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Greater investment flexibility as government reboots
significant investor visa programme
New investment options have been added for significant investor
visa applicants who wish to invest through eligible managed funds,
announced by the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border
Protection. The government has approved 65 significant investor
visa applications since the programme began on 24 November 2012,
resulting in more than $325 million in complying investments (29
November 2013). More...
New Task Force to Target Corruption within Customs and
A new internal task force will target 'hard to detect'
corruption within the Australian Customs and Border Protection
Service (ACBPS). This internal task force will identify officers or
groups who pose significant risk to the Service as a result of
their on-duty or off-duty behaviour, their associations outside the
workplace, or their involvement in criminal activities (27 November
DFAT biometrics panel spans across agency
borders The federal government is looking to deepen its
use of facial and voice recognition technology for producing and
issuing travel documents through the Australian Passport Office
(APO). The APO has issued a request for tender that seeks
"specialised biometric support" in relation to its facial
recognition systems and improve its capabilities in fraud detection
(26 November 2013).
Immigration swoops on Perth visa
Arrangements are being made for the removal of 17 visa over
stayers detained in a series of immigration compliance operations
in Perth. Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said this served as a warning that
visa over stayers and illegal workers would be detained and removed
from Australia as quickly as possible (26 November 2013). More...
Warning to avoid unauthorised departmental
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) warned
web users to be aware of an unauthorised website posing as an
official departmental site. The website, www.immigovau.co, mimics
the current departmental website in appearance and layout,
particularly when using certain browsers. A departmental spokesman
said it was a well-camouflaged fake which should be avoided (22
Australia strengthens border protection links with
The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) will
strengthen its links with US counterparts, the Minister for
Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, said today. From
2014, two ACBPS officers will be posted to US Customs and Border
Protection (US CBP) to strengthen joint intelligence capabilities
and engagement between the two agencies (21 November 2013). More...
Skilled migration information seminars in the Wide Bay
A spokesman from the Department of Immigration and Border
Protection (DIBP) said significant changes to the
employer-sponsored skilled visa program were introduced in 2012.
"These seminars will provide an overview of these changes,
including information about SkillSelect," the spokesman said
(21 November 2013).
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