A guide to Australian visa types on 13 August 2011, 14.46
A guide to Australian visa types
The Department of Immigration  and Citizenship (DIAC) administers the Australian migration program, accepting about 170,000 new permanent migrants annually through the family and skilled migration streams. It is also responsible for the student and temporary entrant visa schemes, representing around 500,000 and 250,000 temporary residents respectively at any given time
Visa system gets 'streamlined' on 13 August 2011, 14.45
Visa system gets 'streamlined'
The tightening of the general skilled migration (GSM) program in February 2010 marked the start of a year that saw both dramatic and measured shifts in the overall focus of the Australian migration program. Some of these changes reflected government initiatives; others signified broader changes to the international economy and geopolitics. Whatever the causes, the pr
The complexity of Partner visas on 13 August 2011, 14.45
The complexity of Partner visas
Family visa applications, including partner applications, take longer - in some cases much longer - to process. Non-contributory parent visa applicants can have a waiting time of about 20 years from the time of lodgement. Since the announcement of the capping of other family migration visas early this year, carer, remaining relative and aged dependent relative visa applican
Migration agents take away the stress on 13 August 2011, 14.45
Migration agents take away the stress
Many people considering migration to Australia are completely unaware of our complex migration regulations and variety of visas, says migration agent and Director of Australian Migration Options, Libby Hogarth. Australian Visa System The first priority is to ensure that you have chosen the correct visa and meet its criteria. Failure to do so can shatter your pla