Connect Migration Blog

Changes to Australian Citizenship bill back on the agenda

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has begun negotiations to reinstate the Citizenship bill changes, despite the original proposal being denied by senate this week.

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Senate says “No” to Australian Citizenship Changes

What is being deemed a win for migrants, as the proposed Citizenship Laws were rejected following a Senate Debate. The changes to the Citizenship laws would have meant increased English requirements, good character assessments and bans on any applicants who failed criminal background checks.

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How to Study for your English Proficiency Assessment

English proficiency testing is essential for both your Australian studies and visa applications. To gain admission into any of Australia’s leading education providers, you will need to be able to provide proof of acceptable English skill levels that meet the minimum language requirements set by each institution. The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection require you to demonstrate acceptable English skills for visa applications.

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Short-term travel visa options to Australia

Australia is an excellent place to visit with its rich culture, pristine sandy beaches and expansive outback – however, if you want to come and experience this country’s national attractions, you will need a travel visa.

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A guide to tax time in Australia for International Students

If you have been studying in Australia for longer than six months, you will be required to lodge an Australian tax return as international student. This means you will pay tax on your earnings in Australia at the same rate as Australian residents, and are entitled to the tax-free threshold ($18, 200).

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Australian 457 visa changes – 2017

The Australian Government has announced there will be a series of reforms and alterations made to the current employer sponsor visa system. The reforms include abolishing the Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa (457 visa) and replacing it with the completely new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. The TSS will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers. Over the next year, the reforms will slowly be introduced until taking effect completely in March 2018.

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Adjustments to Perth RSMS Applications

Applications for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme in Perth are closed, pending review, as the newly elected Labor government announced it intends to remove Perth from the list of approved regional locations for RSMS applications.

The scheme was developed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to allow skilled migrants to fill employment vacancies where there is a genuine need for paid employment.

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Why you should choose to study in Australia

Choosing to study in Australia gives you access to high quality education, and doubles as an amazing travel location. Enjoy the opportunity to further your studies during the semester, and further your cultural experience during holiday break periods. Here are just five reasons why you should choose to study in Australia.

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Make sure you’re staying safe online

Almost everything is online nowadays. From banking and shopping, to email and social media profiles, most information can be accessed with a simple search. Limit how much personal information you publish to keep yourself safe online. With the Internet available so easily, whether it’s on a computer or your phone, you need to be careful of what information you share with others.

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