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Visa applicants to have more choice in English language tests

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Until now, temporary graduate, skilled, work and holiday, and former resident visa applicants have had limited choice in where they could have their English language skills tests, with only the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and/or the Occupational English Test (OET) available in most cases.

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash announced that from 23 November 2014 applicants are now able to use scores from the Test of English Language as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) as evidence of their English language ability.

Minister Cash also confirmed that plans to further expand the English language test market are on track with Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test scores set to be accepted from the start of the New Year.

While this is welcome news for visa applicants, it should be noted that some skills assessing authorities may still only accept certain language tests for skills assessments so it is advisable to look in to this before arranging your English language test.

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Australia grants 500th Significant Investor Visa

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In welcome news for the Australian economy, the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash has announced the grant of Australia's 500th Significant Investor Visa (SIV).

The visa, which requires State/Territory nomination and an investment of AU$5 million into complying investments was introduced to provide a boost for the Australian economy and encourage high net worth individuals to migrate to Australia. Since it was introduced, the SIV programme has seen $2.5 billion invested into the Australian economy, with the majority of SIV holders being from China.

Minister Cash explained that based on the success of the SIV, the Government recently announced that it was introducing the new Premium Investor Visa.

"The Premium Investor Visa will require investment of AU$15 million into complying investments and provides an opportunity for permanent residence after 12 months," Minister Cash said.

To learn more about Australia's Significant Investor Visa, click here or contact one of the friendly and professional Registered Migration Agents at AMVL Migrations. Our team specialise in all Australia visa categories and are standing by to assist.

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WA to provide public school fee waivers to some 457 visa holders

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Western Australia Government has announced public school tuition fee hardship provisions for some families on 457 Visas. The provisions will take in to account families on lower incomes and other hardships, including illness and unemployment.

Education Minister Peter Collier, who made the announcement last week said that while families on 457 visas needed to contribute to the costs of educating their children in Western Australian public schools, fees would be reasonable.

"Families will pay $4,000 per annum but only once their gross household income passes $75,000. This is regardless of how many children they have in public schools," Mr. Collier said.

Illness and unemployment will be considered for both partial and fully waived fees.

Applications for financial hardship provisions will be managed by the Department of Training and Workforce Development's Education and Training International (ETI).

For more information, visit the ETI website here.

If you would like assistance or advice for applying for an Australian employer sponsored visa, contact the team of Registered Migration Agents at AMVL Migrations today. 

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