Legal News - Immigration Law

The process for becoming an Australian citizen
Date: Nov 07, 2012

Australia is known for its multiculturalism and for those who are eligible for citizenship, it's a great opportunity to become....

457 visa 'a popular option for hospitality work'
Date: Nov 05, 2012

When it comes to meeting labour shortages in the hospitality and tourism sectors, the 457 visa program offers a welcome....

What makes Australia special
Date: Nov 02, 2012

If you are thinking about embarking on a journey and living in a different country, then why not choose Australia?

An....

Applying for a working holiday visa
Date: Oct 30, 2012


Many young people may be considering the idea of travelling to another country and work at the same time. Why....

Checklist after moving to Australia
Date: Oct 25, 2012

If you're just arrived in Australia to start your new life then there are a number of things you should....

Joining your children in Australia
Date: Oct 24, 2012

Many families have grown up children who decide to forge their life's path in another part of the world. And after....

Requirements under a labour agreement
Date: Oct 22, 2012

A labour agreement is an understanding between an employer and the federal government to import workers who are skilled in....

Things to know about Australia before migrating
Date: Oct 18, 2012

According to the immigration department,nearly half of Australia's population is a result of migration and as a result,....

Required documents to apply for citizenship
Date: Oct 16, 2012

For those who are in Australia and wish to make the transition from permanent residence to becoming an Australian citizen, there....

Requirements for a 457 sponsor visa
Date: Oct 08, 2012

For those outside Australia who wish to work in the land down under our sun-drenched country then they'll need to....

Disadvantaged becoming citizens at higher rate
Date: Sep 28, 2012

The Department for Immigration and Citizenship has release its Australia Citizenship Test Snapshot 2011-2012,which found that the numbers of people....

What you'll need to know if you wish to become an Australian citizen
Date: Sep 21, 2012

Like any country, Australia has a strict set of rules about becoming a citizen and involves a lot of dedication....

Arizona's 'Show me your papers' provision brought into force
Date: Sep 20, 2012

A judge in Arizona has ruled that the 'show me your papers' provision of the state immigration policy can begin,....

250 citizenship ceremonies to take place in September
Date: Sep 17, 2012

Immigration minister Chris Bowen has announced that more than 3,000 people from over 100 countries have become Australian citizens in....

DFA calls for major lateral recruit reform
Date: Sep 14, 2012

A survey by the Defence Families of Australia (DFA) has found that the biggest barrier for families of lateral recruits,....

Number of Chinese students in Australia for university up 20%
Date: Sep 13, 2012

The number of university feeder courses that Chinese students are taking in Australia has risen 20 per cent. It's a....

The ins and outs of the new tourist visa
Date: Sep 12, 2012

There's a new process for tourist and visitor visas in the lead up to the busy Christmas period and here's....

legal avenues to prevent child being removed from Australia
Date: Sep 11, 2012

Family Law has been in the headlines lately, with the case of four Italian girls and their mother reported to....

'Key conditions' announced for significant investor visa
Date: Aug 30, 2012

A full list of criteria that must be fulfilled by applicants for Australia's new significant investor visa program has been....

Australia's rules mean its simple for New Zealanders to live and work here
Date: Aug 29, 2012

When it comes to living and working in Australia, New Zealanders have an easier time than visitors from any other....

DIAC officers host skilled migration seminars
Date: Aug 28, 2012

With major reforms taking place across Australia's skilled migration program over recent months, employers and overseas migrants may find the....

SkillSelect first round 'represents excellent result'
Date: Aug 27, 2012

The first round of skilled migrants who have been offered a formal invitation to apply for Australian visas under the....

Health insurance and 457 visas
Date: Aug 21, 2012

457 visa holders are required to comply with a number of requirements set out by the Department of Immigration and....

I want to come to Australia to work - what are my options?
Date: Aug 17, 2012

 

When it comes to working in Australia, there are a number of options that you may be eligible for, depending....

Three stages to 457 visas
Date: Aug 14, 2012

If you are thinking about sponsoring an employee for a 457 visa, it is important to know how the process....

