AAT end of year arrangements 2016

AAT end of year arrangements 2016

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has published the following press release regarding Christmas close downs for 2016: “Some offices will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period Some offices will close from 5.00pm, Friday 23 December 2016 and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 3 January 2017. The following offices will be open […]

New Immigration Scam Targeting Migrants

New Immigration Scam Targeting Migrants

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has received 300 reports about a new immigration scam targeting migrants with more than $150,000 reported lost. The scam sees people pretending to be from the Department of Immigration targeting migrants and visa holders, claiming there are problems with their immigration paperwork or visa status and they need […]

Government Report Reveals the Importance of Migrant Farmers to Australian Agriculture

Government Report Reveals the Importance of Migrant Farmers to Australian Agriculture

A recent study by the Australian Government’s Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation has revealed the importance of migrant farmers to Australian agriculture.  The report shows that immigrant farmers and workers make a major contribution to the productivity of Australia’s agriculture sector. These [migrant] workers bring new skills and overcome labour shortages in rural and […]

New Child Safeguarding Framework released by DIBP

New Child Safeguarding Framework released by DIBP

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has released its Child Safeguarding Framework which outlines the Department’s principles, policies and procedures for staff and contracted service providers to safeguard children who receive its services.  The Department recognises that children are inherently vulnerable and the Framework is designed to provide consistency of services and care to children in immigration programs, including […]

Australian Visa Application Centres in Turkey

Australian Visa Application Centres in Turkey

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced the introduction of visa application lodgement and biometrics collection services for applicants in Turkey. Three Australian Visa Application Centres in Turkey commenced operation this month. The centres will accept visa applications and collect biometrics from applicants located in Turkey from the following dates: Istanbul – 14 October […]

Skilled Nominated Visa Program Closed to Overseas Applicants in ACT

Skilled Nominated Visa Program Closed to Overseas Applicants in ACT

The ACT Skilled Nominated VisaProgram has been closed to Overseas Applicants Important announcement The Australian Capital Territory is pleased to announce that program targets for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) have been met for the 2015/16 financial year. Effective 18 March 2016 at 4:00pm AEST, applications for ACT nomination from overseas […]