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Following the 2020 Budget, there are coming to the Australian Partner Visa program in 2021. It is now understood that the major Sponsorship changes are set to commence in April 2021. With this in mind it is recommended that potential visa applicants consider the changes carefully as it may affect
Following the 2020 Budget released on 6 October 2020, the Australian Government last night released important details about changes coming to the Partner visa program. This post sets out everything we know so far about the key changes. The Department of Immigration has announced 160,000 overall permanent migration places in
If you’ve had the misfortune of having a visa application refused or cancelled by the Department of Home Affairs, and as a consequence, you’ve lodged and application in the Administrative Appeal Tribunal it’s probably of interest to you how long it would take until there is a hearing for your matter.
While there are a number of compelling reasons why people can choose Australia as a destination to migrate to, the benefits of PR themselves can be unclear. This article will go through some of the benefits that Australian permanent residents receive. Buy residential property. In most states in Australia, buying
What should I Do if my visa is nearing expiry? If you have a visa that is nearing expiry, it is important that you understand your options. Becoming unlawful or applying for the wrong visa could affect your rights to re-enter Australia or apply for permanent residency at a later
On 20 March 2020, Australia put in place its travel ban, preventing all but Australian citizens and permanent residents from entering the country. Applying for an Exemption Currently, in order to travel to Australia, you must meet one of the existing exemptions. You are an immediate family member (spouse, de
Prepare for the Australian Citizenship Test Online with our free practice tests. Take the test as many times as you like. Increase your learning with detailed answers. Get immediate results and tailored feedback. In order to participate in an Australian Citizenship ceremony and become a new citizen, you need to
Summit Migration regularly assists visa holders who have had their visas cancelled or refused if the Minister or delegate of the Minister is not satisfied that the visa applicant passes the character test. Under Section 501(3A) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth), the Minister or the delegate must cancel a
Australia is an attractive destination for many reasons. A large number of students select Australia for further studies and many other reasons as well. At the same time, Australia also makes it easy for students to apply for their visas and to further extend it once they have completed their
Australia allows multiple Citizenship and does not require new citizens to renounce their previous nationalities. However, once you obtain Australian Citizenship, you may automatically lose the Citizenship of your previous country. This article sets out the consequences of obtaining Australian citizenship for the original citizenship of your migrating country. Can
In March 2018 the Temporary Skill Shortage [TSS Visa] [Subclass 482] came into effect replacing the previous subclass 457. The subclass 482 includes a mandatory condition 8607, which requires the holder to be employed in a nominated occupation. Condition 8607 has 4 parts to be aware of: 1. The Visa
Australia is a desirable place to migrate due to its strong economy, great lifestyle, world-renowned universities, beautiful flora and fauna, and pleasing weather. With this in mind, it’s not surprising that Australia has become the destination for over 300,000 international students to migrate permanently to Australia and to commence living
Protection Visa Applicants with a lawyer or migration agent representing them are seven times more likely to have a successful outcome at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. This and other factors are the result of a meta study of information, received from a Freedom of information Request, across 18,196 cases reviewed
If you’ve lodged a Partner Visa Application, it’s possible that the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) may require a meeting either face to face or by telephone. The meeting is intended to investigate the applicant and sponsor with the purpose to assist in deciding if a relationship is authentic. Below
If you’re applying for an Australian Visa, you’re probably wondering what your healthcare entitlements are under Australian Law. Australia has a strong public health care program. However, not every person holding an Australian visa is covered by the Medicare Program. Some visas will specifically require you to purchase private health
If you’re considering applying for a Partner Visa, there has never been a better time to take the next step. Our Registered Migration Agents have put together a list of changes in 2020 that are likely to affect potential partner visa applicants. Spouses Denied Entry Following Travel Bans Since the
In order to apply for a 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa, depending on your occupation you will need to obtain an equivalent English IELTS score of at least 5 in each component or a score of 5 average with a minimum of 4.5. In some cases, an English test will not be required if you meet one of the criteria mentioned in this article.
If you are on a working holiday, and you want to stay on your employment beyond the 6-month limit, there is a pathway to apply for a work right waiver that will allow you to stay with your employer.
It is important to understand how to determine the Australian demand and criteria for skilled migration. It will always help you have a few potential pathways.
The Australian Partner Visa program requires that visa applicants and sponsor applicants both prepare a relationship statement. This post will explore what’s required in these relationship statements. The two main purposes of your statements are: Firstly, to explain the nature of your relationship, how you met and the narrative of
On 20 March 2019, the Morrison Government announced its planned Migration Program for the 2019-20 Migration Year. Accordingly, a number of the set quota ceilings (that is, the maximum number of visas that can be issued in that category) have been altered in most of the key visa categories.
A citizenship ceremony is the final step on the pathway to becoming an Australian Citizen. It is an important ceremony as it formally welcomes you to Australia as a new citizen. The team here at Summit Migration have assisted many people to become Australian Citizens and a question we are
Congratulations! If you’re reading this then you’ve decided to study in Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) there are more than 250,000 applications for student visas lodged in Australia every year. Unfortunately, international students are not able to access Australia’s universal health care system, Medicare. Consequentially, the criteria of
The temporary sponsored parent visa has been designed to permit the parents of Australian Citizens and permanent residents to spend longer time periods with their children onshore in Australia. The purpose of this sponsored visa is to allow longer periods of stay without creating an additional demand on Australia’s social
Why use an Australian Registered Migration Agent? Many people find the idea of preparing a Visa Application to be quite difficult. If you are one of those people, you probably should consider working with a migration agent who can help handle your Australian Immigration Applications, forms and all the associated
If you’ve been granted a permanent resident visa, there’s 10 things you need to know about the benefits and privileges of obtaining your Australian Citizenship. While it’s true that applying for Australian Citizenship can be a complex process, the benefits of taking this next step will absolutely be worth it.
The recent legislative passing of the same sex marriage bill through the lower house of Australian Parliament brought with it a significant changes in migration options for Applicants and Sponsors who are in same sex relationships. This opens opportunities for couples who may have previously been unable to apply due
The English Language Requirements depend on your nationality and the Visa Subclass that you are applying for. Being test on your English and determining the level of English fluency that you are required to show is a daunting prospect for many clients. Yet don’t be disheartened There are a few
Each year, the department of Immigration and Border Protection issues a Consolidated Skill Occupation List (CSOL) in order to assist people wanting to migrate to Australia to find out what skills and what occupations are in demand in Australia. As the Australian economy experiences growth every year job demand shifts
If you hold a 3 year Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) or a 5 year Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV), you must make a further application for a TPV or SHEV before your current visa expires. If your current visa expires you will not be lawful in Australia. This will cause
Update: The Department of Home Affairs has since advised that while these changes will be forthcoming, the changes will not be commencing on 10 June 2019. We understand that implementing the changes is on the Department’s agenda but is not yet considered a priority item. You should consider that these
For some visas, including visas for your parents, an Assurance of Support (AoS) will be required by the Department of Home Affairs An Assurance of Support can be provided through the Department of Human Services or ‘Centrelink’ as it is commonly known. The website for Centrelink can be accessed here.
Moving to Australia – What’s In It For You? Australia is known worldwide as “the Lucky Country”, and it’s a top destination for permanent migrants from all over the world. Australia is a nation of opportunity, and is the perfect place to start a business, raise a family and retire.