Category Archive: Visas and Passports

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Jan 23 2018

Australian Visa Applications and Debts to Australia

Australian Visa Applications and Debts

One question on the immigration visa application form that confuses some people is this one:

Has any applicant ever had any outstanding debts to the Australian Government or any public authority in any other country?

I have seen questions where people ask if they include house loans, credit cards, car loans, study loans or other loans.

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Win a Luxurious home in Australia with Hometown Prize Draws.

For Books with Free Delivery to Australia, look at: BookDepository UK and USA

Dec 21 2017

Australian Department of Home Affairs

Border is now Department of Home Affairs

On 20 December 2017, the Home Affairs Portfolio, including the Department of Home Affairs, was formally established, and includes the Dept of Immigration.

All website links that were previously at border.gov.au/ are automatically diverted to homeaffairs.gov.au/ so all existing links on this website will (should) still go through to the new webpages at the Department of Home Affairs.

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Win a Luxurious home in Australia with Hometown Prize Draws.

For Books with Free Delivery to Australia, look at: BookDepository UK and USA

Nov 18 2017

Nov 2017: Changes to Partner Visa Lodgement Options

All Partner Visas to be Lodged Online ONLY

From 18 November 2017, all Partner visa applications, including Prospective Marriage visas, must be lodged online through an ImmiAccount…

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Win a Luxurious home in Australia with Hometown Prize Draws.

For Books with Free Delivery to Australia, look at: BookDepository UK and USA

Sep 26 2017

Work and Skilled Visa Processing Times August 2017

Work and Skilled Visa Processing Times for month ending ​31 August 2017

75 per cent of 186 Employer Nomination Scheme Direct Entry applications processed in under 6 Months
75 per cent of 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Direct Entry applications processed in under 14 Months
75 per cent of 189 Skilled – Independent Points-tested applications processed in under 7 Months
75 per cent of 190 Skilled – Nominated applications processed in under 7 Months

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Sep 26 2017

Partner Visa Processing Times August 2017

Partner Visa processing times for month ending ​31 August 2017

75 per cent of 300 Prospective Marriage visa applications processed in under 13 months
75 per cent of 309 Partner visa applications processed in under 13 months
75 per cent of 820 Partner visa applications processed in under 19 Months

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Sep 24 2017

Children Studying in Australia on a Visitor Visa

Children of Visitors to Australia can Study in Australian Schools

The rules for the children attending school in Australia while on a Tourist Visa may be different for the different States in Australia, as each State has its own Education Department.

QLD: The minimum period of enrolment is 2 weeks. Students on tourist visas cannot study for more than 13 weeks unless permitted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
2018 QLD Tuition Fees are between $309 and $422 per week.

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Sep 01 2017

Renew your British Passport Online

Renewing a UK Passport online

Renewing a British Passport online from Australia should take about 4 weeks from when it’s received by Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK., but it can take longer if more information is needed or your application hasn’t been filled out correctly.

Apply at: ….

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May 16 2017

Australian Visa Fee Changes from July 2017

Changes to the charges for Australian Visa Applications from July 2017

There will be some small Visa Fee Changes from July 2017 Visa Applications

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Apr 30 2017

Australian Visa List

Listing of Visas for Australia at April 2017

The following is a list of Visas, current and repealed, at April 2017, with the link to the official Immigration page for each Visa.

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Apr 20 2017

Citizenship Requirement Changes 2017

Residence Requirement for Australian Citizenship

Applicants will be required to demonstrate a minimum of four years in Australia as a permanent resident immediately prior to applying for citizenship, with a maximum of 12 months outside of Australia in this time period.

Citizenship Test for Australian Citizenship

Applicants will have three attempts to pass the citizenship test, after three attempts their application will not be approved.

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Apr 18 2017

457 Visa Applications and Occupations Removed

457 visa applicants with an occupation that has been removed from the STSOL

One option seems like a withdrawal of application with refund of fees

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Apr 18 2017

Nominated Salary Visas and ATO Data Matching

ATO to Data Match Incomes with Department of Immigration.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) will commence the collection of Tax File Numbers for visa holders, and data will be matched with the Australian Tax Office’s records to ensure that visa holders are not paid less than their nominated salary.

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Apr 18 2017

List of Removed Occupations, April 2017

200 Skilled Occupations Removed the previous Skilled Occupation Lists.

Occupations entirely removed from the list of eligible skilled occupation on 19 April 2017 are listed below.
ANZSCO Code Occupation

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Apr 18 2017

Changes to Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) April 2017

Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List to be Cancelled and Replaced

On 19 April 2017, the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) replaced the previous ‘Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List’ (CSOL)

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Apr 18 2017

Changes to Skilled Occupation List (SOL) April 2017

Skilled Occupation List to be Cancelled and Replaced

On 19 April 2017, the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaces the previous ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL)

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Apr 18 2017

Australia to Abolish the 457 visas for Skilled Workers

Australian jobs and Australian values override and cancel the 457 Visa

The government has announced that it will abolish 457 visas for skilled foreign workers and replace them with a new visa program.
Anyone now in Australia on a 457 visa will not be affected by the new arrangements.

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Apr 13 2017

Assurance of Support for Visa Applications

Some Australian Visa Applications need an Assurance of Support

Although the need for Assurance of Support for Partner Visas was removed in 2012, there are still some types of Visas that may require the Assurance of Support”.

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Apr 10 2017

Visitor Visa subclass 600

Tourist Visa for Australia: Visitor Visa (subclass 600 visa)

The Visitor visa (subclass 600) is visa lets you visit Australia for for up to three, six or 12 months, as a visitor, for business visitor activities, to visit family or on a tour with a registered travel agent from the People’s Republic of China.

This visa is available both outside Australia and inside Australia If you are in Australia provided you currently have a valid visa that does not have condition 8503 imposed.

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Apr 10 2017

eVisitor subclass 651 Visa

Tourist Visa for Australia: eVisitor (subclass 651 visa)

This visa lets you visit Australia for up to three months at a time within a 12-month period, to visit or for business visitor purposes.

You might be able to get an eVisitor if you are outside Australia and a passport holder of certain countries including the United Kingdom.

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Apr 10 2017

ETA: Electronic Travel Authority subclass 601 visa

Tourist Visa for Australia: Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)

The ETA or Electronic Travel Authority is a visa that lets you visit Australia as many times as you want, for up to a year, and stay up to three months for each visit, to visit or for business visitor purposes.

You might be able to get an Electronic Travel Authority if you are outside Australia and a passport holder of a certain country.

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