Summer Programs and activities for international students in Australia

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, some international students who would otherwise have returned home will instead remain in Australia for the summer break. In response, across Australia, student hubs, study destination agencies, governments, and city councils are providing summer holidays programs and activities to support international students. These range from online, virtual networking and learning…

Last chance to apply for direct PR to Australia on business visa

Long expected changes to Australia’s business visa program were finally made public on 17 December 2020. In a media release, on 17 December 2020 the Acting Minister for Immigration in Australia, The Hon Alan Tudge MP, announced the abolishment of Australia’s only direct-Permanent Residence 132A business visa.  In addition, changes were announced to the two-stage…

Changes to business and investment visas

On Thursday 17/12 by Acting Minister for Immigration Alan Tudge announced changes to the business and investment visas that will see business migrants facing tougher requirements. There are currently nine different types of business and investment visas. These will be cut back to four.  There will be changes to eligibility requirements and adjustments will also…

Victoria Budget 2020: Forecast deficit more than $23 billion

Victoria’s COVID-19 pandemic and last summer’s devastating bushfires have struck a severe blow to the state’s economy, with a deficit of $23.3 billion forecast in the 2020-21 State Budget. Treasurer Tim Pallas today announced the state recorded an operating deficit of $6.5 billion in the year 2019-20, which will blow out to a projected $23.3…

International students from only these countries will be returning to Australia in 2020

Up to 70 international students from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia will touch down in Darwin on 30 November as part of the Northern Territory’s Charles Darwin University (CDU) pilot program to bring back its international students. Universities in South Australia were forced to pause on their student return plan due to concerns over growing…

Melbourne’s top 20 suburbs for house price growth since 2000

Mornington Peninsula enclaves have reeled in some of Melbourne’s largest house price gains of the past 20 years. Coast and country suburbs Tyabb, Somers, Rye and Tootgarook dominated Greater Melbourne’s top performing price growth suburbs since 2000. Realestate.com.au data shows Tyabb topped the list, with the suburb’s median house price shooting up 682 per cent…

Melbourne to resume international flights

Melbourne will resume international flights from 7 December, after suspending flights for more than four months to reset the state’s quarantine program. Australians returning home to Melbourne will be required to undergo a coronavirus test before they board their flight and confirmed COVID-19 cases will be corralled into “hot” hotels when international flights resume next…

Maintaining your Permanent Residence in Australia

You may think that being an Australian permanent resident, you have an automatic right to return to Australia from overseas. But this is not the case. Permanent residency is also not ‘forever’ as the permanent residency visa may be cancelled. To maintain your Australian permanent resident status, you must ensure that you: 1. meet the…