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New English Language Assessment Options Announced for Australian Visa Applicants

From 23 November 2014, the department will accept English language test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) across the Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Former Resident, and Work and Holiday visa programmes.

Scores from the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test will also be accepted from a test taken on or after 1 January 2015 (to coincide with the launch of Cambridge English Language Assessment's new reporting system).

These tests are alternatives to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Occupational English Test (OET), and have been accepted in the Student visa programme since 2011.

Student visa applicants can continue to provide scores from the IELTS, OET, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) tests.

When will the department start accepting scores from the TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) tests?

Applicants for the following visa subclasses can provide scores from a TOEFL iBT or PTE Academic test from 23 November 2014, or from a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test taken on or after 1 January 2015:

  • Distinguished Talent (Australian support) (subclass 124)
  • Business Talent (subclass 132)
  • Former Resident (subclass 151)
  • Business Owner (provisional) (subclass 160)*
  • Senior Executive (provisional) (subclass 161)*
  • Investor (provisional) (subclass 162)*
  • State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner (provisional) (subclass 163)*
  • State/Territory Sponsored Senior Executive (provisional) (subclass 164)*
  • State/Territory Sponsored Investor (provisional) (subclass 165)*
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)
  • Business Innovation & Investment (provisional) (subclass 188)
  • Skilled - Independent (subclass 189)
  • Skilled - Nominated (subclass 190)
  • Work and Holiday (temporary) (subclass 462)
  • Skilled - Recognised Graduate (subclass 476)
  • Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)
  • Skilled - Regional (provisional) (subclass 489)
  • Distinguished Talent (subclass 858)
  • Skilled - Regional (subclass 887)
  • Business Innovation & Investment (permanent) (subclass 888)
  • Business Owner (Residence) (subclass 890)
  • Investor (Residence) (subclass 891)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Business owner (Residence) (subclass 892)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Residence) (subclass 893)

*Closed to new applications, but family members can apply

Will the scores be accepted for subclass 457 visa applications?

No. The government has yet to release its response to the findings of an independent review of the subclass 457 visa programme.

Will the TOEFL iBT and PTE Academic test scores be accepted for Expressions of Interest (EOI) lodged through SkillSelect?

Yes. EOIs lodged through SkillSelect can provide scores from TOEFL iBT and Pearson from 23 November 2014, and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) scores from a test taken on or after 1 January 2015.

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RSMS Heaven in QLD

regional areas for rsms visa

The ultimate dream of every new migrant is to obtain a Permanent Resident Visa, allowing them to settle in Australia.

One of the pathways is to obtain employment within a regional area, or alternatively establish a business in a regional area.

This will provide potential growth of the business, benefitting both the owner and also the local Australian residents.

Most candidates have been searching for the opportunity of sponsorship in the busy market of capital cities, however many candidates are very aware of the potential of setting up a business in the regional area, which will produce a pathway to either the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (187) or Regional Sponsored (487) visa.

Some migrants have already attempted to pursue this pathway in order to obtain a Permanent Visa, but were not successful as they were not dedicated enough to build a successful business.

If you are a serious about your family's future and equipped with a business orientated mind, please contact No Borders Migration Advocates for assistance in building your pathway to the ultimate dream, the Australian Dream!

Please find list of regional area within 35min -120min drive from Brisbane as attached below:

