Federal Government announces changes to 457 visa program

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On 25 February 2014 the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash announced an Independent Review of Integrity in the subclass 457 programme. In mid-March 2014 the panel began a period of extensive consultations with key stakeholders, including industry groups, unions, peak bodies, academics, 457 programme sponsors and […]

Australian Parent Visa Gets The Axe

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On 2 June 2014 the government stopped taking applicants for the following visas classes: Parent (non-contributory) visas: • subclass 103 (Parent) • subclass 804 (Aged Parent) Other Family visas: • subclasses 114 and 838 (Aged Dependent Relative) • subclasses 115 and 835 (Remaining Relative) and • subclasses 116 and 836 […]

More choice in English language testing

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Applicants for a number of visas are being given more choice in English language testing. From November this year, people applying for Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Work and Holiday and Former Resident visas will be able to provide the department with a test score from the Test of English as a […]

Overseas Skills Registry Connecting Overseas Skilled Workers With Victorian Employers

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The Overseas Skills Registry is a new online service making it easier for overseas skilled workers who have skills in demand to connect with Victorian employers. The registry is designed to broaden overseas skilled workers’ local networks, and support them to access job interviews and employment. Using the registry, overseas […]

Hmmmm – Site Issues

Hi Guys Just a short note, our site appears to be a little broken at the moment so we are looking to fix it as soon as we can. In the meantime, the format of our site will be a little ‘average’. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. We’ll look to […]

Next Skillselect Invitation Monday 10th February

The Australian Immigration Department has just launched their skillselect website which is available at www.skillselect.gov.au.

The next Skillselect invitation round is next Monday 10th February for anyone out there who might be interested. An interesting announcement on the Australian Immigration website (link) though, it looks like for the subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Sponsored) visas, numbers will be limited. Announcement Please note invitation rounds […]

Surviving Armageddon

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So, we made it. Perhaps Armageddon, a term often used in a generic sense to refer to any end of the world scenario might be pushing things a little, still this weekends weather events were a little obscure to say the least. Apparently this weekend, the Western Australian Bush was […]

Apply For Wanted Down Under

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Wanted Down Under, the TV show from the BBC is airing again and as usually happen, I get quite a few emails and comments from people looking to apply for Wanted Down Under thinking that Getting Down Under is somehow connected to the BBC’s TV Show. I’ve been following Wanted Down […]

Heading Back To Blighty

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So it’s been a while since I’ve posted a ‘blog entry’ and I think it’s fair to say that the focus of my posts in the last 12 months or so has been the latest immigration news effecting wannabe migrants. This is something I’d like to try and address during […]