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Category: Migration

Life on the boat

The stories told by migrants about their attempts to get to Australia are often harrowing but always awe-inspiring. This story of some Vietnamese migrants is no different. It is fascinating to hear first hand what they went through to get here. Listen to a recent interview on the ABC for just the briefest of insights: …

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 …

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 …

Indian population increases 30% in just 2 years

After England and China, India ranks third on the list of residents born overseas according to the latest figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Indian population in Australia has exponentially grown in the last two years according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The ABS’s preliminary estimates suggest there …

‘Crying out for workers’ – Five regional areas to receive new migrants

This could be a bit of a bone of contention. Is it fair to say someone can’t live in a particular place or town? Should we be able to choose where our migrant workers move to? It is felt that the Metropolitan areas of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane cannot take anymore people settling in certain …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Australians support immigration says poll

According to a recent poll undertaken by Essential Media commissioned by SBS, a slight majority of Australian voters believe immigration has made Australia a better place. The poll found 51 per cent of respondents thought immigration was “generally positive” for the country, 35 per cent believed it was “generally negative” and 14 per cent were …

Australian Immigration 1901-1916

This is a good piece from the Sydney Morning Herald about the countries that Australia’s migration program has welcomed since 1901. Great little interactive chart too which is quite revealing on the changing state of the Australian population. One country does of course remain the biggest ‘sender’ of migrants, but it’s probably not a great …