Underpaid Chinese and Taiwanese Workers

It was reported today that dozens of underpaid Chinese and Taiwanese workers at a mushroom farm in regional NSW have been short-changed tens of thousands of dollars, investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman have revealed. Fifty-two casual employees, most of whom could not speak English, were collectively underpaid a total …

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 …

Immigration Department targeting work visa scams

New laws to stop work visa scams   On the 14th of December 2015 the Australian Government introduced new criminal legislation which allows the Immigration department to cancel work visas and to impose administrative sanctions on visa sponsors. The new laws have been introduced to stop illegal payment for work …

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 …

Australian Border Force Strike action on 9 November 2015 at international airports

Be prepared for delays if you’re traveling in or out of an Australian international airport next Monday, the 9th of November.  The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has provided information about pending Australian Border Force Strike action at airports, shipping ports and other international facilities. The action may …

What is the Skilled Occupation List?

So, we often get asked, what is the Skilled Occupation List? The Skilled Occupation List is created by the Department of Immigration which provides a list of acceptable occupations which are eligible immigration to Australia. There are actually two different lists, the ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL) and the ‘Consolidated Skilled …