Monday
Jan232012

Australia Day celebrates Aussie citizenship

Australia Day 2012 will see thousands of new citizens affirmed, and many more new citizens welcomed to the country, in over 125 local councils across the country.

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Saturday
Jan142012

Further details confirmed for skilled migration from July 2012

Further details of how the new skilled migration system will work have been released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) ahead of the July 2012 implementation.

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Saturday
Jan142012

Assurance of Support requirement removed from Partner visas

The discretionary Assurance of Support (AoS) requirement has ben removed from certain visa subclasses by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

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Friday
Jan062012

Regulations for Migration Agents updated

The Migration Agents Regulation Authority (MARA) has published updated regulations for migration advisors to provide more protection for onshore migrants using their services.

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Friday
Jan062012

Visa application fees rise from January 2012

With effect from January 2012 the visa application fees have been updated for many visa categories.

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Tuesday
Dec202011

Business Skills visa applicants face new fraud controls

New powers relating to temporary and permanent visa applications made in the Business Skills and student categories came into effect in November 2011.

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Tuesday
Dec202011

DIAC comments on HIV and adoption in visa applications

The effect that adopting children with HIVE have been tackled by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) on the Skilled Migration Blog. This post looks to dispel myths raised in recent reports but also offer insight into how health conditions affect visa applications.

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Thursday
Dec152011

Professional Year program to be reviewed

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has announced that it will evaluate the Professional Year Program in 2011-12 to see if it can be improved up at all.

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Thursday
Dec152011

Priority category 5 applications status update

It has been announced that people waiting in Priority Group 5 of the General Skilled Migration (GSM) categories are 'very close' to being allocated case officers.

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Tuesday
Dec132011

Cambridge ESOL exams to use biometrics

Cambridge are to start using a biometric service to confirm the identity of people taking their ESOL exams in order to reduce exam fraud.

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