Australia introduces ‘fast track service’ for Indian visa applicants

The Australian High Commission in India has announced that Indian visa applicants can now avail Priority Consideration Service (Fast Track) in India for additional fees. From 5 December 2016, Indian applicants applying for a Subclass 600 Visitor visa, both the Tourist and Business Streams, at selected Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) in India will be able…

Proportion of Indian IT workers on 457 visas on rock bottom pay triples

The proportion of IT professionals from India granted 457 visas and paid base salaries of $53,900 or less, much lower than experienced Australian IT professionals, has tripled under the Coalition government, a study has found. The Australian Population Research Institute has found that IT professionals are the largest single occupation represented in the 457 program…

Australian startups need more diversity to thrive, not closed borders

In recent weeks, both major political parties have proposed tougher restrictions on Australia’s 457 visa system, which allows businesses to sponsor skilled foreign workers for up to four years. The timing, so soon after the election of the outspokenly anti-immigrant President-elect Donald Trump in the U.S., has shades of political opportunism. It also comes amid…

No Australian Free Visa for the Pakistani Passport Holders

The Australian government announced that all the news is fake, related to the free visa for the Pakistani passport holders. This news is spread by fake websites and is of no use for the Pakistani passport holders. Australian immigration department has announced that all the news that Pakistani passport holders get to know about the…

Australia: Visa-free travel for Filipinos ‘a hoax’

MANILA, Philippines – The Australian embassy in the Philippines warned against a fake news article that says Filipinos can travel visa-free to Australia starting January 2017. “The Embassy is aware of a hoax/scam suggesting that visa-free options for Filipino nationals will be available from January 2017,” the embassy said on its Facebook page on Monday,…

Boatpeople face lifetime ban from Australia

The Australian government has been accused of attempting to break its international obligations after moving to bar any refugee or asylum-seeker who arrives in the country illegally by boat from ever being able to apply for a visa, even as tourists or for business. A new lifetime ban proposed by the Australian government has attracted…

Australian Student Visa

Like other countries of the world, Australian government issues student visa to the students belonging to different countries of the world who want to study in Australian institutions. There are different rules and regulations which one has to follow while applying for student visa or during stay in Australia. There are some different sub-classes of…

116.9% growth in foreign tourists arrival on e-tourist visa

MUMBAI: A total of 68,809 foreign tourists arrived in September 2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 31,729 during the month of September 2015 registering a growth of 116.9%. UK (15.5%) continues to occupy top slot followed by USA (12.4%) and China (9.0%) among countries availing e-tourist visa facility during September 2016. The facility of…

New Zealand burglary rate increases 12 percent

Police Minister Judith Collins says an immigration-fuelled increase in New Zealand’s population means more opportunity for burglaries. Latest crime statistics show burglaries in New Zealand are on the rise, with the number of burglaries around the country has risen 11.9 percent in the past year. “It’s pretty clear to me that if you have more…

NZ immigration returns to record level

The number of people coming to New Zealand to live, study and work has returned to a record high, but student numbers have fallen. Official figures show 69,100 people settled here in the year to August, equalling the previous record set in June. Arrivals set a new high for that period, of 125,000, of which…