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Ever wanted to study  in Australia? A national survey has uncovered Australia's Top Universities. Click here to find out more: Australia's top universities We represent over 50 universities and colleges throughout Australia and have referred 1000's of students over the past 10 years.   If this is something that interests you contact us for information, advice and processing of your enrollment and student visa.  

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SVP STUDENT VISA – ARE THEY REALLY STREAMLINED?

The busy little bees from DIBP often target 457 and partner visa applications, but students aren't far behind. Firstly, MRT (tribunal) have decided people with the intention to stay in Australia post-study are still genuine students, but DIBP disagrees. Then there is beautiful Streamline Processing Visa (SVP) for those good, genuine (SIC!) students who wish to study in good, recommended schools but is it really working? Estimated processing time is 2 weeks, we have a number of cases where decisions are not made for months. Each reply from DIBP starts with '' it is under investigation". Considering it is called 'streamlined' processing,  why is it taking so much time, when SVP applications are assessed by the school before they issue COE....

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PARTNER VISA – PRETTY SIMPLE, IS THAT SO?

Firstly, as of July 1st the visa fee has gone up making it the most expensive visa application, costing over$6000 (non-refundable) - payable to DIBP; so it is better to be safe than sorry. DIBP have introduced a data-matching system, where applicants can be vetted for fraudulent information including Centerlink benefits, living arrangements etc. Also we are coming back to 'genuine' relationship, where the most loving couples may struggle to meet requirements as they seem to be less and less relevant to the way people live their lives. So even if you do not set up your lives and prepare evidence based on DIBP policy, there is a great chance you will fail as a couple in the eyes of Immigration, even if you are...

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457 REFUSED – WHY?

The 457 visa has always been strongly effected by political decisions. Now, DIBP seems to focus on refusing, refusing and refusing 457 applications. 15% more applications were lodged last year with a 5% decrease in approvals. This affects SBS (Sponsorship) , nomination and application. A favorite excuse is 'lack of genuine position', as it opens all doors. Everything can be classed as not genuine: business, position, applicant etc. As much as there are many bad examples of abusing 457 visa arrangements, this time DIBP seems to have gone too far - meaning many good, Australian businesses are struggling with lack of people to work for them ultimately pay the price. Most affected seems to be applicants for Managerial positions, especially Restaurant and...

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‘IMMI’ is now ‘DIBP’, will it make a difference?

As of 1 July 2015 'Immi' changed to 'DIBP' - Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Theoretically, it doesn't mean much, except for a new website and email addresses, however there is many personnel changes and that will effects applications. Many staff members, including MRT (AAT) Judges have been replaced by ex-border security staff who are not familiar with Immigration procedures. One of the common opinions was that there had been a 'shift its focus from nation building and migrant settlement, towards a greater emphasis on border security'. That has caused many problems, judicial errors, backlogs and long waiting times for decisions.

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