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New points test for STEM qualifications

Changes to the points test for STEM qualifications The Australian Government is amending the points test for the skilled migration programme.  The changes are part of an initiative under the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) to help Australia attract the skilled, talented people needed to drive prosperity in Australia through innovation and science. From 10 September 2016, five …

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New Entrepreneur Visa

On 7 December 2015, the Australian Government announced the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA), which included a range of initiatives and changes to the visa system to help Australia attract foreign entrepreneurs to start companies in Australia. New Entrepreneur visa The Australian Government has made it easier for entrepreneurs worldwide to launch startups in Australia. From 10 …

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Budget 2016: What it means for immigration

What does the Federal Budget mean for immigration in Australia? More jobs, more growth – those were some of the key themes of this year’s Federal Budget as the nation continues the transition away from the mining boom into a more diverse economy. The Budget Paper for the Department of Immigration and Border Control provides some positive …

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NSW to attract more business and investor migrants

NSW State Nominated  Business Investor Visa (subclass 132 Visa) The NSW Department of Industry has announced improved processing time for the Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132), effective 29 January 2016. The new processing times are: Action Timeframe Allocation of dedicated Relationship Officer and e-mail acknowledgement of receipt of application 24 business hours Initial assessment and feedback …

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Australia supports innovation and entrepreneurship visa

Australia supports innovation and entrepreneurship visa

  The Australian Prime Minister’s Innovation and Science Agenda announced yesterday places innovation squarely at the top of the national agenda. One of the Government’s strategic priorities is to attract the “best and brightest” entrepreneurial skills and talent into Australia. The immigration system will need to be improved to support this initiative. What is changing?  A new Entrepreneur …

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New Significant and Premium Investor Visa Rules

A new complying investment framework for the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) and Premium Investor Visa (PIV) program was announced by the Government to commence on 1 July 2015. The new arrangements are part of the Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, announced by the Prime Minister in October 2014. The Significant Investor visa is a stream within …

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