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Recent Updates at the Department of Immigration

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On July 1 2015 Australian Customs and Border Protection Service was officially disestablished, and together with the pre-existing Department, the new Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) was created. The DIBP will still be responsible for visa applications,… Continue Reading

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Changes to Significant Investor Visa Program

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As of July 1 2015, certain changes to the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) stream of the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) that were announced in October 2014 have come into effect. It is useful firstly to outline… Continue Reading

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New Law to Target Foreign Ownership in Australia

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A new law to be bought in during the Federal Parliament’s next sitting period would seek to close existing loopholes that currently allow the illegal purchase of existing properties in Australia by foreign nationals. This comes off the back of… Continue Reading

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Pair accused of organising fraudulent marriages

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A former migration agent has appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court charged with arranging fraudulent marriages for the purpose of obtaining permanent visas to Australia. Chetan Mohanlal Mashru and his wife, marriage celebrant Divya Krishne Gowde, are charged with 17… Continue Reading

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The future of Australia’s Visa system – Pay as you go?

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On the 20th of March 2015 the Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into the “greater use of charges relative to quotas and qualitative criteria to determine the intake of temporary and permanent entrants into Australia.” The… Continue Reading

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Registered Migration Agents Working For You With DIBP

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By appointing Ferguson Cannon Lawyers as your registered migration agents, you allow us to communicate with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on your behalf. As such, we will generally be the Department’s first point of contact in relation… Continue Reading

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URGENT – PARTNER VISA APPLICATION FEE INCREASE!

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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have announced that as of the 1st January 2015, the partner visa application fees will be increasing by 50%. The new Partner Visa Application fees will be: Offshore Partner Visa – $4,627.50;… Continue Reading

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Work and Holiday Visas – UPDATE

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Are you looking at a Work and Holiday Visa? Do you hold an Israeli passport and would like to visit Australia? You’re in luck! Australia recently signed a new Work and Holiday Memorandum of Understanding with Israel that will allow… Continue Reading

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NEWS ALERT – Family Visas Now Back Available!

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This is a further update regarding a previous post about Family Visas and the announcement from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that as of June 2 2014, certain family visa subclasses would be ceasing. As of 25 September 2014,… Continue Reading

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Attention Investors – New Premium Investor Visa Announced

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On 14 October 2014, the Australian Government released the findings of a review into the Business Innovation and Investment Programme, which covers the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188). Already containing three streams (Business Innovation, Investor, and Significant… Continue Reading