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  • Australian Immigration Legislation Changes Effective January 1, 2012

    Australian Immigration Legislation Changes Effective January 1, 2012

    Its getting to that time of year again so worth noting that effective January 1, 2012, the following amendments of the legislation under the Australian immigration will be implemented. Amendments to remove the discretionary ‘Assurance of Support’ requirement from certain Partner Visas. Amendment of Australian Citizenship Regulations 2007 relating to the Payment of Fees in […] More

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    How much does it cost to use a Migration Agent?

    Going it alone or choosing to use a Migration Agent is often one of the first questions people ask themselves when looking to migrate to Australia. One of the benefits of doing everything yourselves is the costs, however for some, getting an Australian Immigration Agent to do the leg work for you is the preferred, […] More

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    Hung Parliament may affect Immigration Policy in Australia

    Last week I wrote this article about the possible impacts of a change in government on Australian immigration policy and at the time of typing I was hopeful that a few days later we would have a result. Alas.. one week later we are no nearer to a result and it’s looking likely that a […] More

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    Submit an Article to Getting Down Under

    Here at Getting Down Under HQ we’ve focused our efforts on publishing news and articles specific to what’s going on in the world of Australian Immigration right now. The thing is, there isn’t ALWAYS something going on (of interest to our readers anyway). This means that the pages of our site don’t update as often […] More

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    Skilled Migration – Dispelling the Myths

    Alan Collett at Go Matilda often writes a good article and his more recent article;   ‘skilled migration, dispelling the myths’ is no exception. Within the article, Alan talks about some of the misconceptions now held by people looking to make the move down under following the announced changes to the skilled migration program made […] More

  • Breaking the link between the Australian Student Visa and Permanent Residence - australian-immigration - Optimized blue ocean1

    Breaking the link between the Australian Student Visa and Permanent Residence

    I read a very interesting letter printed in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning Within the letter a chap by the name of Michael Jones writes about the strong link between overseas students studying in Australia and perminant Australian residency. He also points out that the $16 billion education industry, our third largest export earner, […] More

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    Getting Down Under now on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin

    Since launching Getting Down Under in January 2006, our site has evolved from my own personal Blog, tracking the move of my own family down under to more of an online Australian Immigration Magazine providing the latest Australian immigration news, reviews and of course, the odd joke! Since these early days the internet has continued […] More

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    Where do I start? The Visa Wizard is here to help

    Where do I start is one of the most common questions asked by many of those looking to start a new life down under. The answer to this question is usually decide which Visa option you’ll utilise to get yourself here, however there are so many visa options available for wannabee Aussies that deciding which […] More

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    The Aussie Immigration Map

    For many wannabe Aussies, choosing where you want to finally reside when you make the momentous move down under can be one of the toughest decisions you’ll ever make. That is until now! Let me introduce you to the ‘Wannabe Aussie Immigration Map 5000’. This handy map was provided by one of my overly helpful […] More

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    300,000 more chances to move to Australia

    The Australian budget has been and gone and I didn’t pay that much attention to it to be honest. Having said all that though a post made in our forums suddenly made me realise that the Australian Budget had pretty large implications for all wannabe Aussies. The Labor party budget for 2008-09 includes an increase […] More

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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 […] More