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AUSTRALIA: Changes to Immigration Health Policy

November 11, 2015

From 20th November 2015, new health policy will apply to applicants for Australian visas. The Department of Immigration is restructuring the country risk levels from three groups to just two – lower and higher risk and removing concessions for 457…

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AUSTRALIA: Changes for Working Holiday Makers & DIBP Annual Report

November 6, 2015

Changes to Benefit Working Holiday Makers and Companies in Australia's North From 21st November, Working Holiday (subclass 417) and Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa holders employed in certain high demand industries in northern Australia will be able to…

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AUSTRALIA: TSMIT Review & Data Matching Programme

October 30, 2015

TSMIT Review Under an agreement with the Opposition Labor Party on the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) the Government has undertaken to review the TSMIT (Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold). It has remained at $53,900 since 2013. 457 visa holders…

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AUSTRALIA: IELTS Scam Reported

October 28, 2015

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is used in more than 100 countries around the globe with the minimum score for a student or skilled migrant around five in Australia. In order to be considered as a permanent resident…

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Is the Decline in Immigration Slowing Australia’s Economic Growth?

October 5, 2015

The Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) quarterly monetary policy report supports the suspicion that the cut in the economy's potential growth is linked to a slower population growth. Latest figures show that there was a net inflow of 16,360 long-term...

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AUSTRALIA: Chinese Nationals Now Eligible for Work and Holiday Visas

September 25, 2015

The Australian Government have added China to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to apply for Work and Holiday visa applications. Although applications for this visa type cannot be made by post, providing the applicant is the holder…

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AUSTRALIA: Amendments to Migration Bill 2015

September 25, 2015

The Bill has received its second reading in the Australian Parliament. The intention of the Bill is to "introduce a new criminal and civil penalty regime that will make it unlawful for a person to ask for, receive, offer or…

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AUSTRALIA: Changes to Fees and Evidence Required for Visas

July 7, 2015

Australian Department of Immigration fee changes As of 1st July 2015 onwards the Australian Department of Immigration has increased all its visa application fees. Full details of the changes can be found here. However it may be useful for employers to…

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China and Australia Sign Free Trade Agreement

June 24, 2015

On 17th June 2015 representatives from China and Australia signed a momentous free trade agreement. For many years now Australia has become one of the major exporters of goods and services to China. Mineral rich Western Australia in particular has maintained…

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AUSTRALIA: Changes to the Subclass 457 Visa Programme following Independent Review

April 10, 2015

In September 2014, the Department of Immigration in Australia released a long-awaited Independent Review into the Integrity in the Subclass 457 programme. Subclass 457 is used to fill job roles with temporary skilled migrants where there are skills shortages. The...

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