Love is not enough!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Blog by Helen Duncan, Registered Migration Agent (MARN) 0003187 and Partner at AMVL Migrations.

A famous American poet once said "love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness," and while all of the romantics out there may believe this to be true, love is certainly not the master key to a partner visa for Australia.

In fact there is not any mention of the word in migration legislation. So while it is certainly important to most relationships, contrary to what many people believe, love is not enough when applying for a visa based on a relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

This misconception is not surprising, as for some countries in the world, this is what happens. However applying for a partner visa for Australia requires a person to provide evidence of a genuine relationship - evidence that goes beyond a marriage certificate and a joint rental agreement. So let's start at the beginning of the process...


Click here to read Helen's full article on partner visas in Australia, recently published in Australia & New Zealand magazine.

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Keep abreast of visa changes

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Blog by Philip Duncan, Registered Migration Agent (MARN) 0427769 and Director at AMVL Migrations.

Immigration laws are constantly changing and 2012 was a good example with several changes to employer-sponsored visas.

Employers in particular need to make sure they have the systems in place to avoid falling foul of what can be complex changes. You can't always trust what the rumour mills are saying!

One visa many taxi operators will be familiar with is the Subclass 457 Business Long Stay, which is a temporary visa good for up to four years for skilled employees such as mechanics and technicians. Minimal changes to this visa came in on November 24, 2012. The name has finally changed to reflect what the visa is really for - it will now be known as the Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) Visa. While the visa still requires a high level of English language skills (five in each category of the IELTS test) and complex skills assessments for some passport holders in some occupations, process improvements are now seeing very good processing times for 457s, sometimes within days.

On July 1, 2012, changes to the permanent employer sponsored visas marooned many 457 holders by increasing English and skill requirements, and closing off previous exemptions for age and English under 'exceptional circumstances'. Some 457 holders may have lost their opportunity to apply for permanent residency altogether.

Over time we are seeing other implications of the changes creep up on employers...(continued)

To read Philip's full article, click here. 

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Want to apply for a subclass 885 or 485 skilled student visa? Don't leave it too late.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Blog by Helen Duncan, Registered Migration Agent (MARN) 0003187 and Partner at Australian Migration & Visa Lawyers.

We have recently had a number of people visit our office for a free 15 minute consultation who are in Australia on student visas and who are finishing their course before the end of the year (which is when the subclass 885 and 485 visa programs will cease).  These people are wise– they know that as they want to stay in Australia when they finish their course, they need to act now to ensure they are ready to lodge a temporary or permanent visa application.  

There are requirements that must be met before an application is lodged and it is good to start the process to meet these now.  It is only three months to the end of the year and the Christmas decorations will be in the shops soon – so if this is also your situation - don’t delay. 

Find out what you can do by contacting us for a free appointment.

To make arrange a free* 15 minute appointment with Helen Duncan, please call the Australian Migration & Visa Lawyers Brisbane office on 07 3212 2200. 

*Conditions apply.

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