How to go from a Student Visa to a Temporary Graduate 485 Visa to Permanent Residency

So, you’re an international student who is about to graduate.  Graduating is a great accomplishment and you should be very proud of yourself and your achievement. Let’s face it, being an international student has more challenges than just making it through your course.  On top of all the financial pressure, …

International students challenges in Australia include poverty and racism

PHOTO: Hoang Xuan Doan was shocked when he was the target of racist abuse. The number of international students in Australia continues to rise, with enrolments now making up more than a quarter of the total at some universities. But the life they had imagined didn’t always match up with the reality …

ASQA cancels Study Group Registration

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has cancelled the registration of Study Group Australia Pty Limited (registered training organisation (RTO) number 5806) as a provider of vocational education and training (VET) services. ASQA has also issued a written direction to the RTO requiring it to cancel a number of VET …

Is Lulu Jemimah’s English good enough? Immigration not convinced

Lulu Jemimah speaks and writes English better than many Australians. But the 30-year-old graduate is soon to be forced to return Uganda because, in the words of the decision maker at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, “I am not satisfied that the applicant has competent English”. Ms Jemimah’s case is …

International Students Continue Study in Australia

The natural choice for many international students once they finish their course is to continue study in Australia. Every year there many thousands of applications are made by prospective students looking to start studying, or to continue studying in Australia. If you are one of the 526,932 international students currently …

Medical Assessment Change for Australian visas

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced that from the 20th of November 2015, changes to determining requirements for medical assessments for Australian visas will commence.  The legal changes are good news for visa applicants and will make it much simpler to understand what will be required …

Record numbers of International Students are commencing studies in Australia

  Student visas, a quick fact.  The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has just released statistics showing that there were almost 375,000 international student visa holders in Australia at the end of June 2015.  That’s the highest number of international students in this decade as a result of more …