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Legislation changes – No need to panic!

15 February 2009 Legislation ChangeJust under a week ago I wrote about some planned changes to the Australian Immigration legislation.

There were some concerns that these changes could cause problems for folks currently undertaking the migration process but thankfully it’s nothing to get to excited about.

The legislation  changes announced today are titled:

Amendments in relation to special purpose visas, reporting deadlines for ships, and round trip cruises


Amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994 in relation to time frames for reporting on passengers and crew members on ships due to arrive in Australia

By the looks of things, these recent changes in legislation appear to have been brought into effect to stop people boarding ships and not going through the necessary Immigration clearence when porting with Australia. A loop hole thats been filled by the looks of things.

Still, panic over… for now! :)

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As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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