MIGRATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (2016 MEASURES No.1) REGULATION 2016 – Student visa simplification

By Esef Mirascija • In Migration LawComments Off on MIGRATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (2016 MEASURES No.1) REGULATION 2016 – Student visa simplification

There have been big changes in the Student visa regime recently and the purpose of the new Migration Regulation which amends the Migration Regulations 1994 is to introduce a simplified international student visa framework which will reduce the current 8 student visa subclasses to 2 visa subclasses namely: Subclass 500

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WHAT’S NEW IN IMMIGRATION LAW

By Esef Mirascija • In Migration LawComments Off on WHAT’S NEW IN IMMIGRATION LAW

Businesses intending to sponsor an overseas worker to work in Australia, should be aware that new criminal and civil penalties have been introduced under The Migration Amendment (Charging for a Migration Outcome) Act 2015 to prevent persons offering or receiving a benefit in exchange for a wide range of work

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Data Matching Campaign Aims at Temporary Residents in Australia

By Esef Mirascija • In Migration LawComments Off on Data Matching Campaign Aims at Temporary Residents in Australia

In September 2015 the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will match names and addresses and other details of 457 subclass visa holders, student visa holders, sponsors and migration agents for the 2013-14; 2014-15; 2015-16 and 2016-17 Australian financial years with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) data to identify

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New changes to the Temporary Skilled (Subclass 457) visa

By Esef Mirascija • In Migration LawComments Off on New changes to the Temporary Skilled (Subclass 457) visa

As the Government responds to the 457 Integrity Review and actions to implement the recommendations, the following changes have been introduced: Expansion of the list of English language providers, to include testing of English as a Foreign language internet-based test (TOEFL 1BT); Pearson Test of English (PTE); and Cambridge English

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Illegal workers targeted

By Danny Bycroft • In Migration LawComments Off on Illegal workers targeted

On Wednesday 29 April 2015, a joint team of 50 officers from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and the Queensland Police Service descended on a Redcliffe construction site. The morning raid apprehended 14 Chinese and 4 Malaysian construction workers allegedly

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Federal Government announces changes to 457 Skilled Visa Program

By Esef Mirascija • In Migration LawComments Off on Federal Government announces changes to 457 Skilled Visa Program

The Government has announced that it will introduce a penalty making it unlawful for sponsors to receive a payment in return for their sponsorship of workers on 457 visas. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has also advised that it will work with the Australian Taxation Office to ensure

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Section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 – The Character Provisions

By Esef Mirascija • In Migration LawComments Off on Section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 – The Character Provisions

Under the Minister’s new powers, hundreds of convicted criminals have had their visas cancelled.  The new Minister, Mr Dutton, said an amendment to Section 501 of the Migration Act has increased his power to cancel visas and he would not apologise for taking a tough approach. Essentially the new power

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Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Bill 2014

By Esef Mirascija • In Migration LawComments Off on Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Bill 2014

The recent legislative amendments to Section 501 (Character) of the Migration Act 1958 reflect the government’s position that travelling to and remaining in Australia is a privilege not a right and any non-citizen who fails to uphold the behavioural standard expected by the Australian community should expect to be refused

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Update: Significant Changes for Family and Carer Visas

By Esef Mirascija • In Migration LawComments Off on Update: Significant Changes for Family and Carer Visas

The successful passage of a Greens’ disallowance motion has overturned the government’s attempt to scrap a range of family reunion and carer visas. The passing  of this disallowance motion means that thousands of Australian families will again have the opportunity to reunite with their families around the world under the

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What’s New in Immigration Law

By Esef Mirascija • In Migration LawComments Off on What’s New in Immigration Law

In a unanimous decision (Plaintiff S4/2014 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2014] HCA 34) handed down on Thursday 11 September 2014, the High Court of Australia has stated that the policy of locking up asylum seekers and refugees indefinitely without carefully considering whether it is justified in each

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