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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 …

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 …

Partner visa backlog continues

Former Immigration Department Deputy Secretary, Abul Rizvi, has reported in an article published in The Independent that Peter Dutton cut down on the number of partner visas available. This action has created a backlog of 80,000 applicants. At end June 2018, the Government had allowed a backlog of over 80,000 “Partner visa” applications to build up. …

Relief for local family who are now permanent residents

We love good news stories here at TranQuill Legal and this is certainly one of them. A family from Queanbeyan have lots to thank Immigration Minister David Coleman for as they are now permanent residents of Australia. The Wangchuk family’s visa had expired in April after an application for permanent residency was rejected by the …

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 …

Christchurch attack survivors to be offered New Zealand residency

New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Adern doesn’t hesitate when it comes to making commitments to her nation. The way she addresses these issues is unlike many other leaders in this current age and this new bold offering is no different. According to SBS News, the New Zealand PM has offered permanent residency to all those caught …

Labor and Liberal pre-election pledges

What are the Labor and Liberal leaders claiming in their pre-election pledges when it comes to migrant workers and small businesses in Australia?  Outlined in this article, taken from The New Daily, are a few elements that have been suggested by the leaders. What do you think?   Labor leader Bill Shorten will on Tuesday …

Extra points for migrating to regional Australia as a singleton – BUT also with a partner

So it seems there are potentially additional points up for grabs if you migrate to Australia as a single person, but also if you are migration with a spouse! This may sound a bit complicated and contradictory, but it will be explained …. According to the Migration Amendment (New Skilled Regional Visas) Regulations 2019, three …