From 19 November 2018, Australian Biometrics Collection Centres (ABCCs) will commence collecting biometrics from visa applicants who are in Russia or Kazakhstan at the time of making a visa application to enter Australia, unless they are excluded or exempt from doing so under Australian Government policy. As per Home Affairs’ press release, applicants who lodge their applications from this date will be sent a letter requiring them to attend an ABCC in person to provide their biometrics.  Applicants will need to contact an ABCC to make an appointment and have their biometrics… Далее
The Australian government has unveiled a proposal to force new migrants to live outside Sydney and Melbourne. The policy would aim to ease congestion in Australia's two biggest cities while boosting regional areas, Population Minister Alan Tudge said on Tuesday. The government may introduce visa conditions to limit where some migrants live for up to five years, he said. However, some experts have questioned whether the idea is enforceable and likely to achieve its goals. Why is Australia having this debate? Currently, about two-fifths of Australia's 25 million people live in… Далее
Australia’s ruling Liberal Party voted in a new leader, Scott Morrison, who now became prime minister. Morrison, who was the country’s treasurer and previously a hardline immigration minister, replaces Malcolm Turnbull. Australia’s top job has changed hands six times in the last decade with not one prime minister completing a full term. The most recent handovers involved less blood-letting and more internal party politics. The attack on Turnbull came over his energy policy. He had proposed reducing carbon emissions, per the Paris climate agreement, but other members of the… Далее
Australia's population is set to hit 25 million in August, and Liberal senator Dean Smith wants to start a discussion about how infrastructure is going to keep up with demand. The West Australian senator has suggested a parliamentary committee could be the way to go in figuring out how to deal with Australia's needs as the population grows faster than expected. "Population issues are broader than immigration issues, but wherever you go across the country you can see different sorts of population challenges," he told the local media. "In regional communities you might see lack of… Далее
National migration rate hasn’t been this low since 2007 and it’s all to do with Peter Dutton waging war on “fraudulent” claims. Australia’s migration rate is the lowest it’s been in 10 years, largely due to Peter Dutton and the way the Department of Home Affairs has cracked down on “fraudulent” migrants. In the past financial year, the nation’s migration rate has dropped by 10 per cent with 21,000 less people being allowed into Australia. Speaking on the media show the last week, the Home Affairs Minister said the drop was about “restoring integrity to our… Далее
Highly skilled workers from around the world will have a new visa pathway into Australia as a part of the Government's new Global Talent Scheme pilot program. From 1 July all businesses will be able to sponsor highly skilled and specialised workers who will help to grow their businesses and create more jobs. The pilot will run for 12 months and provide businesses with a streamlined process to sponsor overseas workers with cutting edge skills, where there are no suitable Australians available to fill the vacancies. The Government has been consulting with industry, the start-up… Далее
There may be as many as 25,000 fewer migrants in 2017-18 than planned Australia’s migrant intake will be substantially down this financial year – possibly 25,000 below the 190,000 planned figure – led by reductions in the number of skilled and sponsored working visas. The migration program has been at 190,000 since 2012-13 but dropped to 183,000 last financial year and will fall further again this year. Figures disclosed at Senate estimates and visa statistics reveal the number of visas granted in 2017-18 is likely to be 165,000 – the lowest level in seven years. To 30… Далее
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