Tuesday
Mar132012

Fast-track route from 457 to permanent residence to be introduced

The employer-sponsored visa system is set to be simplified in July under new plans announced by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen.

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Saturday
Mar032012

Permanent residents now face limited return visas

Permanent residents who are spending significant amounts of time outside the country now face greatly reduced visas following a change to the Immigration Rules made on 15 February.

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Saturday
Feb252012

Harmony Day on 21 March

With Harmony Day approaching, a new and improved section of the Harmony Day website was launched by Senator Kate Lundy. The improved site now features new, interactive education resources to teach children about 'diversity, harmony and belonging'.

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Friday
Feb172012

Queensland gives full visa rights to civil partnerships, regardless of gender

The state of Queensland now gives the same rights to Australian visas to same sex couples in a civil partnership as heterosexual marriages, following a recent ruling.

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Friday
Feb172012

Darwin to get Regional Migration Agreement for skilled workers

A new Regional Migration Agreement (RMA) has been announced today to help employers in Darwin fill local labour shortages and find skilled workers.

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Thursday
Feb162012

Immigration officers to visit NSW Mid-North Coast and Port Pirie

The officials will visit the mid-north coast region of NSW during the week of February 20 to present businesses and overseas workers with information on skilled migration and employer-sponsored visa options.

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Thursday
Feb162012

Virtual English tuition for migrants

The DIAC have announced a three year trial of a new virtual English language tuition service using the new National Broadband Network (NBN) to reach rural communities.

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Thursday
Feb162012

Student visa assessment levels reduced

The assessment levels will be reduced for students from 29 countries with effect from 24 March 2012 as the Government continues its implementations based on the Knight Review.

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Tuesday
Jan312012

SkillSelect website launches

The new SkillSelect website - www.skillselect.gov.au - which is a fundamental part of the new skilled migration system due in July 2012, launched on 28 January.

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Tuesday
Jan312012

Tourist visas move online for Brazil and Argentina 

People applying for tourist visas from Brazil and Argentina will be able to do so online with effect from 15 February.

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