Except the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast

POSTCODE REGIONAL AREAS
4124
  • Boronia Heights
  • Greenbank
  • Lyons
  • New Beith
4125
  • Munruben
  • Park Ridge
  • Park Ridge South
4133
  • Chambers Flat
  • Logan Reserve
  • Waterford
  • Waterford West
4211
  • Advancetown
  • Beechmont
  • Binna Burra
  • Carrara
  • Clagiraba
  • Gaven
  • Gilston
  • Highland Park
  • Latimer
  • Lower Beechmont
  • Mount Nathan
  • Natural Bridge
  • Nerang
  • Nerang Bc
  • Nerang Dc
  • Numinbah Valley
  • O'reilly
  • Pacific Pines
  • Pindari Hills
  • Southern Lamington
4270
  • Tamborine
  • Tamborine Village
4272
  • Mount Tamborine
  • North Tamborine
4275
  • Benobble
  • Biddaddaba
  • Bloomfleet
  • Boyland
  • Canungra
  • Ferny Glen
  • Flying Fox
  • Illinbah
  • Lamington National Park
  • O'reillys
  • Sarabah
  • Witheren
  • Wonglepong
4280
  • Jimboomba
  • Maclean
  • North Maclean
  • South Maclean
  • Stockleigh
4285
  • Allenview
  • Beaudesert
  • Birnam
  • Bromelton
  • Cainbable
  • Cedar Grove
  • Cedar Vale
  • Chinghee Creek
  • Christmas Creek
  • Cryna
  • Darlington
  • Gleneagle
  • Hillview
  • Ilbogan
  • Innisplain
  • Josephville
  • Kagaru
  • Kerry
  • Knapp Creek
  • Kooralbyn
  • Lamington
  • Laravale
  • Mount Gipps
  • Mundoolun
  • Nindooinbah
  • Oaky Creek
  • Tabooba
  • Tabragalba
  • Tamrookum
  • Tamrookum Creek
  • Undullah
  • Veresdale
  • Veresdale Scrub
  • Woodhill
4287
  • Barney View
  • Mount Barney
  • Mount Lindesay
  • Palen Creek
  • Rathdowney
  • Running Creek
4307
  • Coleyville
  • Harrisville
  • Mutdapilly
  • Radford
  • Silverdale
  • Warrill View
  • Wilsons Plains
4515
  • Jimna
  • Kilcoy
  • Mount Kilcoy
4517
  • Beerburrum
4519
  • Beerwah
  • Coochin Creek
  • Crohamhurst
  • Peachester
4551
  • Aroona
  • Battery Hill
  • Bells Creek
  • Caloundra
  • Caloundra Bc
  • Caloundra Dc
  • Caloundra West
  • Currimundi
  • Diamond Head
  • Dicky Beach
  • Golden Beach
  • Kings Beach
  • Little Mountain
  • Meridan Plains
  • Moffat Beach
  • Pelican Waters
  • Shelly Beach
4552
  • Bald Knob
  • Balmoral Ridge
  • Baroon Pocket
  • Booroobin
  • Cambroon
  • Conondale
  • Crystal Waters
  • Curramore
  • Elaman Creek
  • Harper Creek
  • Maleny
  • Mountain View
  • North Maleny
  • Reesville
  • Witta
  • Wootha
4553
  • Diamond Valley
  • Glenview
  • Mooloolah
  • Mooloolah Valley
  • Palmview
4554
  • Eudlo
  • Ilkley
4555
  • Chevallum
  • Hunchy
  • Landers Shoot
  • Palmwoods
4556
  • Buderim
  • Forest Glen
  • Kunda Park
  • Mons
  • Sippy Downs
  • Tanawha
4557
  • Mooloolaba
  • Mountain Creek
  • 4558
  • Cotton Tree
  • Kuluin
  • Maroochydore
  • Maroochydore Bc
  • Maroochydore Dc
  • Maroochydore South
  • Sunshine Plaza
4559
  • Diddillibah
  • Kiels Mountain
  • West Woombye
  • Woombye
4560
  • Bli Bli
  • Burnside
  • Coes Creek
  • Cooloolabin
  • Dulong
  • Flaxton
  • Highworth
  • Image Flat
  • Kiamba
  • Kulangoor
  • Kureelpa
  • Mapleton
  • Montville
  • Nambour
  • Nambour Bc
  • Nambour Dc
  • Nambour West
  • Parklands
  • Perwillowen
  • Rosemount
  • Towen Mountain
4561
  • Bridges
  • Maroochy River
  • Ninderry
  • North Arm
  • Valdora
  • Yandina
  • Yandina Creek
4562
  • Belli Park
  • Doonan
  • Eerwah Vale
  • Eumundi
  • Verrierdale
  • Weyba Downs
4563
  • Black Mountain
  • Carters Ridge
  • Cooroy
  • Cooroy Mountain
  • Lake Macdonald
  • Ridgewood
  • Sunrise Hills
  • Tinbeerwah
4564
  • Marcoola
  • Mudjimba
  • Pacific Paradise
  • Twin Waters
4565
  • Boreen
  • Boreen Point
  • Cooroibah
  • Cootharaba
  • Lake Cootharaba
  • North Shore
  • Ringtail Creek
  • Teewah
  • Tewantin
4566
  • Munna Point
  • Noosaville
  • Noosaville Bc
4567
  • Castaways Beach
  • Little Cove
  • Noosa Heads
  • Sunrise Beach
  • Sunshine Beach
4568
  • Federal
  • Pinbarren
  • Pomona
4569
  • Cooran
4571
  • Como
  • Kin Kin
  • Wahpunga
4572
  • Alexandra Headland
4573
  • Coolum Beach
  • Marcus Beach
  • Mount Coolum
  • Peregian Beach
  • Peregian Beach South
  • Point Arkwright
  • Yaroomba
4574
  • Coolabine
  • Gheerulla
  • Kenilworth
  • Kidaman Creek
  • Moy Pocket
  • Obi Obi
4575
  • Birtinya
  • Bokarina
  • Buddina
  • Kawana Waters
  • Minyama
  • Parrearra
  • Warana
  • Warana Beach
  • Wurtulla
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Australia plans to change citizenship rules to crack down on fraud

Plans are underway to overhaul citizenship rules in Australia, which will make it tougher for those who want to make the country their permanent home.