Immigration minister cracking down on employers
Date: Aug 07, 2012

A new crackdown on employers who are found guilty of employing illegal workers has been announced by immigration minister Chris....

Immigration minister explains EMAs
Date: Aug 03, 2012

There are a number of different criteria that businesses seeking an Enterprise Migration Agreement must fulfil in order for their....

Migrants stay past visa expiration dates
Date: Jul 30, 2012

The number of people who stay in Australia after their visa has expired is on the rise, figures obtained by....

India provides Australia's largest migrant source
Date: Jul 23, 2012

India now provides Australia with its biggest source of migrants, official figures from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)....

Skilled migration program is on target
Date: Jul 20, 2012

The government's 2011-12 permanent migration program has been delivered on target with the 185,000 available places being filled.

Minister....

Quality education needed to encourage overseas students
Date: Jul 17, 2012

Migration lawyers could see a fall in business from Chinese students unless efforts are made to improve the....

Central West to welcome skilled migration seminars
Date: Jul 16, 2012

Individuals and businesses who are struggling to get to grips with the skilled migration changes that came into force on....

Migrants to help tackle tourism labour shortage?
Date: Jul 11, 2012

Overseas workers in the tourism industry could soon need the services of migration lawyers as the government considers....

On-Hire Labour Agreement brings migrant workers to IT sector
Date: Jul 10, 2012

As Australia's IT industry struggles to meet demand for skills, it is becoming increasingly common for companies to recruit workers....

Skilled migration changes come into force
Date: Jul 02, 2012

July 1 not only marked the start of the financial year, but also the introduction of a number of changes....

Skilled Occupation List updated on July 1
Date: Jun 26, 2012

The start of the new financial year also marks the beginning of a number of changes to immigration laws in....

Settlement services enhanced for migrants
Date: Jun 22, 2012

Migrants hoping to set up a new life for themselves in Australia are to be given better access to settlement....

More skilled migration seminars in the pipeline
Date: Jun 14, 2012

Businesses and individuals who want to learn more about the changes to the skilled migration program can attend seminars held....

DIAC warns against mobile apps for migration information
Date: Jun 07, 2012

Anyone seeking migration advice should seek the expertise of migration lawyers or other reputable sources, as opposed to....

Skilled migration changes to be discussed in Griffith
Date: Jun 06, 2012

With changes to the skilled migration program soon to take effect, immigration outreach officers are doing their bit to make....

Majority of people behind temporary skilled migration
Date: Jun 05, 2012

Most Australians (62 per cent) are supportive of the idea of encouraging more temporary skilled migration, according to a new....

Green light given to first Enterprise Migration Agreement
Date: May 31, 2012

The go-ahead has been given by the Australian government to its inaugural Enterprise Migration Agreement (EMA), which has been granted....

Skilled migration addresses Three Ps
Date: May 29, 2012

Skilled migration in Australia is a crucial way to address the so-called Three Ps that have long been a staple....

Chris Bowen announces Significant Investor visa program
Date: May 28, 2012

A new visa program designed to attract investors to Australian shores will have a number of economic benefits, according to....

Increase in skilled migration needed, report finds
Date: May 24, 2012

There is a growing need for skilled migrants to fill positions that there are not enough Australians with the right....

Immigration health restrictions to be relaxed?
Date: May 22, 2012

Changes to the health restrictions imposed on some potential immigrants may soon be changed so that more people with medical....

Enrolment drive successful at US skilled migrants job fair
Date: May 18, 2012

Migration lawyers may soon find themselves dealing with a number of skilled migrants from the US, as an....

4.5 million people granted Australian citizenship
Date: May 17, 2012

Since the first citizenship ceremony was completed in 1949, a total of 4.5 million people have become Australians, the latest....

Immigration officers to attend Xstrata Mount Isa Mining Expo
Date: May 16, 2012

Individuals who want to gather some information before taking on the expertise of migration lawyers may want to....

Gov't seeks to increase migration program
Date: May 10, 2012

The migration program will be increased during the coming financial year, as efforts are made to fill skills shortages in....

