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2019-nCoV: Travel restrictions are now in effect

Immediate changes to Australia’s entry conditions in order to stem the spread of coronavirus.

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Convict Settlement Revisited

Or, “Strengthening” the Character Test This Bill is currently before Parliament. I refer to four issues: Retrospective These laws are probably retrospective in nature. It means that if you passed the Character Test previously, you may not pass the Character Test under this new proposed law. The

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Regional Migration: An Aussie dream since Federation

We weigh up the pros and cons of mandatory periods of residence in Australia’s regional areas for incoming migrants.

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New changes to the Working Holiday Maker visa program

About a month ago, the Australian Government announced some changes to the Working Holiday Maker visa program: From 5 November 2018, expanding the regional areas where Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa holders can work in agricultural (plant and animal cultivation) to qualify for a second year

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Seasons Greetings! Our Christmas and New Years Hours.

With the silly season approaching, we thought it best to let our valued clients informed of our hours in the forthcoming weeks. Our office will close at 5:30PM on Friday, 21st December 2018 and will re-open at 9:00AM Monday, 7th January 2018. Rest assured, the law sleeps

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Migrants, money and melodrama: Is immigration really destroying Australia as we know it? We break down the figures.

Aussie businessman and immigration policy commentariat, Dick Smith recently warned the nation that “[the immigration rate] will destroy Australia as we know it”. This rather dire sentiment is not uncommon, and as immigration lawyers, we thought it was about time we make a well overdue contribution to

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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 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

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?

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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