According to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), change is aimed at ensuring that those who want to become an Australian citizen have a connection to the country, rather than to an Australian.

'Australian citizenship is a privilege to be given by the Australian people, rather than a right to be claimed by an individual,' said a DIBP spokesman.

The government wants to strengthen the integrity of the citizenship programme, which would mean giving Immigration Minister Scott Morrison the powers to revoke citizenship where it has been obtained by fraud or misrepresentation.

This would mean that anyone who applies for citizenship and gives false or misleading information during the visa and citizenship processes may not be granted citizenship, even if they have no prior criminal convictions.

Currently, the majority of people who apply for citizenship must live in Australia for four years before their application, including spending at least 12 months as a permanent resident. Changes could mean that applicants would need to live in Australia continuously for 12 months.

The overhaul would also remove any abuse of the partner discretion, limiting when an applicant, who is married or in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen, can count overseas absences as part of the residence requirement for citizenship.

According to officials, this change is necessary because recently, courts have taken a broad interpretation of the provision, allowing it to be used when an applicant has barely spent time in Australia.

Under the proposed changes, the partner discretion would only apply if the applicant spends 365 days in Australia over the four years and is in a 'genuine and continuing relationship with an Australian citizen'.

The changes are outlined in a new piece of legislation, the Australian Citizenship and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014.

It has also been confirmed that Morrison has rewritten his minister's message, which is read out at every citizenship ceremony. 'As a nation we can only become as great and as good as our citizenry,' the reworked message will now tell new citizens.

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Does Australia need to reform its visa program for Chinese tourists?

Visa Reforms for Chinese Tourists

There are calls for Australia to look again at its visa provision for Chinese people after the latest statistics show there has been a slowdown in the number of arrivals.

While much has been done to boost the number of visas available to wealthy business people, it is claimed that not enough is being done for tourists from China.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for September showed international arrivals grew 6% month-on-month with arrivals for the year ending in September up 8.2%.

But this masks a slowdown in Chinese visitors, according to the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF). It pointed out that the number of Chinese visitors increased by just 7.3%, but annual growth has dropped to 10.5%.

'A slowdown in arrivals from China underscores the need for reform to our visa processing system to make it easier for Chinese tourists to visit Australia,' said TTF chief executive officer Margy Osmond.

'Australia is missing out on Chinese visitors, with the national China Tourism Academy estimating that outbound travel by Chinese tourists will grow by 20% this year. While Australia is getting 10.5% growth, our rivals are doing much better, with Chinese visitors to the US up 23% and to Canada up more than 30% in 2014,' she explained.

However, officials point out that the recently agreed upon Chinese Australia Free Trade Agreement will boost visitors, and not just Chinese business people. Under the agreement, Australia will also provide up to 5,000 Work and Holiday visas to the Chinese, which should give a boost to the Australian tourism industry.

But the TTF said that part of the problem is not just the number of visas available, but the complexity of the Australian system. It explained that someone from Malaysia wanting to visit Australia can apply for a visa online, pay $20 and receive almost immediate approval.

'But Chinese visitors must fill in a complex form on paper, pay $130, provide significant documentary evidence and wait three weeks to find out if their application has been successful,' said Osmond.

'Australia needs to reform its visa processing to ensure we are not placing unnecessary barriers in front of legitimate visitors wanting to come here. Unless we do that, we risk continuing to lose market share to countries which have recognised the opportunity the Chinese travel market represents and have taken steps to prioritise growth from that market,' she explained.

She also pointed out that while three-year, multiple entry visas for Chinese business visitors were introduced earlier this year, the same has not been done for leisure travellers.

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Processing of visas recommences for ebola free nation

Aussie Visas recommences for Ebola free nation

Processing of visas will recommence for residents of the Democratic Republic of Congo after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the West African nation Ebola free, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison said.

'Last month the government announced strong border control measures, temporarily suspending processing of all visa applications for applicants from Ebola virus disease (EVD) affected countries,' Minister Morrison said.

'It is pleasing that the outbreak has ended in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which according to the World Health Organisation resulted in a total of 66 cases, including eight health workers.

'This decision by the WHO will allow the over 200 visa applications which have been paused to be processed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

'The government's strict health screening requirements for other Ebola-affected countries in Africa remain in place.

'Australians travelling home are urged to alert our border officers if they have been in any of the Ebola-affected countries in Africa up to 21 days prior to their arrival, and provide details of their travel history as requested.

'The Government recently rolled out a new traveller history card to facilitate this.

'This information at the border will assist other agencies, including the Department of Health, to ensure Australia remains Ebola free.

'These arrangements may inconvenience some travellers, however the safety of the Australian community is paramount and it is critical that Australia is not exposed to this disease.

'The Coalition government is committed to protecting Australians and ensuring our border measures remain strong,' Minister Morrison said.

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