Australia Work Visa – An Overview

By |July 6th, 2012|

Australia Work Visa is one of the more common search terms used by visitors to getting down under HQ. With this in mind and in an effort to provide a slightly more succinct answer for those seeking information on the Australian Work Visa, we thought we’d pull together this article

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457 Visa – A Guide To The Australian 457 Program

By |June 27th, 2012|

As the 457 visa is the most commonly used program for Australian or overseas employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers to work in Australia temporarily, we thought it would be useful to provide an overview of this popular visa class.

The full title of this subclass of visa is Temporary Business (Long Stay) – Standard Business Sponsorship (Subclass 457) and in a nutshell, the 457 program allows employers to hire skilled overseas workers where experienced Australian workers are not available. It’s the simplest and fastest option that helps businesses deal with skill shortages.

Starting on the 1st July 2012, non-resident workers on the 457 skilled immigration visa will also be able to transition to permanent residency if they have 2 years with the employer who has sponsored them and if the employer provides a full-time position in the 457 visa holder’s nominated occupation. […]

Changes To Australian Working Holiday Visa Would Boost Economy

By |February 17th, 2012|

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has claimed that relaxing application and extension restrictions on the Working Holiday Visa would provide an extra AU$700 million (£476 million) to the Australian economy.

Currently, the Australian Working Holiday Visa (WHV) programme allows holders to extend their visa for a second year if they complete 88 days in a regional industry such as agriculture, mining and construction.

However, ATEC Managing Director Felicia Mariani claims that of the 162,000 WHVs granted on average each year, just 22,000 choose to travel to regional areas to secure work in one of the eligible industries. […]

Australian visa rules relaxed for students from 29 countries

By |February 16th, 2012|

Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has announced that requirements for an Australian visa will be relaxed for students from 29 countries.

After ex-politician Michael Knight published a scathing report on the Australian visa application system and reports of a struggling education sector surfaced, a reform of the application process had been expected for some time.

However, despite the so called ‘Knight reforms’ calling for a complete review which included several restrictions being tightened, Mr Bowen has instead opted to only implement relaxations to the current system, claiming this will benefit the education industry. […]

Online tourist visas for Brazil and Argentina Now Available

By |February 16th, 2012|

Tourists from Brazil and Argentina can from today apply online for the e676 electronic tourist visa to visit Australia say the DIAC

A spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said the e676 allows people to apply for a tourist visa electronically using a fast, secure and convenient application process.

“These new arrangements mean applicants from Brazil and Argentina have the ability to check the progress of their application electronically,” the spokesman said. […]

Skillselect – Skilled Migrant Selection Register to Go Live 1st July 2012

By |December 22nd, 2011|

On 10 May 2011 the Australian government announced the decision to implement a new way to manage Skilled Migration based on an Expression of Interest (EOI) and subsequent invitation to apply. The new program is called SkillSelect and will be introduced on 1 July 2012.

The changes to their skilled migration program are quite significant so If you wish to come under the current skilled immigration programme you should apply for a skills assessment as soon as possible. […]

New Skilled Australian Visa Charges From January

By |December 16th, 2011|

Last monday we wrote an article advising that Australian skilled visa application fees were to increase in 2012

The Department of Immigration and Cirizenship (DIAC) has now confirmed that many of these increases will come into effect from 1 January, 2012 though others will be progressively introduced over the next 18 months (subject to normal legislative processes).

The changes will be applied to a number of Australian Visa’s.

The reasons given for the visa fee changes are “to target anomalies and inconsistencies, close the gap between visa access charges and the estimated costs of administering visas, and improve the integrity of the visa system.” […]

Australian skilled visa application fees to increase in 2012

By |December 5th, 2011|

Looks like quite an increase is on the way if  a statement released from the office of Chris Bowen, Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship holds any truth.

It has been announced that the government intends to introduce a new visa pricing model from January 2012.

Under the new pricing system, which the Australia Immigration minister says is designed “to ensure taxpayers are no longer subsidising visa applications”, there is intended to be an increase in the fees for certain skills and business visas of between 5 and 15 percent.

