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As we walked with our clients’ on their visa journeys over the years, we realised how many people would benefit from a reliable source of information that detangle confusing regulations and are reader-focused. It serves to educate on all things emigration and immigration, to simplify, clarify and provide the latest of updates in the ever evolving Australian migration laws, and to speak about exciting news. Sometimes even scandals!

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Online Study and International Students

The Australian Commonwealth government’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, TEQSA, has made a public announcement regarding an easing of enforcement of the laws surrounding how international students can be taught. This comes in response to the difficulty education providers are navigating due to the Coronavirus. “All AQF training and assessment must meet high quality... Continue Reading

Tourist Visas And The Coronavirus

  With many flights out of Australia canceled and even fewer places you can fly to, those already in Australia on visitor visas are wondering what they can do. Let us go through some essential points. In general, those in Australia on visitor visas are not meant to stay in Australia longer than 12 consecutive... Continue Reading

Let Our Temporary Residents Come Home!

  From 9 pm tonight, Temporary Resident visa holders will be banned from entering Australia. No thought what so ever has been given to those visa holders who are currently outside Australia and finding it difficult to get back. No thought at all to those who are working here, have leased or purchased properties here,... Continue Reading

Temporary Visa Holders, Don’t Put Yourselves At Risk For Us

Today as expected, the Immigration Department today announced Aged care providers will temporarily be able to offer more hours to international students to ensure the care of senior and vulnerable Australians.  Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said international students would help fill critical staff shortages emerging in the... Continue Reading

Are Our Temporary Resident Nurses And Doctors Being Used?

This morning the Prime Minister announced that those International Students in Australia who are studying nursing, some 20,000 of them, will have their work limitations lifted. This is so they can work more to assist in the Coronavirus emergency. While we think that is a great move, what about the thousands of nurses who have... Continue Reading

Australian Universities Shift Towards Online Study

In response to the growing concerns regarding the spread of the Coronavirus, Australian Universities have read the writing on the wall that it will probably only be a matter of time before classes on campuses will no longer be permitted. Today the Australian carried the story of how Macquarie University has suspended its classes temporarily... Continue Reading

Engineers Australia Skill Assessment Ban for 1 Year.

Meet Pooja and her husband Jipal. The couple moved to Tasmania nearly two years ago to start a better life in regional Australia. Like many Indian nationals who have completed their higher education study in Australia, they are seeking a regional pathway to obtain permanent residency. The couple needs to obtain Tasmanian sponsorship for the... Continue Reading

While Holding a Student Visa, What If My Education Provider Closes?

With the Federal Government announcing gatherings of more than 500 people are banned, it is understandable many international students in Australia would be concerned about their visa status if the education provider were forced to close its doors for an extended period. The ban currently does not include education providers but that might change at... Continue Reading

Certain International Students Can Exceed 40hrs Work Limitation

With the Hon Peter Dutton inflicted with the coronavirus, the The Hon Alan Tudge MP is currently acting Minister for Immigration. Yesterday he announced Student visa holders can exceed their 40 hour per fortnight restriction on work hours if you can help the supermarket chains put the stock on the shelves.  In a press release... Continue Reading

Coronavirus And Immigration Processing

Understandably, our temporary resident visitors are worried about visa processing times and the Immigration Department’s ability to keep working to look after visa lodgements if the Coronavirus spreads widely in Australia. Very sorry to Tom Hanks and his wife to come all the way here to catch it. We hope all those who have the... Continue Reading

Recession Counter Measure : Ditch The GTE And Let The Students Come

Now that the Coronavirus has taken a small foothold in Australia and the financial markets have taken a serious hit, it’s time for the government to dramatically ramp up the performance of one of Australia’s biggest industries, the education sector. It’s time to do away for the discriminatory tool used to refuse student visas on... Continue Reading

Relocating On Your 491 Visa?

The 491 visa gives you temporary residency status for 5 years in Australia. It is designed to keep you living and working in regional locations. The regions are known as Designated Regional Areas (DRA) of Australia. As you may know these areas cover all of Australia except Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and the locations where... Continue Reading

Study in Perth or the Gold Coast? Why would you bother?

On the 27th October last year the DOHA announced that Perth and the Gold Coast would be included in the new Designated Regional Area list. The Immigration Minister Mr Coleman stated; “We have had advocacy from governments from all sides of politics in relation to those two places and decided to include them in our... Continue Reading

Know Your 489 Visa Conditions – They Are An Important Requirement for Your 887 Visa

After the 16th November 2019 there were significant changes made under certain circumstances in relation to the conditions on the 489 visa. We thought it was time to re-visit these conditions to assist to clarify the confusion. Of course the aim in being on a 489 visa is to convert it to the 887 Permanent... Continue Reading

Substantial Compliance, What Does It Mean?

