LITIGATION - Frequently Asked Questions
Date: Dec 04, 2012
Deciding how to settle a dispute - Choosing a process - Commencing litigation - Pre-trial procedures - Discontinuance or withdrawal - Enforcement of judgments - Costs of Litigation - Time limits - Lawyers
Working in Australia with the Business Long Stay Visa
Date: Nov 02, 2010
If you are interested in working in Australia on a temporary basis, one of the most common programs is the 457 business visa. This program enables businesses to employ an overseas worker for up to four years. The worker can bring other eligible secondary applicants with them to Australia. Secondary applicants can also work and study.
Australian Working Holiday Visas
Date: Oct 07, 2010
This article considers the key considerations in obtaining an Australian working holiday visa. Living and working in a new country can be a great experience and the working holiday visa program is a fantastic way to see Australia (while helping to meet the generally higher costs of travelling around the country).
Lifting the suspension on processing Afghan asylum claims
Date: Oct 05, 2010
The decision-making process for people who seek asylum in Australia is rigorous. Asylum seekers are required to detail their claims for protection. They are then interviewed by a Departmental officer who will assesses their claims, applying the following definition of a refugee: a person who "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country…".
Overseas Marriage, Children and Dual Citizenship
Date: Sep 02, 2010
Dual citizenship occurs where two or more countries deem an individual to be a citizen of that country. While most people are aware that they are a citizen of a particular country (e.g. they were born there or became naturalised), it is possible to be a dual citizen without realising it. This issue is of particular interest for people who have parents who immigrated to Australia, or were born to (or adopted by) a couple that had different national backgrounds.
Date: Aug 11, 2010
There is much debate about whether Australia should grant visas to asylum seekers who arrive by boat (the so-called “boat people”) without documentation.
Security for Costs
Date: Aug 08, 2010
The general rule is that everyone should be able to enforce their rights in the Courts – poverty should be no bar to justice.
Overstaying your Visa
Date: Aug 03, 2010
In order to enter Australia lawfully, it is necessary for non-citizens to obtain a visa. The requirement to obtain a visa applies to everyone, regardless of whether the purpose of the visit is tourism, study, work or migration. However, there are many different types of visas each with specific conditions regarding study, work and duration.
Using a Migration Agent
Date: Jul 02, 2010
A migration agent is a person registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA), who offers to assist people with applying for visas and citizenship in Australia. This article examines some important considerations in using the services of a migration agent and what you should expect to receive for their assistance.
Who is a Refugee?
Date: Jun 04, 2010
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Who is a Refugee?
The legal status of refugees in Australia is a contentious and frequently misunderstood matter. Unlike many developing countries, where the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will make a determination of a person's refugee status, Australia has a formal administrative process for assessing refugee claims.
Immigration Update: General Skilled Migration
Date: May 02, 2010
In 2010, the Commonwealth Government announced significant changes impacting general skilled migration, with further changes taking place later this year. If you have applied for or are thinking of applying for general skilled migration, it is imperative to seek advice and understand how the changes may impact your application.
Baird Review welcomed by Immigration Minister
Date: Apr 03, 2010
On 9 March 2010, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, welcomed the final report of the Baird Review on the legislation governing international education. It is titled “Stronger, Simpler, Smarter ESOS; A Review of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act. It was also greeted favourably by the Deputy Prime minister, Julia Gillard and comes in conjunction with the changes made to the skilled migration program in February, 2010.
Maintain your status quo
Date: Mar 01, 2010
Visa status is hard to maintain, especially when travelling in and out of several countries. If you’re an Australian permanent resident who wants to travel, and wish to keep your status, you should consider a Five Year Resident Return Visa (subclass 155).
Skills Assessment for Migrants
Date: Feb 02, 2010
The most common form of migration to Australia is the General Skilled Migration program. The aim of the program is to attract skilled, experienced and therefore employable people for migration to Australia.
Staying on After your Working Holiday
Date: Jan 02, 2010
Are you in Australia on a working holiday visa and interested in staying on after your visa expires? There are a few different visa options if you would like to extend your stay.
International Students and Permanent Residency
Date: Dec 02, 2009
In 2008-08, the Commonwealth Government granted a total of 320,368 student visas. Many of these international students are interested in becoming permanent residents in Australia. In most cases, students apply for general skilled migration upon the completion of their studies. In 2008-09, the Commonwealth Government granted 69,153 permanent resident visas through the general skilled migration program.
How to board the Australia Citizen Ship
Date: Jul 02, 2009
There are many vessels in which you can become an Australian citizen. Your rite of passage to either apply or be automatically granted citizenship depends on your circumstances. So which option applies to you?
Your strength of character in Immigration
Date: Jun 02, 2009
Australian migration laws require all applicants to satisfy a "character test" before approving a visa. This is known as the public interest criteria, and it can be difficult to understand its requirements.
More Changes for Skilled Workers on The 457 Visa
Date: May 02, 2009
The 457 temporary business (long stay) visa plays an important role in the Australian economy. This visa enables employers to fill skilled positions with an overseas worker where they have been unable to find a local candidate. The program allows overseas workers to remain in Australia for a period between three months and four years.
Government Introduces Changes to the Skilled Migration Program
Date: Apr 02, 2009
As of 1 January 2009, the Commonwealth Government made changes to the skilled migration program. The new measures were the result of Australia's changing economic needs, including forecasts for higher unemployment, and were designed to ensure that the skilled migration stream continued to meet the needs of industry in the new economic climate.