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Featured Blog Posts – June 2009 Archive (3)

Visa processing times

Apparently, despite a stern talking-to from the Australian government earlier this year, applications times for the processing of State and Territory sponsorships are increasing significantly.

The Australian government is keen to encourage the ststes to participate more fully in the skilled migration programme - so much so that Australia's Immigration Minister has directed that skilled visa applications that are sponsored by a State or Territory shall be processed as a priority over… Continue

Added by John on June 24, 2009 at 12:33 — 14 Comments

Australian visa application fees increase by 20%

The Australian government have just announced that the skilled migration visa application fee will increase by 20% as of the 1st July 2009.

As a result, the skilled migration application fee will stand at AU$2,525 from 1 July 2009; a full AU$420 increase from the previous fee. With this in place, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is estimated to pull in an extra $402.3 million over the next four years.

A full list of changes is available by downloading… Continue

Added by John on June 22, 2009 at 12:27 — No Comments

New places to go In Sydney

Anyone got any more ?

Cutler & Co. 55–57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy: Located in an old metal work factory, Cutler & Co’s interior harmoniously mixes layers old with new. Food that rewards in its balance and purity of flavour, slick service and a well-chosen wine list make this deservedly one of Melbourne's dining gems. The black metal bar next-door complements the restaurant with a full bar selection.

Newtown Workers Club 51… Continue

Added by John on June 1, 2009 at 16:52 — No Comments

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