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Welcome to my blog!

By |October 20th, 2015|

Welcome to my new blog about Australian visa system. Here you will be able to find useful information about whatever can help you stay legally (or ‘lawfully’ like immigration law likes to call it) in Australia.

You may find it useful whether you need information on to get a new visa that would let you into […]

Temporary Graduate 485 visa – have a feel of no work restrictions!

By |October 20th, 2015|

Over last couple of years there were not many occasions where the Department of Immigration (DIBP) made visa regulations easier for applicants. Long gone are times when cooks and hairdressers completed 2 year long courses, applied for skill assessment and were granted permanent residency.

In certain areas though DIBP has improved chances for people to work […]

Working Holiday program – overview

By |October 20th, 2015|

When people say they are on a ‘working holiday’ visa in Australia it might suggest that there is only one visa for that purpose. Well, that’s not quite right. There are in fact two different visas:

Working Holiday (subclass 417), and

Work and Holiday (subclass 462)

The starting point to check which one applies to you is to […]

457 Visa – Where to start ?

By |October 20th, 2015|

If you thinking to come to Australia to work, the chances are you will arrive here on 457 visa. In the financial year 2012-2013 over 68,000 457 visas were granted. Out of that number around 40,000 visa holders were granted permanent residence.

Importantly, 457 visa is closely linked to ENS/RSMS (186/187) visas that give you an […]

How do I include my family member in my visa application?

By |October 20th, 2015|

So you have found your right visa but you don’t want to come to Australia by yourself? Maybe your wife wants to join you? How about bringing your kids with you? Today I would like to answer these and a few other questions. Soon you will see that coming together is not as complicated as […]

Working Holiday program expansion for Poland.

By |October 20th, 2015|

I’m happy to announce that Working Holiday program expansion is progressing and relevant agreement has just been signed with Poland. The downside is that only 200 places per year will be available for Poles which is quite disappointing number. In New Zealand that started offering Working Holiday program a few years ago for 100 Poles […]

State nomination – when you can’t find a sponsor..

By |October 20th, 2015|

Probably many of you have heard about ‘state migration’, ‘state nomination’, or being ‘sponsored/nominated by a state’. In the post today I would like to clarify what state migration actually is and how it differs from other migration streams such as being sponsored directly by an employer.

State or territory governments similarly to employers constantly monitor […]

Removal of multiple family visas (Parent visa and others)

By |October 20th, 2015|

Important update: these visas have been restored as of 26th September 2014.

On 2nd June the Department of Immigration removed a whole range of family visas. These are:

Parent visa (subclass 103)
Aged Parent visa (subclass 804)
Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclasses 114 and 838)
Remaining Relative visa (subclasses 115 and 835)
Carer visa (subclasses 116 and 836)

It is sad to […]

Staying without a visa? Risky business!!

By |October 20th, 2015|

Are you having any problems staying without a visa or perhaps your visa will expire soon and you are not sure what options you have?

This time I would like to touch up on potential scenarios and consequences of not complying with visa conditions.

Although not only visa holders but also sponsors (e.g. employers) are being monitored […]

Decision ready application. Why does it matter?

By |October 20th, 2015|

For some time now the Department of Immigration (DIBP) has been changing its attitude towards visa applications being lodged that are not ‘decision ready’.

So what does a ‘decision ready application’ mean?

In short this is an application where based on all information and documents you have provided a favourable decision can be made by migration officer. […]