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Did you know you need to have health insurance to study in Australia?

  All students in Australia who have come from overseas must have a health insurance policy while they are here. It is very important you maintain this health insurance for the whole time you are on a student visa— not … Continue reading

Posted: 29 July 2014 | 3:54 pm

New provider for visa medicals

Bupa Medical Visa Services is the new provider of health examinations for visa applicants in Australia. The change in service provider, which took effect on 28 July 2014, will benefit clients through improvements to processing times and reduced examination fees. … Continue reading

Posted: 28 July 2014 | 3:00 pm

Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) – what you need to do next

If you arrived in Australia on a Partner (Provisional) visa, it is important to inform us about any changes to your personal details, such as a new residential address or new passport details. You can provide this information by completing … Continue reading

Posted: 23 July 2014 | 4:26 pm

What to expect from a registered migration agent

If you choose to use a migration agent to help with your visa application, it’s important to check they are registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (the Authority). It’s against the law for anyone who is … Continue reading

Posted: 16 July 2014 | 9:08 am

Visa or citizenship related payments in Australia have become simpler and quicker

The department is no longer accepting cash payments at its counters for visa or citizenship related fees and charges.  This does not impact the methods of payment available at Australian embassies or high commissions and visa applications centres outside Australia. … Continue reading

Posted: 7 July 2014 | 4:25 pm

Using the Census to make sense of temporary migration

This post is part of the On the Move blog series, which brings you posts focussing on the use of census data in a temporary migration context. These posts have been prepared by our Economic Analysis Unit.  If you’ve been … Continue reading

Posted: 4 July 2014 | 3:18 pm

More students eligible for simpler, faster visas

For the first time students enrolled in advanced diploma level courses at low immigration risk providers will be able to access streamlined visa processing (SVP) arrangements. SVP will benefit eligible students through simpler and faster visa processing. It will make … Continue reading

Posted: 25 June 2014 | 4:40 pm

Australia’s 2014-15 Migration Programme

A total of 190 000 places make up Australia’s 2014-15 migration programme, as announced by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on Budget Day. Breaking down the numbers, next year’s programme planning levels comprise: 128 550 places for skilled … Continue reading

Posted: 20 June 2014 | 4:09 pm

Latest visitor visa statistics now available

Australia continues to draw high levels of interest from international visitors according to the latest departmental report. The department has granted more than 3.1 million visitor visas this financial year to 31 March 2014, which is nearly 6 per cent … Continue reading

Posted: 20 June 2014 | 11:37 am

Training Australian workers: an obligation for 457 employers

As stated in earlier posts, significant changes to the 457 visa were made on 1 July 2013. One of these changes included strengthening the requirement for businesses that employ 457 visa holders to actively contribute to the training of Australian … Continue reading

Posted: 6 June 2014 | 10:30 am

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