• no image Some Recent PIC 4020 Success Stories

    Public Interest Criterion 4020 (“PIC 4020“) is a notoriously difficult part of the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth). PIC 4020 in effect imposes a penalty of sorts on a visa applicant who “gives or causes to be given“: (a) information that is fals...

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  • no image New 457 English Requirements

    Following our previous article on Changes to the 457 Program, we are glad to announce that new 457 English language requirements came into effect from 18 April 2015. Legislative Instrument IMMI15/028 now sets out the following scores for the purposes of demon...

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  • no image Changes to the 457 Visa Program are Coming

    Traditionally, the 457 visa has been the visa of choice to address temporary skills shortages in the labour market. Since 2007, many adjustments have been made to the 457 visa framework depending on the government policy of the day. In September 2014, after...

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  • no image Visa Overstayers And Partner Visas: A New Conundrum

    Australian visa laws are designed to encourage visa holders to move seamlessly from one visa to another. However, in certain circumstances, visa holders may find themselves not holding any visa (the law calls them “unlawful non-citizens“) or holding bridgi...

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  • no image Superannuation & Estate Planning: Be Sure To Get It Right

    Experience shows many clients have more and more of their wealth held within the superannuation environment, typically in a self-managed superannuation fund. It is imperative to get the planning and documentation correct, not only to maximise and maintain the ...

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