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Blog Archives: 2016

15 Nov 2016

Journeys Shared: Bringing Parents To Australia

Earlier this year, The Sydney Morning Herald highlighted the struggles migrants face when seeking to bring parents to Australia to be reunited with their family. Here are the stories of people faced with the choice to either pay $50,000 in government fees for a parent visa or join a low priority queue that the Department of…

Filed in: Visas

15 Nov 2016

5 Things You Need To Know About Australia’s New Temporary Parent Visa

The Australian Government will introduce a new parent visa before 1 July 2017, making it easier for Australian citizens and permanent residents to have their parents visit them in Australia. Here’s the Government’s discussion paper about the changes, with details to be finalised later this year. It is quite detailed, so we’ve simplified it to…

Filed in: Visas

15 Nov 2016

Changes To Including Family In Visa Applications

From 19 November 2016, children over 23 years of age and single parents will no longer be eligible to be included as dependent family members in a visa application as the Government changes its definition of ‘the family unit’ in migration regulations. The ‘member of the family unit’ definition will be changed and limited to…

Filed in: Visas

11 Nov 2016

Family sponsors to undertake police and character checks

To help address family violence, the Federal Government has introduced the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and other measures) Bill 2016, which will make character checks compulsory for all sponsors of family visa applications. Currently police checks are only required for sponsors of visa applications where children are involved, however the changes are designed to protect…

Filed in: Visas

11 Nov 2016

Changes to Temporary Work and Activity Visas in November

Those interested in Australia’s temporary work and activity visa options may want to stay tuned for upcoming changes on 19 November 2016. From this date, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will commence its new Temporary Activity Visa Framework, which will condense seven existing work visa and activity visas down to four. There will…

Filed in: Visas

11 Nov 2016

Reduced Tax Rate for Working Holiday Visa Holders

It seems the voices of Australian Farming and Tourism businesses were heard loud and clear recently when the Government announced its decision to lower the amount of tax charged to working holiday visa holders, known as the ‘backpacker’s tax’, from 32.5 per cent to 19 per cent. President of The National Farmers’ Federation, Brent Finlay…

Filed in: Visas

10 Nov 2016

Get feedback on your IELTS English test results

International English Language Test System (IELTS) test takers can now receive valuable feedback on their performance for each of the writing, speaking, reading and listening components. IELTS recently announced they are trialling a new service to give IELTS test takers feedback on their results, together with advice on how to improve their skills to help…

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