Monthly Archives: December 2018

ALP to Vote on Abolishing 40-Hour Work Restriction for International Students

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) has announced that it will vote on whether to support a new motion that would remove the 40-hour work restriction for international students. If successful, a future Labor government would also prevent the sharing of information between the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) and the Department of Home Affairs, pertaining to… Read More

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