Regional seminars address immigration concerns
Date: May 09, 2012

Over the next few weeks, officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will be visiting a series of....

Act sooner rather than later if your visa has expired
Date: May 08, 2012

Individuals who have overstayed their visa are advised to seek the advice of lawyers in immigration as soon....

DIAC visa pricing model to change in 2012 and 2013
Date: May 07, 2012

A new pricing model set out by Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will see new changes to permanent....

South Australia to receive immigration visits
Date: May 07, 2012

Officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will be visiting South Australia later this month to provide advice....

DIAC to clarify new SkillSelect register in Darwin
Date: May 03, 2012

With major reforms to Australia's skilled migration program set to come into effect from July 1 this year, representatives from....

Brits make up more than 25% of 457 visa holders
Date: May 02, 2012

More than one-quarter of all people currently residing in Australia on a 457 visa are from the United Kingdom, according....

Tony Abbott pushes for relaxation of 457 visa rules
Date: Apr 27, 2012

A number of changes need to be made to 457 visa limits to attract more skilled migrants to Australia, Tony....

Is a language barrier preventing Asian migration?
Date: Apr 24, 2012

One of the main barriers preventing Australian businesses making connections with firms based in Asia is language, an expert has....

Mining and construction sectors benefit from foreign workers
Date: Apr 20, 2012

Mining and construction industries throughout Australia continue to benefit from migrant workers, latest figures from the Department of Immigration and....

Australia remains a favourite with migrant workers
Date: Apr 19, 2012

The global recession has not had an impact on people's desire to use the services of a migration....

Australian businesses suffer skills shortage
Date: Apr 18, 2012

Businesses throughout the country are finding it difficult to deal with skills shortages, which is having an impact on their....

KPMG: Agricultural sector may need Asian workers
Date: Apr 16, 2012

Migration lawyers may find themselves dealing with more applications from Asian workers over the coming years, as the....

Skilled migrants may find opportunities in Australia
Date: Apr 12, 2012

Australia has witnessed a changing trend in relation to skilled migrants heading to the country in search of jobs, which....

DIAC sheds light on visa labelling
Date: Apr 10, 2012

Visa labels are not required for those travelling to, entering or remaining in Australia, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship....

Rinehart calls for more skilled migrants in mining jobs
Date: Apr 04, 2012

Semi-skilled migrants need to be enticed to Australia to fill the jobs created by the mining boom, Gina Rinehart has suggested....

Knight Review leads to new set of changes
Date: Mar 28, 2012

Migration lawyers need to be aware of another set of changes to the Student Visa Program that have....

Amendments made to Migration Regulations 1994
Date: Mar 27, 2012

There have been a number of amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994, which migration lawyers will no doubt....

Clare to receive guidance on employer-sponsored visas
Date: Mar 26, 2012

Businesses and overseas workers in Clare may be in search of immigration lawyers following a seminar from Department....

Bid to build 'Big Sydney' with help of skilled migrants
Date: Mar 22, 2012

The role played by skilled migrants in building up critical mass for infrastructure development and economic momentum has been recognised....

SkillSelect promotions gear up as launch date approaches
Date: Mar 21, 2012

As the launch date for the new SkillSelect migration sponsorship program begins to draw near, more information is being made....

Migration compliance an important issue
Date: Mar 20, 2012

As immigration lawyers know, the legislation that relates to workplace relations and employer obligations is applicable to all....

Nearly 2 million visitor visa applications in the last quarter of 2011
Date: Mar 19, 2012

A new report has shown just how many migration applications Australia receives each year, with over 1.9 million visitor visa....

Asia-Pacific migration could be affected by climate change
Date: Mar 16, 2012

Noted as being the home to a large percentage of the world's population, the Asia-Pacific region has become the focus....

Mining projects continue to influence economy
Date: Mar 14, 2012

As reports continue to file in on the market turbulence experienced in Europe and certain parts of Asia, it is....

DIAC restructures permanent residency avenues
Date: Mar 09, 2012

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has announced that it will be rolling out a number of changes to....

