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Withdrawal of 457 visa application when sponsorship or nomination refused – policy change

The policy on the withdrawal of 457 visa applications after refusal of the sponsorship or nomination application has been changed. These changes may have considerable implications for the way in which RMAs lodge SBS, nomination and visa applications.

When applying for a 457 visa, applicants are asked if they wish their visa application to be withdrawn if the sponsorship or nomination is refused.

It the applicant indicates they do want the visa application withdrawn in these circumstances. the visa will be withdrawn immediately once one of these circumstances occurs.

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MRT Recruitment

MRTDate published: 12/08/2014

 

The tribunals welcomed 17 newly appointed members in July.  Each member has been appointed for a three year term. Their appointments are expected to boost the tribunals’ decision-making capacity, adding initially to the focus on protection and partner caseloads over the next 12 months

Source: http://www.mrt-rrt.gov.au/eBulletin/Articles/Community-Liaison-Update-August-2014/Member-recruitment.aspx

 

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Citizenship applications – credit card surcharge

Special Legislative Instrument 2014 No.124 – F2014L01103 – Australian Citizenship Amendment (Credit Card Surcharge) Regulation 2014 makes provision for a credit card surcharge to be imposed on citizenship fees and to be included when fees are remitted, refunded or waived.

The credit card surcharges are the same as those imposed for other DIBP services: Visa/MasterCard 1.08%, Amex/JCB 1.99% and Diners 2.91%,    (more…)

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Agents on ‘secret’ immigration blacklist have their names published

August 24, 2014
Natalie O’Brien

 

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, whose department has denied the blacklists are still in use. Photo: Wolter Peeters
A blacklist of registered migration agents and lawyers the Department of Immigration tried to keep secret has been reproduced online, escalating calls for an inquiry and a possible class action against the department.

The Law Council of Australia and the Migration Institute of Australia have requested urgent meetings with departmental heads, after one of three such lists was published on a website revealing the identities of 21 agents, most of whom have never had sanctions or actions against them.  (more…)

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Visa fraud suspects fled after wiring $1m overseas

Date: August 8, 2014

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker

 

Perth man Faisal Ali Khan says he’s been the victim of unscrupulous migration agents who promised to secure him a visa but instead ran off with his cash.

A corrupt Immigration Department official and her husband helped run a $3 million criminal migration racket involving more than 1000 fraudulent visa applications.

Fairfax Media can reveal that Reetika Ajjan and her husband, Jeetender, were able to flee Australia three days after  immigration and federal agents raided their home in October 2011 – having wired more than $1 million to overseas bank accounts in 48 hours. Investigators had  failed to take basic measures to stop them from leaving the country. (more…)

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Same-sex marriage and skilled migration visas

Posted on June 3, 2013 by Julie

 

Some of the claims in a recent mainstream media report about same-sex marriage and skilled migration were wrong. Brian Greig’s Sydney Morning Herald report ‘Banning gay marriage impacts on skilled migration’ (18 May 2013) claimed that by not recognising same-sex marriage, Australia is causing skilled workers from overseas to bypass Australia in favour of countries that recognise their marriage.

Let’s address some of the issues raised and correct some inaccuracies. (more…)

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Removal of Assurance of Support (AoS) requirement from Partner visas

Posted on February 2, 2012 by Glen

 

Changes to partner visas

From 1 January 2012, the discretionary Assurance of Support (AoS) requirement was removed from partner visas. This change complemented other 1 January amendments to social security legislation that affect eligibility for welfare payments.

The change means that an AoS will not be required for partner visa applications made on or after 1 January. The change also applies to any partner visa applications still before the department or the Migration Review Tribunal on or after 1 January.

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NSW Waratah Bonds (for SIV purposes) now in Chinese translation

TCorp has recently uploaded a Chinese translation of the Complying Investments pages on the Waratah Bonds website. Other language translations are planned and will be uploaded in due course.

To access the translation pages please visit the Waratah Bond Programme page and click on the ‘Complying Investments’ tab to open further tabs. Click on the 中文信息 tab on the left side to access a translation of the following pages.

The Complying Investments landing page (more…)

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New work and holiday arrangement for Poland and Australia

Posted on August 5, 2014 by Luke

 

Ever wished to eat lunch among the beautiful old world architecture of Warsaw?  Or, learn to surf on an Aussie beach? 

With the commencement of the Polish-Australian work and holiday arrangement on 1 August 2014, you may be one step closer to doing this.

Young adults, aged 18–30 years, from Poland and Australia can travel to each other’s country using the work and holiday visa. There are 200 places on offer for each country per year. (more…)

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