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2017-2018 Skilled Occupations Lists Announced

2017-2018 Skilled Occupations Lists Announced

Australia has announced the new skilled occupation list for the immigration intake program for the year 2017-18. The new occupation list takes effect on Saturday, 1st July 2017. Applicants for General Skilled Migration are required to nominate an eligible occupation from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List.  Applicants for the following visas can choose an occupation …

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New Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) For Beijing And Shanghai

New Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) For Beijing And Shanghai

The Australian Department of Immigration has today announced the opening of two new Australian Visa Centres (AVACS) in Beijing and Shanghai targeting an improvement in service delivery for Chinese visitors, skilled migrants and business representatives travelling to Australia. “AVACs will be located in Beijing and Shanghai to provide more convenient access to immigration and citizenship …

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New Skilled Australian Visa Charges From January

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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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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TOEFL Test Score Equivalencies for Student Visas in Australia

TOEFL Test Score Equivalencies for Student Visas in Australia

You may remember that in May of this year, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) announced that all international students who wish to study in Australia can now use TOEFL test scores as part of their visa application. Following this approval the Hon. Chris Bowen MP, has now accepted the test score equivalencies identified …

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Migration program gives priority to those with skills most needed

Migration program gives priority to those with skills most needed

An interesting and useful revision for those applying under one of the skilled Migration programs. The Rudd Government will revise the migration program for the second half of 2008-09 so that skilled migrants who have a confirmed job, or have skills in critical need will be given priority for a permanent visa to come to …

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Wanted Down Under? – How to Apply for Series 4 of wanted down under

Wanted down under is a term being typed into Google quite a lot at the moment and the search results are directing a large number of wannabe Aussies here at Getting Down Under. Having spoken to my folks back in the UK last night it transpires that the BBC are currently re-showing one of the …

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Australia increases skilled migrant quota

Good news for people looking to emigrate to Australia under one of the Skilled Visa Classes. According to a media release made on Wednesday, Australia is issuing more Australian visas to skilled migrants than ever. The level of migration for 2007-08 will be set at a whopping 152,800 places. This includes an increase of 5,000 …

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Happy Australia Day!

Well, Happy Australia Day! Its our first Australia day today and we’re looking forward to enjoying some of the activities on offer. A big bonus is that Australia day is a public holiday which is great news as I get a day of work and a nice long weekend too. Apparently for a number of …

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