Month: April 2008

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Amendments to Australian Student Visa announced

From time to time the Australian Department of Immigration make amendments and Legislation Changes which make obtaining an Australia Visa easier or indeed a litttle harder. On the 26th of April a number of minor changes were announced. Most of these are not particularly relevant to most of our readers, however a  changes to the …

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IELTS Preparation Video – Useful Stuff

Not so long ago I wrote a post which gave an overview of the IELTS Exam. IELTS or the International English Language Testing System measures a persons ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – a key requirement for folks who intend to study, work and …

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Australia to become a Republic

Australia is to become a Republic according to news released following the Australia PMs visit to the UK. Kevin Rudd, in his first official visit to Britain since becoming Prime Minister in November, said: “Once a Republican, always a Republican.” Mr Rudd, who was speaking at Downing Street where he met UK PM Gordon Brown, …

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Construction Workers needed in Victoria

According to a survey undertaken by the Master Builders Association, the Australian State of Victoria needs 40,000 new construction workers in the next five years. The MBA says skilled workers are needed in order to solve the skills shortage and it is the issue which is most affecting the sector’s progression. This is obviously good …

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Australian 457 visa program to be reviewed

The 457 Temporary Skilled Migrant Visa is in the news today, with the federal government commissioning a review following accusations that foreign workers are being exploited. Industrial relations commissioner Barbara Deegan will head a working party of industry and trade union leaders looking into the 457 visa program. Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Evans said …

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Is it Autumn Already?

Autumn in Australia and the second time we’ve experienced the autumn season since moving here I really have no idea where the time has gone. I can’t believe that we’ve got back around to autumn so soon. Last year I made the revelation that here in Australia, the leaves fall off the tree’s during autumn. …

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UK Applicants – Police Clearance Certificates

For Australian Visa Applicants applying from the UK, it’s worth noting that Police certificates are now being issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). This covers applicants who have lived or currently reside in England, Wales, Scotland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland. Application forms and guidance on how …

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Current Australian Immigration processing lead time as of April 2008

Well, we’re into April so let’s look at the current Australian Visa Processing timelines for April 2008. To discuss this post, please use the appropriate thread in our forums here PROCESSING AND ALLOCATION INFORMATION – For the week of 1 April 008 Applications lodged on or before the dates shown below have been allocated to …

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