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August Edition

Welcome to our August Newsletter!

 

Dear subscriber,

 

Welcome to the August edition of the Migration Solutions newsletter, a publication which will keep you up-to-date with the latest changes to immigration rules and regulations. 

 

In this edition, we feature an exclusive interview with Federal Education Minister, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, about the international education sector, and a story on the importance of thoroughly preparing for your IELTS examinations.

 

We also have a fantastic video showing how deeply our migration agents care about their clients, a message from the Managing Director Mark Glazbrook, and as always, all the latest in immigration news. 

 

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Message from the Director


 
Welcome to the August edition of Immigration News.

 

At the time of writing, the migration industry is still awaiting the outcome of the 457 programme review, and we are hopeful that proposed changes will be announced next month. Personally, I was extremely disappointed to see that the SA Government has made recommendations that would make it harder for local businesses to use the programme to address skill shortages, and that they have also recommended that the English language requirements for the 457 program are increased for visa applicants. 

 

In this month's newsletter, we focus on international students and the international student visa program through a candid interview with Federal Education Minister, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP. The Minister openly discussed the importance of the international student program to Australia, and his views regarding opportunities for international graduates to obtain residency in Australia after completing their education. 


 
I have been involved in the migration profession for 18 years, and during this time have seen many changes to the student visa program and opportunities to graduate to obtain residency in Australia. I can honestly say it has never been more difficult than it has been in recent times. 

 

Read the full address here.

Feature Stories

 





Why you need to start preparing for your IELTS right now 

English tuition experts are urging international students to take a longer-term approach to their IELTS preparation, with many applicants mistakenly considering a tertiary qualification or extended period of residency to be enough to pass.

Click here to read more. 

EXCLUSIVE: Education Minister discusses international education

In an exclusive interview with Migration Solutions, Federal Education Minister the Hon Christopher Pyne MP sits down to discuss his plans for the future of Australia's international education sector and student visa programme.

Click here to read the article + watch the interview.
 
Immigration News

457 integrity review findings set to be announced

Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash has announced that the recommendations from the Indepenedent 457 integrity review are set to be released in the near future. 

Click here to read more. 

 

Are you using a genuine, registered migration agent?

With a number of reports of fraudulent migration agents and visa program rorting surfacing in recent weeks, Migration Solutions presents 6 warning signs that your migration agent might not be genuine.  

Click here to read more. 

New countries added to electronic lodgement list

66 new countries and territories have been extended online visa application rights for electronic visa lodgement. 

Click here to read more. 



SA medical internship positions slashed


 

International medical students have been left high and dry after 23 internship positions were cut following the release of the 2014/15 State Budget. 


Click here to read more. 

ACT Occupation List announced


The ACT has released an update to it's Skilled Occupation List, with 118 occupations recording a change in status since it's initial release.

Click here to read more. 


Migration Solutions welcomes Karyn Kent as new Adelaide Education CEO
 
Migration Solutions has welcomed the appointment of Karyn Kent as the new CEO of Education Adelaide, as recently featured in the Advertiser.  

Click here to read more. 

Video

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Ever wondered if anyone really cares about whether your visa is granted or not except you?

If you have, you might want to watch this video of Migration Solutions agent Vanessa De Pretis telling her client the good news that his visa has been granted.

The client, who had been waiting offshore for the decision, was thrilled by the news. But his reaction is nothing compared to Vanessa's when she gets off the phone at the end. 

Click here to watch the video. 
 
Top Stories
Listed below are the top five immigration stories posted on the Migration Solutions social media platforms this month. 

1. 'Visa fraud suspects fled after wiring $1m overseas'

- Sydney Morning Herald

 


- SBS.com.au 


- The Australian


- The Advertiser
 

- The Advertiser
             
Meet our Staff
Coralie House          

Our staff member of the month is Coralie House.

Coralie is the Accounts Administration Officer at Migration Solutions. As part of her role, Coralie is responsible for the management of accounts, client payments and monitoring of Immigration Department further requests and deadlines. 

As a migrant herself, Coralie understands the importance of a successful visa application to clients, which she says has a major influence on the level of professionalism she applies to her work.

Click here to visit Coralie's staff profile, and find out more about her experience and professional background.
Client Testimonial
'Our first impression of Migration Solutions was that they were very professional and knowledgable. Every interaction we experienced throughout the service was exceptional, as the quality, kindness and understanding of the entire staff can be felt as soon as you walk in the door.'

'We have and will continue to recommend Migration Solutions to anyone seeking to navigate the complexities of the Australian Immigration Department and system.'

- Sallie and Marshal Montgomery (General Skilled Migration Visa)
Disclaimerobligations
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 meant to act as a substitute for specific 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.
  

  Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa - Subclass 457

 

  Temporary Work (Long-Stay Activity) - Subclass 401

 

  Training and Research Visa - Subclass 402

 

 

For details on sponsorship obligations regarding different visa types, please visit the DIBP website.

 

 

                                       
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