Friday, 6 May 2016

 

Issue #1 May

 

TOP STORY

Australian Student Visa changes July 1, 2016
 

ISSUES OF THIS MONTH

Student Visa changes from 1 July 2016

 

Northern Territory opens doors wide to migrants

 

Hundreds being investigated in Australia - could lose citizenship

 

28,000 protection visa applications remain unprocessed with some waiting 10 years

 

Is it the end of the road, for this visa program?

 

Available Jobs in Australia

 

Student Visa changes from 1 July 2016

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will introduce dramatic changes to student visas by cutting down the now 8 subclass options to just 2.

Student visa applicants will soon need to apply through either of the following visa subclasses if they wish to study in Australia:

  1. Subclass 500 (Student)
  2. Subclass 590 (Student Guardian).

The Department consider the changes will simplify the international student visa framework by:

  • Streamlining application and processing requirements for student visa applicants.
  • Making the English language requirements, financial capacity requirements and genuineness of temporary entry criteria common to all applicants.
  • Simplifying enrolment, financial and other requirements for onshore applications.
  • Replacing the current assessment level framework with new requirements to strengthen the integrity of the student visa programme.
  • Making visa conditions clearer to student visa holders as to what courses they are permitted to study and when a change in a course requires a new student visa application.

The changes will commence from 1 July 2016.

If you require assistance with understanding the changes and how they may affect you, please contact No Borders Migration Advocates to book a FREE 20 minute consultation and our agents will be happy to assist you realise your Migration goals.

 
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Northern Territory opens doors wide to migrants

Northern territory opens doors for migrants

63 new occupations have been added to the NT state nomination occupation list ahead of the launch the $5 billion infrastructure projects' loan scheme set for launch in July this year.

As the Federal Government gets ready to launch the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), which will administer its $5 billion loan scheme to stimulate northern development, the NT state government has opened up its skills list taking the number of occupations that the state government will sponsor for permanent (sc190) and temporary (sc489) visas to over 170 occupations.

Speaking about the NAIF initiatives, Resources, Energy and Northern Australia Minister Josh Frydenberg, these changes will help fuel greater economic growth and higher levels of immigration in the NT.

"With 40% of Australia's land mass but only around 5% of our population, the potential for economic growth in our north is enormous," said Frydenberg adding, "The NAIF will support this growth and complement private sector investment."

Cairns was narrowly chosen over Sydney as the headquarters for the NAIF which expects operations to start in July. The ABC reports several major projects have already been pitched to access the loan which is now over-subscribed. According to the eligibility criteria, the NAIF loans must be used to finance major economic projects, like airports, ports, roads, rail, energy, water and communications infrastructure.

The NT Occupation list which covers the entire territory including Darwin, Palmerston, Alice Springs, Katherine and Nhulunbuy was updated on 14th April 2016 with 63 new occupations added, and 24 removed.

For full state occupation list and more information on NT state nomination follow this link.

 

Hundreds being investigated in Australia - could lose citizenship

Australian citizenship can be cancelled under investigations

A recently formed intergovernmental body called, The Citizenship Loss Board has just started work on seeking to revoke the citizenship of hundreds of Australians, if it can be proven that they are involved in terrorist activities.

Immigration Minister, Mr Peter Dutton recently revealed that the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) was carrying out more than 400 "high priority" investigations, including "190 people domestically that may be involved in supporting terrorist-type activities".

Mr Dutton told The Australian that more than 100 Australians who hold dual citizenships could potentially be subject to the cancellation. The Citizenship Act amendment which was passed last year only allows for the citizenship cancellation of dual nationals as Australia's international obligations mean it is unable to render a person stateless.

"To those people that are thinking, in particular young people, who are thinking about going to Syria or to another part of the world to conduct activities in the name of terrorism, in the name of ISIS, there is a very severe consequence to be paid," said Mr Dutton.

"This is a very significant piece of legislation that the Government negotiated through Parliament and over the coming months we will see individual cases considered and if people are dual nationals and they’ve been involved in terrorist activities, they have the potential to lose their Australian citizenship".

Writing in The Age recently, UNSW Law Professor, George Williams noted that the Citizenship Loss Board "operates in secret according to its own rules… can act on untested evidence and questionable information, including hearsay and information gained from a person subjected to duress and torture".

According to an ABC report, more than six million Australians were born overseas, and an estimated four or five million more were born here but hold dual citizenship. So, under this law, while the Citizenship Loss Board apparently focuses on radicalised individuals, the reality is that more than 10 million Australians are eligible to lose their citizenship. A summary of DIBPs citizenship cancellation guidelines is found here.

