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How many times have you taken IELTS for visa purposes?

Some of our clients are taking IELTS for visa purposes  on a regular basis , nearly every second week and often they are missing 0.5 point but always in different category. At some stage it makes no sense to keep doing this - You need a new approach, maybe try a different exam, many seem to be getting better scores in PTE academic than the IELTS test, often making up for that missing 0.5 point. Few tips here and read more on our website about IELTS preparation. You will find there many useful tips. You do really need to prepare and practice to do well on each section of the exam! There are specific books available online designed to help you...

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Business visa MONITORING, WHAT IT MEANS FOR BUSINESS?

How to deal with business visa monitoring DIBP has a unit specializing in business monitoring. This unit is checking operations in businesses hiring overseas staff. Usually it is focused on businesses operating under SBS and hiring employees on 457 visas, but may also happen to businesses hiring under different type of visas like RSMS or ENS. There is no need to stress or panic when such a thing occurs, however it is never pleasurable to have somebody digging through your documents. Usually officers are coming for local inspection to see if business is operating as it should be, if employees are doing what they should. Then they check business documentation; this is where many employers and employees are failing. The...

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Labour Agreement, what is it and is it worth to have it?

Labour Agreement is an agreement made directly between the Government and a company; which allows that approved company to sponsor employees from overseas. This agreement is similar to a 457 sponsorship, in that it is an alternative to business sponsorship. The roles accepted must be on the CSOL list of approved roles. The labour agreement is beneficial to large organisations, which have a large workforce as it allows a company to sponsor a several employees for the same role, such as management. They do not have the same requirements as a 457 sponsorship to prove that the position is needed and candidate is suitable. Nomination requires the sponsor to pay the cost of nomination for each employee and generally will...

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Do you think we are a pain? Well, we are and actually proud of it ;-)

Throughout our work, some could accuse us of being nit-picky and pedantic when it comes to documents. However, there is a reason for this. While some agents are happy to take whatever their clients give to them, we scrutinise and analyse everything. This is because our clients have paid us to represent them in the visa process – we won’t take the risk of glossing over incomplete or inconclusive documents resulting in refusal. This makes the job twice as difficult and time consuming for us and our clients. We are proud that we question and scrutinise everything we are presented with; it gets results. Last week, we had a sponsor provide us with several financial and registration documents for their...

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457 Visa Monitoring doesn’t have to be scary

Monitoring is a process that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to check whether companies are compliant with the conditions of 457 Sponsorship. They check, the wage of nominated employees, their tasks and duties are in line with what they were intended to do in their employment contract and whether or not the companies are reporting the right things to the Department, such as changes in the company or ownership. The DIBP often turn up at these businesses to conduct these checks and monitor the businesses compliance. One of our cases last year could have ended really badly. If a company is found to be in breach of their sponsorship obligations they can lose their sponsorship rights, incur...

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Our client’s story

He came to Australia on 573 visa in 2008 and then applied for a 572 in 2010 visa which was refused. Than he applied for MRT, which was also as refused in 2012. So than he had been advice to apply  for ministerial intervention which was refused as well. 4 years, 4 refusals.  Than, he has been referred to us by one of his friends in Australia.  After careful consideration of his situation Piotr advised him to secure future employment with Australian sponsor, leave Australia and improve English. Not an easy decision and many of our clients don't want to do it. They prefer to overstay visa, keep applying for wrong and ridiculous visas, loose thousands of dollars.... which takes them...

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