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Humanitarian immigration benefits Australian society

19:25 21/06/2011
New Australian sponsored research shows that refugees in Australia are "likely" to take advantage of work opportunities in regional areas, engage in entrepreneurial endeavors, and undertake volunteer...

Australia to spend over $38 million on immigration settlement services

12:33 20/06/2011
The Australian government will spend $38.5 million on services to help immigrants and refugees settle into their communities. Starting on 1 July 2011, a total of 179 new projects delivered through...

New English language test options for Australian student visas

13:12 07/06/2011
The Australian government has announced three new English language test options for student visa applicants which will help alleviate the current shortage of available testing places. Applicants from...

Australian immigration minister decries proposed visa changes

9:05 07/06/2011
Australian immigration minister Chris Bowen and the Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, Martin Ferguson have publicly railed against a proposed amendment by Opposition immigration spokesman...

Australia eases immigration rules for resources sector

12:03 17/05/2011
Australia will make it easier for the resources sector to recruit overseas workers under the Temporary 457 work visa . The new initiatives for temporary migration visas will result in streamlining of...

Australian government boosts skilled migration

15:50 11/05/2011
The Australian government will implement a number of regional migration initiatives and will increase permanent immigration during the 2011-12 fiscal year. The increase in permanent migration visas...