Why is my visa application taking so long to process?

The processing times that are listed are only indicative of when the government expects to have an answer for you, but aren’t guaranteed. Sometimes it’s earlier than the expected time frame, sometimes it’s later.    There are a number of reasons why your application could be taking so long to get a result.   1. The Government requires more information from you Sometimes, the Government...

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How long will my visa application take to process?

This is always one of the first questions clients ask us.   Generally, you will receive the result of your application within the suggested time frame.   However, sometimes the Government may take longer to assess your application, or they require more information from you before they can reach a decision.   We cannot stress how important it is to make sure that you have received your...

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The DIBP announces changes to the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

The DIBP recently announced a few changes that they are planning to implement to the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa. Please note that these are only announcements and no formal policy documentation has been officially released.   From1 July 2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will review the eligible occupations for this visa type.  In addition, there will...

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The DIBP announces changes to the 457 Visa

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) recently announced some further changes that they are planning to implement to the 457 visa until its removal in March next year. Please note that these are only announcements and no formal policy documentation has been officially released.   From 1st July 2017, the English salary exemption of $96,400 will be removed. The occupations...

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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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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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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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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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