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Category: General visa information

Fast-track tech visa is here

The launch of a new fast-tracked visa marks a new era for skilled migration, with the federal government actively seeking tech talent from around the world to live and work in Australia, StartupAus chief executive Alex McCauley said. The Global Talent – Independent Program was unveiled by the Coalition earlier this year as a “major new initiative in …

The high cost of parent visas is leaving migrant families without support

This latest article from the ABC focuses on some of the difficulties that Indian families are having after choosing a new life in Australia. Of course many of the issues that resonate with migrant communities barely register with those born in Australia. The article also outlines the costs associated with some of the much sort-after …

‘Backpacker tax’ overturned by Federal Court

An estimated 75,000 backpackers could receive hundreds of millions of dollars from the tax office after the Federal Court ruled the Government’s so-called backpacker tax invalid. The landmark ruling said the tax was a “form of discrimination based on nationality” and could not be applied to a British woman living in Australia on a working …

Australian student visa: financial capacity requirement increased

Within a month of downgrading the assessment level of international students from India, Nepal and Pakistan, Australia has increased the financial capacity requirement which will make it more difficult to get Australian student visas. Australia has further tightened the screws on student visas by raising the evidence of funds visa applicants are required to show, …

The Gold Coast wants to be classified as ‘regional’ to bring in more migrants

The Gold Coast is lobbying to be reclassified from ‘metro’ to ‘regional’ under Australia’s migration system in order to bring in more skilled migrants and international students. But some say the city already has enough advantage. The Gold Coast wants to be reclassified as a regional area so it can boost its number of skilled …

Migration tribunal predicts appeals backlog to surpass 60,000 after surge in visa rejections

A backlog of visa appeals continues to build according to new analysis of applicants being reviewed by the government tribunal responsible for reviewing the cases. The government has defended a backlog of visa appeals saying increased scrutiny and subsequent refusals were behind the high numbers of challenges.   The number of visa appeals before the government …

Would proposed changes to the Migration Act further alienate New Zealand from Australia?

Labor and the Coalition are at an impasse over a bill to extend the grounds for cancellation of visas on character grounds, after the immigration minister, David Coleman, rejected conditions demanded by the opposition. On Tuesday, Labor wrote to Coleman offering to support the bill provided it not apply retrospectively, exempted low-level offences and for …

A Stage 2 partner visa granted in just 8 weeks? Surely not!

‘Wins’ in our workplace are great, always great. We love getting visa grant notifications in our inbox. They are especially brilliant however when a stage 2 partner visa is granted in 8 WEEKS!! Yes, 8 weeks. Not the 2 years the DHA suggests. This truly amazing achievement was down to the unbelievably hard work put …

Revision to Migration Act could have massive impact on visa refusals

The Coalition is being warned that a renewed push to tighten the character test for visa holders could see a fivefold increase in the number of people facing deportation, with residents from New Zealand and humanitarian refugees disproportionately affected. The Morrison government has reintroduced a bill to change the Migration Act to provide grounds for visa cancellation or refusal …

Migrant workers are ‘prisoners’ some say

The issue of mal-treatment of migrant workers in Australia seems to be gripping headlines at the moment. Every day there is a story about students being housed in terrible conditions or not being paid for the work they do. But it’s not just those on tourist or working-student visas that are being mis-fairly treated, those …