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Category: Migration

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 …

What do Estée Lauder, Elon Musk, Henry Ford and Walt Disney have in common?

They are all immigrants, or the children of immigrants. According to the Australian Financial Review, a study published in 2017 revealed that 43 per cent of companies in the Fortune 500 were founded or co-founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants (rising to 57 per cent in the top 35 companies). These 216 firms …

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 …

PNG refuses entry to man deported by Australia under ‘character test’ law

No one has ever said that immigration law was easy, and there are almost daily reminders at the moment about how true this sentiment is. It is made even more complex when overseas states and territories (ex or otherwise) are involved, as we can see from this story. We always welcome comment on these articles. …

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 …

Australia could still be considered the land of dreams, for some

This is a feel-good story about a boy who didn’t give up, and boy do we need to hear these stories sometimes. Saab Hasan was thrown in to the Australian way of life at an early age after fleeing the unrest in Cyprus, but was given a chance by one or two kindly Aussies and …

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 …