Most temporary visas like the 500 Student, the 482 Working and the 600 Tourist visas, (and some permanent like the 887 visa) that are made in Australia have a Schedule 2 primary and secondary criterion that requires the applicant have complied substantially with the conditions of the substantive visa held, or last held, by the... Continue Reading

Applying For Your PR 887 Visa

When can I apply for PR? When do the 2 years of residency start? When can I count my 1 year of work experience? Does it matter how much time I am outside Australia?  These are just a few of the common questions we are asked during our consultation sessions, so during this article, we... Continue Reading

Was Your Visa Refused Or Cancelled? The Section 48 Limitation May Apply To You

If you have been refused a visa and you only hold a bridging visa, then there is a restriction to apply for any further visa applications while you remain in Australia. The law that governs this restriction is known as Section 48 of the Migration Act. If you hear people say they are Section 48... Continue Reading

Australian Citizenship – Special Residence Requirement

There is provision in the Citizenship Act that allows the Minister to grant citizenship if the general residency requirement has not been met but the applicant needs Citizenship earlier to engage in specific activities that are viewed as a benefit to Australia. These benefits are related to specific work related activities, sporting activities. Section 22A... Continue Reading

NSW Invitations For The 190 Visa

Our Freedom Of Information request has demonstrated that the NSW government is slowly dribbling out the invitations for the 190 visa at a painfully slow rate. This will disappoint many 190 sponsorship hopefuls who are praying for an invitation. The figures released today are for the time frame of the 16th November 2019 until the... Continue Reading

Australian Study Requirement – Part II

  Read: Australian Study Requirement – Part I Read: Australian Study Requirement – Part II The Australian Study Requirement (ASR) is a requirement that an applicant must fulfil for the application of a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) or if fulfilled, can be used to gain 5 points for an application for a general skilled... Continue Reading

Australian Study Requirement – Part I

General Skilled Migration (GSM) Visa and Temporary Graduate 485 Visa Read: Australian Study Requirement – Part I Read: Australian Study Requirement – Part II The Australian Study Requirement (ASR) is a requirement that one has fulfilled after completing two years of academic study in Australia. If you meet the ASR, you would have 5 additional... Continue Reading

Can You Be Late To Lodge Your Next Student Visa?

Did you know that when you apply to extend your student visa in Australia you can be late once, and only once. Students are given a very specific grace period to apply for their next student visa if you have forgotten to lodge your visa on time. It is possible to lodge an application even... Continue Reading

Claiming Points For Overseas And Australian Employment

The recognition of extensive work experience in a nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation has been around a long time in the GSM program. Relevant Australian and overseas skilled employment in the 10-year period immediately before the date the applicant was invited to apply for this visa can be considered for the... Continue Reading

Witness Preparation For An AAT Hearing

We have representing clients to the Migration Review Tribunal and now the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for more than 20 years now. One of the most important elements in a successful AAT outcome is the preparation of a witnesses before the hearing takes place. Yes it’s crucial your representative has made a good submission regarding recent... Continue Reading

Specialist Educational Qualifications

For those high achieving international students in Australia there is the avenue of obtaining extra points through studying research degrees, Masters or PhD, in sought after areas of expertise. For the GSM points visas, applicants are eligible for 10 points under Part 6D.7A of the regulations if they meet the requirements for the award of... Continue Reading

Professional Year Programs and Closely Related Requirements

Last year there was a great deal of unsettling talk that the DOHA may not grant the 5 points for a Professional Year (PY) program that was not closely related to the nominated occupation. We are just letting you know the recent policy on the points system has now put those rumours to rest once... Continue Reading

The 491 Visa and Condition 8581

The 491 and 494 visas are now held by many temporary residents of Australia and we wish you all the best in trying to meet the requirements for permanent residency later. However will you be ready if you are asked to attend an interview with DOHA? Those who have read their grant letters will notice... Continue Reading

Work Experience Points And Medical Practitioners

For doctors, who are looking to apply for the 189,190 or 491 visas there are specific guidelines in assessing their work experience and the allocation of points awarded. Current Points Test Evidence of full registration in Australia is a favourable skills assessment, the basic requirement in being able to apply. The department of Immigration (DOHA)... Continue Reading

Can You Work Full Time After Completing Your Course?

  Condition 8105 governs all student visa holders and their ability to work in Australia. In most scenarios it is self explanatory but there is one situation our office receives many enquiries about. Can you work full time after finishing your course and while you are waiting for another visa to be granted? For the... Continue Reading

What If I Separate From My Partner On A 489 visa?

  Sadly the unexpected happens in life and you may have separated from your partner after obtaining your 489 visa together. What should you do? Can you both still apply for the 887 PR visa in the near future as seperate applicants? Do I have to inform Immigration? Firstly, there is no condition on your... Continue Reading

Order Of Processing For Skilled Visas

Many of you may not realise that the DOHA has a specific direction from the Minister in what order skilled migration applications must be processed. This is known as Direction 86. Order for considering visa applications The following processing priorities (with highest priority listed first) should be given due regard to in relation to applications... Continue Reading

Assessing Periods Of Skilled Employment-Deeming Dates

It has long been issues of contention regarding the so-called “deeming date” on some skill assessment outcomes. Now the notion of Deeming Dates maybe blown out of the water. In the past, maybe more than 15 years ago, skill assessments were determined by the ASCO (yes not ANZSCO then) guidelines. Even the relevancy of the... Continue Reading