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  • Are you worried about the changes to 457 Visas?
    Are you worried about the changes to 457 Visas?
    In April this year, Immigration Minister, Mr Peter Dutton, announced changes to the 457 Visa scheme. These changes are far-reaching and will affect the lives of current visa holders and prospective visa applicants. What is the 457 Visa? The 457 Visa is a temporary Visa that allows...
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  • SIV and Managed Funds
    SIV and Managed Funds
    SIV and Managed Funds Under the new SIV regulations, investors must invest: At least AU$500,000 in eligible Australian venture capital or growth private equity fund(s) investing in start-up and small private companies; At least AU$1.5 million in an eligible managed fund(s) or Listed Investment Companies (LICs) that...
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  • Australian Government Serious About Family Violence
    Australian Government Serious About Family Violence
    The Department of Immigration and Border Protection have issued US RnB singer Chris Brown with a Notice of Intention to Consider Refusal of his visa to travel to Australia for his tour scheduled to take place in December 2015. The Notice relates to the singer’s conviction for...
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  • Operation Fortitude; Clumsy Wording?
    Operation Fortitude; Clumsy Wording?
    Recently, you might have read of Operation Fortitude, the new Australian Border Force’s (ABF) plan to patrol the Melbourne CBD with Victoria Police and other agencies. A press release issued beforehand stated an intention to check the immigration status of “any individual we cross paths with”. Due...
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  • The 457 'Visa Factory’ & The 7/11 Debacle
    The 457 ‘Visa Factory’ & The 7/11 Debacle
    On 17 September 2015, the Minister for Immigration, Peter Dutton introduced legislation into Parliament to make it a criminal offence for a sponsor to be paid by a visa applicant in return for securing a migration outcome. ‘Payment for visas’ conduct is not currently unlawful. However a...
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  • Merits Review Tribunal Amalgamation
    Merits Review Tribunal Amalgamation
    On 1 July 2015, the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT) and the Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) amalgamated into the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). This means that matters previously dealt with by the MRT and RRT can only be undertaken by the Migration and Refugee Division (MRD) of the...
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  • Bridging Visas and Judicial Review
    Bridging Visas and Judicial Review
    Commonly, a bridging visa is granted on the grounds that a substantive visa application has been made and is yet to be finally determined. However, that bridging visa does not carry over to encompass a judicial review application. You may be eligible to apply for a bridging...
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  • Additional Stamp Duty for Foreign Purchasers
    Additional Stamp Duty for Foreign Purchasers
    When you buy or acquire a property in Victoria, you must pay land transfer duty (otherwise known as stamp duty) unless an exemption applies. The State Taxation Acts Amendment Act 2015 (Vic) amended the Duties Act 2000 (Vic), and consequently from 1 July 2015, a “foreign purchaser”...
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  • Safe Haven Enterprise Visa
    Safe Haven Enterprise Visa
    A Safe Haven Enterprise visa, allows a person to whom Australia is found to owe protection obligations, to stay in Australia for five years. This visa allows access to Medicare, social security benefits, job matching, short term counselling for torture or trauma, and for minors, access to...
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  • Visa Cancellation – Eden v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
    Visa Cancellation – Eden v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
    A recent decision of the Federal Court highlights that unfair visa cancellations can be fought in the courts on grounds of unreasonableness. In Eden v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Justice Logan, sitting in Brisbane, overturned (or “quashed”) a personal decision of the Assistant Minister for...
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  • The Citizenship Bill Saga Continues...
    The Citizenship Bill Saga Continues…
    The Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 is currently in the works, and will see dual nationals losing their citizenship if they have engaged in an act of terrorism. Leading constitutional lawyers, legal groups and the Australian Bar Association have warned the Government that this...
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  • Australian Business Skills Migration: The Guidebook
    Australian Business Skills Migration: The Guidebook
    Edition 3 of Australian Business Skills Migration: The Guidebook now available....
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  • Cricketer, Asylum Seeker, Citizen
    Cricketer, Asylum Seeker, Citizen
    A very interesting article recently in the Sydney Morning Herald regarding Fawad Ahmed, a professional cricketer forced to leave Pakistan after receiving threats from religious extremists for his community work, which included education for girls and vaccinations for polio and hepatitis. Ahmed’s story underlines the importance of...
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  • Assistant Minister for Immigration Issues Warning About Dodgy Migration Agents
    Assistant Minister for Immigration Issues Warning About Dodgy Migration Agents
    A recent press release from Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, warns visa applicants to be wary of unscrupulous migration agents. This follows on the heels of recent allegations about AUSFIS, an offshore web-based migration agent, accused of taking payment for...
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  • Implementation of Labour Market Testing for 457 Visas
    Implementation of Labour Market Testing for 457 Visas
    Last Friday the Government finally proclaimed the official implementation date for labour market testing of subclass 457 visas: 23 November 2013. For many employers, this will mean providing evidence of attempts to recruit Australians for a nominated position. While some occupations will be exempt, the list of...
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  • Rogue Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers
    Rogue Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers
    Is your immigration lawyer or migration agent registered? It seems like a funny question to ask, but from time to time we have clients come to us after falling prey to someone they thought was qualified to help them who, upon further enquiry, turns out to be...
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  • Visa Arrangements for Ukrainian Nationals
    Visa Arrangements for Ukrainian Nationals
    Owing to current events in the Ukraine, the Department of Immigration & Border Patrol (DIBP) has advised that Ukrainian nationals in Australia may apply to DIBP for an extension of their visas for a temporary period. Depending on how events unfold in the Ukraine, subsequent applications might...
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