Monthly Archives: July 2018

Visa Scrutiny Tightens as Migration Levels Hit Ten Year Low

Newly published immigration data has revealed that Australia’s annual intake of permanent migrants has fallen to its lowest level since 2007, representing a decline of approximately 20,000 when compared to the same period last year. Although the annual permanent intake cap remained at 190,000 during the previous financial year, increasing visa application scrutiny—which led to… Read More

Australian Citizenship Legislation Set to Make Parliamentary Comeback

The government’s previously defeated legislation that would see citizenship requirements significantly tightened is set to make a potential comeback. A senator for the Greens party, Nick McKim, recently questioned the Department about the bill—entitled the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures Bill 2017— at a Senate Estimates hearing… Read More

Government Launches New Global Talent Visa Scheme

The Australian government’s new Global Talent Scheme (GTS) visa program has officially launched, beginning at the start of this month on 1 July. Details of the program were first published by the Department of Home Affairs in March, with the intention of integrating the GTS into the broader TSS visa system. The Department’s decision followed… Read More