Yearly Archives: 2018

New Migrants to Wait Four Years Before Accessing Newstart Payments

New migrants will now be forced to wait four years before being allowed to access the Newstart welfare payment, after the Coalition government managed to pass the legislation through parliament by striking a deal with the Labor party. The opposition only acquiesced to the deal after securing significant concessions from the Liberals, saying that it… Read More

Sham Marriage Syndicate Responsible for 164 Visa Applications Busted by ABF

The Australian High Commission in New Delhi has issued a stern warning to Indian visa applicants, after an alleged fake marriage syndicate was busted in New South Wales earlier this month. The visa scam marriage syndicate was uncovered as part of a long-running operation undertaken by the Australian Border Force (ABF) and resulted in the… Read More

New Visa for Parents of Migrants to Arrive in 2019

The federal government has announced that it will officially open applications for the long-awaited temporary sponsored visa for the parents of migrants by early next year. Last month, the Australian senate successfully passed the Migration Amendments (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016 almost two years after the changes were initially announced, which will allow… Read More

IMPORTANT NEWS – increase in visa processing times

Please be aware that due to the festive and holiday season – visa processing times by the Department of Home Affairs may increase with some delays expected. We encourage everyone to plan accordingly to ensure sufficient time for visa applications to be processed.   Best regards from the team at Absolute Immigration

Government Approves Amendment to Family Sponsorship Regulations

Earlier this week new legislation was passed by the Australian government instituting several changes to The Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016. The bill is now awaiting royal assent, and once it is officially passed into law it will introduce a raft of new spousal visa sponsorship regulations. Most notably, Australian sponsors… Read More

Welcome to our team – Katherine Keane

It is with great excitement that we welcome Katherine Keane to our Absolute Immigration family. Katherine will be based in Brisbane – working on high level projects for some of our strategic clients. She joins our team at Absolute Immigration with extensive, specialist expertise in the management of complex corporate and refugee immigration programs –… Read More

Study Finds Majority of International Workers Silent on Wage Theft

Newly published research has shown that Australia’s unpaid migrant worker crisis is significantly worse than originally thought. The study from two Sydney universities suggests that the majority of temporary foreign workers experience intentional underpayment—and are aware of it—however only one in ten undertakes action to recover lost wages. According to the study—which was co-authored by… Read More

Work and Holiday Visa Lodgement Portal Now Available for More Countries

The Australian government has recently passed a new legislative instrument, the Arrangements for Work and Holiday Visa Applications Instrument 2018, which will expand access to the online application lodgement portal for Work and Holiday visas to additional countries. Previously, the only countries that had access to the online application lodgement channel were Spain, Argentina, Slovakia,… Read More

Working Holiday Age Limit Raised to 35 Years for Irish Nationals

The Department of Immigration have announced that the maximum age limit for Irish Nationals seeking an Australian working visa will be increased by five years. Irish citizens up to the age of 35 will now be eligible to qualify for a Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program, following an agreement intended to “promote cultural exchange”… Read More

Government to Loosen Restrictions for Backpacker Visa

The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced that the government will loosen restrictions on the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) and Season Worker visa program. The move comes after the Coalition’s failed attempt to introduce an agricultural visa earlier this year, and follows months of pressure from the farming lobby. While the Farming Federation—and the… Read More