Student travel to Australia examined
Date: Mar 08, 2012

Why do so many international students choose to travel down under to pursue their tertiary education?

This was the question posed....

Australian survey shows business confidence on the mend
Date: Mar 07, 2012

As lawyers in immigration are aware, one of the leading uses of skilled migrant visas in the country....

Which bridging visa? DIAC advises on Bridging visas A, B & C
Date: Mar 06, 2012

Individuals who are waiting on the result of their application for a skilled migration visa to Australia may hold a....

Australian work and holiday visas now available to Argentinians
Date: Mar 05, 2012

The long-standing tradition of taking a year off at the end of studies has been supported by the recent introduction....

Barriers to student entry removed by university
Date: Feb 27, 2012

A leading tertiary institution in New South Wales has moved to reduce the barriers to entry faced by some international....

ABS figures show positive immigration impact on employment
Date: Feb 22, 2012

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have shown how the renewed focus on skilled migration has had....

International event focuses on Australia's skills shortage
Date: Feb 21, 2012

The troubles faced by Australian businesses in sourcing skilled labour in local markets will be highlighted at a conference to....

International conference addresses student visa issues
Date: Feb 20, 2012

The ongoing changes wrought by the Knight reforms have been the subject of a recent two-day event held in Victoria.

Hosted....

More than 123,000 business visas applications received by DIAC
Date: Feb 15, 2012

Of the 881,688 visitor visa applications received by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) in the September quarter of....

Enterprise migration agreement talks begin
Date: Feb 14, 2012

A number of mining companies have reportedly begun talks with government officials over the use of the new Enterprise Migration....

NSW skilled migrant worker issues addressed by officials
Date: Feb 10, 2012

February 20 will see the arrival of a number of officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) on....

Calls for visa requirements to include health insurance
Date: Feb 09, 2012

A leading figure in the healthcare industry has come forward to suggest a change in visa regulations may benefit the....

DIAC support officers to visit Port Pirie
Date: Feb 08, 2012

As part of its ongoing commitment to deliver information on visa options to those outside of the country's capital cities,....

Tourism industry the focus of new immigration agreement
Date: Feb 02, 2012

With the increase in demand for workers from resource projects around the country, skilled and semi-skilled workers in other sectors....

Student visas proving popular in Australia
Date: Feb 01, 2012

The 12 months to December 31 2011 saw 135,793 applications for student visas received by the Department of Immigration -....

New DIAC web portal goes live
Date: Jan 31, 2012

As developments on the new SkillSelect program continue, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has delivered a new portal....

Trans-Tasman employment ties strengthened with new background check program
Date: Jan 30, 2012

The successful transfer of workers between Australia and New Zealand has been provided with additional support in the form of....

New growth in Australian job markets
Date: Jan 27, 2012

The shifting nature of Australia's job markets have seen interesting levels of activity over the last year, with CommSec's Craig....

International business visas carry taxation conditions
Date: Jan 24, 2012

The importance of having qualified immigration advice from a reliable source when it comes to visa applications has been highlighted....

Over 13,000 new citizens expected at Australia Day ceremonies
Date: Jan 23, 2012

With Australia Day fast approaching, many soon-to-be citizens are sure to be practicing their lines for the affirmation ceremonies to....

Australian employment prospects looking up
Date: Jan 18, 2012

A recent survey by a leading recruitment specialist has shown that Australian businesses are planning on expanding their workforce in....

Resource employment could drive worker demand across more sectors
Date: Jan 16, 2012

One of the leading states in terms of resource employment growth has recently released an initiative to help drive further....

Population growth in WA highlights need for experienced workers
Date: Jan 12, 2012

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has helped highlight the popularity of Western Australia as a destination for....

Increase in residency applications as SkillSelect program draws near
Date: Jan 11, 2012

An increase in the number of international applications for permanent migration visas in Australia has been linked to imminent changes....

Irish professionals show increasing interest in Australia
Date: Jan 05, 2012

The rising demand for skilled workers across a variety of trades in Australia is beginning to have a marked impact....

