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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 …

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 …

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 …

Refugee footballer now officially an Australian Citizen

Refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi has become an Australian citizen after a ceremony in Melbourne. The Bahrain-born player took the oath at Melbourne’s Federation Square on Tuesday along with 200 others from 44 different countries. After enduring months of peril, Hakeem al-Araibi says he finally feels safe.  “I am very happy to get citizen. Finally no …

Parents can join their children in Australia, at a price

Are you missing mum’s cooking? Or perhaps dad’s DIY skills? Do your children miss their grandparents? There is a new visa in the offing which should help with these issues, but it does come at a cost. As many as 15,000 people each year will be able to pay up to $20,000 to bring their …

Great News

The Labour party will abolish temporary protection visas (TPVs and presumably SHEVs) and grant immediate PR with full work and welfare rights to the remaining 10,600 RALC candidates. Its unclear what impact that will have on the complex caseload we are used to dealing with but at least for our RALC clients this is great news. …

Start at the very beginning…

Because that is a very good place to start! We thought that since this is a new blog, why not start from scratch – what are migration agents and why do you need us? Basically a registered migration agent is qualified to help you with your visa application and can deal with the Department of …