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Singaporeans Visiting Australia Can Now Skip Long Queues

Singaporeans who are visiting Australia can now skip long queues at the immigration counters at the country’s eight international airports after Canberra extended the use of its facial recognition technology to travelers from Singapore. This technology termed as SmartGate, is a facility that allows travelers self-process their […]

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In-demand Jobs in Australia in 2014

Anyone who is interested to apply for skilled nominated visa (Subclass 190/489) is required to be sponsored by a state/territory or a Specified Regional Area in Australia. Looking at the latest statistics entering 2014, there are still many occupations which are highly in-demand. Please see the lists […]

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Rupert Murdoch: Australia Needs To Increase Immigration

Rupert Murdoch, one of the wealthiest businessmen in Australia said during a lecture in Sydney that Australia needs to attract more immigrants to become more competitive and create strong bonds with other nations especially in Asia. “The more people we have with ties to other parts of […]

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Tony Abbott Elected As Australia’s New Prime Minister

Australia’s conservative party leader Tony Abbott becomes the nation’s 28th prime minister after a landslide victory over Kevin Rudd in the 2013 federal elections held on 7th September. In his victory speech in front of a cheering crowd, the new prime minister said he was ready to […]

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Australia Immigration Fees To Increase From 1 September 2013

The Australian government has announced that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will increase its application fees by 15 percent starting 1 September 2013. This announcement is part of the 2013-14 Economic Statement which aims to raise over $500 million over the next four years. Visitor […]

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Update on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – 2013

On 1st July 2013, the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) was updated. The following occupations have been removed, namely: What exactly is this Skilled Occupation List and what does it do? The Skilled Occupation List or SOL is a document containing the list of skilled occupations the economy […]

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Foreigners on 457 Work Visas Rise

The number of overseas workers coming to Australia increased to more than 20 percent over the previous year. The latest data released by the Immigration Department shows that this is the biggest yearly increase in the past 15 years. Despite the Australian government’s effort to put foreigners […]

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Jobs in Australia Surges in April, Unemployment Rate Drops

Employment in Australia surged in April after more than 50,000 people found job in the country in the month alone. The additional number of jobs added is far different from the predicted 12,000. This development resulted to half a cent rose of the Australian dollar against the […]

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Australia’s Job Additions Hits Decade-High

Australia added 71,500 new jobs in February, the biggest monthly increase to the country’s total employment in over a decade. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, this development increased full-time employment by 17,800 to 8,117,400 and part-time employment rose 53,700 to 3,510,800. Brian Redican, a senior […]

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Changes to Visitor Visas Announced

Changes to the visitor visas have been announced by the Australian government that will take effect on 23rd March 2013. The following visa subclass will no longer be available from 23rd March: Applicants who have previously qualified for the visas listed above may be eligible for one […]

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Australia to Employ 131,200 Additional Workers in the Construction Industry

An official government report says that Australia will create over 130,000 jobs over the next five years in the construction industry as 12.6% growth is expected between the year 2016 and 2017. Based on the report, titled ‘Aussie Jobs Looking Back Looking Forward‘, jobs will be created […]

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Australia Introduces New Work Visa for International Students

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship of Australia has announced a new visa option to allow graduating international students work in the country. To qualify, a graduate should have a Bachelor’s, Master’s or a Doctoral degree from an Australian university. This new visa option will be an […]

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Golden Ticket Introduced To Welcome Wealthy Migrants

A new visa which is so-called ‘The Golden Ticket’ was announced by the Australian government to let wealthy foreigners become permanent residents in Australia. Applicants for this visa scheme should have at least AUD$5 million (S$6.4 million) that must be invested in certain assets in Australia. Also, […]

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Australia Offers Label-Free Visas to Indians

Starting 1st October 2012, Indians who are wishing to travel Australia will no longer need to have a visa label placed in their passport. Instead, they will receive an electronic visa grant letter the day their visa is granted which will explain all the conditions of their […]

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Parent Visa Validity Period Extended

The Australian government will ease its tourist visa rules for parents of permanent residents and Australian citizens. This will allow parents to visit and remain with their family for a longer period of time in Australia. This change will take effect by the end of 2012. In […]

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Foreign Students to Become More Eligible For Work Visa

The Australian government has announced its intentions to make it easier for foreign students graduating from universities in Australia to obtain work visas that will last from 2 to 4 years. This is in-line with the Skilled Graduate visa scheme to be implemented in 2013. What’s interesting […]

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Pass Mark for Australia Skilled Migration Changed

Changes to the skilled migration pass mark were announced today by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. This will apply to the new SkillSelect visa subclasses 189, 190 and 489 and is to be carried out on the 1st of July 2012. This changes is in line […]

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Australia is the Happiest Nation in the World – According to Survey

Australia is the world’s happiest nation. This is according to Better Life Index of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). So what were the criteria? There were 11 categories equally weighed among its 36 member countries to identify this and these are the following: Norway […]

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1 July 2012 Changes – Business Migration Reforms Announced

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has announced major changes to the Australian business visa program that will apply from 1 July 2012 coinciding the new DIAC SkillSelect. The Business Skills visa program will be renamed to Business Innovation and Investment Program  as part of these changes for business […]

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Reforms to the Business Skills Visa Program Announced

According to Chris Bowen, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Australian government is establishing a new category of arrivals, significant investors. “People who are willing to make a significant investment in Australia through various investments will receive concessional treatment when it comes to permanent residency in […]

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