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  • Australian Citizenship Bill - Update September 2017

    Monday, 18 September 2017 – A Senate Committee has produced a report on the Australian Citizenship Bill which was introduced in June 2017. The Committee found issues with the proposed legislation and recommended that changes be made before it is passed. A motion has been passed by the Senate that if the Bill has not passed by 18 October 2017, it will be struck off the list of legislation being considered and will need to be re-introduced to Parliament for it to pass. This article gives a summary of the Senate Committee Report and details of the motion to discharge the Bill.... read more
  • Required Points Drop for SkillSelect in August 23 Round

    Friday, 01 September 2017 – Results for the 23 August round of SkillSelect have been released. To the relief of many applicants for General Skilled Migration, the required scores for 189 invitations have started to drop. This article looks at the SkillSelect invitation rounds so far in the 2017-18 program year and looks at the required points and waiting times for the most popular skilled occupations.... read more
  • ENS Direct Entry Stream

    Tuesday, 29 August 2017 – The ENS visa is a permanent employer sponsored visa. Most people are aware of the ENS Temporary Residence Transition Stream - this allows an application for permanent residence to be made after working in Australia with your employer for 2 years. However, it is also possible for ENS through the Direct Entry Stream this does not require that you work with your employer in Australia for 2 years but would usually require you to pass a formal skills assessment. Changes will be made to ENS in March 2018 - after this many applicants may no longer be eligible or may pay higher lodgement fees. You may consider applying for the ENS Direct Entry Stream ahead of the March 2018 changes. ... read more