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Immigration News
July Edition

Welcome to our July Newsletter  

Dear subscriber,
Welcome to the July edition of the Migration Solutions newsletter, a publication that will keep you up-to-date with the latest changes to immigration news and regulations.
In this edition we feature a story on the escalating processing times for offshore Partner visas, and the first of a new segment; 'SA's Hidden Treasures,' which will take a look at some of South Australia's must-visit destinations for migrants.

We also have a touching case study involving a beautiful young family who we were able to assist through our Migration Solutions pro bono program, a message from Managing Director Mark Glazbrook, and as always, all the latest in immigration news. 


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Message from the Director
Dear Subscribers,

Welcome to our July edition of Immigration News. The start of the new immigration program year has brought with it a number of changes to the Australian migration program, as it invariably always does. This makes it more important than ever for clients to be aware of the latest changes to immigration rules and regulations, and to stay on top of all the latest news and information. 

Among the changes we've seen so far have included the changeover of Australia's medical services provider from Medibank Health Solutions to Bupa Medical Visa Services, a number of alterations to South Australia's state nomination visa pathway, and of course the sudden closure of the eight Family visa subclasses that has caused significant frustration for applicants and migration agents alike. 

This time of year also marks the release of a number of immigration and economic quarterly reports that compare state performance by measuring various key economic outcomes and indicators. As you can read below, South Australia's economy has continued to struggle, with two new reports highlighting our sluggish 0.9 per cent population growth rate (the lowest in mainland Australia) as the cause for our poor economic performance. The findings make it clear that now more than ever, it is crucial for South Australia to have an open and frank discussion about the benefits a population-led recovery could provide for the economic prosperity of our state. 

We've also provided comment through a media release published on our company website regarding the latest business migration figures for South Australia, which has been featured in a recent article published by In-Business magazine. 

Whilst the improved figures are certainly promising, it is worth remembering that there are still a number of things South Australia must address before we can consider ourselves a premium destination for business migrants and entrepreneurs, and take advantage of the fantastic economic opportunities that they present.  

Happy Reading,

Mark Glazbrook

Feature Stories


More flexibility needed for offshore Partner visas

The recent case of an Adelaide man forced to watch the first year of his young son's life over a webcam is proof of how there needs to be more flexibility for offshore Partner processing times.

Click here to read more. 
SA Hidden Treasures - Kangaroo Island

The first segment of our Hidden Treasures series looks at the beautiful beautiful Kangaroo Island - a must visit destination for migrants who appreciate Australian wildlife, gourmet food and wine and beautiful scenery.

Click here to read more.

Immigration News

Bid to re-open Family visas rejected

A motion to disallow the closure of eight Family visa subclass categories has been defeated in parliament. 

Click here to read more. 

Bupa takes over visa medicals

Health insurance provider 'Bupa' is set to take over as the medical service provider for Australian visa applicants at the end of this month. 
Click here to read more.

New 'Chain Migration' pathway announced

Immigration SA has announced a new state nomination pathway for applicants with an immediate family member living in South Australia. 

Click here to read more.

Changes to SA State Nomination process

Good news for visa applicants seeking state nomination in SA, with a number of changes being made to start the new program year.
Click here to read more.

Slow population growth responsible for SA's economic struggles

Two major economic reports have pointed to a sluggish population growth rate as the answer to South Australia's economic woes.

Click here to read more. 

Tasmanian State Occupation List to be finalised
Tasmania's Department of State Growth has announced that a new skilled occupation list will be published soon.

Click here to read more. 

Case Study
Rory, Jane, Som and daughter Angelina with Managing Director Mark Glazbrook. 
Som's Story

In 2010, Migration Solutions read about a tragic immigration story involving a young Thai woman named Som and an Australian family that was being reported in local media.

Som's Australian partner, Andrew, had been killed overseas during an attempted mugging, preventing her and her young child unable to apply for an Australian visa where they could be looked after by Andrew's parents, Rory and Jane. 

Touched by the circumstances that had befallen the family, Migration Solutions reached out to see how they could be of assistance through their pro bono program.

Click here to find out how we were able to help.  
Top stories

Listed below are the top five immigration stories posted on the Migration Solutions social media platform this month.

1.'Australian immigration cancels non-contributory parent visas

- Crikey

2. 'Sydney, Melbourne in biggest city race'

- Australian Financial Review

3. 'Engineering skills need a national plan'

- The Australian

4. 'Two-thirds majority back current or higher immigration intake'

- The Australian

5. 'Australia tops the holiday wishlist for Chinese travellers' 

- sbbcnews.com
Sarah Arnold
Our Staff Member of the month this month is Sarah Arnold. 
Sarah is one of our migration coordinators here at Migration Solutions, and works closely with our team of registered migration agents in preparing and processing visa applications for our clients.
Sarah says her favourite part of her job is getting to meet clients from all different walks of life, and hearing about the the experiences that have led to them seeking residency in Australia.                    
Click here to visit Sarah's staff profile, and find out more about her experience and professional background. 

'Our migration coordinator helped us from the very beginning and stuck with us throughout the entire process. She was an amazing resource, providing steady, calm and excellent guidance and advice throughout what was quite a lengthy and complicated process.'

'I'd advise anyone in need of Australian migration advice and assistance to directly contact Migration Solutions. They came highly recommended from another friend whom they had helped, and the recommendation proved to be totally correct.'

- Sir William Boyle (Distinguished Talent Visa)
N.B. The information provided in this newsletter is designed to provide an overview of various options that may be available to migrants, and is not intended to constitute legal immigration advice. For a more detailed overview of Australia's migration program and visa opportunities, including relevant eligibility criteria, please contact our office.
Sponsorship Obligationsobligations
If you are an employer sponsoring an international worker, you are legally required to comply with various sponsor obligations in order to be allowed to employ that worker.

For details regarding these obligations, follow the links below.

For details on sponsorship obligations regarding different visa types, please visit the Department of Immigration website


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