Australia 2017 Budget: Hefty levies to finance future immigration sector improvements

Just a few weeks after announcing that they will be scrapping the 457 visa program, the Australian government is continuing its overseas worker clampdown through a string of weighty levies.   Starting March 2018, local employers with a turnover of less than $10 million per year have to pay an annual charge amounting to $1,200 if they plan to acquire or sponsor foreign talents through temporary...

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What Scrapping the 457 Visa Means for Australian Businesses

It's official: The 457 visa has been abolished - so what does it mean for businesses and international talent? The past week has been a particularly significant one for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, announcing that he will be scrapping the 457 visa to preserve “jobs for Australians”.     Unfortunately, there was no prior warning or adjustment period before these changes were announced....

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Job Series: How to work as a Chef in Australia

  At Migration Expert, clients often ask us about the most in-demand jobs; which visas would allow them to work in their nominated fields; and how to go about applying for a job once they’ve arrived in Australia.   So we’ve decided to start the “Job Series” to help shed some light on the occupations listed in the SOL (Sponsored Occupation List), and hopefully, provide some useful advice for...

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The Most Romantic Destinations to Visit Around Australia

  Visiting Australia for a romantic getaway?   Australia has been portrayed as an oasis of beaches and a chilled lifestyle, two traits which aren't always at the top of the list when thinking of "romantic places" to visit.   If there’s one thing about this country that is underrated, it's that it will never cease to surprise you, (which is paramount if you want to eschew boring romantic...

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Tips for Job Hunting in Australia

According to a new data released by the Australian government, there are still over 159,000 job vacancies across the country today. But the number could be a bit higher since it doesn’t include offline job advertisements or those published in newspapers and other print media.   Also, the country’s stellar economic run last year is predicted to continue until the first half of 2017. This could...

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Thinking of migrating? Consider the world’s most liveable city!

  It’s no longer a secret that Australia is a favourite destination amongst tourists and immigrants. Why not? The country boasts of postcard-worthy beaches and historical landmarks, needless to mention its diverse population that makes it more attractive to many.   But Australia is also one of the biggest countries in the world. Sixth, actually.  So where do you start exploring? Why not...

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10 Things To Consider Before Moving to Australia

We've all heard about it: the beautiful beaches, the amazing landscapes, and the wildlife. Indeed, this is how most foreigners see Australia, thinking that the only things they need to put into their luggage when they go here are swimsuits and hiking shoes. But as every one of us knows, a country is not always just about how we see it in films and read in books. Australia is no different, and...

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4 Qualities of a Reliable Australian Migration Consultant

Australia attracts thousands of visitors every year. With an abundance of natural wonders and a bustling city life, it’s no wonder why people from all over the world dream of travelling (and even settling permanently) on Australian soil. Visiting Australia usually starts by securing a visa. This is a crucial step that would determine whether or not you are allowed to set foot in the country....

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Getting Around Melbourne: 4 Modes to Choose from

One of the best ways of getting to know a new destination is by getting lost in it. But for a city like Melbourne, where the transport system is efficient and public spaces are safe, running around in circles may no longer be necessary.    There are several ways to get from one place to another. You can use handy apps such as Melbourne's PTV travel planner to help you find the easiest and...

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35 Local Expressions You’ll Hear When in Australia

Australians have a colourful vocabulary, as you can tell by how they endearingly shorten words and get creative with their friendly jabs.    When out on an Outback road trip or a night out downtown, you might hear the following slang and phrases from your new Aussie friends.    Read along to find out what your mates mean and pick up some new expressions to help you get...

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