Here’s what we know about the proposed semi-skilled visa

There’s a rumour floating around at the moment that the Australian Government is considering reducing the requirements to make it easier for semi–skilled workers to obtain work visas to regional parts of Australia.   The proposed visas are called Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs). The reason the DAMAs have been proposed is that the Australian Government is looking to fill the...

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8 Reasons Why Australia is the Ideal Migration Destination

Australia is the land of opportunity. We have great weather (most of the year), lovely beaches, delicious cuisine and the best coffee.   But in case you need more convincing, here are 8 reasons why Australia should be at the top of your migration destination list. Booming economy Our economy has been ranked amongst one of the best in the western world; having successfully avoided...

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Fee Increase for Visa Applications starting July 1st 2018

The Department of Home Affairs has recently announced an increase in fees for General Skilled Migration Visa Applications (subclasses 189, 190 and 489) and Family Migration visa applications (subclasses 100/309, 300, 143 and 864). The new fees have been implemented since July 1st, 2018. See all the new fees listed in the tables below:   General Skilled Migration Visa - Subclass...

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Citizens from Peru can now apply for a Work and Holiday visa to Australia

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) recently announced that Australia and Peru have implemented a reciprocal agreement, which permits up to 100 young Australian and Peruvian citizens to apply for a Work and Holiday visa to each country.   This means that Peruvian youths can apply for a work and holiday visa to Australia and, likewise, young Australians can apply for a...

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DIBP issued 3500 invitations for Skilled Independent Visas in September

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has released the results from the latest round of visa invitations issued to Skilled Workers for September.   On September 20, 1750 Skilled Independent visas (subclass 189) were issued to hopeful applicants while only 47 visas were issued for Skilled Regional (Provisional Subclass 489) applicants.   Only 93 invitations in total have...

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12 Things to do in Australia this Winter

  Winter in Australia is unlike anywhere else in the world. With outdoor events scheduled throughout the season, the coldest months fly by as you enjoy the best of the country’s food, culture, and natural beauty. If your idea of winter is far from being cooped up in bed, Australia has some great things to do during July and August.   Noosa Long Weekend Festival Mid-July – Noosa,...

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What’s the difference between a Working Holiday Visa and a Work visa?

  What’s the difference between a Working Holiday Visa and a Work visa?   And how do I know which one I should apply for? If you've ever wondered this, you're not alone. Many of our clients often ask us these questions too. Hopefully, today's post will help you decide which working visa suits you.    A working holiday visa or a work and holiday visa is only available for 18-30-year-olds...

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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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