What Can A Minister Do?

What Can A Minister Do?

Peter Dutton made headlines last week when it was revealed that the federal police had raided the Department of Home Affairs. The raid was the result of leaked documents pertaining to Mr Dutton’s intervention in granting visas to European au pairs.

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Character Testing: Are You Good, Bad or Normal?

Character Testing: Are You Good, Bad or Normal?

It’s now harder than ever to become an Australian citizen. We live in a great country so it’s not surprising that many people want to make Australia their permanent home. While we don’t want to let just anyone into Australia, how stringent should we be on permanent residents wanting citizenship? There has been a great deal in the media about Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and his character test. In effect since late 2014, the character test has the potential to block aspirations of being an Australian citizen.

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TSS Visa (subclass 482): The big changes

TSS Visa (subclass 482): The big changes

Effective 18th March 2018, the former Subclass 457 visa was abolished, and replaced with a new Subclass 482 visa, which is known as the Temporary Skill Shortage visa.

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Indian community will find new TSS visa restrictive

Indian community will find new TSS visa restrictive

The 457 visa which was abolished earlier this year was a popular route for Indians heading to work Down Under. Of the 90,000 holders of the 457 visas in Australia, 22% of them were held by Indians. Indians who had set their eyes on permanent residency will now find it tougher to achieve this PR status. If they qualify from Australian universities, they will still need to have had two years’ work experience in that area of specialism to obtain a role. Labour testing means that the local workforce will be given the first opportunity for a job vacancy.

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