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Month: May 2020

Aussie Citizenship approvals up by 56%!

Why is it that where there is good news, it is often followed by the bad news? Sadly it seems this is true for all those in the queue waiting for Australian Citizenship approval. The positive news however is that in 2019-20 to 15 May 2020, 170,819 people have been conferred Australian citizenship. This is …

Will the UK follow the Australian ‘points-based’ immigration system?

Australia is known as one of the toughest countries to get working visas for, partially because of its stringent points-based immigration system. It seems that the UK are planning to follow suit, but will this alienate the key workers who have given so much during the Covid-19 pandemic? Read this article from the UK Guardian …

Can the government just ‘clear the outrageous backlog of partner visas’?

It has been suggested that in order to kick-start migration in the wake of the COVID-19 disaster, a solution could be for the government to clear the outrageous backlog of spouse and partner visa applications. A Labor MP has called on the government to issue tens of thousands more spouse and partner visas as a …

How refugees succeed in visa reviews

How do refugees succeed in visa reviews? What are the best chances of success? It has now been shown to be true that asylum seekers with legal representation are seven times more likely to succeed before the government tribunal tasked with reviewing refugee cases than those who represent themselves. Thanks to the excellent news source …

Indian students stuck offshore and running out of visas seek exemption from Australia’s travel ban

The Australian government on Friday announced that it will consider allowing international students back into the country as early as July, but stopped short of providing a specific timeline, leaving thousands in limbo. For international students who have been stuck in India for the past two months due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions, July may …

Citizenship approval in just 5 months? Is that possible?

Citizenship be conferral approved just 5 months after applying? Fact or fiction? – FACT I’m pleased to say (in some cases). Considering the Department of Home Affairs is currently quoting around 18 months from lodgement of a Citizenship application to decision, you would be forgiven for thinking this is pure fiction. However, one of the …

Australia’s migration intake to fall 85 per cent due to coronavirus

According to Scott Morrison, Australia’s migration intake is likely to fall by 85 per cent due to coronavirus. Australia’s overseas migration intake is expected to shrink by more than 85 per cent on 2018-19 levels next financial year due to widespread travel bans brought on by the coronavirus. Addressing the media following Friday’s national cabinet …