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On 20th December 2017 the Department of Immigration and Border Protection was formally renamed to the Department of Home Affairs.

A number of functions are now included in the newly established portfolio including Australia’s federal law enforcement, national and trans...

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) implemented a number of changes towards simplifying the process of lodging a visa application for Australia.  The purpose is to allow more individuals to have access to broader scope of visa subclasses as well as t...

November 17, 2017

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) formalised new migration regulations which will be imposed on certain visa applications lodged on and after 18 November 2017. These will include key changes to the requirements for health, health insurance, charact...

October 30, 2017

Our previous updates have covered several major changes to Australian visas and immigration.

A lot of further significant reforms are yet to be legislated in the coming months by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and these may also have a signif...

October 10, 2017

The holiday period is fast approaching. If you have overseas travel arranged and have applied for a further visa in Australia, you need to ensure you hold a visa which allows you to re-enter Australia during the processing of your visa application.

If you have a pending...

October 4, 2017

SkillSelect is an online system that allows overseas skilled workers to be considered for a general skilled migration visa. To commence the process, an Expression of Interest (EOI) must be submitted through SkillSelect online.

General skilled migration visas (subclass 1...

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is heading towards enhancing and reforming its current visa and citizenship services. It is in the process of consulting with channel partners and IT players to receive feedback and assess ways in designing the...

On 19 February 2016, the Australian Government announced the introduction of a streamlined pathway leading to permanent residency for New Zealanders in Australia, in recognition of the special bilateral relationship between Australia and New Zealand. Following the anno...

As announced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), there will be a number of changes to be introduced on 1 July 2017. One of the major changes include changing the upper age limit for the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, which encompass...

The Australian Government will introduce the new legislation regarding Australian citizenship to Parliament this week. It is expected that the some of the key changes will include the following:

  • Residency: Applicants will be required to have lived in Australia as pe...

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