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11 May 2017

4 things you need to know about the Australian citizenship changes

If you are currently a permanent resident, or if you would like to become an Australian citizen in the future, here’s what you need to know about the recent citizenship changes. The 4 main changes: 1. You will need to have been a permanent resident for 4 years instead of 1 year 2. You will…

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11 May 2017

The Federal Budget announcements and how they impact Australian migration

At this time of year, we are always eager to hear how the Federal Budget will impact migration policy. Here’s how the recently announced Budget initiatives affect Australian businesses and visa holders. Businesses Currently businesses who employ 457 visa holders must invest in training their Australian employees as part of their sponsorship obligations. Instead of this,…

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20 Apr 2017

Australian citizenship changes announced

Yesterday afternoon Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull announced several changes to the requirements to become an Australian citizen. Permanent residents seeking to obtain citizenship will be impacted by the new requirements, as the Government stated the changes will apply to any applications received from today. Watch the video announcement on the Immigracious LinkedIn page linked here. What are the changes? 4…

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18 Apr 2017

457 visa to be abolished and replaced

The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has announced just a few hours ago that the 457 visa program will be abolished and replaced by a new temporary work visa. Mr Turnbull said, “The new visa will better target genuine skill shortages including in regional Australia and will include new requirements including previous work experience, better English…

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11 Apr 2017

Presenting at the Association of Malaysians in WA (AMWA)

Recently I had the pleasure of presenting an information session on the various visa options for students, graduates and businesses at the Association of Malaysians in WA (AMWA) networking event at Curtin University. It was a great turn out and I’m really glad to have met so many wonderful people – plus the ‘teh-tarik’ Malaysian…

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24 Mar 2017

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme changes

Since 2011, WA businesses have used the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) as a visa option to sponsor skilled overseas employees for work in Perth. However, the Federal Government is now deciding whether to exclude Perth from using the Scheme. What this could mean for your business or as a skilled worker intending to work in Perth If the change…

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1 Mar 2017

Concerns over Minister seeking greater powers to review visas

A new bill proposed by the Australian Government could allow Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton the power to require certain groups of immigrants to revalidate their visa if he deems it to be in the public’s interest to do so. The proposed bill would allow the Minister to refuse to revalidate a person’s visa where there…

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1 Mar 2017

Government 457 visa fees may be increased

Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten is exploring options to increase the 457 visa fee to encourage the use of local workers according to The Australian newspaper. Mr Shorten signalled his support for raising the application fee for 457 visas to reportedly allow for greater government investments in TAFE and technical educational institutions that train people locally. He…

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1 Mar 2017

Journey’s shared | Domino’s workers’ alleged visa exploitation

An investigation by Fairfax has uncovered allegations that franchisees at Domino’s Pizza have been underpaying workers and selling visa sponsorships to Australian immigrants. The investigation included a phone recording between a franchisee and a prospective employee. The franchisee was recorded saying a visa sponsorship by the company would be possible in exchange for over $100,000. Former…

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1 Mar 2017

Economists advocate the value of migrants

In response to Tony Abbott’s recent comments that immigration should be scaled back to ease house prices, economists for The Australian Financial Review argued that immigrants play an important role in boosting the economy and should be welcomed. The economic reasons why immigrants should be welcomed – Sinclair Davidson, Economist for The Australian Financial Review,…

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