Category: Immigration

Australia’s New Migration Strategy

Australia’s New Migration Strategy

Following a comprehensive review of Australia’s migration system, the Government’s Migration Strategy was released on 11 December 2023 and outlined a new vision for Australia’s migration program, with a policy roadmap containing 8 key actions and over 25 new policy commitments and areas for future reform. This strategy was delivered after extensive consultation with businesses,… Continue reading Australia’s New Migration Strategy

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Want Australian PR

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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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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Migration Halted

Migration Halted: COVID-19 & the Australian Economy

Experts have expressed growing concern over how the Australian economy will recover from the coronavirus pandemic, as immigration comes to a standstill due to travel restrictions and worldwide border closures. According to federal government statistics, almost 300,000 temporary visa holders have left Australia since the beginning of the year and there are estimates that the… Continue reading Migration Halted: COVID-19 & the Australian Economy

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Doha data breach

Department of Home Affairs Australia Data Breach May Have Exposed 774,000 Records

The Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment are investigating a potential security breach involving the personal details of 774,000 migrants aspiring to immigrate to Australia.⠀ ⠀ The details from the government’s SkillSelect app include AdUserIDs, the app’s unique identifiers for those applying for skilled visas, of which could be… Continue reading Department of Home Affairs Australia Data Breach May Have Exposed 774,000 Records

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people on the street during coronavirus lockdown

COVID-19 & Your Visa Options

Dear Clients & Friends, As of noon 06 April 2020,  Australia has registered 5,687 COVID-19 cases, with 39 fallen victim to this virus which has so quickly changed the world we live in, perhaps, forever. Australia is fortunate so far to not be seeing the number of deaths that other countries such as Italy, Spain… Continue reading COVID-19 & Your Visa Options

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Northern Territory

Northern Territory – 117 Additional Occupations for Easier Pr Pathway

The Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMAs) we posted in our last blog article has come into effect on 01 January 2019. For the Northern Territory, this is DAMA II and the NT government has now released 117 occupations eligible under this program and most occupations are eligible for English and income concession. Please refer to… Continue reading Northern Territory – 117 Additional Occupations for Easier Pr Pathway

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Public Interest Criterion

PIC 4020 – 12 months changed to 10 Years – NO LONGER IN FORCE

*Another back and forth confusing changes from DIBP* On 02 November 2017, legislation instrument amendment was made to the PIC 4020. The change read as follow: The previous PIC 4020 read: (1) There is no evidence before the Minister that the applicant has given, or caused to be given, to the Minister, an officer, the… Continue reading PIC 4020 – 12 months changed to 10 Years – NO LONGER IN FORCE

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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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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

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

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