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Category: General visa information

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 …

Malaysians are ‘playing’ the system to obtain visas

An article in The Australian yesterday has raised a very interesting issue regarding Malaysians fraudulently applying for protection visas. This ‘financial loop-hole’ needs to be addressed. Malaysians seeking higher wages and better living conditions are ­applying for Australian protection visas in unprecedented numbers because the application process is cheap and there are few penalties involved …

1st July is here – what changes can we expect to immigration?

We have reached that time of the year where things can be shaken up in the world of immigration. 1st July always holds some changes and this year is no exception. The major changes, in short, are outlined below. We at TranQuill Legal know just how confusing all these changes can be and how they …

How far will people go to stay in Australia?

Would you risk your health to ensure a ‘better life’ for your family? Sometimes people go to extraordinary lengths to keep their families in Australia, as we can see from this story. After seven years in Sydney, a Chinese teacher was told he failed Australia’s visa health requirement despite his hepatitis B medication costing just …

DHA Visa Fee increases as of 1st July 2019

The department of Home Affairs has announced that a 5.4 percent Visa Application Charges (VAC) increase in fees will apply to applications made on or after 1 July 2019 on most visa subclasses. We may be able to lodge an application on your behalf before the fee increase, but you would need to be quick! …

‘They wanted a second wife’: Tourists detail working holiday exploitation

This is quite a tough subject to broach, but it seems it is very real. Young people are so keen to stay in Australia that they are willing to be exploited in ways that are just not reasonable. And it seems it is not hyperbole. Next month the working holiday visa program is due to …

Singletons to benefit in the visa points system update

The points system for Australian visas is due to change in November of this year, with single men and women set to benefit. According to the new rule, applicants who do not have a spouse or de facto partner will get 10 extra points. In the new legislation (read more here), it suggests “points are …

Is this ‘extreme vetting’ or a sensible amendment to immigration requirements?

Australians requiring a visa to enter the US will be forced to disclose their social media account details when they apply under strict new “enhanced vetting” procedures. The US State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for US visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers. Under the Visa …