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
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
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
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
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
A new Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement between Australia and Peru commenced on 1 October 2017 and applications can now be lodged. This reciprocal arrangement allows up to 100 young Peruvians and Australians per year (1 July to 30 June) to have an extended holiday of up to 12 months in each other's country, during which they can undertake short-term work and study. Currently, Australia has work and holiday arrangements with more than 20 countries.   Source:… Далее
Here are the list of some of the known changes coming into effect from 1 July 2017. 1. Australian permanent residence visa for NZ citizens The main features of the 'New Zealand stream' are:  The primary applicant must hold a Subclass 444 Special Category visa. Secondary applicants must hold a substantive visa or Bridging Visas A, B or C.  The applicant must have been usually resident in Australia, on or before 16 February 2016, for a continuous period for at least five years immediately before the date of application.  This stream is subject to PIC 4007, which allows… Далее