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Applying for Permanent Residency while on a Student Visa

The Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa, otherwise known as the 457 Visa, was one of the most popular working visas in Australia. One factor that made it popular was the flexibility it offered – up to 4 years residency in Australia for jobs listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Mostly it only … Continued

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Subclass 485 Visa Changes From 18th April 2015

On the 18/04/2015 there will be changes made to the subclass 485 visa (485 graduate visa) based on reviews of the program to improve two key aspects. 1) Health Requirement In the past when applying for the subclass 485 visa the applicant needed to show proof that they had “made arrangements” for undertaking medicals. This … Continued

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485 Visa Lodgements Increase By 24%

The popularity of the subclass 485 visa (Temporary Graduate Program) has grown in the July to September 2014 quarter with the number of applications lodged increasing by 24% compared to the same quarter last year. This is the first time an increase has been recorded since 2011. Last quarter (July to August 2014) just over … Continued

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2014 Statistics For 485 Visa Applications

The alarming trend of overseas students who finish their studies going back to their native country continues to increase with 485 visa applications lodged and received dipping significantly. This means that fewer individuals are choosing to work in Australia on a temporary basis after they have gained the skills and knowledge from one of the … Continued

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Indians Abandon The 485 Visa Scheme in 2014

Recent figures released by the Australian government showed that while student visas continued to increase popularity of the subclass 485 visa scheme continued to decline. Below shows the number of 485 visa applications that have been lodged within Australia. While the drop commenced before the previous labour governments changes in July 2013 clearly it has … Continued

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485 Visa Applications Dive In 2013

Some alarming statistics have been released by IMMI (The Government Immigration Arm) showing a significant drop in 485 visa applications & holders within Australia. In the final quarter of 2014 the number of applications for student visas has increased by 13.5% making it the highest number in four years. With student visas on an upward … Continued

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Working As An Australian Students Or Graduate

International students who successfully completed their course within Australia often want to stay in the country and work in Australia. In most cases these graduates will apply for a skilled visa that suits their circumstances. The most popular visa often chosen is the skilled graduate Subclass (485 visa) followed by the subclass 457 skilled  migrant … Continued

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485 Visa Health Insurance Policies To Increase In 2014

Australia has a highly regulated health insurance industry. Every year health funds go through a process to increase their policies (including 485 visa health insurance policies) which include: Submit to the government the proposed price increased the fund would like to make Negotiate (when applicable) when the government believes these increases are ‘not reasonable’ taking … Continued

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Tips For Finding A Job On A 485 Visa

Students who want to remain in Australia after they complete their studies must apply for a 485 visa. This visa is for international students who have recently graduated from an Australian educational institution. It allows graduates an opportunity for work experience and to practise the skills they developed during the course of their studies. It … Continued

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2013 Stats For 485 Visa Applications

The newest statistics released by the Australian government shows a huge growth in the use of 485 visa’s by overseas students who complete there studies in Australia. While 20.7% of students chose to renew their student visa as they wanted to do further studies in Australia, or the remaining 79,3% approx 30% move to a … Continued

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