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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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Offshore student applications for Australian visas continue to fall

Figures recently released from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Australia have revealed a 20% fall in the number of students outside of Australia applying for an Australian visa. In its quarterly report to June 2011, figures indicate that the overall number of student visa applications lodged was stabilised only by the number of …

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Schedule 3 of the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) Changed

As part of the recent changes to the New Australian Skilled Migration Points Test, Schedule 3 of the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has been changed, with a number of key occupations added You can find a PDF for the full list of Skilled Occupation List (SOL) changes here. However, the key occupations added are fitters, metal …

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Skilled Migrants Will Need To Seek Permission Before lodging Application

A radical new item of Australian visa legislation has been announced, with independent skilled migrants set to have to ask permission before lodging their application as of July, 2012. From July 2012, any skilled migrants applying for an Australian visa will have to lodge an online expression of interest and wait to receive an invitation …

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Australian Student Visa To Be Reviewed

The Australian government has commissed a new review of the Australian student visa program, which will report to the government in mid 2011. The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is undertaking a review of the Australian student visa program, with former minister Michael Knight appointed to carry out the review for presentation to …

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New Skilled Visa Points Test to be Introduced 1 July, 2011

As previous visitors to GDU may know, it is proposed that a new points test for skilled migration visa applications will be introduced on 1 July 2011. It complements the series of reforms the Australian Government announced in February 2010. The new points test is focused on selecting highly skilled people to deliver a more responsive …

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Student Visa Applications Continue to Fall

Data released yesterday by the Australia Department of Immigration shows that the number of international students choosing to come to Australia continues to fall. Australia Visa applications from potential students outside Australia fell 32 per cent in the final six months of last year compared with those of the same period in 2009, which in …

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Australian Work And Holiday Agreement With Bangladesh

Young people from Australia and Bangladesh will now be able to travel to each other’s countries through a work and holiday arrangement. The Australia work and holiday visa program is now open, the Australia immigration department said. University-educated Australian and Bangladesh travellers who are aged between 18 and 30 will now be able to work …

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Australian Temporary Work Visa To Be Simplified

Australia plans to simplify their temporary work visa program by reducing the number of different visas available. The planned changes are a result of responses by key stakeholders to a discussion paper released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The Australia immigration Minister Chris Bowen, and Minister Assisting on Deregulation, Senator Nick Sherry, …

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