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Australia Work Visa – An Overview

Australia Work Visa is one of the more common search terms used by visitors to getting down under HQ. With this in mind and in an effort to provide a slightly more succinct answer for those seeking information on the Australian Work Visa, we thought we’d pull together this article If you want to apply …

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Short Term 456 Business Visa Numbers Increase

Australian visa applications for short-term business trips increased to over 120,000 applications in the last quarter of 2011, recent figures show. An Australian visa in the 456 subclass, also known as the short term business visa, allows the holder to stay in Australia for three months and carry out a range of tasks such as …

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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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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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Australian Student Visa Program To Be Reviewed

As the number of international students coming to Australia continues to drop, the Federal Government has announced a review of the student visa program. The move is being welcomed by the education and business sectors. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans announced the review on Thursday. “The Australian international education sector …

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Queensland’s State Migration – Eligible Occupations List Updated

The Queensland State Government has recently updated their state skilled immigration program, including a list of eligible occupations for sponsorship. According to Senator Chris Bowen, the Gillard Government has a formal commitment to supporting the Australian economy by attracting more skilled migrants who can positively contribute to the workforce and this plan is one of …

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More Australian Immigrants Needed Plead Business Leaders

An increase in the Australian immigration numbers are needed to avoid a wages blowout as skills shortages increase across more sectors, business leaders have warned the government. The current skills shortage in the resources sector is spreading to other industries, as many move to the more lucrative paid jobs in mining with more than $140 …

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Australian Student Visa Applicants Continue to Fall

The number of new international students coming to Australia is continuing to drop by more than 32,000 students, or 9.5 per cent, as of the end of October. Government agency Australian Education International, has reported the number of total enrolments in Australia are down 1.4 per cent at 599,795 students. The figures come as the …

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Skilled State Sponsorship changes announced by Vicoria Government

The Victorian Government has recently announced changes to the skilled state sponsored visa program, including a revised list of occupations eligible for sponsorship. The Victorian Government has a formal agreement with the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), in regards to skilled sponsored and skilled regional sponsored visas. As part of this agreement, there …

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Survey highlights More Skills Shortages

A survey by a global business consultancy firm says that the ongoing boom in Australia has resulted in low unemployment and a demand for overseas skilled workers to fill gaps in the labor market — a trend that is likely to increase in the future. According to the report by KPMG entitled Skilled Migration Survey …

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South Australia Sponsorship List Announced

Immigration South Australia has announced they will very shortly be accepting new sponsorship applications from migrants for a limited number of occupations in an interim list, pending the introduction of State Migration Plans. Migrants with occupations on the Interim Sponsorship List, who meet all other state sponsorship criteria, will be able to apply to be …

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