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Migration News

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Assessment Changes

Trades people applying to live and work in Australia permanently from July 1 will require increased English language skills under changes introduced by the Rudd Government.

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60 Years of Citizenship

170 people from more than 40 countries became Australian citizens in ceremonies across the country on Thursday 9 July, as the nation celebrated Constitution Day, the birthday of Australia's government.

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Same-Sex Couples

The Australian Government has introduced changes to remove discrimination against same-sex couples and their children from Commonwealth law.

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Migration Cuts

Australian Government announces further cuts to skilled migration in 2009-10 Budget.
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Migration Racket

An alleged racket involving a migration agent supplying false documents to support visa applications has been uncovered in a multi-agency operation in New South Wales.

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Migration Fraud

If you are looking at engaging a Migration Agent to manage your migration to Australia, you may want to check that they are legitimate.
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Migrant Intake Cut

In a bid to try and save local jobs, the Australian government will cut the number of skilled migrants by 14 percent.

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Regulatory Changes

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, has announced the establishment of a new body to regulate migration agents.

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Praise for Migrants

RUPERT Murdoch has urged Australia to keep its doors open to immigration
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Migrants in Australia

Almost half of all Australians were either born overseas or has at least one parent born overseas.
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Critical Skills List

The Critical Skills List was released by the Department of Immigration & Citizenship on the 1st of January 2009.
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No to Guantanamo Bay

Australia rejected requests from the US to take Guantanamo Bay detainees.

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457 Visa Review

Australia's Visa Subclass 457 Integrity Review has been released with recommendtions relating to minimum salary abolition, temporary work visas, skilled occupations and more.

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Dr Denied Residency

The Australian Government's refusal to grant a doctor permanent residency because of his son's disability has caused an uproar.

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New eVisitor Visa

The Australian Government has created a new eVisitor (Subclass 651) visa for visitors from the European Union and made other legislative changes.

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Intake less in 2009?

Will the global financial crisis force a reduction in Australia's immigration intake next year?

Citizenship legislation change 2008

The Australian Citizenship Act 2007 has been amended to provide that to be eligible for citizenship under certain subsections, a person must be a permanent resident at the time of the application and at the time of the Minister’s decision on their application.

eVisitor visa for Australia-EU travellers

Tourists and businesspeople from all European Union member states will soon have access to a simple online visitor visa service to travel to Australia.

Protecting overseas workers in NSW

Temporary overseas workers employed in New South Wales will be given greater protection in the workplace under a joint Commonwealth-State agreement announced today.

Popular WA Visas

Fitters, welders and registered nurses top the list of occupations for temporary overseas workers in Western Australia.

Immigration Expansion Plans

AUSTRALIA is on the verge of a historical shift in immigration. At the end of the 2007-08 financial year, Australia will have accepted more than 300,000 permanent and temporary migrants in an attempt to meet business demands for skilled workers.

Visas for Iraqi Interpreters

The Australian government plans to provide up to 600 humanitarian visas to Iraqi interpreters who lives may be in danger when Australian forces withdraw from Iraq later this year.

South African success in Australia

According to the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, South Africa is one of the top 10 countries for Aussie business skills migration programs. Many South Africans are making it big in the land down under.

Immigration Boost Needed to Manage Skills Shortage

According to a paper prepared by Peter McDonald and Glenn Withers for the Academy of Social Sciences, Australia needs to boost migration by 30 per cent within the next 20 years. They go on to say that when millions of baby boomers retire, many job vacancies will be created to fill the void, and to care for them as they age.

Immigration Web

In a move expected to improve its visa enforcement capabilities and national security, the Department of Immigration is planning to hook a web of government and private agencies into its $495 million 'Systems for People' platform.

Citizenship Test

From 1 October 2007, applicants for Australian citizenship will need to pass an Australian citizenship test. Citizenship applicants will need to study a booklet produced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

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