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Latest Invitation Round

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the Skill Select invitation round on 18 January 2017. Invitations issued on 18 January 2017 Visa Subclass Number Skilled - Independent (subclass 189) 1061 Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 31 During 2016-17 the following numbers of invitations have been issued Invitations issued during…
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Occupation Ceilings

The table below shows the occupation ceilings for the 2016-2017 programme year for each occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) by four-digit ANZSCO code unit group, and the number of invitations that will be issued in this programme year. Occupation ceiling values are based on a percentage of stock…
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Becoming a new citizen: How Australia compares.

More than 16,000 migrants from 150 different countries are preparing to enjoy their first day as Australian citizens at more than 400 citizenship ceremonies across the country on Australia Day. Here's how other countries do it. Citizenship processes are different across the world, here's how Australia compares. Australia New migrants…
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Australia considering a tougher citizenship test, confirms Immigration Minister

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says it's worth having a debate about whether to overhaul the citizenship test in order to weed out terrorists. Instead of answering the basic questions about Australia’s political structure, parliament, election and perfunctory duties of a citizen, Australian citizenship aspirants may now have to deal with…
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8 most important Australian visa developments in 2016

Here’s a list of 8 most important visa developments in Australia in 2016 SBS Hindi has regularly brought you up-to-date with information regarding Australian visas. In 2016, significant changes were introduced to several types of Australian visas. New government policies also led to introduction of new visas whereas several other…
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How much 457 visa-holders get paid and where they come from

We took a deeper look at the government's facts and figures. Australia’s 457 Temporary Worker visa program is on the lips of lawmakers again as both the government and the opposition promise to tighten eligibility requirements for businesses and applicants under the scheme. According to a departmental report issued in June 2016,…
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9 things you need to know about your partnership visa application

SBS spoke with five professional migration agents to get their tips and advice on how to make the partnership visa application process less stressful. Every year, tens of thousands of Australians jointly lodge visa applications with their foreign partners. It can be a stressful time. The complexity of the paperwork and the…
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Australia’s Temporary Visa Programs going to be re-balanced?

This report is the second to call for change in two months, following the release in September of a Productivity Commission investigation into the country's migrant intake. The 'Migration: the economic debate' report from the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), released on Thursday, calls to double annual permanent…
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Financial emigration to Australia - what you need to know

You wake up to an email from the Department of Immigration with your Australian visa grant. All the hard work has paid off - and you’re finally cleared for emigration. But what about your money? After your visa is granted, top of the admin list is generally to start liquidating…
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Major changes proposed for skilled migration to Australia

Some of the major recommendations include reducing the age limit and giving more points for secondary adult applicant's skills and traits. The changes proposed by Productivity Commission could significantly change the way Australia chooses its migrant intake. In a recently submitted report to the Australian Government, the Productivity Commission has…
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New temporary parent visa for Australia announced

In the last week, the Australian government has announced they planning to introduce a new temporary visa for parents visiting their children in Australia. The new visa is proposed to be a 5 year temporary sponsored visa and will be music to the ears of many South Africans who have…
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Australia considering cost of parents visa after productivity commission report

Productivity Commission urged the government to double the fee from $55,000. Now, Immigration Minister says the there is a need to consider policy setting for family visas. In its report submitted to the government on Monday, the Productivity Commission urged the Australian government to substantially hike the fee for the contributory…
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Abolish investor visa program: commission

The Productivity Commission says the federal government should scrap a special program granting visas to wealthy migrants who invest millions in Australia. The Productivity Commission has stuck the boot into a special visa programs for wealthy migrants with investment cash to splash in Australia. The commission's report on Australia's migration…
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ACT Released New Occupation List effective 1 September 2016

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government is committed to a targeted skilled migration program and can provide advice on ACT nomination criteria, but not on wider immigration issues. Before lodging an application for nomination, it is recommended that you obtain specific migration advice relevant to your circumstances from the Department…
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Over 50 occupations may be dropped from Australia's Skilled Occupation List

The Department of Education and Training provides advice to the Minister of Immigration and Border Protection on the composition of the SOL. Over fifty occupations may be removed from Australia’s Skilled Occupation List that identifies occupations for immigration to the country. The SOL is a compilation of occupations for skilled…
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