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Afghans can now apply for Australia’s Humanitarian Program ONLINE

Afghans can now apply for the Humanitarian visa program online. As the world watches with horror the chain of events unfolding in Afghanistan, we wish to extend our sincere sympathies to all the Afghans affected and all those in Australia with family and friends in Afghanistan who feel helpless to assist. Normally, aside from the… Continue reading Afghans can now apply for Australia’s Humanitarian Program ONLINE

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Skilled Independent Visa Subclass

UK/AUSTRALIA FREE TREE AGREEMENT

A new free tree agreement has been agreed to in-principle between Australia and the United Kingdom which, aside from the opening of markets between the two countries and allowing consumers from both countries to benefit from cheaper products, will also bring significant advantages to UK nationals seeking visa opportunities in Australia. UK Working Holiday Visa… Continue reading UK/AUSTRALIA FREE TREE AGREEMENT

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INVESTMENT VISAS FROM

INQUIRY INTO AUSTRALIA’S SKILLED MIGRATION PROGRAM – POSSIBLE CHANGES

Australia’s workforce has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and over 500,000 temporary visa holders left Australia since the pandemic resulting in significant skills shortages. Australia’s economy recovery post COVID-19 will be severely hampered without the return of skilled migration. With the above realization, on 3 February 2021, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant… Continue reading INQUIRY INTO AUSTRALIA’S SKILLED MIGRATION PROGRAM – POSSIBLE CHANGES

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INVESTMENT VISAS FROM

NEW CHANGES FOR BUSINESS & INVESTMENT VISAS FROM 01 JULY 2021

Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge has announced major changes to the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP). From 01 July 2021, this program will be simplified from nine to four streams and eligibility changes will apply. The changes are made to drive investment in key sectors and create… Continue reading NEW CHANGES FOR BUSINESS & INVESTMENT VISAS FROM 01 JULY 2021

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Migration News Update

Budget 2020/2021 – Migration News Update

Dear Readers, The highly anticipated Australian Federal Budget for 2020-2021 has finally been released and within it, the following information and announcements relating to Australia’s migration program will be of interest to our readers. Migration Planning Levels Australia’s net overseas migration is set to fall into negative levels for the first time since World War… Continue reading Budget 2020/2021 – Migration News Update

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PMSOL

NEW – Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

Acting Ministor for Immigration Alan Tudge and Senator Michaelia Cash has made a joint media release announcing a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) with occupations in health care, construction and IT sectors that are aimed at supporting Australian business to fill critical skill needs and “…supercharge both our health and economic response to… Continue reading NEW – Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

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sc485 visa application

485 Applications – UPDATE – No Further Processing Until English Evidence Provided

We have received further confirmation today that whilst evidence of English is a time of application requirement for sc485 visa application, that due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, immigration will now take the following approach: DoHA is seeking a policy turnaround for English being required at the Time of Application and until the Regulations… Continue reading 485 Applications – UPDATE – No Further Processing Until English Evidence Provided

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Hong Kong Passport Holders

Hong Kong Passport Holders Legislative Update

Legislative changes have been made to extend temporary skilled and temporary graduate visas for five years from 9 July 2020 to 8 July 2025 if the primary visa holder held a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China passport when the visa was granted. The above extends to dependent family members… Continue reading Hong Kong Passport Holders Legislative Update

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Government of South Australia

State & Territory Nominations – Small Allocations Available Prior to Federal Budget

We blogged previously that State and Territory nominations have been temporarily suspended until the Federal Budged is handed down on 06 October 2020. States and Territories have now received a very small allocation of places for sc491/190 and business visa nominations, albeit under very strict conditions. The Government of South Australia is the first to… Continue reading State & Territory Nominations – Small Allocations Available Prior to Federal Budget

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I recently had the privilege of working with Southern Stone Immigration Agency and specifically, Kathy, and I couldn't be more thrilled with the experience. From start to finish, Southern Stone and Kathy provided exceptional service and demonstrated an unparalleled level of expertise in immigration matters. What sets Southern Stone Immigration Agency apart is their genuine care...

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I found Southern stone through the internet and seen all the great reviews and thought they would have to be good. I got in contact with Kathy and she was so responsive and clear with all her swift responses throughout my time working with her. I had a 461 partner visa declined due to immigration receiving my visa application late as it’s a paper application. She argued with every...

Mark Nalty
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It is so refreshing to speak to a migration agency who is willing to listen to you and readily provide you with useful information for a simple question without even discussing fees. What great customer service! We will be definitely engaging with Southern Stone for our future application.

Sarah Coherny
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Thank you Gloria for helping me with my inquiries. I would recommend your services to all my friends and relatives.

Swapnil Patel
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