Passport costs to increase 1 January 2017

Legislative Instrument – F2016L01597 – Australian Passports (Application Fees) Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Determination 2016, increases the costs of Australian passports, travel documents and other associated processes from 1 January 2017.

The following increases will come into effect on that date:

Provisional travel documents – Nil
Passports for children and those over 75, with five

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Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa -From 19 November 2016

This visa would be for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to:

undertake short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work
in limited circumstances, participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests.

The subclass will predominantly be granted for 3 months stay, but 6 months validity will still be available

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  • Temporary Activity Visa changes – 19 November 2016

Temporary Activity Visa changes – 19 November 2016

It has been announced that a new Temporary Activity Visa framework will come onto effect on 19 November 2016.

In summary, there would be four visa subclasses:

Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) (subclass 400) visa;
Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) visa;
Training (subclass 407) visa; and
Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa.

These four visas would

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Parent and Other Family visas numbers for 2016/17 FY

Migration Act 1958 – Granting of Parent and Other Family Visas in 2016/2017 Financial Year Determination. This Instrument specifies the maximum number of visa that may be granted in the 16/17 financial year for the following visa classes:

Parent (Migrant) (Class AX) and Aged Parent (Residence) (Class BP) visas at 1550; and
Other Family (Migrant) (Class

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Entrepreneur Visa – Migration Regulation introduced

New Entrepreneur visa

From 10 September 2016, a new Entrepreneur visa will be available as a new part of ourBusiness Innovation and Investment Programme. The Entrepreneur visa will allow entrepreneurs with $200,000 in funding from a specified third party to develop and commercialise their innovative ideas in Australia. It also provides

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GSM Skill Select Points Test Changes For PhD and Masters by Research Students

5 additional points for completion of a PhD or Masters by Research in Australia will be available from 10 September.
This will require 2 years of study in Australia, and would be initially limited to people studying:

Science
Technology
Engineering
Mathematics
Information and Communication Technology

The following fields of education qualifications are proposed to be accepted under

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Arrangements for lodging Return Resident Visas 2016

Applications for Class BB Return Resident visa must be made in the following manner:

Using internet Form 1085E or in any other case, Form 1085
Applications may be made in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance;

Applications made inside Australia

Applications that not internet applications must be posted to:

Resident Return Visa Application
Department of Immigration

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