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Category: General visa information

Is it about to get harder to get permanent residency in Australia?

According to sources, the number of permanent migrants accepted into Australia each year is expected to be capped at 160,000, 30,000 fewer than previous targets. Some people feel this may have come in the wake of the attacks in Christchurch, but Scott Morrison denies this. If you are worried about the new announcements and how …

Can the Australian PM lure people away from the big cities?

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government are trying to persuade skilled migrants away from the nation’s largest cities with a new visa requiring them to spend at least three years in regional Australia as a condition of seeking permanent residency. Last financial year, out of the 111,000 skilled migrants who were granted visas, …

Refugee footballer now officially an Australian Citizen

Refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi has become an Australian citizen after a ceremony in Melbourne. The Bahrain-born player took the oath at Melbourne’s Federation Square on Tuesday along with 200 others from 44 different countries. After enduring months of peril, Hakeem al-Araibi says he finally feels safe.  “I am very happy to get citizen. Finally no …

ANU student/staff discount on TranQuill visa consultation fees – Short time only!

For those who don’t know us – we’d love to get to know you! TranQuill are a migration law firm based in University Avenue, Canberra, so very close to ANU campus. To celebrate all the wonderful students who help make Canberra what it is we have a special offer for you. For a short time …

ANU International students at capacity

Source: Australian Financial Review The vice chancellor of The Australian National University said that while Australian universities relied on international students, research would suffer if numbers continued to grow. Professor Brian Schmidt said he had decided not to grow ANU any larger which meant limiting the number of international as well as domestic students. This …

Parents can join their children in Australia, at a price

Are you missing mum’s cooking? Or perhaps dad’s DIY skills? Do your children miss their grandparents? There is a new visa in the offing which should help with these issues, but it does come at a cost. As many as 15,000 people each year will be able to pay up to $20,000 to bring their …

‘Easy’ Permanent Residency visas up for grabs if you have the right skills

A relatively unknown fact is that for some people a permanent residency visa to Australia can be quite ‘easy’ to obtain. Tens of thousands of people look to migrate to Australia from overseas each year as skilled migrants. Indeed of the approx 190,00 PR visas issued, nearly 70% are reserved for skilled workers. Yet many …

Even billionaires can get their permanent residency cancelled

This article from the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday should be a stark warning for anyone trying to cheat the system. https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-man-of-many-dimensions-the-big-chinese-donor-now-in-canberra-s-sights-20190206-p50vzt.html If you have had any illegal dealings in your past or have had any criminal convictions that you have failed to advise the department of when submitting your visa application there is a very …

Visa processing times

One of the most common questions we get, indeed probably THE most asked question is “how long will it take for me to get my visa granted?”. This is unfortunately an incredibly difficult question for us to be able to answer with any accuracy (although we work tirelessly on your behalf to obtain the very …

What’s new in Australian Immigration law for 2019? – PART 2 (taxes)

This year the ATO (Australian Tax Office) is going to get tough on people who are not paying their employees correctly, and this includes employer-sponsored migrants. It is understood that the department will obtaining the TFN (tax file numbers) of everyone on a 457/482 TSS visa and cross-referencing it with current tax records to make …