Monthly Archives: July 2017

Travel Agency Accused of Running Visa Cashback Scheme

A Melbourne-based travel agency has been accused of extorting money from workers for continuing to sponsor their visas. The Abella Travel agency—which is located on Little Collins street—has operations in both Australia and South Korea, and is currently facing the Federal Circuit Court over claims that it oversaw an illegal “cashback” visa scheme. According to… Read More

Victorian Farmers Demand Access to WHM Labour Force

A group of farmers working on the rural fringes of Melbourne are pushing to be added to the postcode list that controls where backpackers can work as a means of qualifying for a second-year extension on their WHM visa. The farmers claim they are struggling to find local workers and deserve the same rights as… Read More

Visa Wait Times to Increase Following DIBP Staff Cuts

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has confirmed that wait times for Australian visas and citizenship applications are only going to worsen, thanks to hundreds of staff cuts, a massive spike in the number of lodgements being made, and the ongoing shift to greater automation. The secretary for the Department of Immigration, Mike… Read More

Economic Experts and Business Leaders Savage Turnbull Government’s Visa Changes

Several business leaders and one of the world’s top economic experts have delivered a stinging critique of the Coalition government, labelling them a threat to the economy and accusing them of treating foreign nationals as “barbarians”. The managing director of Coca-Cola Amatil, Alison Watkins, CEO for Woodside Petroleum, Peter Coleman, and the president of GE,… Read More

Surprises! There were a few. July 1st changes explained.

ALERT_UPDATE 1 July Changes The Department of Immigration of Border Protection (DIBP) has maintained their position of ‘Australia first’ with the highly anticipated 1 July changes released over the weekend. Whilst many of the changes were expected, some were unexpected. Click the link above to download our comprehensive overview.