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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
13-10-2017
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
11-06-2017
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
12-05-2017
As many as 15,000 people each year will be able to pay up to $20,000 to bring their parents to Australia for up to a decade, SBS News can reveal. The financial burden of healthcare for migrant parents will be shouldered by their children under the new visa, with sponsors legally required to pay for their private health insurance. The children will also need to act as financial guarantor on any extra healthcare costs their parents rack up in Australia “There's great expense to the taxpayer in relation to health costs over time with elderly parents,” Assistant Immigration Minister Alex… Далее
20-04-2017
The Turnbull Government will strengthen Australian citizenship by putting Australian values at the heart of citizenship processes and requirements. Our reforms will ensure applicants are competent in English, have been a permanent resident for at least four years and commit to embracing Australian values. Australia is an immigration nation. We are the most successful multicultural society in the world. More than 130,000 people from around 210 countries are invited to become Australian citizens each year. We welcome the contribution, opportunities and energy they bring to our… Далее

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