DIAC's humorous review serves as seasonal visa reminder
Date: Dec 28, 2011

The value afforded to businesses through the use of skilled migrant workers has long been recognised by the Department of....

New Zealand immigrants hit 50,000 in 2011
Date: Dec 23, 2011

Nearly 1,000 New Zealanders have been leaving their home country to find their fortunes in the West Island every week,....

Settlement Grants Program focus more on core community services
Date: Dec 20, 2011

New arrivals to Australia are often assisted by independent organisation that help them become self-reliant members of the community.

In the....

How student migration could be improving educational targets
Date: Dec 12, 2011

The Australian government has recently released a number of papers on the developments of future university-level education targets for public....

Migration report showcases visa popularity
Date: Dec 09, 2011

As part of its quarterly review process, the Australian immigration department has made available the statistics related to the issuing....

UK student migration plan may benefit Australian institutions
Date: Dec 07, 2011

New data released by a leading authority on UK immigration has highlighted the potential flow on effects that could be....

DIAC officers visit Karratha
Date: Nov 30, 2011

A number of developing resource projects in Western Australia have been drawing increased numbers of skilled workers from all around....

Queensland hospitality industry to benefit from Commonwealth Games
Date: Nov 24, 2011

The sunshine state has won the bid for a major sporting event in 2018 - giving the region's hospitality industry....

Rockhampton to receive official DIAC visitors
Date: Nov 11, 2011

Residents and business owners on the north coast of Queensland will be given the chance to engage with officers from....

Infrastructure developments may make use of Enterprise Migration Agreements
Date: Nov 07, 2011

Australia's infrastructure may soon be set to receive a massive overhaul as plans are rolled out for upgrades across the....

Visa holder could receive time extensions
Date: Nov 04, 2011

Businesses sponsoring skilled migrants will be able to extend the amount of time their international employees can spend in the....

Gina Rinehart highlight's Australia's 'enormous shortage' of skilled workers
Date: Oct 28, 2011

The growing opportunities afforded through the use of skilled migrant workers has been highlighted by one of the country's leading....

Skilled migrant worker numbers set to increase in WA
Date: Oct 27, 2011

Perth's mining sector may be set to increase the number of skilled migrants working in the industry after it was....

DIAC opens up international student testing to wider competition
Date: Oct 24, 2011

Students seeking to study in Australia may soon have a greater range of choice when it comes to accessing educational....

Outreach programs help deliver skilled migration program information
Date: Oct 21, 2011

Many businesses in Australia have come to realise the potential afforded to them through the use of skilled international workers....

457 visa program is 'highly adaptable'
Date: Oct 18, 2011

The adaptable 457 visa program can be an excellent way of quickly adapting to the ever-changing needs of the Australian....

How SkillSelect can help ease migration program operations
Date: Oct 07, 2011

Recent market conditions in Australia have highlighted the important role that skilled migrant workers can play in allowing businesses to....

The success of the 457 visa program
Date: Sep 29, 2011

During the global financial crisis many Australian businesses found that demand for their products and services suffered a pronounced dip.

Subsequently,....

Over 1 million maritime crew visas granted
Date: Sep 27, 2011

An milestone has been reached in migration management this month, with the the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) announcement....

Visa reform could boost university enrollments
Date: Sep 23, 2011

A new report has spurred action from official bodies to help fast-track the applications of international students wishing to study....

Employers face harsh penalties for illegal workers
Date: Sep 16, 2011

Employers have been warned of the serious nature of the penalties that can be imposed on them if they hire....

Perth receives sponsorship classification
Date: Sep 14, 2011

Perth has recently been included in the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), receiving a regional classification that affects a number....

Residents and businesses in inner west NSW to gain access to DIAC knowledge
Date: Sep 12, 2011

Officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will be visiting community hubs in the central west of New....

DIAC to host exhibitions in Berlin and Athens
Date: Sep 08, 2011

A number of free events are to be held in Berlin and Athens to promote the benefits of skilled visa....

New enterprise migration agreements released
Date: Sep 06, 2011

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has released the details on the long awaited enterprise migration agreements (EMAs).

Submission guidelines....

