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Category: Migration

Contract cheating in Australian universities

In an article published this week by SBS News, a world of illicit ghost-writing across Australian universities has come to light. Ghost writers, often from China, are assisting international students with poor English with their essay writing, many claiming a ‘100% pass rate with zero risk of discovery’. What is the Australian government doing to …

Big driver licence change for international students, visa holders

I wonder – will any of the following regulations come in to force in the ACT any time soon? What do you think about these new laws? New road safety regulations in Victoria could leave many temporary visa holders, including foreign students, unable to drive using their overseas licence if they do not get a …

New Humans of Australia

Please note – we are not affiliated with the organisation ‘New Humans of Australia’ in any way and are not being paid to promote their work, but we do feel this a worthy cause and the stories are very interesting. Here is just one such story about the horrors people go through to try and …

Lure of cities too strong for regional Australia to keep migrants

Over four decades, country towns have mostly failed to retain migrants, according to the most comprehensive snapshot of Australian migration ever collated. And this trend of migrants moving to the cities appears to be increasing, despite repeated government efforts to make life in the regions more appealing. Professor James Raymer, who led a team of …

What it’s like to be an LGBTIQ+ asylum seeker in Australia

Like many refugees, Tina Dixson and her partner Renee’s decision to seek asylum in Australia was a matter of life or death. The couple had been working as LGBTIQ+ advocates in their home country (the location of which they are unable to disclose for safety reasons) and internationally for years before they made the difficult …

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 …

‘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 …