News

07 Jul 08

Temporary visa holders can get specialist life insurance

People on a temporary Australian visa can now get life cover while abroad from one insurance firm. AXA Insurance has upgraded its services to included cover for people on the Australian visa (subclass 457), whereby the visa holders can get a two-year income protection policy.
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07 Jul 08

Queensland government 'not offering enough state-sponsored programmes'

The Queensland government has been accused of not encouraging enough Australian visa holders to the state. The Immigration and Citizenship Minister, Senator Chris Evans, has said more state-sponsored programmes should be offered to meet skills shortages in the country, reports the Queensland Business Review.
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04 Jul 08

Australian crime victims fight to have Mike Tyson's visa for Australia denied

The Crime Victims Support Association (CVSA) is fighting to have Mike Tyson's application for an Australian travel visa rejected. The ex-heavyweight boxer has plans to play in an international poker tournament in Melbourne early next year, but his criminal convictions may hold him back.
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03 Jul 08

Changes to temporary business subclass 457 visa program for truck drivers

Changes to the list of eligible occupations for the temporary business subclass 457 visa program came into effect early this week. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) agreed to the recommendations set out in a review from the Trucking Industry Working Group, which focused on the long-term strategy of commercial driving in Australia.
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03 Jul 08

Latest Australian visa holders welcomed to the country

The latest Australian visa holders to enter the country were welcomed in by a number of the country's dignitaries. Former Australian of the year Dr Fiona Wood, and mayor of the Shire of Albany Milton Evans, were both on hand to welcome Australia's latest additions.
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03 Jul 08

Senator Evans welcomes crackdown on mistreating Australian visa holders

Senator Chris Evans, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, has welcomed the move to crack down on a company for mistreating Australian visa holders. One Victorian packaging company has been fined AUD$100,000 for exploiting migrant workers, who are on a temporary Australian visa.
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03 Jul 08

Sydney in top ten cities for Australian visa holders to live in

Those looking for an Australian visa may be interested to know that Sydney has been voted in the top ten of the most liveable cities in the world. According to Government News, the city has been ranked at number ten in the Worldwide Quality of Living Index from Mercer.
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03 Jul 08

Australia waiting for 60,000 more World Youth Day visa applications

The organisers of World Youth Day in Sydney this year have confirmed only 65,000 visas have been approved for the festival. Officials expect 125,000 international visitors to arrive in Sydney for the event, which is due to take off in less than two weeks, reports ABC News.
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03 Jul 08

New Australia visa extension for backpacking builders and construction workers

On the 2nd of July, the Australian government announced its amendments to the working holiday visa program for overseas travellers. New legislation introduced now allows working holiday visa holders who have worked in the construction industry in regional Australia for at least three months of their initial year-long working holiday visa will then have the option to extend their stay for an additional year’s residence in Australia.
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02 Jul 08

Many people want to relocate to Australia for the lifestyle

Many people from the UK are applying for an Australian visa for lifestyle choices. According to Shelter Offshore, many British people feel relocating to Australia will provide a more relaxed pace of life.
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02 Jul 08

Australian visitors can apply for second working holiday visa

Holders of an Australian working holiday visa who are working in the construction industry will be able to apply for a second one. According to new plans from the Department for Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), Australian working holiday visa holders who have worked in construction for three months will be able to reapply, in order to combat skills shortages.
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