• What happens if you commit a crime whilst on a visa?

    Commit a crime on a visa? Know your rights and what to do.     The Migration Act 1958 (Cth) (the ‘Act’) sanctions the removal of unlawful non-citizens who enter Australia. An unlawful, non-citizen, includes persons who commit a crime [...]

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    Domestic Violence and Visas

    Domestic Violence and Visas - Your rights  Domestic violence is not acceptable or tolerated in Australia. If you are living in Australia on a visa and experiencing family and domestic violence you will likely be very concerned, not only about [...]

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    Immigration – update on Partner Visas

    Update on Partner Visas and Same-Sex Marriages The Migration Act 1958 (Cth) allows Australian citizens to bring eligible family members to live in Australia through the family migration stream. Eligible applicants include spouses, a fiancé, de [...]

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    On a Visa and Employed? Know your rights   Working in a foreign country can be a confusing obstacle course of unscrupulous bosses, unfamiliar law and no fall-back plan. If you are paying tax and earning your living working for Australian [...]

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    Sponsorship by Australian Citizens   The Migration Act 1958 (Cth) allows Australian citizens to bring eligible family members or partners to live in Australia, through the family migration stream. Eligible applicants include spouses, a [...]

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    Why you should use an Immigration Lawyer   Applying for a visa can be a daunting and anxiety-provoking task. Though applying for some visas can be relatively straight forward, such as a holiday visa, other visa applications can be very [...]

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    The Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) was created by the Department of Home Affairs to facilitate a flexible approach to hiring migrants in industries experiencing skill and labour shortages. The DAMA program is currently only available in [...]

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    Australian citizenship gives people the right to remain in and return to Australian territory. It is possible to hold citizenship of two or more countries if the law of those countries so allows. This is known as dual (or multiple) citizenship. [...]

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    The Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) Visa (TSS Visa) is a new stream of visa introduced as part of Australia’s reformed skilled migration scheme. The new stream is now fully operational and supersedes the Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa [...]

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    Legislative provisions which impose foreign resident capital gains withholding payments in regard to property acquisitions came into effect in July 2016. An updated rate and threshold now applies to contracts entered into after 1 July 2017. From 1[...]

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