Australian Visitor visa – 12 month maximum stay on combined visas unless exceptional circumstances exist

Australian Visitor visa – 12 month maximum stay on combined visas If you already hold a visa in Australia and you are considering applying for a visitor visa to extend your stay, you need to consider how long you have already been here on a different visa. Generally a Subclass 600 Visitor visa can only […]

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Australian Protection Visa Subclass 866: Country developments for applicants from Fiji

Since the 2006 Military Coup, Fijians visiting Australia have shown a strong interest in “getting their papers” for Australian permanent residency by lodging a Protection Visa application with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Since the 2014 election in Fiji, it has been harder for Fijians to succeed with Protection Visa applications, because Australia’s […]

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Australia’s 457 visa: some obligations and requirements for employer sponsors and visa applicants

Australia has a popular temporary skilled work visa program known as the Subclass 457 visa. The 457 visa can fill labour shortages for Australia’s employers and can act as a first step towards Australian permanent residency for visa applicants. Since 2013, sponsor obligations for 457 Standard Business Sponsors, and requirements for nominations and visa applicants […]

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Waiting: processing time for partner, child, parent and other family visas for Australia

When you apply to migrate to Australia to join your family members, you can sometimes experience quite a long waiting period or processing time for your application to be processed and a decision to be made by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). Just how long the wait will be may depend upon which […]

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Missing Mum or Dad? Parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents can get longer visitor visas to Australia

Life is hard when you live in one country and your parents live far away. Waiting for a Parent visa can seem like forever and you worry about Mum or Dad (or both of them) being on their own as they’re getting older, as well as feeling lonely for their company and wishing they could […]

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Australia Public Interest Criterion PIC 4020 visa refusal for bogus (fake) documents, false or misleading information or lack of identity documents

Public Interest Criterion 4020 (PIC 4020) is one of the “public interest criteria” included in Schedule 4 of Australia’s Migration Regulations 1994. These criteria are designed to serve Australia’s public interests by imposing particular requirements on visa applicants, such as health, character, and etc. PIC 4020 can have great significance to your capacity to migrate […]

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Partner Visas for Australia

Partners of Australians may want to apply for a visa that allows them to live and work permanently in Australia. Partner visas are granted in 2 stages with 2 different “subclass” numbers. The first visa you will be granted is the “provisional” visa and 2 years after you first apply, you will become eligible to […]

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Ministerial Intervention in your Australian immigration case

Have you had your visa application refused by the Department of Immigration and the Tribunal? You might have heard about something called “Ministerial Intervention”. If certain “unique or exceptional circumstances” apply in your case, you can ask Australia’s Immigration Minister to consider intervening to grant you a better decision. A request like this may be […]

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