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Access to higher education in Australia has been made easier for overseas students from ‘high-risk’ countries (Migration Alliance 28th March 2014)
60 education providers are now on the list for fast-tracked and low-doc student visas. Meaning, students – regardless of their country of origin – who are enrolled with these education providers for higher education courses, will be considered low risk. These students hence will need to provided less information to The Department of Immigration and Border Protection and are expected to receive simpler and quicker visa processing.
Choosing a Registered Migration Agent (Migration Blog DIBP 26 March 2014)
It is against the law for anyone who is not a Registered Migration Agent to give immigration advice in Australia. Anyone who is providing immigration help must be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).
Replace Subclass 457 visa with new and less onerous visa (Migration Alliance 25th March 2014)
Acting on complaints from overseas investors and industry bodies about the difficulties and costs of doing business in Australia, DFAT has made submissions to the Australian Coalition government to keep politics out of the Subclass 457 programme and called for the introduction of a new “less politicised” visa for foreign workers.
Learn about employing skilled workers in NSW (DIBP 21st March 2014)
Business owners and proprietors in the Central West NSW region will get the opportunity to learn more about employer-sponsored skilled work visa options when immigration officers visit the region in the last week of March.
Information seminars will take place at the following venues:
Date: March 26
Location: Coolabah Room, Community Arts Centre Building, Western Plains Cultural Centre,
76 Wingewarra Street, Dubbo.
Date: March 27
Location: Council Chamber, Level 1, Civic Centre, 158 Russell Street, Bathurst.
Coalition cuts 1000 immigration red tape regulations(MIBP 19th March 2014)
The Australian government is committed to easing the regulatory burden on the business and not-for-profit sectors. The Immigration and Border Protection portfolio is making around 1000 regulatory changes.
Learn about employing skilled workers in NSW (DIBP 17th March 2014)
Business owners and proprietors in the Northern Inland NSW region will get the opportunity to learn more about employer-sponsored skilled work visa options when immigration officers visit the region mid-March.
Information seminars will take place at the following venues:
Armidale Date: March 18 Time: 12.30-1.45pm Place: Family and Community Services Seminar Room, Level 1, 175 Rusden Street, Armidale.
Tamworth Date: March 19 Time: 12.15-1.30pm Place: Campbell Howard Room, UNE Tamworth Centre, Peel House, 24 Fitzroy St, Tamworth.
SC417 Visa holders being abused and encouraged not to pay tax (Migration Alliance 7th March 2014)
The ABC reports that thousands of Taiwanese workers employed in some abattoirs in Australia are being underpaid, abused and encouraged not to pay tax! It is reported that these abattoirs have been using labour hire companies that hire sub-agents to recruit east Asian backpackers who fill-out any forms they are given (including ABN application forms) believing it is just the process for getting the work in Australia.
Visa provisions for Ukrainian nationals (Minister for Foreign Affairs 5th March 2014)
"Given the volatile situation in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison today announced visa provisions to allow Ukrainian nationals in Australia to temporarily remain while their nation is under threat..."
Celebrating Australian citizenship history with a modern twist (DIBP 28th January 2014)
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) launched a yearlong social media campaign today to kick off the 65th anniversary of Australian citizenship, highlighting the unique stories of those who have recently become Australian Citizens.
Millions of people have become Australian citizens over the past 65 years, with a record 17,863 people set to officially become Aussies on Australia Day.
A spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection said the social media campaign would share the journeys of those who have adopted Australia in the past 65 years and also focus on those taking the final step in their migrant journey.
UNIS WELCOME RISE IN FOREIGN STUDENTS (Nine News 14th January 2014)
Universities have welcomed a surge in the number of overseas students seeking to come to Australia.
Total student visa lodgements rose by 7.1 per cent in the September quarter, making it the highest period for lodgements in the past four years, new immigration department figures show.
The rate of visas being granted also rose by 13.6 per cent in the quarter compared with the same period in the previous year.
At the end of September 2013 there were 346,965 international student visa holders in Australia - almost a quarter of whom were from China and 10 per cent from India.
The impact of adverse publicity over attacks on Indian students appears to have waned, with offshore grants of visas to Indian applicants rising by almost 160 per cent in the quarter compared with September 2012.
Greg Evans, from Universities Australia, said a recovery in the sector was under way.
"There is potential for Australia to reach the high international student numbers experienced before the sector was hit by the combined negative impact of changed visa conditions, concerns over safety and an elevated currency," Mr Evans said.
He said it was also encouraging that the rises were coming from a diversity of nations such as Nepal, India, Vietnam and China.
"The more diverse our international student base, the less risk that this growth carries - which means a stronger, more stable international education industry," Mr Evans said.
Given the trends in the latest data it was possible student numbers could return to the more buoyant levels of pre-2010, he said.
More streamlined visa conditions and regulations and the effort of universities to make universities more responsive and attractive were some of the reasons behind the surge.
URGENT NEED TO BOOST IMMIGRATION TO 220,000 (Migration Alliance 13th January 2014)
Australia’s productivity is steadily slipping down and will continue to do so if skilled migration numbers are not increased quickly.
The current migration intake of 190,000 a year is not enough to sustain productivity, says the Australian Industry Group (AIG). It says that Australia needs a steady increase in migration intake every year with an emphasis on skilled migration in order to meet current and future skills shortages.