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Retirement visa program – possible permanent pathway for existing visa holders

For many years, the position has been a very difficult one for those in the retirement cohort of visa holders ...
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Immigration to Australia for those who are HIV positive

Introduction Australian visas can be subject to a requirement which commits applicants to demonstrating that they meet certain health criteria ...
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Subclass 457

Subclass 457 visa holders transitioning to permanent residency – resolution of uncertainty over transitory measures following April 2017 changes

We always knew that UC 457 visa holders granted or lodged before 18 April 2017 will be able to access ...
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Same sex marriage and immigration

What the same sex marriage postal vote could mean for immigration law

Like most Australians today, we are lifting a glass (of water) to the announcement that the results of the marriage ...
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2017 Christmas tips for Australian Visa Holders… from the team at Timpson Immigration

Visas, passports, security and more... The holiday season is nearly upon us and you might be thinking of taking a ...
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Australian citizenship bills fail

Bill to ‘strengthen’ the requirements for Australian citizenship fails

Recent proposals by the Commonwealth Government designed to 'strengthen' Australian citizenship requirements have been removed from the senate list.   ...
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Temporary activity Subclass 408 Visa

Temporary activity Subclass 408 visa & overseas sporting professionals

As a great sporting nation, Australia holds many opportunities for those wishing to engage in professional competitive sport.  If you ...
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UC 457 occupations list

UC 457 occupations list – more changes and what to do if you are affected?

Just as the April 2017 changes to the UC 457 programme have affected many non-citizens both in the existing and ...
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Subclass 189 visa

Subclass 189 Visa – more changes!

On 18 May 2017, the Migration Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures No.2) Regulations 2017 was signed and amends the Migration Regulations ...
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Partner visa application witness – Form 888 – evidence is key!

If you are applying for a partner visa there will be many pieces of information you will be required to ...
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457 temporary work visa abolished

457 Temporary Work visa to be abolished – what this means for you?

On the 19 April, 2017, the federal government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (Subclass 457) will be abolished ...
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New Zealand 444 Visa

New Zealand TY 444 citizens in Australia PR & Citizenship – hot news!

New Zealand TY 444 visa holders in Australia may soon be able to become permanent residents and even citizens after ...
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457 Temporary Work Visa

457 Temporary Work Visa Holders’ exploitation – don’t do it!

457 Temporary Work Visas are certainly a hot and political topic right now. As an example, last year’s Senate Education ...
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New name, same great company!

With our outstanding success rate and focus on complex immigration cases, Richard Timpson solicitors and migration agents are certainly leading ...
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457 Visa conditions drop to 60 days

There has been a lot of talk in the media this week about changes to 457 visas. Most importantly to ...
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DIBP Processing times increase

Processing times at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) increase from time to time. Below are all of ...
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Australia's student visa program is changing.

Changes to Australia’s student visa program – 1 July 2016

Australia's student program is changing substantially in the 2016-17 financial year. The legislation isn’t yet firmly in place, but there ...
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What am I required to pay if I change my mind?

What are you required to pay if you change your mind about your visa application? And if you get lawyer ...
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The Process of Becoming an Australian citizen when you do it yourself

New Product Available: DIY Citizenship

It's finally ready! Proudly announcing our new do it yourself product, the DIY Citizenship.What is the DIY Citizenship product?The DIY ...
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If I become a citizen, will I lose my identity?

Worrying about losing your identity when you become a citizen is a valid fear. But it’s unfounded. Let’s look at ...
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Passionate People: Meet Stephanie

Stephanie Hunt is a Junior Lawyer in our firm, who joined us in June 2015. A recently-admitted admitted solicitor, Stephanie ...
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Can I get a refund for a visa application?

