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Where can I check for current Skills in Demand across all Australian states and territories?

The Commonwealth Government has recently implemented its┬áLabour Market Information Portal (LMIP). As a work in progress, the information portal is still being consolidated with latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data and should be fully operational by late March 2014. The primary objective of the LMIP is to improve reporting on skills shortage by industry[…]

What will happen to my (Skilled) visa application when the annual cap is reached?

Skilled visas are allocated each financial year by a system of quotas. This is to allow the government to manage visa places annually in accordance with economic and social priorities. Quotas for the 2012/2013 financial year were recently published by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The system of allocating visas to visa[…]

Beware of ‘bogus documentation’ when applying for a visa to travel to or remain in Australia (Part 1)

HOW DO DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION CASE OFFICERS ASSESS FOR BOGUS DOCUMENTS? Bogus documentation is dealt with in s97 of the Migration Act (1954). Bogus documents are defined as being false in a material particular, which basically means documentation that is telling a lie or hiding the truth. The Act defines a bogus[…]