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Immigration November 1, 2011

A brief explanation of the new points test for Certain Skilled Migration Visas

On 1 July 2011, the Australian Government introduced a new points test for certain skilled migration visas, in which a comprehensive assessment of the attributes of an applicant is made, taking into account the applicant’s English capabilities, skills, qualifications, and the age of the parties who are applying for skilled migration visas. Applicants must meet […]

Immigration October 1, 2011

Return of the prodigal resident – resident return visas subclass 155

Are you a current or former Australian permanent resident whose travel validity period of your permanent visa has expired or is about to expire? The Five Year Resident Return Visa (Subclass 155) is for you. So tell me about yourself – What is the Resident Return visa? The Resident Return (subclass 155) visa is a […]

Immigration September 1, 2011

From Permanent Residence to Australian Citizenship

If you are a permanent resident and wish to become an Australian citizen, you need to determine whether you meet the eligibility requirements, allowing you to become a citizen. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to become an Australian citizen, it is in your best interests to seek advice on the eligibility, and […]

Immigration August 1, 2011

Off-topic: get in the loop about off-shore refugee visas

Australia’s humanitarian program consists of two streams, one offshore and one onshore, and is designed to enable resettlement of overseas people in Australia who have humanitarian needs. It also allows Australia to protect those already in the country who are seeking refugee status under the UN Convention. This article will focus on the offshore program. […]

Immigration July 1, 2011

Abroad and fraud: avoid migration scams

Fraud is a criminal offence in Australia, and that includes the migration process. Migration fraud includes document fraud, where visa applicants are responsible for the information contained within, even if someone completes it for you. Identify your identity – watch for fraud Becoming a victim of migration fraud could mean you lose money, your visa […]

Immigration June 1, 2011

Guarding the guardians: student visa subclass 580

Student visa subclass 580 International students under 18 years of age studying in Australia on a student visa may require a guardian. There may also be exceptional circumstances where a student over 18 years of age may need a guardian for religious or cultural reasons. Student Guardian Visa 580 – what is it? This visa […]

Getting over overseas employment immigration

Australia has certain industries where overseas staff are needed. Businesses are allowed to recruit and employ staff from overseas (non-residents) with a right to be employed in Australia. This may be on a temporary or permanent basis. Temporary 457 visas This subclass 457 visa is valid between 3 months to 4 years and involves 3 […]

Immigration April 1, 2011

Ease-a visa cancellation

The process of obtaining a visa is lengthy, as is the process of cancellation. Having your visa cancelled, either by request or involuntarily by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, is serious as it can mean detention and removal from Australia. So what does it mean when your visa is cancelled? “This is the situation” […]

Immigration March 1, 2011

Retirement requirements and immigration

Thinking about your retirement can be daunting, even though we are constantly reminded since the start of our careers to think about it. Did you know there are Retirement Visas for older people who want to retire in Australia? There are certain requirements that need to be satisfied, and different visa options depending on your […]

Immigration February 1, 2011

Visa Options for Nurses

Australia has a shortage of qualified nurses.  The demand for experienced nurses is particularly acute in regional areas of Australia.  As such, an experienced registered nurse may have a number of different visa options for living and working in Australia.  There may also be other options open to nurses undertaking study prior to full qualification. […]