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Bogus Reference Letter Results in PIC 4020 Visa Refusal

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The recent Federal Court appeal case of Fati v Minister for Home Affairs examined issues relating to an employment reference letter prepared by an employee of a business in the context of an Australian visa application, and whether that letter was a bogus document or information that is false or misleading in breach of public interest…

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Sushi operator faces Court under new onus of proof laws

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The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has commenced the first legal action utilising new reverse onus of proof laws that require employers to disprove underpayment allegations in Court when they have failed to keep adequate time and wages records or issue pay slips. The FWO has instituted proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court against A &…

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Our top 5 tips for lodging a partner visa

Diversity arising from people moving around the world and the relationships that form across borders means that The Migration Agency’s partner visa practice is on the rise. We work with many clients to bring them closer to the people they love. In our experience, a partner visa application can be a significant milestone in a relationship…

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Telstra boss on immigration: “Build skills, not walls”

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The need for Australian companies to source ICT talent from overseas is stronger than ever, with the local pipeline continuing to fall short. That was the message from Telstra CEO Andy Penn, who delivered a strongly-worded address at the Committee for Economic Development Australia in Melbourne on Wednesday. “We need to build new skills and…

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School fees waived for dependants of 457/TSS visa holders

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In an effort to attract skilled migrants, the South Australian Government is waiving Student fees for dependants of Subclass 457 and Subclass 482 TSS visas attending government schools. In a recent announcement, the Minister for Education, Hon John Gardner MP confirmed that the student contribution fee for dependants of the Subclass 457 and Subclass 482…

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Court imposes $335,664 penalties against 7-Eleven outlet and restaurant

Penalties have been secured by the Fair Work Ombudsman against a company in Melbourne for $335,664 and two individuals for the underpayment of international students. This brings the total amount to $1.8 million in penalties involving 7-Eleven franchisees. The Federal Circuit Court has handed down its judgement and penalised Xia Jing Qi Pty Ltd a total…

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Migration Outlook for 2019 – Sunny with periods of rain

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The time has arrived again for the Australian Government’s annual consultation with key stakeholders and the public, to submit their views on the 2019/20 Migration Program. The main areas being discussed are the geographic distribution of migrants in regional areas, the current composition (skilled, family and humanitarian) and rate of visa approvals, in order to…

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Labour Agreement update

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What is a Labour Agreement? A Labour Agreement is a bespoke sponsorship arrangement between an employer and the Australian Department of Home Affairs. It is generally in place for five years. Only accessible in limited or exceptional circumstances, arrangements under each Labour Agreement are intended to assist employers to address immediate skills needs where a…

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Welcome to the team, Nalini Gopal

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We are delighted to welcome Nalini Gopal who joins The Migration Agency as a Senior Consultant. Working in immigration law is more than visa applications. For many people it’s about carrying their dream forward and making it a reality, and for business it about growth, innovation and success. Growth and leadership are key values for…

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Changes to sponsorship framework for partner visas

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A new two-step application process for partner visa applications is due to be introduced soon as part of new measures to improve the integrity of the family sponsored visa. The Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016 was passed in the Senate recently. Various amendments have been proposed to the Bill but once…

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