Covid-19 has made arriving in Australia for work or any other purpose very difficult. Limited visa options, border closures, travel exemptions and mandatory quarantine do not help considering Australia as an easy destination to work. It is estimated that Australian borders will not open earlier than in the beginning of 2022 either. With this grim […]
Bridging visas are part of migration law area that is commonly misunderstood. Very often you might not even realize that you have been given a bridging visa. I will explain all bridging visas focussing on the most popular ones.
There is not much easy to understand and well summarized information about bridging visas, which is why […]
From 20th November 2015 no health check is required for all countries listed below if the visa applied for is temporary (e.g. all student visa subclasses, 457, etc.).
This is a very positive change of the Department of Immigration department that will not only save you time during visa processing but also make it cheaper. For example, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
If you about to finish your course the chances are you will be thinking of staying in Australia permanently. In fact this is something you have probably been planning for a long time.
Transition from being a student to permanent residency is not as easy and straightforward as it used to be a couple years ago. […]
While talking to my clients I often get asked about the cost and possibilities of sending their children to school. In this article I would like to discuss a scenario when the main applicant holds a student visa while their child holds a dependant student visa. Usually that covers parents holding visa subclass 570 – […]
Being a bit off my advice-focused topics today I would like to mention about something more light-hearted. I have found an interesting ranking that compares access to visa-free countries based on holder’s passport. The ranking prepared by global consulting firm Henley & Partners have analyzed 94 countries and ranked them based on the freedom of […]
Ever wondered if your qualifications are sufficient to migrate to Australia ? Do want to find out quickly ?
We have prepared a flowchart for you that which could answer you whether skilled migration to Australia is possible at all.
As every person’s circumstances are different this flowchart should be regarded as a big simplification of an […]
The level of English required is a topic that causes a lot of confusion among people who are thinking or are in the middle of applying for temporary visa or permanent residency in Australia. What English should I have to migrate? What English requirements should I meet.
Well, there is no short answer to this question. […]
Wondering if your job qualifies as ‘easy’ to migrate to Australia?
In my comparison I have used a few subjective criteria that in my opinion help to select a job with the biggest chance of success. You might find this article useful whether you are a person that have just finished high school or have plenty […]