Can you get a refund of your visa application charge? As with many immigration issues, the answer is ‘it depends’ ...
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Lawyers, Beware Character and General Visa Cancellation

If you are an immigration or criminal lawyer, pay close attention to the Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) ...
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Passionate People: Danielle

If you have called our offices in the past six months, you have more than likely spoken with our Receptionist, ...
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Transgender and Intersex Migration in Australia

You may recall that we wrote about same-sex relationships and immigration a while ago. But what we didn’t cover specifically ...
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About Richard Timpson

Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1999 in the Republic of Ireland. He achieved the status of an Accredited Specialist ...
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Happy Australia Day! Our top tips on how to celebrate

January 26th is an important day for all Australians, old and new. As our official day, it's in the perfect ...
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Happy New Year from the Richard Timpson team

The New Year is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past and plan for the future. Whether you’re newly ...
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Can I do my citizenship application myself? Yes, you can

Ever wondered, "can I do my citizenship myself?" You might be surprised to learn that doing your own citizenship application, ...
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What should I do if my visa application is refused?

So your visa application has been refused? Not to worry. Receiving a visa application refusal can be upsetting, but the ...
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Why should I become an Australian citizen?

Citizenship is the final step in many people's migration stories. But it's not always clear why you should become an ...
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Bill makes paying for sponsorship-related 457 Visas illegal

In 2015 a bill affecting sponsorship-related 457 visas had its second reading in parliament. This bill, if it passes, will ...
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Who can certify copies of my documents?

You should not submit original documents as evidence to support your visa application, unless you're told to do so. And ...
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How to help your workers gain skills recognition

Your new potential employee is from overseas and needs qualifications assessed and - hopefully! - recognised in Australia. How do ...
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Getting into Australia from New Zealand is not as easy as you think

Are you a New Zealander looking to come to Australia? Did you know that entry to the country may not ...
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Significant Investor Visas in Australia

If you are intending to apply for a Significant Investor Visa, note that from mid-2015 there are amended requirements. You ...
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Staff news: A new addition to the RT family

We are happy to announce that our Legal Secretary Danni Glashoff is a proud mum. You may remember seeing Danni ...
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Why your visa is taken away when you commit serious crime

The character test changed in Australia in 2015. As a result, some people who had committed crimes whilst here in ...
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Migration Review Tribunal to be merged

In May 2015, the Australian Federal government passed a bill to merge a number of tribunals. This merger started on ...
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3 Tips for helping your kids settle easily into Australia

Moving to a completely foreign country can seem like a daunting challenge, especially for a young child. But thankfully, Australia ...
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How to find the right school for your migrant child

Finding the right school for your migrant child is an important concern for many migrant parents.You will wonder:Will my kids ...
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Passionate people: Meet legal secretary Danni

If you've called our offices, it's likely that you've spoken with one of our most important people: Danni. She's about ...
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Construction in Australia: A guide for visa-holders and employers

The construction industry is one in which work is often continuous. And it's also one in which Australia regularly experiences ...
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My employer wants to sponsor me. Help!

Getting a sponsorship offer is exciting. But actually getting that sponsorship may not be an easy road to the promised ...
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6 Sure-fire ways to kill the stress of waiting

Waiting on the approval of your partner’s visa can be taxing. Partner visas can sometimes take up to two years ...
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Hospitality in Australia: A guide for visa-holders and employers

Working in hospitality is a great way for you to earn money if you’re in Australia on a visa. Hospitality ...
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Five things to know about employing overseas workers for the first time

The five things in this article will help you decide to employ an overseas worker for the first time. They ...
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Government responds to inquiry into 457 visa program

The Australian government this month responded to last year's inquiry into the 457 visa program. The inquiry, commissioned on 25 ...
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How is working in Australia different?

When you come to Australia on a working visa like a 457, you will notice some differences in what working ...
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If my workplace drug test is positive, will my employer tell Immigration?

Workplace drug testing is something that you may come across as an employee in Australia. In this article we look ...
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When can I get my Australian driver’s license?

One of the most commonly asked non-immigration (but migration-related) questions is, when can I get my driver's license? As with ...
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Can I stay in Australia after my relationship break-up?

Staying in Australia after a relationship break-up is possible. But it's not always easy. Whether you get to stay depends ...
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Why is it called ‘sponsoring’ anyway? Learn what it means, and what you need to do, as your partner’s sponsor

When your partner applies for a partner visa, you will need to be his or her sponsor. But what is ‘sponsoring’ ...
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When can my partner apply for Medicare? Partner visas and Australian healthcare

One of the top questions that people ask is when their partner can access the benefits of Australia’s health care ...
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What are the limitations on Standard Business Sponsorship nominations?

