Month: June 2009

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Australias economy is a tower of strength

Australias economy is a tower of strength after two respected international reports confirmed it continued to lead the developed world. The first from the  International Monetary Fund added its weight to mounting evidence that Australia was powering ahead of its rivals during the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It yesterday upgraded its outlook for …

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Update on processing delays

Yesterday we posted an article detailing the significant delays for folks applying under certain visa classes and following numerous discussions in our forum on the topic a number of additional factors have come to light. Firstly, Visa Subclasses 485 (Skilled – Graduate visa) 476 (Skilled – Recognised Graduate visa), 487 (Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa …

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Australian Visas – Processing could be delayed to 2011

The Australian Immigration and Citizenship department have started issuing letters to visa applicants who have applied for Australian Residency under certain visa classes. The letter confirms that priority will be given to applicants who are applying under the employer or state sponsored visa classes. In addition the letter also confirms that priority will remain for …

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Australian visa application fees increase by 20 per cent

The Australian visa application fee increases have been formally announced, with the skilled migration fee set to increase by 20 per cent as of 1 July 2009. The Australian Government reviews the Australian visa application fees on an annual basis, as part of the release of the Federal Budget release. Typically, fees will increase in …

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Iran to Australia – Dreaming of a better life down under

Your reasons for choosing to emigrate to Australia will be varied. For us, as adults we saw the local parks and playing fields we used to play on as kids, turned into graffiti and syringe strewn scrap heaps. Australia presented us with the opportunity for a better life for our kids. The affordable housing, wide …

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G’day UK 2009

G’Day UK 2009 kicks off this weekend delivering two weeks of food, wine, cultural and business events. Top of the list will be Australian immigration and tourism which will be sold to Brits interested in making the move Down Under. Being a major source of skilled workers and tourists for Australia, organisers of G’Day Week …

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Deadly 60 – Australia

Deadly 60 – Australia is being broadcast on BBC one tomorrow at 17:15 for anyone that’s interested. Within the program, lucky wildlife expert Steve Backshall and his crew head for the Australian continent as he continues his Deadly 60 mission. During the program he visits Perth (yay!) which turns our to be home to one …

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Skilled Migration – Dispelling the Myths

Alan Collett at Go Matilda often writes a good article and his more recent article;   ‘skilled migration, dispelling the myths’ is no exception. Within the article, Alan talks about some of the misconceptions now held by people looking to make the move down under following the announced changes to the skilled migration program made …

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Breaking the link between the Australian Student Visa and Permanent Residence

I read a very interesting letter printed in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning Within the letter a chap by the name of Michael Jones writes about the strong link between overseas students studying in Australia and perminant Australian residency. He also points out that the $16 billion education industry, our third largest export earner, …

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Migration Agents – Migrant numbers need to increase to support infrastructure projects

The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) has warned the government that work on infrastructure projects will be difficult to accomplish following the decision to put restrictions on the skilled migration program. While the MIA welcomed the Australian immigration ministers decision to increase the number of humanitarian and family reunion Australian visas for the 2009/10 Migration …

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Getting Down Under now on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin

Since launching Getting Down Under in January 2006, our site has evolved from my own personal Blog, tracking the move of my own family down under to more of an online Australian Immigration Magazine providing the latest Australian immigration news, reviews and of course, the odd joke! Since these early days the internet has continued …

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