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Government Extends Tourist Visas for Parents Of
The Gillard Government will extend tourist visas for parents of
Australian citizens and permanent residents to enable them to visit
their family in Australia for longer, the Minister for Immigration
and Citizenship has announced. The Government will grant five-year
tourist visas with a 12-month stay on each entry to suitable
applicants who have applied for a parent visa outside Australia (04
September 2012) More...
Visa workers fill jobs shortage
Recruitment agency Morgan Consulting's managing director
Andrew Aston said skills shortages in Victoria were most apparent
in clinical healthcare, digital marketing, specialist IT and
engineering. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said the 457 visa
allows businesses to employ overseas workers in designated skilled
occupations only and the program cannot be used by a business as a
substitute for training and employing Australian workers (03
Changes to Australian visa service delivery in
New Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) in Beijing and
Shanghai will improve service delivery for Chinese visitors,
skilled migrants and business representatives travelling to
Australia. "AVACs will be located in Beijing and Shanghai to
provide more convenient access to immigration and citizenship
services for clients in these regions (03 September 2012)
Key conditions released for significant investor
The full conditions for a new visa designed to encourage
significant migrant investment into Australia were released today
the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. Australia is offering
a significant investor visa to provide a boost to the local economy
and to compete effectively for high net worth individuals seeking
investment immigration on an international scale (29 August 2012)
SkillSelect: First round offers go to skilled
Doctors, dentists, nurses and engineers have dominated the first
round of skilled migrants invited to formally apply for visas under
the government's new online SkillSelect service. Accountants,
ICT analysts and programmers were also strongly represented in the
100 invitations in the first round, which drew the highest scoring
candidates from the initial expressions of interest (EOI) (27
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