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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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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