The state of our State – immigration outcomes to South Australia

At first glance, the release of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s annual Migration Program Report for 2012-13 paints a positive picture for the health of Australia’s migration program. Total immigration outcomes are on the rise, targets are being met, and with a healthy majority of these new arrivals belonging to the skilled category, …

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Update on new credit card surcharge for Visa Application Charges

Details regarding the new Government-imposed credit card surcharge for Visa Application Charges (VACs) have been released on the department website. Visa and Mastercard – 1.08% American Express and JCB – 1.99% Diners Club International – 2.91% The surcharge commenced from 19 April 2014. The Migration Institute of Australia reports that the DIBP website’s ‘How to …

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More countries being considered for Work and Holiday visa arrangements

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has expressed interest in expanding the Australian Work and Holiday Visa programme after speaking at a Transport and Tourism Forum in Canberra recently. ‘My department is currently in the process of negotiating new and more liberalised Working Holiday Maker visa arrangements with thirteen new partner countries,’ the Minister said. ‘These include …

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Student visa gets simplified

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has implemented it’s simplification of the Student Visa Assessment Level Framework (ALF) in accordance with the findings of an internal review conducted late last year. The changes have resulted in Assessment Level 4 and 5 being removed from the framework, meaning former AL4/5 countries will be reclassified to Assessment …

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Independent review into integrity of 457

Last month Assistant Minister for Immigration Michaela Cash announced the Federal government’s response to the independent review into the integrity of the subclass 457 visa programme. There were 27 recommendations from the review and 22 of them the government fully supported. Some of the recommendations that were supported by the Government include: The Temporary Skilled …

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Cooks and Hairdressers return to SOL

Overseas hairdressers and cooks will once again be eligible for permanent residency through state nomination in South Australia, after the occupations were returned to the State Nominated Skilled Occupation List (SNOL) this week. The popular occupations headlined 18 new additions to the List, after being removed in 2010 following a major government crackdown on program rorting. Migration Solutions Managing Director Mark …

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Coalition to reboot significant investor visa programme

The Federal  government has announced a review of the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) programme in a bid to increase the level of foreign investment within the Australian economy.  The review, which will be undertaken by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, will involve consultation from the financial services industry and other relevant stakeholders in …

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Changes to Skilled Migration Occupational Ceilings Announced

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced changes to occupational ceilings in SkillSelect from 1 March 2014, after conducting an evaluation of the program late last year. The changes are: State and territory nominated visas will no longer be subject to occupational ceiling limitations. The minimum ceiling for each occupational group will …

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Media calls skilled migration program into question

The latest figures detailing the jobs of those granted permanent residency under the Skilled Occupation List has prompted some media sources to question the integrity of Australia’s skilled migration program. Monash University demographer Bob Birrell criticised the report’s findings in an article published in the Herald Sun, which showed that cooks and hairdressers had both …

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