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Changes in Skills Assessment for PhD Holders – VETASSESS

Beginning 15 Dec 2018, the skills assessment authority VETASSESS will not be accepting paid doctoral studies as part of skills assessment. This is as per the requirement of the Department of Home Affairs. The assessment authority currently accepts paid doctoral research level studies as recognised employment for skills assessment purpose. Applicants must be employed and paid…

Visa 489 NSW Skilled Regional

Visa 489 NSW Regional. Program CLOSED on Far South Coast and Riverina – Far South Coast Regional 489 is currently suspended until early 2019. – Riverina Skilled Migration Program is now closed to all occupations. This will be reviewed in February 2019      

Western Australia State Nominated Visa Program

International students for higher education in Western Australia has been provided with a skilled migration pathway which is one of the many initiative introduced by the state government to promote WA as the preferred study destination in Australia. The WA State Nominated Visa Program Graduate Stream and the Graduate occupation list was introduced to offer…

Australian Citizenship changes is back in the agenda

The citizenship changes proposed sometime last year by the Turnbull government is now back on the government’s agenda. This include to “implement a package of reforms designed to strengthen the requirements to become and remain an Australian citizen including in relation to longer residency from one year to four years as a permanent resident, command…

Migration to focus on regional Australia

2GB, Mornings, 09/08/18, Ray Hadley Interview with Minister for Immigration, Border Protection, and Home Affairs Peter Dutton. […] Hadley points out Australia’s population has reached 25m earlier than the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ prediction that it will be reached in 2050. Dutton says he has already reduced immigration numbers this year and they are considering ways…

Always check the information in your COE

Australian Immigration Daily News 25/07/2018; Micheal Arch Is it important to check whether the Department’s Provider Registration and Internal Monitoring System – “PRISMS” – has accurate, up-to-date information concerning the enrolment status of the holder of a student visa? A recent decision from the Federal Circuit Court, Zhang v Minister for Immigration & Anor (2018) FCCA…