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Including Dependents On Your Visa Application

The Australian Government has introduced far reaching changes to the definition of Member of the Family Unit (MoFU) for the purpose of most visa applications. There are now significant limitations on the class of persons that can be considered part of MoFU and hence be included in a visa application. More

Changes to the Migration Medical Service Provider

The Immigration Department announced that from 25 July 2014, Medibank Health Solutions will no longer be the Department’s migration medical services provider. The new provider is now Bupa Medical Visa Services. More

Alternative English Language Tests, Closure of Certain Family Visas

On 23 May 2014, the Immigration Department announced that from November 2014 it will accept English Language test scores from the Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic). The Immigration Department also announced that it will not accept any applications for certain Family Visas from 2 June 2014. More

Department of Immigration and Citizenship establishes eMedical

Over the course of 2013 the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (“the Department”) has progressively moved more of their processing systems online. Now all processing of medical results is done through the Department’s online system eMedical.More

Expanding the Application of PIC 4020: False or Misleading Information

Public Interest Criteria ("PIC") 4020 was introduced in April 2011 to reduce the level of fraud found in visa applications, and originally only applied to General Skilled Migration and Employer Sponsored visa subclasses. It was then extended to Business Skills and Student Visa applications. From 1 July 2013, PIC 4020 now also applies to Family Visa applications including partner, parent and child visas.More

English language requirements under the new skilled migration points test

On 1 July 2011 a new points test will come into force for a number of skilled migration visa applications. In order to be eligible for one of the affected skilled migration visas, applicants will need to satisfy a number of threshold requirements. One of these requirements states that the applicant must have an English language skill level of at least “Competent”.More

Waiver of the health criterion now available in NSW

From 22 September 2010, it is possible for applicants in NSW to obtain a waiver of the health criterion where they have applied for the following permanent visas: Subclass 846 (Regional Established Business in Australia); Subclass 855 (Labour Agreement); Subclass 856 (Employer Nomination Scheme); and Subclass 857 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme).More

457 visas, the English Language Criterion and Exemptions

English language proficiency level depends on applicant’s occupationMore

Changes to the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) for 457 visas

Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold ChangesMore

Evidence required to include dependent children in a visa application

New evidence required for inclusion of dependent children on visa applicationsMore

Changes to health requirements for onshore Skilled Migration applicants

No medical examination required before lodging for onshore Skilled applicationsMore

Restrictions on “reusing” health examination results

‘Re-use’ previous health examination reports for future visa applications permittedMore