Author: Dilip Nooney

The Australian Government is Targeting to Reduce the Number of Temporary Visas

There is going to be less number of temporary visas for immigrants The Australian government is targeting to reduce the number of temporary visas in the coming years. It is also planning to reduce number of visa skill categories in the coming years. All this process is to make the visa processing more simple and […]

More number of Visas are allocated for Skilled Sponsored Categories

The overall size of the migration program will remain unchanged with a total of 168 700 places, comprising a total skill stream of 113 850 places, a total family stream of 54 550 places and 300 special eligibility places. The overall level of skilled migration will increase by 5750 program places. This includes an additional […]

Health Requirement Changes on Onshore GSM Visas

From 22 March 2010, applicants for an onshore GSM visa need only obtain a reference number from Medibank Health Solutions to meet the time of application health requirement. Applicants should phone Medibank Health Solutions and state that they are applying for a GSM visa and request a reference number. This reference number must then be […]

New Changes for the time of provision of evidence of IELTS

There are new arrangements for the provision of evidence for English language ability. Applicants for the following GSM subclasses have until the time of decision to provide evidence of their English language ability. Skilled – Independent (Residence) visa (subclass 885) Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) visa (subclass 886) Skilled – Independent (Migrant) visa (subclass 175) Skilled […]

Why choose Australia over the USA? The UK? Canada? New Zealand?

Economic opportunities in Australia are vast. Australia’s economy is increasingly integrated into those of the ASEAN countries (originally Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand and more recently in addition Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. It also has a free trade agreement with the USA. As with India and Canada, Australia’s financial sector […]

Is Australia safe for foreign students and immigrants?

The United States-based blog for Indo-Americans, “Sepia Mutiny”  has frequently carried alarming accounts of unprovoked attacks on Indian students. Recently there has been some bad press for Australia in the Indian news media about similar-seeming events. Is the situation comparable? Should prospective Indian students (and their parents), investors and independent skilled migrants feel any alarm? […]

Australian universities’ research and teaching

You will find considerable differences in the approach taken at Australian universities that you are accustomed to in India. Silent note-taking is everywhere understood to be the least effective way of learning, but active learning requires resources that are not available everywhere. Australian students, though, cannot sit through lectures and then study up for exams […]

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