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Category: General visa information

What is the health requirement for Australian visa applicants?

It affects nearly everyone with a disability or illness applying for an Australian visa, it’s been around for decades and has been labelled as discriminatory and ‘ableist’ – but many people have no idea that the immigration health requirement even exists. A number of high profile cases, which saw families fighting deportation after failing the requirement due …

Sponsored parent visa – an update

We have previously posted information about the new sponsored parent visa, with applications opening on 1st July 2019. Here is an update on the requirements to be a sponsor and applicant. Sponsored Parent visa lets a parent of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen visit Australia for up to 5 …

Relief for local family who are now permanent residents

We love good news stories here at TranQuill Legal and this is certainly one of them. A family from Queanbeyan have lots to thank Immigration Minister David Coleman for as they are now permanent residents of Australia. The Wangchuk family’s visa had expired in April after an application for permanent residency was rejected by the …

May Madness – 20% off Initial Consultation Fees

May can be a bit of a depressing month in Canberra. Thinking of bringing your family out to Australia to join you so you can share the frosty mornings and dark days with loved ones?!. Or perhaps you love winter and want to move here permanently? Why not get the ball rolling with a fantastic …

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 …