Category: Immigration

Iranian Visa Processing Shut Down Following Allegations of Corruption

The Australian government has temporarily shut down its Iranian visa processing operations after it received warning that rogue migration agents had been illegally obtaining visas through a contact at the embassy in Tehran. The allegations were outlined in a letter sent to the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI), which accused certain locally-based migration… Read More

ACTU Pushes Radical Plan to Dismantle WHM Visa Program

The Australian Council of Trade Unions has begun pushing a controversial new proposal that would see the WHM visa program’s optional second year scrapped. Analysis from the Federal Government has already shown that the move would cause struggling regional towns to lose up to $360 million, while simultaneously sending home more than 35,000 backpackers currently… Read More

NT Opens Pathway to Permanent Residency for Low Skilled Migrants

Earlier this month the Northern Territory’s new Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) came into effect, significantly lowering the requirements for low skilled migrants looking to apply for permanent residency. The Department of Immigration has published a skilled occupation list for individuals who wish to take part in the program, which offers a pathway to permanent… Read More

Bitcoin Tax Scammers are Targeting Vulnerable Migrants

Scammers appear to be targeting migrants with a new scheme that involves impersonating officials from the Australian Tax Office (ATO). Reports suggest that the scam being conducted is superficially similar to one that surfaced last year, which saw unsuspecting victims duped into making cryptocurrency deposits as payment for fake tax debts. The scam became so… Read More

Four Important Immigration Changes Coming in 2019

With the start of a new year Australia’s immigration program is set to undergo several major shake-ups in the coming months. In 2019, the following changes to the immigration system will come into effect: 1. The ATO will begin data-matching tax records of employer-sponsored migrants The Department of Home Affairs will begin cracking down on… Read More

Immigration Department Announces Increased WHM Visa Access for Spain and Israel

The Department of Immigration has announced that foreign nationals from Spain and Israel will now have greater access to the Work and Holiday Maker (subclass 462) visa program. The new changes—which came into effect on 28 December—have greatly increased the number of places available under the WHM program,  with Spanish nationals now having access to… Read More

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