Skilled workers hard to find
Date: Aug 26, 2011

Business award winners have spoken up about the difficulties their industries face when it comes to sourcing labour supplies.

According to....

DIAC officials to visit NSW north coast
Date: Aug 22, 2011

Residents and employers on the north coast of New South Wales will have the opportunity to connect with officials from....

Operation apprehends six illegal workers at Flemington Markets in Sydney
Date: Aug 16, 2011

Six people have been apprehended at Flemington Markets in Sydney after it became known that they were working illegally.

The five....

96-year-old will not face deportation
Date: Aug 15, 2011

96-year-old Gladys Jefferson is being offered alternate visa arrangements by department officials after her application for a permanent residency was....

Visa priority processing information released
Date: Aug 11, 2011

Businesses looking to employ skilled migrant workers have been provided with extra resources to help them determine the length of....

Migrant workers give farmers a hand
Date: Aug 08, 2011

According to the records of the National Farmers Federation, there are over 135,000 individual farms actively used in Australia today.

These....

Skilled migration events hailed as successful
Date: Aug 02, 2011

In June the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) hosted a series of meetings in the United Kingdom to promote....

DIAC charges highlight importance of working visas
Date: Jul 25, 2011

A recent operation by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has highlighted the need for skilled migrant workers and....

Applying for a partner visa - what you need to know
Date: Jul 19, 2011

Australia is a popular destination for young professionals. In recent times it's been made easier for skilled international workers to....

International students more likely to stay, report finds
Date: Jul 11, 2011

An official report by the Department of Immigration has been released detailing the statistics of international students applying to study....

New skilled migration agreements announced
Date: Jul 07, 2011

Regional Australia has experienced a boom in recent times. An increased demand in Asia for natural resources has seen a....

Immigration officials to offer advice in Alice Springs
Date: Jul 05, 2011

Immigration officials are set to pay a visit to Alice Springs next week to offer advice to individuals and companies....

Salary threshold to rise for 457 visa applicants
Date: Jul 01, 2011

The salary threshold requirement for 457 visa applicants has been increased by 3.9 per cent, the Department of Immigration and....

Flexible visa regulations 'could address skill shortages'
Date: Jun 30, 2011

Flexible visa regulations could be one way to help address chronic skill shortages in Australia, some recruitment agencies have suggested.

More illegal worker crackdowns in NSW
Date: Jun 22, 2011

Crackdowns on illegal workers in New South Wales have underscored the importance of ensuring work permits and visas are arranged....

DIAC skilled migration selection model to take effect next year
Date: Jun 21, 2011

A new selection model announced earlier this year by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship is set to affect people....

Temporary skilled migrants 'not affected by new points changes'
Date: Jun 17, 2011

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has taken to the web to clear up any confusion about which migration....

New English language requirements for skilled migrants
Date: Jun 16, 2011

English language standards for skilled migrants coming to Australia are set to become even tougher thanks to the introduction of....

How do EMAs work?
Date: Jun 14, 2011

The new Enterprise Migrations Agreements (EMAs) are among 31 recommendations from the National Resources Sector Employment Taskforce set to be....

New migration blog launched by DIAC
Date: Jun 09, 2011

Employers who are interested in finding out more information about Australia's skilled migration policy may wish to investigate a new....

Australian employers may need help from migration lawyer
Date: Jun 03, 2011

With the number of migrant workers holding skilled migration visas growing by 12,000 in the last 12 months alone, it....

Illegal worker crackdown emphasises immigration law awareness
Date: Jun 01, 2011

A recent crackdown on illegal workers in regional New South Wales by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has....

Plans to educate WA employers about skilled migration
Date: May 27, 2011

Employers throughout regional areas of Western Australia may wish to attend one of a series of forums run by the....

457 visas 'achieve strongest year since GFC'
Date: May 25, 2011

Rising demand for trade workers may result in Australia's 457 visa program achieving its strongest year since the global financial....

Skilled workers may be eligible for fast-tracked residency
Date: May 18, 2011

Demand for skilled labour could see some workers currently in Australia on a 457 visa have their residency applications accelerated....