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

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