If you want your business to sponsor employees on a temporary work (skilled) visa, which is subclass 457, this article ...
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De facto partner visas: Important things to know

Partner visas can be tricky, and none more so than the de facto partner visa. Like all visas, the de ...
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New changes to the character test

In December 2014, Australia's immigration laws changed, broadening the capacity for a visa to be refused (or cancelled) on grounds ...
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How long does it take for a visa application to be processed?

It's difficult to give an indication as to how long it takes for your visa application to be processed. Visa ...
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Your working holiday: Can you stay with an employer longer than 6 months?

Condition 8547 on your working holiday visa says you have to move to a new job after six months. But ...
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Track your employer-sponsored nomination application using ImmiAccount

Is there are a way to track your sponsorship or visa application? Yes there is - using ImmiAccount. In this article ...
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China – Australia Free Trade Agreement

Australia's Free Trade Agreement with China... what does it mean? And what does it allow? We take a look. The ...
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Ebola and immigration law: The reality

With the rise of Ebola in West Africa, it's important to talk about how our immigration law would respond to ...
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If I Buy a Business, Can I Come to Australia?

Is moving to Australia easy, if you buy a business here? It's a common question asked by people who want ...
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Partner visas: What types of visa are there?

You have decided to bite the bullet ad apply for a partner visa. But do you know how many there ...
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Same Sex Marriage and Australian Immigration: The Reality

Do you have a same-sex partner of your dreams? Are you married - or planning on getting married? Do you ...
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Am I Eligible for a 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Visa?

Wondering whether you are eligible for a 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa? Let's find out.What is a 187 RSMS?Commonly ...
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On what grounds can I seek judicial review?

Jim Moriarty this week received a visa refusal. The refusal was upheld by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), and he believes that ...
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7 Reasons to Decide on One Immigration Lawyer

Do you employ more than one migrant worker? Or is your company unable to find suitable applicants for a range of roles, and ...
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Partner Visas: What is evidence, and how can I find it?

Partner visas require you to prove that you are in a genuine, and continuing, relationship. Initially you might think, well that's pretty ...
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What is Judicial Review?

A ‘judicial review’ is something that lawyers will often refer to as a ‘complex matter’. It is something that lets ...
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How can I get sponsored to work in Australia?

One of the most common questions people in other countries ask is: How can I get sponsored to work in ...
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Online Dating and Partner Visas: Everything you need to know

Are you involved in online dating, and want your partner to come to Australia? This article is for you. It ...
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eMedical System and Australian Visa Health Checks

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has released information about updates and changes to the eMedical Health ...
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Bricklayers added to the national Skilled Occupation List

A severe shortage of bricklayers has led the federal government to add bricklaying to the national Skilled Occupation List. From 1 ...
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System Outage Notifications

There no current or forthcoming immigration system outages. Past system outage notifications are below. A scheduled SkillSelect system outage may ...
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ARCHIVE Some Family Visas Closed – Receipts Delayed

Applications for Other Family and Non-Contributory Parent family visas stopped on 2 June 2014, following an announcement made in the 2014 Federal ...
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How to train your migrant workers effectively

Even if you give your migrant workers the same entitlements to training, rights, and privileges as your Australian workers, it's ...
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What is an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law?

Accredited Specialists in Immigration Law work across the full spectrum of immigration. This includes collaborating with other lawyers, and other ...
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Brisbane and Innovation: An explosion of ideas

It's long been recognised in the USA that immigration has been the vital to that country's culture of innovation. There ...
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Passionate People: A chat with Richard

This week we sit down and have a chat with the Principal of our firm, Richard Timpson. Richard is one of ...
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3 Pathways to Permanent Residency

There are several pathways through to permanent residency in Australia. This week we look at what some of these might ...
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The Average Australian is a Woman

On Saturday this week it is International Women's Day. And so, today we profile the Average Australian.Because the Average Australian ...
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3 Things to Consider when Moving to Australia

Sometimes you need to throw yourself out into the world, and make a huge change. Before you decide to go ...
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Escape from a detention centre? You may not pass our character test.

