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Migration in the Media

See below a selection of recent items:

Australia needs its young workers back
19 March | ABC.net

Student visa ‘hangover’ under Labor worsening
19 March | The Australian
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Migration Amendment (2014 Measures No 1) Regulation 2014

Select Legislative Instrument SLI 2014 No 32 [F2014L00286] Migration Amendment (2014 Measures No. 1) Regulation 2014 provides six Schedules for amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994, with the aim of strengthening and improving migration policy. A summary of the amendments appear below and the full instrument and explanatory statement may be accessed by clicking the above link.

Sch 1 – Amendment relating to PIC 4020 –

introduces requirements relating to the visa applicant’s identity. The amendment allows the Minister to refuse a visa if not satisfied of the applicant’s identity, with the burden of proof on the applicant. Where a visa is refused on PIC 4020 grounds, the applicant and any members of their family unit are unable to be granted visas that require applicants to satisfy PIC 4020 for a period of 10 years.

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Invitation to join the audience: ABC’s ‘Q&A’ program broadcast in Shanghai

ABC television program ‘Q&A’ will broadcast a special show in Shanghai on Monday 7 April, and is seeking Australian and Chinese audience members to be involved.

The show will cover a broad range of issues around Australia and China and aims to provide insights on how Chinese people view Australia and future relations between the countries.

For further details and to register, click here.

To register using the Mandarin webpage, click here.

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Half of all migrants live in Sydney or Melbourne

Australians born overseas are more likely to live in major urban areas, with half of all migrants living in Sydney or Melbourne, according to the latest Australian Social Trends (AST) article released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) this week.

ABS Assistant Director of Social and Progress Reporting, Guinevere Hunt, said that in all capital cities except for Hobart and Darwin, more than half the CBD residents were born overseas.  (more…)

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Grandfather’s plea to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison: `Let my little angel stay’

  • DARYL PASSMORE
  • THE COURIER-MAIL
  • MARCH 13, 2014 12:00AM

Ari Illingworth, 4, with grandad Mark Illingworth and mum Eunsil ‘Chloe’ Park. Picture: Annette DewSource: News Limited

 

A FAMILY has made a last-minute plea for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to overturn an order that will force a four-year-old Brisbane girl out of the country.

Ari Illingworth was born here, making her an Australian citizen, and started Prep this year but her South Korean mum Eunsil Park, known as Chloe, has been ruled to have no right to remain following the breakup of her relationship with Ari’s father in 2010. (more…)

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Form Changes – March 2014

The DIBP website has a Summary of Forms changes for March 2014.

Many of the form changes are because of updates to privacy information and are “essential”. [Note: “essential” changes mean that the new form must be used.]

These changes are expected to have effect from 22 March 2014. Please check these changes before using forms from 22 March 2014.

 

Source: Migration Institute of Australia

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DIBP system outage

There will be an outage of the DIBP systems to enable updates to be made. This will occur from Friday 21 March at 9pm until Saturday 22 March at 12 noon.

The following systems will be unavailable:
• ImmiAccount
• eVisa
• eLodgement (Online Applications and Citizenship)
• Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
• LEGENDcom

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Come in, workers: 457 loophole opened up

Sarah Whyte

Immigration correspondent

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Removing the “red tape”: The Abbott government removes a visa loophole which allows employers to hire unlimited numbers of foreign workers without scrutiny.

 

The Abbott government has quietly reopened a visa loophole that will allow employers to hire an unlimited number of foreign workers under temporary working visas, in a move that unions say will return widespread rorting of the system.

As part of a Coalition bid to remove ”red tape” from the 457 skilled migrant visa regulations, employers will not be penalised or scrutinised if they hire more foreign staff than they applied for. (more…)

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Changes to DIBP fees

DIBP will introduce a surcharge on all credit card payments from 22 March 2014. DIBP is expected to release further details including surcharge by card type on their website “soon”.

There will be possible changes to VACs for Contributory Parent and Contributory Aged Parent visa applications once amendments to regulations (SLI 2014 No 30] come into effect on 22 March 2014.  This amendment corrects the errors in previous amendments and allows VAC increases for these visas. The MIA will advise members as soon as any VAC changes to these visas are announced.

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