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Why it just got much harder to become an Australian citizen

The Australian government has implemented changes to citizenship applications that make it much tougher for people living and working Down Under to become full citizens. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has moved to put Australian values at the heart of the naturalisation process. Find out what this means for you. What’s changed? The […]

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No new UK visa deal for Australians

UK Home Secretary, Amber Rudd has put an end to speculation, stating that there will be no special visa deal for Australians wanting to come to the UK after Brexit. This announcement comes just weeks after Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, spoke about negotiating a visa system that would simplify migration between the UK and Australia. After […]

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[Update] Australian temporary activity visa framework

A new temporary activity visa framework will come into effect on 19 November 2016.  The Australian government aims to reduce the paperwork around these visas, by removing sponsorship and nomination requirements for certain short stay activities. What’s changing? There are currently seven temporary activity visa classes. This will now be reduced to four: Subclass 400 Temporary […]

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New ACT list as of 1 September 2016

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) released its revised Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for the skilled visa programme in September. This list serves to identify the skills that are most in demand in Canberra. Changes to the list The newly released list includes 11 new occupations, including graphic designer, human resource adviser, web designer and mechanical […]

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Temporary Australian visa for parents on the cards

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has released a discussion paper proposing a temporary visa for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents. What is a temporary visa? Essentially, a temporary visa allows holders to spend short periods of time in Australia for tourism or to visit family and friends. Certain temporary visas […]

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Australia plans to increase tax on working holiday visa holders

The Australian Federal government has planned to introduce an adjustment to the tax free threshold for non-resident workers. With the commencement originally announced for July 2016, debates between the country’s major political parties has delayed the implementation to January 2017. Higher tax rate on all income The proposed tax will apply to those working in […]

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New Zealand works with INTERPOL to strengthen borders

Everyone crossing the New Zealand border will be checked against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. Travellers flying to, from or through New Zealand should ensure they have all their travel documentation in order. This security measure will be implemented at the check-in stage of passengers’ journeys. To avoid adding delays to the […]

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5 Reasons to move to Australia

Australia has long been one of the most popular countries for those looking to emigrate. We look at five of the top reasons that people keep flocking Down Under. 1. Career opportunities Over the last few decades, Australia’s economy has remained strong, even throughout the financial crisis of 2007 – 2008. Its proximity to Asia […]

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