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Overseas students taking months to find a place to call home
10/6/2013
ONE in five international students in Adelaide found it difficult to find appropriate accommodation and some spent months searching for lodging they considered suitable. In an Advertiser-Sunday Mail survey, 20 per cent of the 150 respondents said finding a place to live had proved problematic in their early days in South Australia. Asked how long it had taken to find a house or unit to meet their needs, a handful of respondents said the search had stretched on for two months, while others wrote of a shorter ...

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SA Property Council proposes low-interest home loans to attract unemployed skilled workers
14/4/2013
UNEMPLOYED skilled workers in economically ravaged countries should be offered low-interest home loans and some relocation costs to attract them to South Australia, the Property Council says. In its State Budget submission, the council also wants the State Government to increase the conversion rate of international students to permanent residents and target skilled unemployed Europeans in countries in economic crisis. It also wants the introduction of a new visa to speed up the process of recognising the skills of new arrivals to help them find work sooner. ...

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Health sector needs 457 visas
5/4/ 2013
Immigration Department figures show the South Australian Government is the state's highest employer of 457 visa holders. Almost 20 per cent of the state's 1360 workers on 457 visas are employed in the public sector. The visas are available to overseas workers to address skills shortages, with holders restricted to working for their sponsor. Unions claim the visas are being exploited by employers to create a cheaper and more compliant workforce. The Federal Government wants to crackdown on ...

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Labour market outcomes for migrants
Migrants in Australia have very similar unemployment rates to the Australia-born as well as a relatively low rate compared to migrants in other countries. With an unemployment rate of just 5.2 per cent, Australia’s migrants have the second lowest rate of unemployment of all OECD countries after Israel. Recent migrants, with their younger and more educated profile, are the main contributing factor to Australia’s increased labour force participation rate. According to the department’s Continuous Survey of Australia’s Migrants, recently arrived skilled migrants have strong employment outcomes. At the ...

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Australia’s Migration Trends
Since September 2005 Net Overseas Migration (NOM) has overtaken natural increase as the main component of Australia’s population growth. For the year March 2011 to March 2012, NOM added 197 200 people to Australia’s population, or 59.5 per cent of total growth for that period. In 2011–12, the Migration Program delivered 184 998 places, 125 755 of these places went to Skill Stream migrants. The Family Stream outcome for 2011–12 was 58 604 places, a 7.4 per cent increase on the 2010–11 level of 54 543. ...

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Application Charges and Orphan Relative Visas
9/8/2013 | 8:16
One of Australia's migration agents recently ran into some trouble when applying for a Orphan Relative Visa (Subclass 117) on behalf of a client. According to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), the 117 visa is designed for children who are under the age of 18, are currently overseas, and cannot be cared for by their parents. If a child's application for the Orphan Relative Visa is successful, they will be permitted to migrate to Australia permanently and live with a relative who is already ...

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Immigration visit Victor Harbor noodle bar
15/7/2013
Immigration Compliance officers visited Noodle Bento on Tuesday, July 9 and found three unlawful non-citizens working on the premises. Noodle Bento is located at Victor Central on Torrens Street, Victor Harbor. The three Malaysian nationals were detained by immigration, as their working visas had expired and will be removed from Australia, according to an Immigration spokesperson. Immigration officers contacted the owner regarding the breach and the business was forced to close for the day."The future of the business is not an issue for Immigration, ...

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What`s new in electronic health processing?
15/07/2013
Most people applying for immigration visas will be required to meet Australia's health standards. You may need to organise a health examination in order to prove this.  In 2012, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) launched an electronic health processing system called eMedical.  This system electronically records DIAC visa applicants' health examination results.  It makes medical exam systems for immigrants much more secure, keeping applicants' personal information private and makes the process a whole lot quicker. The possibility for error has been reduced in the new system. ...

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Broken Hill `perfect place` for asylum seekers
6/8/2013
A leading lawyer and human rights advocate says Broken Hill is a perfect place to house asylum seekers. Julian Burnside QC says regional communities with declining populations would benefit from allowing refugees to live among them. He says asylum seekers could be easily monitored in such remote centres which would benefit from the spending of interim social security payments. Mr Burnside says this more humane approach would redirect billions of government dollars towards needy regional towns and cities. "Right across the country there are ...

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