Friday, 10th of April 2015

 

Issue #1 April

 

TOP STORY

SIV temporarily suspended
 
 

ISSUES OF THIS MONTH

Temporary suspension of SIV nominations from 24 April 2015 to 30 June 2015

 

Inroduction of biometrics collection for applicants in Mexico

 

New Task Force Being Launched to Safe Guard Visa Applicant's Personal Details

 

Saving time, saving money by Time Home Loans

 

Winning design for Immigration Place captures migrant history and its contribution

 
 

Temporary suspension of SIV nominations from 24 April 2015 to 30 June 2015

The Significant Investor visa (SIV) programme is designed to provide a boost to the national economy through an increased inflow of investment and to enable Australia to compete effectively for high net worth individuals seeking investment immigration.

Following a review of the SIV in 2014, changes designed to see the full potential of the government's investor visa scheme realised will come into force on 1 July 2015. This will include a n?ew complying investment framework, which will target investments which can deliver even more economic benefit to Australia.

To ensure clarity for prospective applicants about the investment framework that will apply to them, and to ensure the programme continues to offer the best balance between investment migration and e?conomic benefit, the Australian Government has decided to temporarily suspend all new nominations to apply for a SIV. This suspension will commence on 24 April 2015, with nominations reopening on 1 July 2015 to coincide with the introduction of the new framework through associated amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994. The suspension is a temporary measure and the Australian Government is committed to ensuring the SIV programme remains available for investment migration to support the national economy.

During the suspension of nominations, prospective SIV applicants will still be able to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be nominated for the programme. Anyone who has an EOI current at 1 July 2015 will be able to be nominated from 1 July 2015 onwards, and will be subject to the new complying investment framework. This suspension will not impact existing SIV applicants, or those who have already been invited to apply for a SIV. Any existing SIV applications and those who have already been invited to apply prior to the suspension will continue to be processed under the current regulations.

 
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Introduction of biometrics collection for applicants in Mexico

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From 14 April 2015, we will commence the collection of biometrics in Mexico.

Biometrics will be collected from visa applicants, irrespective of their nationality, who are physically in Mexico at the time of making a visa application to enter Australia, unless they are excluded or exempted from doing so under Australian Government policy.

The Australian Government recently entered into an agreement with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) to provide biometric collection services in Mexico and will open three Australian Biometric Collection Centres (ABCCs) in Mexico City on 14 April 2015, Monterrey on 17 April 2015 and Guadalajara on 20 April 2015.

Visa applicants residing in Mexico who lodge their application at the Australian High Commission in Ottawa will be sent a letter advising them that they need to attend one of the three ABCCs to provide their biometrics. Applicants will need to contact one of the Australian Biometrics Collection Centres in Mexico to make an appointment and have their biometrics collected.

Biometric data will be collected by the Australian Government's service provider CSC through a quick, discreet and a non-intrusive process that captures a facial image and a 10-digit fingerprint scan on a dry scanner machine.

 
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New Task Force Being Launched to Safe Guard Visa Applicant's Personal Details

Australian Visa Applicants Personal Details

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia has sought to assure users, including visa applicants, that it continues to take steps to strengthen controls over private information it holds.

The assurance comes after a major breach during the recent G20 summit in Brisbane when the passport number and visa details of all the world leaders including US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister Dave Cameron were inadvertently sent to the organisers of the Asian Cup football tournament.

Now the DIBP has issued a statement saying that it takes its obligations under the Privacy Act very seriously and a new taskforce is being created to strengthen the handling of sensitive information following the data breaches.

'The department thoroughly investigates privacy breaches as soon as they are identified. All matters are notified voluntarily to the Privacy Commissioner and, if appropriate and required under law, to the Australian Federal Police,' a spokesman said.

He explained that the DIBP has now made significant changes to its information management practices, including establishing built-in safeguards to ensure that sensitive information is not inadvertently or deliberately released externally.

'An External Accountability Task Force, specifically focused on strengthening privacy and information management, has been established within the Department's Integrity, Security and Assurance Division,' he added.

 

Saving time, saving money by Time Home Loans

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Over the past eight years, Time Home Loans has assisted many migrants with their lending requirements and has harnessed efficient systems to assist migrants and non-residents in obtaining great interest rates.

Time Home Loans case study:

Time Home Loans had a client who signed a contract but was unaware that he needed to obtain Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval.

Time was pleased to assist their client in-office with the online application process and ordering the valuation for this approval.

The FIRB approval came through within 10 days and we were able to gain finance approval in the given time frame.

We strive to deliver our clients the best possible service and have a proven track record of superior results.

As you can see, Time Home Loans specialise in this field and you can greatly benefit from Time's knowledge and relationships with various lenders.

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Winning design for Immigration Place captures migrant history and its contribution

Australian Migrants History

A winning design has been named as part of Harmony Day celebrations in the capital and will soon take pride of place in Immigration Place in the heart of the city.

Designers were called on to submit proposals to complement the vision for Immigration Place as a destination for Australians and visitors to our country to reflect on our migrant history and the contribution immigration has made to our nation's community and culture.

The winning concept was a collaborative proposal led by artist Callum Morton, who was delighted the team's design was selected.

"In the context of the migration experience, the shape evokes the oceans that were crossed, the emotional ups and downs of this transformative experience, the ripples of change that travel down the generations and the Australian landscape," the jury noted in its report.

Each of the shortlisted teams received $8000 honorariums for their entries with the winning team receiving an additional $5000 for their design.

 
 

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