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‘Endless wait’ for Australian citizenship despite significant increase in approvals

Australian citizenship approvals rose by 80 per cent with 145,000 applications approved in 2018-19, recovering from a 15-year low the previous year when they fell below 81,000 – a level not seen since 2003.  The Department of Home Affairs processed over 160,000 citizenship applications in 2018-19, approving over 145,000. Immigration and Citizenship Minister David Coleman …

Chinese students no longer coming to Australia to study – can India students replace them?

In an article from the Australian Financial Review today, it was suggested that Chinese students are no longer flocking to Australia to study at our universities. This is a worry – but we also need to know who will fill their spaces. Vice-Chancellor of Melbourne University has recently been in India trying to look at …

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. …

A Stage 2 partner visa granted in just 8 weeks? Surely not!

‘Wins’ in our workplace are great, always great. We love getting visa grant notifications in our inbox. They are especially brilliant however when a stage 2 partner visa is granted in 8 WEEKS!! Yes, 8 weeks. Not the 2 years the DHA suggests. This truly amazing achievement was down to the unbelievably hard work put …

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 …

ACT Occupation List – updated version available now

The ACT Government have just released the new Occupation List. This list identifies the skills that are currently in demand in Canberra (for skilled migration purposes). The ACT Occupation List is used to determine the eligibility for ACT support of the following programs: ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa. You can express …