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Update from Australian Computer Society:

The following changes will come into effect on Jan 15, 2014:

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The ACS Temporary Graduate – 485 skills assessment will clearly state that it is specifically for the purpose of applying for a subclass 485 visa application.  Applicants with an Australian study component that are applying for a subclass 485 visa will be assessed on the Australian qualification only, based on the completion of the relevant Australian Bachelor degree or higher.

•    Applicants with an Australian study component that wish to apply for permanent residency will require either 1 year of relevant work experience or completion of an ACS Professional Year Program to receive a suitable skills assessment which can be used for general migration purposes.   (more…)

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People still want to move to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore in Asia

By Michelle Ann Kwara | Yahoo Newsroom – Tue, Jan 21, 2014

Getty Images/Getty Images – People’s desire to migrate has cooled globally, according to pollster Gallup. In Asia-Pacific, people still want to move to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore

 

People’s desire to migrate has cooled globally, according to pollster Gallup.

However, if everyone who wanted to move did move to where they wanted, populations would still grow in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and North Africa but shrink in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, Gallup said, citing its Potential Net Migration Index (PNMI), a survey undertaken between 2010 and 2012.
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Noodle business operators underpaid 457 visa workers almost $650,000

January 21, 2014

 

Bosses of a Chinese noodle franchise failed to pay workers on 457 visas close to $650,000 over the last three years, court documents from the workplace regulator show.

Six Chinese cooks and kitchen supervisors employed at Yummy Noodle Box takeaway shops in Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst as well as Bundaberg, Queensland, between July 2010 and March last year are collectively owed $642,311.

The legal action coincides with the Fair Work Ombudsman’s announcement of a national audit of 600 fast food outlets to clamp down on unscrupulous bosses underpaying staff and failing to adhere to pay documentation rules. (more…)

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More than 1000 partner visas cancelled in migrant marriage sham

Monash University migration expert Dr Bob Birrell says the partner visa is a popular route for permanent residency. Source: News Limited

FOREIGNERS in fake relationships with Australians have been stripped of their visas as the migration system is swamped with people trying to get residence here through marriage.

More than 1000 partner visas have been cancelled since mid-2010 for reasons including bogus claims, bad character and incorrect information.

Most of the cancellations involved people on permanent or temporary visas who were outside Australia. (more…)

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Immigrants could be ‘bumped up the queue’ if they move to regional Queensland

Immigrants and refugees who agree to settle in regional Queensland could jump the queue to come to Australia under a proposal flagged by the premier.

Campbell Newman has spoken to federal Immigration Minister Scott Morrison about plans to fast-track applications in return for driving growth outside the state’s crowded southeast corner.

The governments would work with councils to influence where immigrants and refugees go.

“It could be (that) … if you want to come to Australia, you might be on a certain waiting list … maybe you could get bumped up the queue if you go and spend at least five years in a regional city in Queensland, a regional town,” Mr Newman told Fairfax radio.

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Fawad Ahmed asylum case: Spin-bowler ‘got special treatment’ in borderline citizenship case

By James Glenday

Updated Tue 4 Feb 2014, 5:34pm AEDT

 

The Immigration Department had major concerns about the way promising Pakistani cricketer Fawad Ahmed got a permanent visa and then Australian citizenship, confidential documents indicate.

The former asylum seeker was once lauded as the best leg-spinner since Shane Warne.

After Australia’s disastrous tour of India last year, Cricket Australia (CA) lobbyists embarked on a campaign to get him a passport and make him available for the 2013 Ashes series in England. (more…)

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English invasion

January 21, 2014, 6:30 pm Helen Wellings Today Tonight

Why the British are about to invade our shores in droves, and what it means for your job, house prices and quality of life.

 

Australia’s popularity stakes are at an all-time high, especially with UK residents who are migrating here in droves.

Former BBC journalist Andrea Maltman wants to stay forever.

“People view Australia as the land of milk and honey,” said Andrea.

“London is a great city, but it is getting more expensive and people find it difficult to afford accommodation.”

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Chinese teen ordered to leave in immigration error

Student Gary Mao at his home in Coburg. Photo: Luis Enrique Ascui

 

An embarrassing Immigration Department blunder has caused a Melbourne teen and his community anguish after he was wrongly ordered to leave the country.

Parents, teachers and the children’s commissioner were on Monday making last-minute appeals to help Chinese teen Wen Xiang ”Gary” Mao stay in Australia to finish his high school education.

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Australia visa rules force UK cricket journalists to leave before tour ends

By Jane Mower

Updated Thu 23 Jan 2014, 4:42pm AEDT

 

PHOTO: Only seven England players, including captain Alastair Cook, have stayed for the whole tour.(Getty Images: Gareth Copley)

Faced with having to leave Australia 10 days before the end of England’s disastrous tour may for some sound like compassionate leave.

But for three UK tabloid journalists who have been following the team’s highs and lows since the start of the 100-day tour, it’s a devastating blow. (more…)

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