Immigration is a big deal in Australia lately. Our refugee and detention policies are well known. This week we take ...
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Your health and Australian visas

To gain a permanent visa to Australia, you must meet certain health requirements. This post gives you some basic information ...
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4 Good Things to Know: Points-based skilled migration to Australia

In this post we bring you five good things to know about Australia's points-based migration system. At the heart of ...
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You Move into a Regional Area, Everybody Benefits. Here’s why.

People will tell you that moving into a regional area of Australia is great for you. But the truth is: ...
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Got an Employment Offer? Make sure it’s lawful

Before you accept an offer of employment as a migrant, do a few checks on your employer. Making sure your ...
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Caps and Queues on Australian Visas

In immigration we hear a lot about 'caps' and 'queues'. But what are they? How do they affect you? Or ...
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Ask for Workers, Get People: Permanent Residence in Regional Australia

Immigration into regional and low population growth areas is important for Australia. It's excellent for so many reasons: introduction of ...
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Mind Your Language: Tips on Australian English

'Owsitgoingmateorright? If you're not used to Australian English, navigating meanings is hard, and working out what to reply is difficult, ...
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Leaving Australia on an Expired Visa: What happened to Candy?

What happens when you're in Australia, and want to leave to visit family for holidays... but your Visa is expired? ...
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Multiculturalism is a Good Thing: Australia’s Vibrant Cities

Let's take a look at one of the reasons why multiculturalism is great for Australia: its vibrant cities. We'll sweep ...
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Subclass 457 visa Labour Market Testing Rules

Subclass 457 visa labour market testing rules were updated in November 2013. The rules were changed to require Australian employers ...
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Migrants in Australia: Have visa. Will travel.

If there is one good thing to know coming up to Christmas, it's what your visa lets you do. Lots ...
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Express your individuality: Travel where your heart takes you

Like to travel? If there is one thing that skilled migrants have, it's an ability to follow their hearts. Making ...
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Queensland Occupation Lists Update

There have been recent updates to the Queensland migration website, and to the Queensland Occupation Lists. Future updates to the ...
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5 Top Tips for Good Holidays: Help sponsored employees travel safely

If you sponsor a migrant employee, and they have leave coming up over the summer, encourage them to travel and ...
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Employers have obligations too: Make sure you’re doing the right thing

The media loves to tell us that immigrants are always doing the wrong thing. But did you know that people ...
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Immigration and Innovation: an exciting area

It is exciting for Australia that there is a positive relationship between immigration and innovation. It's an exciting time for ...
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Department of Immigration Changes (2013 – present)

There have been changes made to Australia's Department of Immigration. These changes are a result of the new Federal government in ...
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Sponsoring an Employee? Make sure the job is eligible

Employers can nominate people with certain skills for permanent residency. They can do this to fill vacancies in their business ...
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Victoria’s Skilled Occupation Lists Updated

The nominated and skilled occupation lists for Victoria are updated regularly. If you are a potential migrant, bookmark this page ...
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South Australia’s State Nominated Occupations List Updated

If you are migrating to Australia, watch for State Nominated Occupation list updates. This article is regularly updated with the ...
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Visa Condition 8202: Student attendance

Visa condition 8202 is a rule that applies to overseas students in Australia. This rule was changed slightly, in April ...
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What is the General Residence Requirement?

Do you want to be an Australian Citizen? That's awesome, we'd be glad to have you! When you start thinking ...
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Public Interest Criteria 4020 on Family Visas

Schedule 4 of the Migration Regulations 1994 (‘MR’), contains a number of Public Interest Criteria, against which visa applicants are assessed (depending ...
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Subclass 457 visa English requirements after 1 July 2013

The subclass 457 visa English requirements were changed in July 2013. What has changed? All of the following changes were ...
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The Health Matrix: new visa applicant health assessment regime

The health matrix is the health assessment regime that applies to visa applications in Australia. What is the health matrix? It ...
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Fees and Charges for Visa Applications

Fees and charges for visa applications are changed from time to time. This post lists all of the fees and ...
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