Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 is the anti-fraud provision designed to make people think twice before putting any bogus (false) documents or false or misleading information into their Australian visa applications. Unfortunately, it also catches out many people who either simply made a mistake when providing information, or whose representatives were the ones who were […]Read More PIC 4020 Update: Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection shortly to be looking at past 10 years of applications
For nearly all cases of visa refusal received from Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)you will have a limited number of days to apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)for review of the decision. 2 days, 7 days, 21 days, 28 days; sometimes more. The point here is that these review application deadlines […]Read More Australian Visa refusals: Defective Notification. Out of time for Tribunal review?
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 […]Read More Ministerial Intervention requests: are they worth it?
Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection has today published the list of occupations removed from the 457 program as of 19th April 2017. Existing 457 visa applicants whose occupations have been removed from the list will not be eligible to be granted the visa, but may be eligible to have application fees refunded by […]Read More Australia 457 Visas: Removed Occupations
Australia’s 457 visa program is to be terminated and replaced by a new program with tougher eligibility requirements. The 457 program has been in place for many years and was designed to answer shortages of skilled labour in various occupations in Australia. Major changes include a cut of over 200 occupations from the eligibility list […]Read More Australia 457 Visas to be axed: NEWSFLASH!
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 […]Read More Australian Student Visas: Complete Applications mean faster processing and fewer refusals
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 […]Read More 10 year Australian Frequent Traveler Visitor Visa trial may be extended
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. […]Read More RSMS: Australia’s Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
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 […]Read More How to add a child to your Australian Partner Visa application
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 […]Read More Standing up against alienation of Australian community members; terrorism in Europe, and 5 more shameful years of Asylum seeker policies