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South Australian provisional visa holders – Trial PR program

Immigration SA has announced a trial program that enables people who have already secured a provisional state nominated visa to apply for a permanent visa through the same program.

The trail will only be available from 14 May until 15 June 2014, so applicants will need to move quickly. The program allows people who hold a South Australian state nominated provisional visa (subclass 489, 475, 487 and 495 only) and are living and working in the state to apply for a 190 – Skilled Nominated Permanent visa through Immigration South Australia. (more…)

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Reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa for Greece

Minister Morrison has announced the signing of a reciprocal work and holiday visa agreement between Greece and Australia. Each country will eventually grant 500 visas per year.

Both countries are working to implement the necessary legal and administrative processes to allow the visas to come into effect. The one-year work and holiday visa differs from a working holiday visa as it requires applicants to have the support of their government, hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications and to speak functional English.

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Harmful Racial Stereotyping Not Acceptable in Today’s Australia

The Migration Institute of Australia issued a media statement on Friday expressing its concern about the use of racial stereotypes in Australian national media and strongly emphasised the need to protect Sections 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 without amendment.

The Institute was saddened to learn of the death of a young Irish man, Padraig Gaffney, after facing court last week for causing flood damage in a Melbourne hotel.  (more…)

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Domestic violence: Nowhere to turn for migrant women trapped in violent relationships

By Ursula Malone

 

Psychologist Eman Sharobeem has not heard from one of her regular clients for three days and she is worried.

Sitting at her desk, she taps out a message on her mobile phone, her face illuminated by the screen.

“Hello dear,” she writes. “Are you OK?”

She does not want to cause trouble for her client, so she uses a message service that will not show up on the bill.

Secrecy is paramount. Three of her clients have been murdered in the past five years. (more…)

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Credit card surcharge – levied on visa application charges only, not sponsorship or nominations

Following representations from the MIA, we have received the following response from the Department, confirming that credit card surcharges should only have been levied on VACs, not sponsorship and nominations application fees.

We are providing further information regarding the application of the new credit card surcharge, particularly whether such surcharge would be applicable to the fee for sponsorship and nomination applications. (more…)

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Cessation of applications for Other Family and Non-contributory Parent visas: further details

The Department has provided the following advice:

Applications can still validly be lodged. All valid applications will remain in the pipeline and be processed in due course. The cessation of new applications under the Other Family and Non-Contributory Parent visas will take place prior to the start of the 2014-15 programme year. The visa subclasses affected are:

Parent (subclass 103)
Aged Parent (subclass 804) (more…)

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Campaign Heats Up For Return of Nigerian Girls


campaignThirteen-year-old Jacinta Vine from Penrith in western Sydney is responsible for a highly successful and widely covered online campaign calling on the Australian Government to pressure Nigeria to step up the search for the abducted girls.

Boko Haram Islamist gunmen stormed the girls’ boarding school on April 14, forcing them from their dormitories onto trucks and driving them into the bush.

To sign the petition online, please see here.

 

Photo courtesy of Change.org

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Budget Special Feature: ‘Dark Shadows’ Must Be Explained, Says Migration Institute

In a media statement issued late last night after the Budget was handed down, the Migration Institute of Australia said that, while there where commendable features of the Budget, including the continued focus on skilled needs (including regional skills shortages), there were several concerning features which needed to be explained.

“While the Institute is pleased that the Family Stream will focus on meeting the increasing demand for close family reunions by having additional partner and child places, it is alarming that these additional places will be made available as a result of the cessation of new applications from the other family and parent (non-contributory) places, and we will seek further information from the Minister about this,” said National President of the MIA, Angela Chan. (more…)

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