This could see the cost of a skilled Australian visa application rise to over AU$3,400, constituting an increase of over 24% in less than a year. […]

Change to processing location for applications lodged in Pakistan or Afghanistan

By |December 5th, 2011|

News in from the Australian Immigration Department this week which effects Partner and family migration processing for applicants in Pakistan or Afghanistan

Partner and family migration applications lodged by clients who live in Pakistan or Afghanistan (except for Afghan nationals) are processed at the Australian High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Partner and family migration applications from Afghan nationals who live in Afghanistan or Pakistan (except general skilled, business skills, Distinguished Talent (subclass 124), Former Resident (subclass 151) and parent subclasses) should still be lodged with the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. […]

Australia Approves TOEFL Test Scores for Student Visas

By |May 30th, 2011|

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) announced last week that all international students who wish to study in Australia can now use TOEFL test scores as part of their visa application.

The TOEFL test is created by non-profit educational assessment and research organisation, Educational Testing Service (ETS).

This announcement represents a significant change for international students from Assessment Level 3 and 4 countries (such as China and India) and the higher education industry in Australia. […]

New Skilled Visa Points Test to be Introduced 1 July, 2011

By |March 17th, 2011|

As previous visitors to GDU may know, it is proposed that a new points test for skilled migration visa applications will be introduced on 1 July 2011. It complements the series of reforms the Australian Government announced in February 2010.

The new points test is focused on selecting highly skilled people to deliver a more responsive and targeted migration program and was developed following a review of the current points test, which considered submissions from a variety of experts and the wider Australian community.

The points test is a critical part of the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) process, as in order to lodge an Australian visa application, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they both meet the basic requirements and are able to pass the points test at the time of lodging their visa. […]

Government announces suspension of the Australian Skilled Migration program

By |May 7th, 2010|

In an unexpected move, the Australian Government has announced it will not accept applications for offshore general skilled migration, effective midnight AEST 7 May, until the end of the current program year on 30 June, 2010.

The temporary suspension applies to all primary applicants for the following Australian visas: Subclass 175 – Skilled Independent; Subclass 176 – Skilled Sponsored; and Subclass 475 – Skilled Regional Sponsored.

Applications for these Australian visa subclasses submitted on or after 8 May, 2010, will be considered invalid and the application will be returned to the client along with the Visa Application Charge although all associated fees, for example fees incurred for medical examinations, cannot be refunded.

Those who have already submitted a valid application, online or by mail, before midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on 7 May will have their application processed as normal and in accordance with the priority processing arrangements. […]

Australian Spouse Visas – 12 Costly Misconceptions to Avoid

By |February 3rd, 2010|

This article describes the evidence required for making a successful Australian spouse visa application, the need for independent and critical thinking away from non-professional and or inexperienced advisers, best ways to speed up processing of an application, how to deal with a poor immigration history and why you do not always need to live together for 12 months before you apply for or start the preparation to apply for an Australian spouse visa as well as several other useful tips and hints on how to select the best professional adviser. Spouse visas are impossible to obtain unless you have a joint bank account or lease ...

Work Travel Australia – Working Holiday Visa

By |January 22nd, 2010|

Desperate to travel to the Land Down Under and be allowed to work while you're there? You can, with the Working Holiday visa. The good news is that you can easily get your own. The bad news? You'll need to know many things about your work travel Australia visa before securing it, from how much it costs to who it's for. This article covers the basics of work travel Australia visa.

Visa Information to Study in Australia

By |January 19th, 2010|

Student Visa requirement to study in Australia depends on the course you wish to Study. Every basic course will have its own visa requirement. Visa requirement will also differ with the country you are applying from. Make sure that you meet the financial requirements, Health requirements, health Insurance requirements and English language skills before applying for a visa.

Student Visa For Australia

By |January 15th, 2010|

Australia is a very hot destination for the students of the overseas countries. The government of Australia is highly dedicated to provide world class educational methods to the future generations. For those reasons you should try and get a Student Visa for Australia!