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Visa application fee waiver available from August 5

The Department of Home Affairs has advised that the visa application fee waiver will be available on lodgement of new international student visa applications from midnight (AEST) 5 August 2020. The Australian government had last month announced a raft of changes to visa arrangements to ensure Australia continues to remain a priority study destination in …

Almost 20,000 refugees could lose their jobs in Australia

A new academic report commissioned by the Refugee Council of Australia suggests thousands of refugees and asylum seekers will lose their job as a result of the coronavirus economic downturn, with many at risk of homelessness. Read more in this worrying article from SBS: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/almost-20-000-refugees-could-lose-their-jobs-in-australia-this-mother-of-two-is-one-of-them

Fears $150m missing as part of federal government visa program

In the recent collapse of the failed property group iProsperity, we see yet another example of fraud in the Significant Investor Visas (known as 188C vias) space. Here clients can buy their way into Australia for $5m (a paltry sum for many Chinese these days). There is insufficient oversight (no-one wants to upset the Chinese …

Australia resumes processing international student visas to boost numbers post-coronavirus

A raft of measures have been announced by the federal government to ensure Australia remains an attractive destination for international students. The federal government has resumed the processing of student visa applications lodged in locations outside Australia in an attempt to boost the number of international students once borders reopen. It is part of five …

Petition to restart tests and interviews for Australian citizenship now active.

Hundreds have signed a petition calling on the government to restart tests and interviews for Australian citizenship. Australian citizenship tests and interviews were put on hold due to COVID-19 outbreak while citizenship ceremonies were moved online.  With most states easing restrictions and resuming business activities, those awaiting citizenship have signed a petition demanding tests and …

International students will not be returning to Australia in July

Disappointment for students as Canberra has indefinitely postponed its ‘Safe Passage’ pilot program to bring international students back into the country until there is a “clearer picture around the COVID-19 trajectory.” The two state-owned universities in the Australian Capital Territory which are jointly initiating the country’s first pilot have announced that they have postponed the …

Australian visas: What’s changing from July 1 and impact on international students and skilled migrants

After a tumultuous year of immigration policy changes enforced by the COVID-19 pandemic, international students, skilled migrants, partners and aged parents seeking to visit or to permanently migrate are heading into the next financial year facing an uncertain future “like never before.” General Skilled migration: All jurisdictions usually adjust their occupation lists to accommodate the …

The most common reasons for Australian permanent residency rejection

Every three minutes someone gains permanent residency in Australia but every year more than 40,000 are rejected. What are the top reasons for rejection?  Here are the most common reasons for refusal of Australian permanent residency Violating visa conditions: It may include a student who has worked too many hours, a student who does not …

Trump suspends foreign work visas amid the downturn

Hopefully we have a Prime Minister here in Australia who is capable of seeing ‘the bigger picture’ and is aware of the essential need for foreign skilled workers in the long-term – unlike President Trump whom it seems who is soon to sign an executive order suspending foreign work visas during the downturn. The restrictions …

Hopes of family reunion confirmed and then dashed

When the Department of Home Affairs make ‘clerical errors’ that cause heartbreak to families, especially during these incredibly difficult times, it is so disappointing. Really feel for this family who had 10 minutes of joy only for their hopes of a reconciliation be dashed just as quickly. Read the full story from SBS here: https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/heartbroken-family-stranded-outside-australia-gets-travel-exemption-for-ten-minutes-due-to-a-notification-error