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DIBP to increase Partner Visa fees

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
On 15 December 2014, the Department of Immigration announced an increase to Partner visa lodgement fees from 1 January 2015. Fee prices will increase by 50%, raising the onshore fee to $6,865.50 and the offshore fee to $4,627.50.

In order to avoid the increase, applications must be received by the Department of Immigration or Australian Embassy by 31 December 2014. Where possible, it is strongly suggested that applications be lodged online to ensure they are received in time.

As AMVL Migrations will be closing on 24 December for the holidays, anyone considering lodging a Partner visa application who would like our assistance should contact our office immediately.

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DIBP catch 40 visa overstayers in NSW

Monday, December 15, 2014
In compliance operations targeting two properties in regional New South Wales, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has located 40 illegal workers and visa overstayers. The group, understood to be from Malaysia are reported to have arrived in Australia on visitor visas all of which have since expired.

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection the Hon. Scott Morrison announced further details;

Illegal workers, their employers and labour hire companies have been put on notice following the location of 40 illegal workers and visa overstayers in two immigration compliance operations in the regional NSW township of Euston this week.

'The operation located 23 unlawful non-citizens and follows an earlier successful operation in November which found 17 people believed to be working illegally on local farms,' Minister Morrison said.

Those caught working illegally as well as visa overstayers will be detained and removed from Australia and can face exclusion periods of up to three years to prevent them re-entering Australia.

Of the group of 23 people, 12 men and eight women have been transferred to an Adelaide detention facility pending their removal from Australia at the earliest opportunity. The other three Malaysian women, all from the same family and including a 14 year old girl, have been granted bridging visas with strict reporting conditions to arrange their departure from Australia.

'Although the overwhelming majority of employers do the right thing, those who allow illegal workers to work in their businesses will face the consequences,' Minister Morrison said.

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Italians migrating to Australia in record numbers

Monday, December 01, 2014
Italians are migrating to Australia in the biggest numbers since the 1950s, with data showing that many have left Italy for Australia to leave Europe's economic woes behind them and start again in "the lucky country". In the year 2012-2013 alone, more than 20,000 Italians arrived in Australia with those figures predicted to rise for 2013-2014 as more data becomes available by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

More from ABC News;

The research group Australia Solo Andata (Australia One Way) is made up of Italians in Australia and has been tracking the trend using figures from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Spokesman Michele Grigoletti said he has been surprised by just how many of his countrymen are making the move to Australia.

"Italians are coming to Australia in numbers we could not expect," Mr Grigoletti said.

"We already have the first six months of data from 2013-14 and we know that the trend of Italians [arriving] is on the increase again."

Between 2011 and 2013, there was a 116 per cent increase in the number of Italian citizens in Australia with a temporary visa.

Data showed working holiday visas were the most popular visa issued to Italian citizens between the ages of 18 and 30.

Almost 16,000 of the visas were granted in 2012-13, up 66 per cent on the previous financial year.

Italy's Consul General in Sydney, Sergio Martes, said the figures were not surprising.

"We have seen similar figures in northern Europe, with Italians going to Germany and England. They are probably the two main countries receiving our young people at the moment," he said.

To read the full article at ABC News, click here.

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