Immigration News

How your Facebook setting can lead to a visa refusal

Is your Facebook profile public? Did you ever consider that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection may check your page to see if the information you have put on your visa application is accurate and true? Are the Department of Immigration and Border Protection entitled to rely information contained on your Facebook page to refuse your visa application? In a nutshell, the answer is YES. The Federal Circuit Court of Australia… Read More

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New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holders to benefit from new pathway to Australian Permanent Residence

In recognition of the special relationship between Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Government has announced an additional pathway to permanent residence for New Zealand Special Category visa (SCV) holders.  This additional visa pathway will be available from 1 July 2017. It will allow eligible SCV holders to apply for permanent residency and consequently citizenship. Am I eligible? To be eligible you must be the holder of a New Zealand Special Category… Read More

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I have overstayed my visa in Australia. Can I now lodge a partner visa in Australia?

I accidentally overstayed on my Australian visa. I was unlawful for 10 months and now hold a Bridging Visa E (BVE). I am currently in a relationship with an Australian citizen and she wishes to sponsor me on a spouse visa. Can I remain in Australia and lodge the partner visa here or must I leave the country and apply for the partner visa offshore?    If I lodge the partner visa offshore,… Read More

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Five things you need to know if applying for Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

If you have an Australian employer who has nominated you, you must apply for this visa within 6 months of the nomination application being approved. If you do not have an employer who will nominate you, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect. Prospective employers and state and territory governments can then view your details and decide whether to nominate you for skilled migration.

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