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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 …

Hands-free ban for new drivers across the ACT

A question that seems to be on every young-person or new driver’s lips at the moment is whether the new total ban of hands-free mobile phone usage will actually reduce the road death toll? From July 1st, learner drivers those on P-plates in the national capital will be fined for talking hands-free on a mobile …

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 …

DHA Visa Fee increases as of 1st July 2019

The department of Home Affairs has announced that a 5.4 percent Visa Application Charges (VAC) increase in fees will apply to applications made on or after 1 July 2019 on most visa subclasses. We may be able to lodge an application on your behalf before the fee increase, but you would need to be quick! …

‘They wanted a second wife’: Tourists detail working holiday exploitation

This is quite a tough subject to broach, but it seems it is very real. Young people are so keen to stay in Australia that they are willing to be exploited in ways that are just not reasonable. And it seems it is not hyperbole. Next month the working holiday visa program is due to …