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Remembering what Gough Whitlam did for immigration in Australia

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tributes are flowing within Australia and around the world for former Australian prime minister, Gough Whitlam who passed away today, aged 98.

As Australia's 21st prime minister, Mr Whitlam was both praised and criticised for the way that he bravely and boldly changed Australia during his three years in power before being sensationally dismissed from office by then Governor-General Sir John Kerr in 1975.

Among his many historical achievements include the introduction of Medicare, the abolition of university tuition fees, the establishment of diplomatic relations with China (now Australia's largest trading partner) and of course his significant contribution to multiculturalism in Australia.

The Whitlam Government was the first to adopt the concept of a multicultural Australian society. Mr Whitlam removed the last vestiges of the White Australia policy, and the concept of a multicultural Australian society became government policy for the first time. The government established multicultural radio stations and telephone translation services, and provided special educational support for migrant children.

The Whitlam government also passed the Racial Discrimination Act. It made it illegal to discriminate against people because of their origin in the the areas of access to employment, pay and working conditions, and access to housing.

Vale Gough Whitlam, rest in peace.

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Australian PR applicants caught cheating in English language tests

Wednesday, October 08, 2014
A number of Australian permanent residency applicants have been found to have cheated on their English language tests by paying professional exam sitters to take the test for them. Details of the cheating were recently revealed through a number of refusals by the Australian Migration Review Tribunal, pointing out that photos taken of the hired exam sitters did not match the passport photos of the applicants. 

More from the Courier Mail;

TWO dozen foreigners have been caught hiring professional exam sitters to help get them Australian residency, in a lucrative visa racket.

And 17 more have been found to have changed their scores to turn a fail into a pass.

The mostly Indian students were desperate to pass their English tests because it is the only way they can get permanent residency in Australia.

Details of the racket were revealed in a series of decisions by Australia’s Migration Review Tribunal.

In September alone the tribunal refused the visa applications of four fraudsters who hired impostors to sit exams.

Industry sources say this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Nearly all the cheaters refused to admit their guilt and came up with creative reasons why their photos didn’t match.

Reports in Indian newspapers say cheaters pay up to $2000 to pass the International English Language Testing System test by having “sitters” superimpose their photos on candidates’ passports.

In 2009 a Perth man was jailed for taking $32,000 from Indian students who cheated their English tests.

Nearly all the cheaters caught in recent months arrived in Australia on student visas many years ago and were trying to become permanent residents.

To read the full article at the Courier Mail, click here.

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Non-Contributory Parent & other Family visas reinstated

Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Australian Senate has today voted to disallow the repeal of certain Family Visa classes. This means that it is now possible to lodge applications for the non-contributory Parent, Aged Parent, Remaining Relative, Aged Dependent Relative, and Carer visa subclasses. These visas will be available again for a very limited time (potentially up to 6 months from now), so if you are considering making an application it is highly recommended that it is lodged as soon as possible. 

Applications can be lodged from today onwards, though there may be a slight delay in acknowledgements and processing while the Department of Immigration’s system and information is updated.

The Department of Immigration advises that the queue wait for non-contributory Parent and Aged Parent visas is currently 25 years. Processing times for the Carer visas are advised as 4.5 years, and Remaining Relative and Aged Dependent Relative visas are considerably higher – some reports place these at 50+ years.

AMVL Migrations has a dedicated Family Residence team able to assist with applications for these family visas, so please

contact us if you have any queries.

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