Immigration Update June 2009

Acacia Immigration Australia Pty Ltd, 18 June 2009

Shorter Processing Time for GCC Nationals

The Australian government has announced a significant change in processing time for GCC residents applying online for the two-year, multiple-entry visa. This will mean that Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman passport holders will have their visa applications processed in two days instead of the previous average of fourteen.

The dramatic decrease in processing time has been attributed to technological innovation and an increase in visa handling capacity.

Source: Al Bawaba 7/06/2009

Australia Open for Business

In spite of the global financial crisis, the Australian government is continuing to open their arms to business migrants wanting to come to Australia and set up and run a new business or to buy and manage an existing business. The state and territory governments are competing to sponsor overseas business people to move to and invest in their cities.

The Victorian government will be making a trip to the UK with a list of 300 jobs focusing the health professionals. The South Australian government has launched a campaign to attract UK skilled workers with Western Australia offering assistance packages to new migrants.

Source: The Sunday Times 14/06/2009

Source: The Standard 17/06/2009

Source: Mail Online 5/06/2009

Help for International Students

After the recent attacks on Indian students, state, territory and federal education ministers decided to establish the International Student Taskforce which will focus on the safety and welfare of international students. This initiative will also provide a 24-hour hotline and guidebook, the Federal Government's `Guide to Studying and Living in Australia' which will be given to international students upon visa grant.

Students concerns can be raised anonymously on 1300 363 079, where they will be collated and published on the Study in Australia website

Source: The Canberra Times 13/06/2009

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