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The high cost of parent visas is leaving migrant families without support

This latest article from the ABC focuses on some of the difficulties that Indian families are having after choosing a new life in Australia. Of course many of the issues that resonate with migrant communities barely register with those born in Australia. The article also outlines the costs associated with some of the much sort-after …

‘Backpacker tax’ overturned by Federal Court

An estimated 75,000 backpackers could receive hundreds of millions of dollars from the tax office after the Federal Court ruled the Government’s so-called backpacker tax invalid. The landmark ruling said the tax was a “form of discrimination based on nationality” and could not be applied to a British woman living in Australia on a working …

Australian student visa: financial capacity requirement increased

Within a month of downgrading the assessment level of international students from India, Nepal and Pakistan, Australia has increased the financial capacity requirement which will make it more difficult to get Australian student visas. Australia has further tightened the screws on student visas by raising the evidence of funds visa applicants are required to show, …

The Gold Coast wants to be classified as ‘regional’ to bring in more migrants

The Gold Coast is lobbying to be reclassified from ‘metro’ to ‘regional’ under Australia’s migration system in order to bring in more skilled migrants and international students. But some say the city already has enough advantage. The Gold Coast wants to be reclassified as a regional area so it can boost its number of skilled …

For female migrant victims of family violence, their visa holder can often be their abuser

A new report has found migrant women on temporary visas who experience family violence are often left to suffer in silence because of fears they will be deported if they seek help. They’re some of the most vulnerable members of the community: Women, newly-arrived in Australia, who find themselves the victims of family violence. And …

The refugees rejected by Australia and Trump tried to refuse – now calling America home.

This article from The Washington Post is in many ways wonderfully heart-warming and is a ‘must read’ piece. However it does raise many questions about the treatment of refugees in general. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/theyre-the-refugees-that-trump-tried-to-stop-but-now-theyre-here-and-theyre-becoming-americans/2019/10/12/7dd7a00e-e6d4-11e9-b7da-053c79b03db8_story.html Do you have friends or relatives overseas who are looking to come to Australia but want to choose the right path? Why not …

Migration tribunal predicts appeals backlog to surpass 60,000 after surge in visa rejections

A backlog of visa appeals continues to build according to new analysis of applicants being reviewed by the government tribunal responsible for reviewing the cases. The government has defended a backlog of visa appeals saying increased scrutiny and subsequent refusals were behind the high numbers of challenges.   The number of visa appeals before the government …

What do Estée Lauder, Elon Musk, Henry Ford and Walt Disney have in common?

They are all immigrants, or the children of immigrants. According to the Australian Financial Review, a study published in 2017 revealed that 43 per cent of companies in the Fortune 500 were founded or co-founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants (rising to 57 per cent in the top 35 companies). These 216 firms …

Would proposed changes to the Migration Act further alienate New Zealand from Australia?

Labor and the Coalition are at an impasse over a bill to extend the grounds for cancellation of visas on character grounds, after the immigration minister, David Coleman, rejected conditions demanded by the opposition. On Tuesday, Labor wrote to Coleman offering to support the bill provided it not apply retrospectively, exempted low-level offences and for …

‘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 …