SA Liberal Party migration policy

Opposition Leader Steven Marshall speaks to Migration Solutions on his plans to boost South Australia’s economy through skilled migration and increased population growth. If we are to keep maturing and developing as a State, we need to be prepared to discuss the big issues. That’s why I am delighted to see that my recent policy announcements on …

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SA Labor Party migration policy

In a Migration Solutions exclusive, Premier Jay Weatherill outlines what his party’s plans are for skilled migration and population growth in South Australia in the lead up to the Mach 15 election. Our State is consistently recognised as one of the most liveable places in Australia – Adelaide as one of the most liveable cities in the …

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DIBP uses social media to warn students against ‘course-hopping’

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has launched a social media campaign warning overseas students that are intentionally downgrading courses that they are risking their stay in Australia. Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash said in a recent press release that the practice of downgrading or changing courses from streamlined visa processing (SVP) eligible degree providers …

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New report shows South Australian economy to be worst of all mainland states

More damning statistics out of CommSec’s quarterly State of the States report have shown South Australia to be the weakest performing mainland economy in the country, ranking only ahead of Tasmania overall. Whilst data in the report shows South Australia to rank fourth in construction and fifth in business investment, the state is either sixth of …

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GTE requirements hurting both international students and the economy

There’s no two ways about it; Ministerial Direction 53 – the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement – is costing the Australia’s national economy, and the education sector in particular, huge dollars. Peaking at just under $17 billion in 2009, and falling to $14.5 billion in 2012, Australia’s international education sector has been in significant decline over the …

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Opposition announce plans to increase numbers of skilled workers, international students to SA

State opposition leader Steven Marshall has announced his party’s ‘Growth Action Agenda’, as South Australia’s attention begins to turn to the upcoming State Election on March 15. Included in the Agenda is a number of measures designed to increase population growth through the skilled migration program, such as by reducing the waiting times for migrants …

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Construction industry predicts skills shortage, calls for increased immigration levels

The residential and commercial construction industry has added its voice to the legion of business sectors advocating for immigration levels to be raised to assist local and regional economies, with the South Australian division of the Master Builders Association (MBA) predicting significant skill shortages in the near future unless changes to Australia’s migration program are …

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Student Visa about to expire?

As the March 2014 deadline approaches, many international students are aware they will need to start considering their post-study visa options if they wish to remain in Australia upon the completion of their course. However, for those planning on applying for permanent residency under the General Skilled Migration program, they will need to be aware …

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Global Study reveals Australia as top destination for British Expats

Australia has retained its number one ranking in the NatWest International Personal Banking ‘Quality of Life’ Report for British expatriates, with 80% of migrants reporting an improved quality of life in Australia since moving down under.   According to the survey, the satisfaction appears to extend to almost all aspects of Australian living, with expatriates …

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Immigration Department cracks down on sponsorship obligation breach

An Australian employer has been barred from sponsoring an overseas worker for 12 months by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, after failing to provide proper notification of an international worker’s resignation within 10 days of their employment having ceased. The employer’s appeal against the decision was refused by the Migration Review Tribunal, despite no …

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New investment options added for Significant Investor Visa

Senator Cash has announced a series of new investment options for applicants for the Significant Investor Visa, as the government looks to attract more foreign capital to Australian businesses. Among the new options include annuities issued by an Australian registered life insurance company, derivatives used for portfolio management and non-speculative purposes, loans secured by mortgages …

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