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    Medical Insurance Should Be Requirement For Australian Tourist Visa

    The vice president of the Victoria branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for medical insurance to be a requirement on all Australian visa applications. Dr Stephen Parnis claims that if tourists can afford an Australian holiday, then measures should be taken to ensure they do not abuse the rights their Australian visa […] More

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    How To Prepare And Present Work Reference Letters On Your CDR

    Prospective CDR applicants seem to be a little confused or not very sure about how to prepare and present work reference letters as part of your CDR. These work reference letters are required by Engineers Australia for Additional Assessment under the new points test which became effective on 1 July 2011. T The reference letters […] More

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    Sheep shearers want Australian 457 visa for migrant workers

    With skill shortages in Western Australia raising concerns within the shearing industry, industry professionals are calling for the Australian 457 visa programme to be expanded to allow migrant workers to fill the labour gaps. WA Shearing Industry Association Executive Officer Vicki Gates is reportedly liaising with Rural Skills Australia in an attempt to get shearing […] More

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    Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) For Subclass 457 Visa Holders To Be Reviewed

    In November 2011, the government announced reforms to the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) treatment of Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) benefits to commence on 1 July 2012. LAFHA is commonly used by employers to compensate employees for additional costs incurred when they are required to live and work away from their usual place of […] More

  • The Australian Immigration Department has just launched their skillselect website which is available at www.skillselect.gov.au.

    SkillSelect website goes live!

    The Australian Immigration Department this week, launched their skillselect website which is now available at www.skillselect.gov.au. On review, the site already provides some decent background information on SkillSelect, including details on the Expression of Interest (EOI) and invitation process. It also includes details of the information which you will have to provide when you submit an […] More

  • How to Apply for Series 7 of the BBC's Wanted Down Under

    How to Apply for Series 7 of the BBC’s Wanted Down Under

    Wanted Down Under continues to be spiking a lot of interest and an effort to help answer some of the recent comments from GDU visitors looking to apply for future shows, I thought I’d include instructions to help those looking to apply. We can confirm that the BBC are looking for contributors for Series 7 […] More

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    Australian 457 Visa Restrictions To Be Changed To Attract Hospitality Workers

    The fall in foreign students combined with the rapid increase in highly skilled migrants flocking to Australia’s mines has seen a shortage develop in the hospitality industry. In response to this shortfall the federal government intends to change Australian visa restrictions to encourage experienced workers for the faltering industry. Due to changing patterns in Australian […] More

  • Australia Tourist Visa Restrictions Should Be Relaxed

    Australia Tourist Visa Restrictions Should Be Relaxed

    According to the country’s peak tourism export group, Australian immigration policies should be inspired by US President Barack Obama’s recent speech in which he declared “America is open for business” and announced plans to relax restrictions on tourist visas for even more countries. In an attempt to expand the tourism industry and give America’s economy […] More

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    Australian Mining Boom Results In Spike In Greek Migrants

    We’ve reported before that the Australian mining boom has been greak for UK workers. Now australia’s thriving economy, demand for skilled workers and relaxed working visa regulations has led to the most short term arrivals from Greece in a decade. Greece’s slumping economy and growing unemployment rates have meant that thousands of its citizens are […] More

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    Students Targeted By Relaxed Visa Regulations

    The Australian education industry could be at risk of becoming victim to Australia’s thriving economy. The rising Australian dollar, combined with the collapse of some colleges has led to more and more international students reconsidering their decision to study in Australia. Changes to the Australian visa application process have been made but, with the new […] More

  • UK Royal Navy Personnel Being Targeted By Australian Immigration

    UK Royal Navy Personnel Being Targeted By Australian Immigration

    The Australian Defence Force is trying to recruit laid-off soldiers, sailors and air crew from the UK in order to fill their quota of new recruits. Those chosen will gain preferential treatment when it comes to Australian Immigration and Citizenship. The Australian Navy has sent a delegation to the UK to recruit some of the […] More

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    Australian Skilled Migration Applications Surge In Attempt To Avoid Skillselect

    So, it’s not been long since we reported on the planned changes for Australian Skilled Migratation. For those who didn’t read the post, On 10 May 2011 the Australian government announced the decision to implement a new way to manage Skilled Migration based on an Expression of Interest (EOI) and subsequent invitation to apply. The […] More

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