Australia Introduces Multiple Entry Visa Extension For Chinese Tourists

Australia Introduces Multiple Entry Visa Extension For Chinese Tourists

Following the signing of an Australia-China free trade agreement on the 17th of June, the Australian Federal Government has extended its three year multiple entry visa to ten years for Chinese nationals. Singapore, Canada and America have made similar moves in the past, in a competitive strategy to attract more of the booming capital surfacing in China.

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Australian Immigration Policy Under Criticism

Australian Immigration Policy Under Criticism

The media has been rife with reports over the last few days, of the Australian government supposedly bribing boats containing asylum seekers to turn around upon reaching Australian shores. Around the same time the UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has criticised Australia in front of the Geneva humans rights council. He called Australia’s new asylum seeker policies bewildering and suggested that, as a nation that is highly reliant on and predominately composed of migrants or descendants-of-migrants, Australia is setting a poor standard for other countries in terms of their foreign policy.

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Permanent Visa Granted to Autistic Boy and Mother

Permanent Visa Granted to Autistic Boy and Mother

Maria Sevilla arrived in Australia with her son Tyrone in 2007 on a skilled provisional work visa. She has trained and worked as a nurse in Townsville, Queensland since then and applied to renew her visa recently. Sadly, her son was diagnosed with autism six months after they arrived in Australia, and when the government were informed of this her visa renewal application was rejected. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton explained that programs and resources for differently-abled Australian children are already lacking and that an assessment of the Sevilla’s visa application would have to take this into account. Dutton has to ensure that we can adequately support the education and medical treatment of Australia’s own children before committing itself to Tyrone’s case.

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News: Immigration Department Public Servants Face Sack

News: Immigration Department Public Servants Face Sack

There are over eight thousand public servants from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that may lose some of their rights to appeals in unfair dismissal as part of the Australian Border Force’s formation. At present before the Parliament, the Australian Border Force bill consists of provisions for the head of the new department to readily fire public servants if proven engaged with “serious misconduct”, with no appeal to the industrial arbitrator.

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Are you up to date on the latest Australian visa changes?

Are you up to date on the latest Australian visa changes?

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection is busy making changes. The goal of these changes is to increase the numbers of law-abiding Australian citizenship, while reducing illegal attempts to immigrate to Australia. This move might make it more complex for those faced with plans to immigrate to Australia. One upcoming major change is the consolidation of two departments. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australia Customs and Border Protection Service will combine beginning 1 July, 2015. The new entity will be called the Australian Border Force.

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New Short-Term Mobility Visa May Reduce Red Tape

New Short-Term Mobility Visa May Reduce Red Tape

Commencing July 2016, the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection will implement a new visa program to replace the existing 400 visa. The new program is a Short-Term Mobility Visa, which will enable immigrants to work in Australia for up to 12 months without a 457 skilled migration visa.

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