Immigration officials cancel 159 student visas after airport interviews

MORE than 150 overseas students returning to Australia in the last financial year were intercepted by immigration authorities at the airport over visa breaches and put on a plane home within 72 hours

Indians may fill mining skills gap

Australian and Indian officials have started talks with tertiary institutions and training bodies in both nations about opening up Australia’s training system, the Australian Financial Review (AFR) reports.

As many as 100,000 Indians would be trained under the plan to work in both countries and up to 30,000 Australian-trained graduates could be recruited locally.

Provisional Partner Visa Holders – Entitlement to Special Benefit

Description of the measure
Holders of Provisional Partner Visas – (temporary Partner Visa subclasses 309, 310, 820 or 826) could previously receive Special Benefit immediately on arrival in Australia. This was because they were exempt from the two-year Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period (NARWP) as a family member of an Australian Citizen or long-term resident.

Information for General Skilled Migration Applicants in Priority Group 5

Information to update applicants of the priority processing arrangements in place for General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa applications.

The information also includes instructions on how to obtain the latest information about when their application is nearing assessment by a case officer.

Regional Classification for Perth

On 19 July 2011 the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced the inclusion of Perth in the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS). The minister also agreed to include Perth as a regional area for family sponsored applications through the regional General Skilled Migration (GSM) programs.