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12-02-2018
One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson wants migrants to prove they are "not criminals" and loyal to Australia. A private member's Bill has been brought before the Federal Parliament that seeks to increase the waiting period for permanent residents to eight years before they can apply to be Australian citizens. The Bill introduced by One Nation senator Pauline Hanson on Wednesday seeks amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act 2007  and the Migration Act 1958, by increasing the general residence requirement for citizenship by conferral to eight years, up from current one year. The… Далее
15-01-2018
The PM just brought the country's biggest security and intelligence agencies together to form one super portfolio and put Peter Dutton in charge. It's a whole lot of politics but it's also a pretty dramatic restructure that changes who is responsible for ASIO and the AFP. It means one minister is responsible for those agencies as well as the Australian Border Force but the Government says it won't be a US-style department of homeland security. These are separate departments being reorganised under a new cabinet position: the Home Affairs Minister. For the first time, Australia… Далее
06-01-2018
Results for the 2016-17 Migration Program have been released. Unlike other years, the full program numbers were not delivered - there were significant shortfalls in numbers of visas granted for: General Skilled Migration Parent Visas Other Family Visas Special Eligibility Program Overall Numbers A summary of the overall migration program numbers versus the planning levels for 2016-17 are below: Stream and Category 2016-17 2016-17 actuals Difference Percent Skill stream Employer Sponsored 48,250 48,250 - - Skilled… Далее
12-12-2017
The Senate has torpedoed tough new regulations which stripped away visas from migrants who provided false or misleading information on their application forms. A Greens disallowance motion passed the upper house on Tuesday 31-29, with the support of Labor and the Nick Xenophon Team senators, repealing the regulations which also covered mistakes on applications. Under the regulations, anyone who submitted false or misleading material as part of a visa application - even unwittingly - faced being effectively barred from making a new application for 10 years. The previous penalty was… Далее
23-11-2017
A nationwide survey on the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia came back with sweeping support last week, ending a monthslong campaign for equality that has stoked widespread anxiety in the country’s LGBTQ community. The issue will now go to the Australian Parliament. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised an official vote to legalize marriage equality by the end of the year. In the survey, 61.6 percent of Australians voted yes and 38.4 percent voted no. More than 12.7 million people responded to the voluntary postal survey, a nationwide response rate of nearly 80… Далее
08-11-2017
Members should be aware that a significant change was made to the PIC 4020 in the recent legislative instrument PIC 4020 The previous PIC 4020 read: (1)  There is no evidence before the Minister that the applicant has given, or caused to be given, to the Minister, an officer, the Tribunal during the review of a Part 5-reviewable decision, a relevant assessing authority or a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth, a bogus document or information that is false or misleading in a material particular in relation to: (a)  the application for the visa; or (b)  a visa that… Далее
19-10-2017
The government’s citizenship reforms, which included longer waiting times for permanent residents and a tougher English language exam, were struck off the Senate notice paper on Wednesday after missing a deadline to pass the bill. Mr Dutton on Thursday said the government was willing to accept migrants who pass an English entrance exam at the Band 5 on the international testing standard, rather than Band 6 as previously proposed. The tougher Band 6 test was a major sticking point in the Senate, including for the crucial Nick Xenophon Team on the crossbench. Band 5 is described as… Далее

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