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03.11.2014

Significant investors to gain Australian residency quickly

Expanding the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) program

The government announced that it will create a new Premium Investor Visa (PIV) category. This will speed up the application process for people who invest at least $15 million in Australia for at least four years.It is also...


30.10.2014

Government changes 457 skilled migrants visa program

The Australian Government has announced changes to the Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visa program. The changes affect English language testing, processing times, and compliance monitoring.


20.10.2014

Abolished classes of parent and family visas available again

In June 2014 the Australian Government abolished eight subclasses of family visas. This week the Senate disallowed the government’s action, meaning that these eight subclasses are still available, although most likely for a...


22.09.2014

457 visa program review is released

457 visa program review

Recently the Australian Government released the report of an independent review of the 457 visa program. The government is yet to respond to the report.


19.06.2014

Changes to non-contributory parent and other family visas

Evolution of Australian Parent Visa Options to Contributory Parent Category Visas

Federal government repeals eight family visa subclasses. There are still options available to eligible parents and their sponsors under the Contributory Parent Visa Category. Applicants can apply directly for permanent residency...


05.06.2014

Nurses needed in Australia

Nurses on 457 visa

There are growing work opportunities for nurses in Australia. The 457 visa program is an avenue for well-qualified, experienced overseas nurses to benefit from this, as temporary skilled migrants.


21.05.2014

Skilled migrants continue to be top priority

The Australian government has announced that in 2014–15 it will continue to give priority to skilled migrants who have a firm job offer.


16.05.2014

Employers and 457 visas – your obligations

457 Visa Sponsorship Obligations

Australian employers hiring overseas staff on Temporary Work (Skilled) Visas – Subclass 457 visas – need to know the rules.


18.03.2014

Play it safe for your 820 Partner visa

Your application for an 820 Partner visa is a higher stakes proposition now, with increased govt. fees. Partner visa applicants need to ensure they get proper legal advice so their money isn’t wasted.


06.03.2014

Government looking to boost 457 visa program

Independent Review of the 457 Visa Scheme

The government has named a panel to review the 457 visa program to look at ways to cut red tape while preserving the integrity of the scheme. The priority will be to help regions and industries facing skill shortages.


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