Additional points for Ph.D. and Masters by Research students

Australian Department of Immigration has made an important change in the points test for the Skilled Migration Program, now giving five additional points to students of Australian institutions. The additional points will be available for students with doctorate-level and masters by research qualifications in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and information and communication technology fields. This…

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Changes to the Minister of Religion application process for employer sponsored visas

Changes have been made to the application process for nominating a Minister of Religion for an employer sponsored visa. Religious organisations who wish to bring Ministers of Religion to Australia on a temporary or permanent basis for employment must now do so via the available Ministers of Religion Industry Labour Agreement. From 1 July 2015,…

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Introduction of payment for visa legislation

On 14 December 2015 new legislation was introduced addressing payment for visas activity through criminal, civil and administrative sanctions, and visa cancellation powers. Asking for, receiving, offering or providing a benefit in return for visa sponsorship or related employment is now illegal. The payment for visas legislation applies to a range of temporary sponsored and…

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Great NEWS for TRA Provisional Skills Assessment – Removal of the International English Language Tes

Great NEWS for TRA Provisional Skills Assessment – Removal of the International English Language Testing System eligibility requirement From 16 January 2015 Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA) applicants are no longer required to provide an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) result as part of the eligibility requirements. When completing a new application through the TRA…

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The Department has announced a 50% increase to application fees for PARTNER VISA subclasses from 1 J

The Department has announced a 50% increase to application fees for PARTNER VISA subclasses from 1 January 2015. PARTNER VISA CHARGES (combined 309/100, 820/801 and 300) * Provisional and permanent partner visas ( offshore)- currently $3085 increased to $4627.50 * Prospective marriage visa (offshore)- currently $3085 increased to $4627.50 * Temporary and permanent partner visas…

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ISPLR English language test acceptable as evidence of functional English for 2nd VAC payments An In

ISPLR English language test acceptable as evidence of functional English for 2nd VAC payments An International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) 2 rating is acceptable as evidence of ‘functional’ English under Reg 5.17(f). Visa applicants who are required to show evidence of functional English and who have achieved this rating will not be required to…

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