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Coalition restores certainty to Australia's offshore
The Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection has
issued a Legislative Instrument which effectively alters the
situation that existed prior to 29 June 2014. Where a person who is
not an Australian citizen or permanent resident was in breach of
their temporary visa conditions if they participated in or
supported an offshore resources activity (17 July 2014). More...
Senate votes down visa changes for foreign offshore rig
The Federal Government says foreigners working on offshore oil and
gas projects are being forced to stop work after the Senate killed
off a new visa regime (17 July 2014).
National Border Targeting Centre launched
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection has opened the
National Border Targeting Centre (NBTC), a 24/7 operations centre,
bringing together nine border, law enforcement, national
intelligence and regulatory partner agencies to analyse and target
high-risk passengers and cargo within the Strategic Border Command.
The NBTC- recently came into operational effect on 1 July as part
of border protection reforms (14 July 2014). More...
Department of Immigration and Border Protection: What to
expect from a registered migration agent
If you choose to use a migration agent to help with your visa
application, it's important to check they are registered with
the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (the
Authority). It's against the law for anyone who is not
registered to advise about eligibility for a visa or provide
assistance beyond clerical help with a visa or citizenship
application (16 July 2014).
Visa or citizenship related payments in Australia have
become simpler and quicker
The department is no longer accepting cash payments at its
counters for visa or citizenship related fees and charges. This
does not impact the methods of payment available at Australian
embassies or high commissions and visa applications centres outside
Australia (07 July 2014). More...
More students eligible for simpler, faster
For the first time students enrolled in advanced diploma level
courses at low immigration risk providers will be able to access
streamlined visa processing (SVP) arrangements. It is expected that
the extension of SVP to low immigration risk providers offering
advanced diploma courses will commence in early 2015, pending
Migration Regulations 1994 - Specification of Required
This instrument operates to update the details of the medical
services contractor for the purpose of Visa and Migration Medical
Services (11 July 2014). More...
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