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    457 Visa – A Guide To The Australian 457 Program

    As the 457 visa is the most commonly used program for Australian or overseas employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers to work in Australia temporarily, we thought it would be useful to provide an overview of this popular visa class. The full title of this subclass of visa is Temporary Business (Long Stay) – Standard […] More

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    Skilled Migration Pass Mark To Be Reduced Under Skillselect

    Perhaps it’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to the changes associated with the new Skillselect Visa Program with the Australian Immigration Department announcing that the Skilled Migration pass mark is to be reduced from 65 points. From the 1st July 2012, the pass mark for the new SkillSelect visa subclasses 189, 190 […] More

  • Australia Skilled visa reform targets investors and entrepreneur

    Investors And Entrepreneurs Targeted By New Skilled Visa Reforms

    Do you have a spare $5 Million dollars burning a hole in you pocket? If you do then you may be interested to read that the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and the Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten MP, have announced new Federal Government reforms to attract successful investors […] More

  • Permanent Residence To Be Fast-Tracked For 457 Visa Holders

    Permanent Residence To Be Fast-Tracked For 457 Visa Holders

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 months, most of you will be aware of the reforms to the permanent employer sponsored migration program. One of the benefits to these reforms is the way in which the pathway for 457 visa holders to permanent residence will be simplified. The reforms, effective 1 July, […] More

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    Three New Point Tested Skilled Migration Visa From July

    As our regular readers will know, reforms to Australia’s skilled migration program take effect on 1 July 2012. Included in these reforms are changes to points tested skilled migration visas for migrants who wish to live and work in Australia without employer sponsorship. Simplifying eligibility requirements, the changes include the introduction of three new points […] More

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    American Workers Australian Visa Applications Fast Tracked

    Australian visa applications for American workers will be processed before arriving in the country in order to relieve Australia’s growing labour shortage. The booming mining and construction industries may have saved Australia from recession but the industries’ continuing growth has resulted in a widening skills gap which the country is struggling to fill. In order […] More

  • Indian Student Applications For Australia On The Rise

    Indian Student Visa Applications On The Rise

    The number of Australian visa applications from Indian students has more than doubled in the last 12 months, according to recent figures, prompting some to claim that Australia is regaining its appeal as a great country to study in. The Australian High Commission in India reported that the number of Indian students applying for an […] More

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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 […] More

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    Changes To Australian Working Holiday Visa Would Boost Economy

    The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has claimed that relaxing application and extension restrictions on the Working Holiday Visa would provide an extra AU$700 million (£476 million) to the Australian economy. Currently, the Australian Working Holiday Visa (WHV) programme allows holders to extend their visa for a second year if they complete 88 days in […] More

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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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    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

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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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