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    Australian 2017 – 2018 Occupation Ceiling

    2017 - 2018 Australian occupation ceilings

    Each year the Australian government publishes their Australian Occupations Ceilings list. The Australian Occupations ceiling governs the number of invitations the government will issue to migrants applying for Australian Migration when applying using one of the Australian Occupations In Demand. If you are applying for An Australian visa, keep in mind that there is not […] More

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    Occupations List And Legislative Instrument Conflicts Causing Confusion

    Occupations List And Legislative Instrument Conflicts Causing Confusion

    Since publishing the updated MLTSSL and STSOL occupations lists on the 1st July, we have had a number of comments from confused readers highlighting a conflict between the occupations listed on our lists (or the lists on the DIBP website) and the legislative instruments which govern the content of the list. Occupations lists / Legislative […] More

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    2017-2018 Skilled Occupations Lists Announced

    2017-2018 Skilled Occupations Lists Announced

    Australia has announced the new skilled occupation list for the immigration intake program for the year 2017-18. The new occupation list takes effect on Saturday, 1st July 2017. Applicants for General Skilled Migration are required to nominate an eligible occupation from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List.  Applicants for the following visas can choose an occupation […] More

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    Victoria Releases New Skilled Occupations List Effective 1st July

    Victoria releases new Skilled Occupations List

    In November 2016, skilled visa applications for 11 ICT-related occupations were temporarily closed by the Victorian Government. This temporary halt was then extended through to 30 June 2017. The Victorian state government has now announced that from 1 July 2017, the Victorian Skilled and Business Migration Program will reopen to applications for ICT occupations. The […] More

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    Australian De Facto Visa Tips To Prove Your Relationship

    Australia De Facto Visa Requirements

    The Australian De Facto Visa is a popular visa for those overseas candidates who are in a de facto relationship with an Australian Citizen or permanent resident. To qualify for an Australian de facto visa, you need to provide evidence that you are in a ‘real’ relationship and not simply using the de facto status as […] More

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    Baby born in Australia – What is my babies Australian residency and Citizenship status?

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    Since giving birth to our own baby girl since migrating down under we’ve had a number of comments made on this associated post asking what the immigration status,  residency or citizenship status of their own  baby will be following the birth.

    With this in mind I thought I’d write up a quick article to summarise the residency and citizenship status of your baby should you be blessed with the birth of a new child whilst spending your time down under.

    On the assumption that you applied for your Permanent Residency visa before your baby was born the following circumstances will normally apply.

    If your baby is born in Australia, and at least one parent is an Australian permanent visa holder or Australian citizen, your baby is an Australian citizen by birth. No Australian visa is required for this baby.baby born australian citizen

    If your baby is born in Australia and neither parent is an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, your baby will generally automatically acquire the visa of either parent dependent on whichever visa is more “beneficial”.

    If your baby is born outside Australia, and at least one parent is an Australian citizen otherwise than by descent, your baby is eligible for Australian citizenship by descent.

    If your baby is born outside Australia and at least one parent is an Australian citizen by descent and that parent was present in Australia lawfully for at least 2 years before your baby’s citizenship registration, your baby is eligible for Australian citizenship by descent.

    If your baby is born outside Australia, and neither parent is an Australian citizen, your baby has no immigration status in Australia and will need a visa to enter Australia. Continue reading

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    Australian Visa Costs From 1st July 2017


    The 2017-18 Federal Budget saw several changes announced to the immigration programme which will affect the cost of visa applications from 1 July. Additionally, information has also been provided regarding the changes forecasted to the training benchmark, which will affect 457 and 186 applications, and their sponsors, from March 2018. Increase to Australian Visa Application Charges […] More

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    2017 – 2018 Skilled Migration Intake Announced

    Today, Treasurer Scott Morrison announced his annual budget to Parliament which included a couple of items of interest to people looking to emigrate to Australia. An annual foreign worker levy of $1,200 to $1,800 per annum will be applied to employers of temporary foreign workers, whereas employers of permanent skilled workers will be levied a […] More

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    What Are My Chances Of Getting An Australian Visa

    How long to get an Australian Visa

    So you’ve got an occupation on one of the Australian Skilled Occupations Lists. You have registered an Expression Of Interest (EOI) with Skillselect and you’re now left waiting to see if you’ll get that sought after an invitation to apply for an Australian Visa. As a skilled migrant, you’re probably already familiar with the Australian points test […] More

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    Eleven Tips to Help You Safely Transport Your Pet to Australia

    made the move to australia

    If you are thinking of moving your pet to Australia, I suggest you first get an idea of what’s involved in this process so that you don’t get hassled mid-way. The most important fact that you need to remember is that the entire procedure can be an expensive one and requires that you navigate through a few controls and restrictions. I will briefly guide you through the various stages involved in moving your pet to Australia and, hopefully, save you time, hassle and money.

    1. The most important thing to do first is to confirm that your breed is allowed in Australia (certain dog breeds like dogo Argentino, Japanese tosa, Pit bull Terrier are refused entry) and also whether your pet’s age permits it to travel.

    2. Micro chipping your pet will be the next step you take. This needs to be completed before you apply for an import permit. The micro chip must be identified by any ISO compatible reader like a Trovan or Destron.
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