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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 …

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 …