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
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
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
On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years and will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers. This new visa is part of the Government’s significant reform package to strengthen the… Далее
Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull has announced that the government will abolish 457 visas. Current visa holders will not be affected by the changes, which will see the introduction of two new temporary skills visas — a two-year visa and a more specialised one for four years "targeted at higher skills". Mr Turnbull said the new system would be "manifestly, rigorously, resolutely conducted in the national interest". "The migration program should only operate in our national interest. This is all about Australia's interest," Mr Turnbull said. From 19 April,… Далее
Australia is making it quicker and easier to apply for many visas. From 1 October 2015, access to electronic (online) lodgement for Visitor visas (subclass 600) and Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visas (subclass 400) will be made available to passport holders of the Russian Federation. This expansion of online visa access is being managed as part of a phased global rollout of this facility to all nationalities. The Visitor visa (subclass 600) allows people to visit Australia for a holiday, or visit family and friends or for business visits not involving work in Australia. It is… Далее
Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) changes the way global visa and citizenship processing times are updated. Global visa and citizenship processing times will now be updated monthly with an indicative timeframe. Processing times are for most visa subclasses and citizenship and will NOT include low-volume, closed, or capped and queued subclasses. The updates will be displayed in two processing times - how long it takes to finalise 75 and 90 per cent of applications submitted globally. These processing times include both online and paper applications. You can view… Далее