Visa Application Charges 1 July 2018 [Complete List]

On 21 June, the Australian Government signed off on a new legislative instrument which will see the cost of applying for a visa increasing from 1 July 2018.  The increased visa application charges will affect all visa applications lodged on, or after 1 July 2018 for most types of Australian …

Supporting Marriage Equality

Embark Migration strongly supports marriage equality.  We stand by the belief that same-sex couples should enjoy the same legal rights as inter-sex couples in their relationship. On 11 February 2017, Australians will head to polling stations to have their vote on the government’s same-sex marriage plebiscite. The team at Embark …

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 …

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 …

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 …