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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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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