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Following the federal budget which was released on Tuesday 12 May 2015, the government has announced visa lodgement fee increases will have the biggest effect on the following visa types: •Business Innovation and Investment (SIV stream) •Prospective Marriage and Partner (offshore) •Parent migrant and other family (offshore) The SIV stream will see a 50% increase […]

Recently Senator Michaelia Cash announced that volunteer work will no longer count as eligible work to qualify for second Working Holiday visas. More from Senator Cash’s Media Release: Currently, young adults aged 18 to 30 from partner countries may holiday and work in Australia for up to 12 months and may extend their stay in […]

As part of the Government response to the 457 Integrity Review, the following changes were made on 18 April 2015 relating to Standard Business Sponsorships: •The term of standard business sponsorship has been extended to 5 years commencing from the date of approval. •The sponsorship period for start-up businesses has extended from twelve (12) months […]

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) Sen Michaelia Cash MP has recently announced changes to the English language test requirements. The following instruments came into effect 18 April 2015. For a 485 Temporary Graduate visa the minimum overall score for the IELTS test is a 6.0 and the minimum score for each English […]

Minister for Trade and Investment the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP has announced the introduction of a three-year, multiple entry visitor visa for Chinese tourists.  More from The Australian; Although Chinese visitors ¬account for Australia’s second-largest inbound market — after New Zealanders — their Australian visits were often hampered by the complicated visa approval process. Federal […]

Following a review of the Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) Significant Investor visa in October 2014, the Australian Government have decided to temporarily suspend all new nominations for the program from 24 April 2015 to allow changes to be made to the program. This means no state or territory will be able to nominate under the […]

Following an independent review of the 457 visa program held last year, the Australian federal government will implement most of the 51 recommendations.    The following are a few of the proposed changes we can expect to see in the next 6-12 months. You can view the full list here.   • That it be made […]

New English Language Tests The instrument specifies English language proficiency and test scores (and passports which can be used as proof of English language proficiency) for:   Applications lodged before 1 July 2012 – no change, IELTS and OET Applications lodged after 1 July 2012 – no change, IELTS and OET Applications lodged on and […]

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