 

28,000 protection visa applications remain unprocessed with some waiting 10 years

28,000 protection visa applications unprocessed

Just as immigration minister Peter Dutton announced that there are no more children being held in immigration detention centres, latest DIBP figures indicate that over 28,000 refugees are yet to have their cases even processed while the promise to resettle Syrian and Iraqi refugees wavers.

Mr Dutton recently announced that the last group of children held in mainland immigration detention have been released into the community boasting it had been a significant accomplishment of the Government.

The announcement was followed by the release of DIBP statistics which revealed that protection visa processing has virtually come to a standstill.

According to an ABC report, of the 30,000 asylum seeker legacy cases that arrived in Australia under Labor, more than 28,000 remain in the country and are yet to have their cases processed, while about 1,700 have been forced to leave or have left voluntarily. Media reports estimate that some applicants have been waiting for over 10 years.

Responding to the DIBP figures, opposition' Immigration spokesperson, Richard Marles told the ABC that, "Peter Dutton should explain why people are spending longer in detention now than under Scott Morrison or Labor."

DIBP released the figures amidst reports that only 187 refugees had been resettled in Australia as part of the Coalition's pledge to take in 12,000 people left displaced by violence in Syria and Iraq. The process - initiated by former prime minister Tony Abbott last year - has come under fire in comparison to countries such as Canada, which has resettled more than 26,000 refugees in the same period.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter has previously cited security processes as the reasoning for the lengthy process, but Labor Senator Lisa Singh - a vocal refugee advocate — said that "really doesn't make sense".

"Canada has done upwards of 26,000," she said. What makes it so different for Canada compared to Australia when it comes to doing security checks?

 
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Is it the end of the road, for this visa programme?

Australin Signifiacnt Investor Visa Program

Despite only 10 visas being granted since the launch of the revamped Significant Investor Visa program last July, Australian Trade and Investment minister Steven Ciobo still believes there is nothing wrong with the changes and expects interest in the program to pick-up.

Fund managers however say the drastic fall in interest in the program which had 1,544 applications and 590 visa grants in the final 12 months under the previous version is due to several issues including complexity of the new version and a requirement that venture capital be repaid after four years - half the usual investment cycle in the industry.

According to a report in The Australian, several large asset managers active with the previous version of the program haven't developed products that comply with the revamped one. Some smaller firms are put off by the cost of anticorruption checks on prospective clients. Given the four-year-turnaround rule, there is also the challenge of finding emerging-company investments that make a rapid return and can be sold quickly.

Last year the Australian Productivity Commission called for abolishing Australia's SIV program arguing that it may "generate less favourable social impacts," partly because investor-visa holders don't need to be able to speak English, otherwise a visa requirement. Canada scrapped its investor-visa program in 2014, saying it had little economic value while the UK recently tightened its program after finding it had been widely abused.

Australian Trade and Investment minister Steven Ciobo however maintains that the government remains committed to the program. "People want to take a little while to make sure all changes are understood. The previous program also started low and grew steadily," he said.

 

Available Jobs in Australia

Jobs in Australia

Job2Go is a local recruitment company based in Adelaide, Queensland and Sydney, and has been providing staffing solutions and human resource services to small to large sized companies throughout Australia. We are hiring for the following positions.

Registered Pharmacist

We have a fantastic opportunity for a APHRA Registered Pharmacist to join our team at Bundaberg and Gladstone, QLD. Pharmacists applying need to have a positive attitude and are result-oriented. Flexibility to work weekends and public holidays on a rotating roster will also be a requirement of the role. Forward dispensing and counselling customers will also be a major part as well as assisting in the shop area. Must be willing to relocate.

Sous Chef

Qualified Sous chef needed in Brisbane region

  • Chefs must have at least a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (or equivalent Chef trade qualifications)
  • Must have previous experience
  • Worked in a high-pressure environment
  • Someone who is goal oriented

Cooks

Qualified Cooks/Chefs for North Qld.

  • Willing to relocate is a must.
  • Excellent wages and conditions.
  • Immediate start for the right candidates.
  • Sponsorship available.

Tyre Fitter

Our client has an opportunity in the Brisbane region for a tyre fitter to commence immediately.

  • Previous tyre fitting experience required (passenger & truck)
  • Must have a driver's licence
  • Be prepared to assist with other duties
  • Visa sponsorship may be available
  • Attractive salary

Contact Job2Go on 1300 562246. If you are interested in any of these positions, please send your resume to jobs@job2go.org

Alternatively you can check our website for further details www.job2go.org

 
 

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