Ministerial Intervention requests: are they worth it?

Up until early 2016, many people who had exhausted all other immigration actions (visa applications, tribunal review, judicial review) but were not yet ready to leave Australia and were still holding onto a hope that they may be allowed to stay, had a viable option to approach the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection via […]

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Australia’s Subclass 187 Regional Skilled Migration Scheme visa age limit will drop to 45 years on 1 July 2017

Attention all 457 visa holders in regional areas who are hoping to convert to permanent residency or other people intending to apply for an Australian employer sponsored Regional Skilled Migration Scheme visa Subclass 187, the cutoff age for applying will drop from 50 to 45 years as of 1 July 2017. If you are aged 45 […]

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Australia’s Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186 visa age limit dropping to 45 years on 1 July 2017

Attention all 457 visa holders hoping to convert to permanent residency or other people intending to apply for an Australian Employer Nomination Scheme visa Subclass 186, the cutoff age for applying will drop from 50 to 45 years as of 1 July 2017. If you are aged 45 or above and you need professional assistance […]

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Australian Student Visas: Complete Applications mean faster processing and fewer refusals

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is currently receiving very high numbers of student visa applications. Make sure that you include ALL necessary documents with your application or your application’s processing will face delays and maybe even refusal. Remember to include plenty of evidence to show that you have enough money to support yourself […]

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10 year Australian Frequent Traveler Visitor Visa trial may be extended

Trial 10-year Frequent Traveler Visitor visa in China is underway and may become regularly available if successful On 12 December 2016 a limited trial of a new 10-year ‘Frequent Traveler’ Visitor visa began for  people who hold passports from the People’s Republic of China and are applying for the visa from within China. The visa […]

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RSMS: Australia’s Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Australia’s Subclass 187 visa is the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa for skilled workers who are willing to work in regional Australia for a period of time, before becoming free to move to any area of their choice. The visa requires nomination by an approved Australian employer and then a visa application must be made. […]

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How to add a child to your Australian Partner Visa application

People often make applications for Subclass 820 Partner visas in Australia, when they are here on a Subclass 600 Visitor visa, a student visa, a 457 visa, or some other temporary visa.  If you have done this, you may have your children from a past relationship with you here in Australia; or perhaps your children […]

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Standing up against alienation of Australian community members; terrorism in Europe, and 5 more shameful years of Asylum seeker policies

A few weeks ago, a casually racist joke or slogan that’s been doing the rounds for many years now (dressed up as an apparent epiphany) came out of the mouth of a dearly loved family member of mine: “not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims”.   More recently, a friend I’m very fond […]

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