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Australian Visa Updates for 2022

Coming into the year 2022, Australia is looking to increase its migration to recover from the economic effects of COVID-19. Travel bans and locked borders have affected migration not just in Australia, but all over the world - and Australia is looking back to recover this year. Below are some of the updates that SBS […]

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New occupations added to Far North Queensland DAMA Occupations List

Information below are from the VETASSESS website and also received via email. Source: Far North Queensland is looking to attract more skilled migrants with an update of its Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) Occupation List. There are a range of new occupations on the DAMA list, with a focus on the agribusiness, food production, […]

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Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) Application Fees Changes - 1 July 2021

Below is the Administrative Appeals Tribunal's (AAT) news update on the changes on their application fees starting July 1: Link to the original news article: Application fees in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal will increase on 1 July 2021. General, Freedom of Information, security, taxation and commercial and small business taxation From 1 July 2021, […]

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Australian Citizenship Application Fees Update - 1 July 2021

The Department of Home Affairs have released an update to the Australian Citizenship Application Fees that will be implemented on 1 July 2021. The following message is from the Department of Home Affairs: On 24 June, the Government announced that, from 1 July 2021, the Department of Home Affairs will update citizenship application fees to […]

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VisaOne: Case Study Series | Partner Visas and the Pandemic

The year 2020 was a challenging year, to say the least. Ushering in new norms and being dubbed a Global Pandemic Year due to COVID-19. Health fears caused governments to react without sufficient information and economic environments also felt the impact of changes in consumer behaviour caused by numerous factors that sent the world into […]

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New Labour Market Testing Requirements

A new Legislative Instrument (LIN 20/156) was announced this week that amends LIN 18/036 to require all nominated positions to be advertised on the Government’s Jobactive website ( The new amending provision in LIN 20/156 applies to nominations made after 28 days from the commencement of the instrument, which was 3 September 2020. Therefore, the […]

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Australia to target 'super talent' in post-COVID-19 migration push

Australia will target the world's "super talent" to boost the post-COVID-19 economic recovery, with Population Minister Alan Tudge pledging to take an active role in attracting the best and brightest through skilled migration. As the coronavirus pandemic drives the nation's migration rate to near zero for the first time since World War I, the Coalition […]

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Resident Return Visa (Subclasses 155 and 157)

Once you have been granted a permanent visa it has an initial five (5) year validity period. This validity period is essentially a travel facility. If you remain in Australia beyond the five years your permanent residence does not expire, only your ability to depart and then re-enter Australia as a permanent resident is affected. […]

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Schedule 3 Criteria Waiver

Schedule 3 criteria permits unlawful non-citizens to apply for a visa in Australia on compassionate or compelling grounds, instead of being required to depart Australia and apply offshore. The purpose of the Schedule 3 criteria is to: Encourage non-citizens who have a legitimate basis for remaining in Australia to apply for a further visa before […]

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Visa Cancellations

Introduction Any type of visa (permanent or temporary) may be cancelled by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) if you do not pass the “character test”. The character test is defined in section 501(6) of the Migration Act 1958 (the Migration Act). Applications for a visa can also be refused if you do not pass […]

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