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457 visa holders taking advantage of Melbourne opportunities

By |September 11th, 2012|

The unemployment rate in the state of Victoria has risen in the past year but almost 14,000 457 visa holders have still managed to find work in a variety of occupations.

The latest Australian immigration data shows almost 900 construction workers and teachers have each found work in Victoria as well as over 300 doctors, 500 chefs and 240 accountants. […]

Significant Investor Visa Conditions Released

By |August 30th, 2012|

Back in May we announced that the Australian Immigration Department were to release a new Visa for people with stacks of cash ($5 Million AUD+) to invest in Australia. They creatively titled it the Significant Investor Visa.

Today, the minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, released the full conditions for this new visa class.

The significant investor visa, first announced in May, is being introduced as a key component of the Government’s business innovation and investment program, and requires visa holders to invest at least AUD 5 million.

The visa will commence from 24 November this year, when applicants can submit an expression of interest through SkillSelect. […]

Australian Working Holiday Visa’s May Address Labour Shortages

By |July 10th, 2012|

According to an article published on the news international website today, the federal government is in talks to bring more overseas workers to Australia on holiday visas to address labour shortages in the tourism industry.

Federal Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson says using visitors with Australian working holiday visa’s is one strategy the government is pursuing to address the problem.

He said Prime Minister Julia Gillard had recently announced an increase in the number of working holiday visa arrivals from Indonesia. […]

Investors And Entrepreneurs Targeted By New Skilled Visa Reforms

By |May 30th, 2012|

Do you have a spare $5 Million dollars burning a hole in you pocket?

If you do then you may be interested to read that the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and the Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten MP, have announced new Federal Government reforms to attract successful investors and entrepreneurs to Australia.

Mr Bowen said the government would introduce a new visa program, the Significant Investor visa, targeting migrants who could make an investment of at least $5 million in the Australian economy. […]

Migration Numbers Increased To Fill Skill Gaps

By |May 9th, 2012|

Good news for those of you looking to migrate to Australia under the 2012 – 2013 Migration Program. The Federal Government announced yesterday a targeted increase for the the 2012–13 migration program, providing additional places to help fill skills shortages in parts of the Australian economy.

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen MP said the planned migration program in the 2012–13 Budget would provide support to the growth regions and sectors of Australia’s economy struggling to meet acute skills shortages.

‘The measured increase of 5000 places—from 185 000 to 190 000—comes in the context of significant skills gaps in both the short and medium term in certain sectors of our patchwork economy,’ Mr Bowen said. […]

American Workers Australian Visa Applications Fast Tracked

By |April 3rd, 2012|

Australian visa applications for American workers will be processed before arriving in the country in order to relieve Australia’s growing labour shortage.

The booming mining and construction industries may have saved Australia from recession but the industries’ continuing growth has resulted in a widening skills gap which the country is struggling to fill. In order to address this gap, the government has announced plans to ease Australian visa restrictions for Australia plumbers, electricians and construction workers wanting to take advantage of employment opportunities in the Outback.

Under current Australian immigration legislation, American workers must have their skills assessed onshore, meaning many workers arrive in the country not knowing whether they will qualify for work in the country. The skills assessment can often take months with no certainty, resulting in a gamble many Americans judge to be too risky. […]

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. […]

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. […]

457 Visa’s To Be Fast Tracked By Australian Government

By |November 24th, 2011|

The Government is looking to attract more skilled overseas workers by fast tracking changes to the 457 visa system reports ninemsn

The federal government is also doubling the period of time – to six years – that some businesses can qualify to apply to sponsor workers. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said on Wednesday he was creating a new accreditation scheme for the 457 visa system set to begin on November 7.

Businesses can become accredited if they’ve been an active 457 visa sponsor over the past three years, taking care of at least 30 overseas workers over the past 12 months – and can guarantee that their local workforce is at least 75 per cent Australian. […]

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. […]

Australian Temporary Work Visa To Be Simplified

By |December 19th, 2010|

Australia plans to simplify their temporary work visa program by reducing the number of different visas available.

The planned changes are a result of responses by key stakeholders to a discussion paper released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

The Australia immigration Minister Chris Bowen, and Minister Assisting on Deregulation, Senator Nick Sherry, have announced a simplified model for temporary Australian Visas in a discussion paper, Implementing a simpler framework for temporary residence work visas.

The government has considered submissions made in response to the initial discussion paper released on 4 June 2010, and has drawn up its proposed model for Australia visa simplification.


Australian Student Visa Program To Be Reviewed

By |December 17th, 2010|

As the number of international students coming to Australia continues to drop, the Federal Government has announced a review of the student visa program.

The move is being welcomed by the education and business sectors.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans announced the review on Thursday.

“The Australian international education sector has come under increasing pressure as a result of the rising value of the Australian dollar, the ongoing impact of the global financial crisis in some countries, and growing competition from the United States , New Zealand and Canada for international students,” Senator Evans said. […]

Australian migration program delivering the skills for a healthy economy – Apparently!

By |October 30th, 2010|

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, has announced the latest statistics on the Australian migration program saying that it is still delivering the skills Australia needs for a healthy economy.

Mr Bowen said the Government’s targeted approach to overseas workers was helping to fill critical skills in healthcare and nursing jobs, engineering, financial services and IT jobs gaps.

The Report on Migration Program 2009-10 showed that more than 60 per cent of the skill stream outcome comprised applicants under the targeted categories, including those who were sponsored for their Australian Visa by either an employer or state/territory government – a 12 per cent increase on the previous program year. […]

Christopher Bowen New Australian Immigration Minister

By |September 14th, 2010|

Chris Bowen - Australias New Immigration Minister

Well, what do we have here. 

Australian visa applicants will be keen to learn that Australian PM Julia Gillard announced this weekend that the Australian Ministry of Immigration will be the responsibility of Chris Bowen.

Good sign or bad for wannabe Aussies. Chris has admitted to being ‘taken aback’ by his new appointment. Perhaps we should read that as Chris has admited to thinking ‘Oh sh1T… how the hell am I going to sort this mess out then’?  :)

Australian immigration, particularly the handling of asylum seekers, is an area critics suggest was a stumbling block for Julia Gillard’s election campaign, with outgoing minister Chris Evans reported to have conceded in a private function last month that the issue was “killing the government”.

Bowen has already said that the way refugees are handled is his first priority. […]