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08 May 06

Migrants to Australia will have to speak English

The Sunday Mail reported over the weekend that Minister of Immigration, Amanda Vanstone, has changed the English language requirements for migrants.
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08 May 06

Queensland Government to fast-track investor and investor retirement visas

Following consultations with several stakeholder groups, the Queensland Government will be fast-tracking two visas subclasses when the applications have been submitted by registered agents.
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08 May 06

More women making their way to Britain from Australia

According to research by Australian University geographer, Graeme Hugo, the exchange of professionals between Britain and Australia is bucking the simple trend of working holiday makers criss crossing the globe. The movement of people between the two countries is being dominated by professional Australian women looking for career growth and development.
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05 May 06

Migrants get New Zealand business approval

New Zealand employers have given their backing to migrant workers after a survey found most believed their immigrant staff added valuable to their business.
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04 May 06

Better career breaks now on offer Down Under

The Australian Federal Government has announced changes its popular working holidaymaker visa program. The most significant change means visa holders will be able to work for any one employer for six months rather than three. Study periods have been extended to four months rather than three and the Government has widened its definition for qualifying fields of employment for the popular visa ‘extension’ program.
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03 May 06

Australia stays competitive in the race for migrants; Government announces increase in migrant intake

Amanda Vanstone, Australia’s Immigration Minister, has announced a freeze in skilled migration for the first time in nearly a decade. Skilled migration numbers increased by 20,000 last year, but will remain steady at 97,500 for 2006/07.
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03 May 06

Significant changes to Australian Working Holiday Visa

The Australian Federal Government has announced changes its popular working holidaymaker visa program. The most significant change means visa holders will be able to work for any one employer for six months rather than three. Study periods have been extended to four months rather than three. The Government has also widened its definition for qualifying fields of employment for the popular visa ‘extension’ program
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02 May 06

Millions join protests for immigration reform

The movement for immigrants rights in the United States reached a high on May Day as millions stayed off work and thousands joined in with protest marches across 50 cities.
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28 Apr 06

Australian Minister considers culture test for citizens

Migrants who want to become citizens could face compulsory tests of their ability to speak English and of their knowledge of Australian history, customs and values.
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28 Apr 06

Auckland ramps up new investment drive

Auckland has reinforced its desire to become the premier destination for new investors in New Zealand with the establishment of AucklandPlus - the region’s new investment agency.
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27 Apr 06

Australia searches for missing Games athletes

Twenty-four Commonwealth Games athletes and officials are now illegally in Australia after their Games visas expired on Wednesday night and another 31 have sought asylum, immigration, Reuters news agency is reporting.
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