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Soaring bridging visas in sight – Immigration crackdown may not be the whole truth

The most recent Department statistics show that on 31 March 2018 there were 194,875 people in Australia on bridging visas, up by 41,066 on the same date last year and the number keeps on rising due to the government’s lack of action on finalising most substantive* applications already in the pipeline. While the Department of [...]

July 1 Changes to the Subclass 457 Visa, and other visa schemes

Last April, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the upcoming abolition of the Subclass 457 Temporary Skilled Work visa, replacing it with the more intensive Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa stream. Changes are being rolled out in stages, and here are the changes coming into effect on the 1st of July 2017: Police Clearance All 457 [...]

New visas soon available for Singaporeans into Australia

Two new visas have been announced to facilitate the arrival of Singaporeans into Australia. Working Holiday Visa Arrangement Coming into effect on 31 August 2017, this work and holiday visa enables Singaporeans under 30 years of age, who meet the education and English-language requirements, to live and work in Australia for up to 12 months. [...]

New requirements to obtain Australian citizenship

The Australian government has announced that reforms would be introduced to strengthen the Australian citizenship, and put the Australian values and Australian national interest at the heart of the process. What has changed? -               Applicants are required to have lived as a permanent resident in Australia for a minimum of four years (instead of the [...]

Changes to UK Immigration Act to Impact Visa Holders

Compulsory checks by landlords on the immigration status of new tenants are to be introduced across the country from 1 February 2016. The Immigration Act 2014 has been revised and regulations will come into effect requiring Landlords conduct mandatory checks to establish that new tenants have the right to rent in the UK. Landlords must [...]

International Visas- New Zealand update

“New Zealand’s Immigration Act of 2009 was enacted on November 29, 2010.  The new regime will impose onus for stricter compliance on employers sponsoring foreign nationals for work.  They are now required to accurately assess through due diligence and taking “reasonable precautions” that the prospective employee has not previously worked or resided unlawfully in New Zealand.  Failure in [...]