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New English Language Requirements

The Australian Government has implemented revisions to the English Language Requirements for Student and Temporary Graduate visas, aligning with its overarching Migration Strategy. Effective March 23, 2024, these changes involve an increase in minimum IELTS scores for both visa categories. Temporary Graduate visas Temporary Graduate Visas now require a minimum score of 6.5 (or equivalent)… Continue reading New English Language Requirements

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Dear valued clients and partners, As we wrap up another incredible year, we want to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude for your trust and collaboration. It has been a pleasure assisting you on your migration journeys, and we look forward to many more successful adventures in the coming year. 🎄 Merry Christmas and… Continue reading Merry Christmas

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Frequent Traveller Stream

Australia Re-Opening to the World – 21 February 2022

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced on 07 February 2022 that Australian border re-opening will be extended to tourists and all visa holders who are fully vaccinated from 21 February 2022, two years since the border’s initial closure. This announcement comes after various temporary visa holders were allowed entry in November 2021. This will be… Continue reading Australia Re-Opening to the World – 21 February 2022

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On 25 November 2021, Minister for Education & Youth and Minister for Immigration released a joint statement paving the way for more flexible arrangements for 485 visa holders. Summary for the arrangements are: 485 visa holders who have been unable to travel to Australia due to COVID-19 will be able to apply for a replacement… Continue reading 485 VISA HOLDERS REJOICE

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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


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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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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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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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...

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