind those from China and South Korea, according to the Department of Home Affairs. Indian national Lovepreet Singh was stripped of his …

Coronavirus lockdown: Hundreds fear for Australian permanent residency outcomes

According to a recent article published on the SBS Dateline website, migration agents say they’ve been flooded with calls from Chinese nationals who are worried their Australian visas could expire or become invalid, while they’re locked out of the country. A hopeful PR applicant, Lara Huang, hadn’t been home for three years when she made …

Lack of rural GPs becoming a real problem

The government has been trying, using various means, to encourage skilled workers to move away from the most congested Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and re-locate to more rural settings but is it working? It seems probably not, as this article from the ABC suggests: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-01/gp-shortage-in-regional-towns-getting-worse/11905918

How the coronoavirus is affecting students studying in Australia

As many are already aware, the impact of the coronavirus on non-citizens (or residents) of Australia has been significant, with visas being cancelled and travel restrictions implemented. But what about the wider picture? What about Chinese students studying in Australia? According to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald: The university regulator will relax its …

Immigration boosts house prices – new survey reveals

New migrants moving to capital cities and major regional centres are helping to boost house prices by as much as $6500 each year, a new study has revealed. In cities where the new migrant population grew by 1 per cent each year, house prices likewise rose by 0.9 per cent, according to the study titled The Impact of …