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Indonesian immigration rules changes could lead to more people trafficking to Australia

19:42 10/01/2012
New relaxed visa rules in Indonesia for four Middle Eastern countries could trigger an influx of people trafficking to Australia. Indonesia plans to relax visa rules for nationals of Sri Lanka,...

Australian university graduates can now apply for the Post-Study Work Visa

13:58 06/12/2011
The Australian government has announced this week that more international students will be eligible for the Post-Study work visa as part of the Australian government's response to the Knight Review...

Australian Immigration Minister proposes increase in refugees

15:50 01/12/2011
Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen will push to increase Australia's refugee intake by almost 50 percent at Australia Labor Party's national conference this weekend. Under Bowen's proposal,...

Australian Immigration to change visa fees beginning in 2012 - Skilled workers apply now!

18:12 29/11/2011
Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, announced today that the immigration department will implement a new visa fee system starting in 2012. Student visas will see a...

Australia and Argentina sign work and holiday visa agreement

18:40 05/11/2011
Australia and Argentina signed a work and holiday visa agreement this week, allowing young people to enjoy an extended holiday in the two countries, announced Australian Immigration officials. The...

Australia extends 457 visa period for accredited sponsors

14:51 02/11/2011
Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen announced on Wednesday, the government is doubling the period of time a skilled worker can stay in Australia to work for accredited businesses to six years...