2011 Australian Immigration News

2011 Australian Immigration News

Australian Immigration Legislation Changes Effective January 1, 2012

Australian Immigration Legislation Changes Effective January 1, 2012

Its getting to that time of year again so worth noting that effective January 1, 2012, the following amendments of the legislation under the Australian immigration will be implemented. Amendments to remove the discretionary ‘Assurance of Support’ requirement from certain Partner Visas. Amendment of Australian Citizenship Regulations 2007 relating to the Payment of Fees in …

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New Skilled Australian Visa Charges From January

Last monday we wrote an article advising that Australian skilled visa application fees were to increase in 2012 The Department of Immigration and Cirizenship (DIAC) has now confirmed that many of these increases will come into effect from 1 January, 2012 though others will be progressively introduced over the next 18 months (subject to normal legislative processes). The …

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Professional Year Visa Program To Be Reviewed

Professional Year Visa Program To Be Reviewed

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has announced a review of the Professional Year Visa Program to start in early 2012. The Professional Year program which has been in place since 2008 is a structured development program, available to former overseas students who have graduated as Engineers, Accountants and IT Professionals. The Professional …

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2011 Skilled Migration Survey Highlights Strong Demand For Over Seas Workers

Last year I wrote a post about the Skilled Migration Survey published by the Audit firm KPMG. Well, the propeller heads at KPMG have conducted a new survey for 2011 and the results may be of interest to those looking to make the move down under. KPMG’s annual skilled migration survey examines how Australian businesses …

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Australian skilled visa application fees to increase in 2012

Looks like quite an increase is on the way if  a statement released from the office of Chris Bowen, Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship holds any truth. It has been announced that the government intends to introduce a new visa pricing model from January 2012. Under the new pricing system, which the Australia Immigration …

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Change to processing location for applications lodged in Pakistan or Afghanistan

News in from the Australian Immigration Department this week which effects Partner and family migration processing for applicants in Pakistan or Afghanistan Partner and family migration applications lodged by clients who live in Pakistan or Afghanistan (except for Afghan nationals) are processed at the Australian High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan. Partner and family migration applications …

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Rabies Vaccination Now Required For Cats And Dogs Prior To Entry Into Australia

Rabies Vaccination Now Required For Cats And Dogs Prior To Entry Into Australia

Hi All, not done many articles on the pets front for a while however thought these new regulations would definitely be worth a mention. From the 1st Jan 2012 new regulations come into effect regarding cats and dogs entering Australia. From the AQIS Website From 1 January 2012, cats and dogs from the UK, Malta, …

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457 Visa’s To Be Fast Tracked By Australian Government

The Government is looking to attract more skilled overseas workers by fast tracking changes to the 457 visa system reports ninemsn The federal government is also doubling the period of time – to six years – that some businesses can qualify to apply to sponsor workers. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said on Wednesday he was …

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13 Times More Illegal Immigrants Arrive By Plane Than By Boat - Optimized blue ocean1 - Getting Down Under 2011 Australian Immigration News

13 Times More Illegal Immigrants Arrive By Plane Than By Boat

I came across an interesting read over at Adelaide now this morning. Apparently there are enough illegal immigrants living in Australia to fill a large regional city, and nearly all of these 58,400 people arrive by plane. Put another way, there are 13 times more illegal immigrants than there are asylum seekers in detention who …

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Skills Shortages in WA as Eastern States Draw In The Crowds

New figures released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship indicate that despite the skills shortage and employment opportunities in Western Australia, the majority of skilled migrants are choosing to settle in the Eastern states. The Australian Government’s plan to target skilled foreign labour to the Western Australian mining industry has been dealt a blow …

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New occupations Added To NSW List For Skilled Australian Visa Applicants

The New South Wales state government has released an updated version of its State Migration Plan (SMP) including new occupations eligible for state sponsorship. The list of occupations that the NSW Government will sponsor for a skilled migrant Australia visa has grown, outlined in the latest version of its State Migration Plan recently released. (Click …

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Australian trade minister calls for immigration boost

A senior member of the Australian Government has re-opened the ‘big Australia’ debate calling for an increase in net migration to fuel economic growth. The Australian Trade Minister Craig Emerson yesterday released a 17-page economic position paper on preparing the Australian economy for the “Asian century”. The paper called for an increase in targeted Australian …

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