Bridging Visas – A Quick Guide

It seems that a lot of people have heard about bridging visas, but most people are not familiar with how they work and what they are for. Often we hear clients asking about how to apply for a ‘bridge visa’ or asking whether they will have to leave Australia if their visa isn’t granted in time. Bridging visas are very different from the other types of visas in Australia and are in a category of their own. The name bridging…

Preparing for departure checklist

This checklist gives you a few things to think about before you make the move to Australia. At the 18-month mark basic research is all you should be doing. 1: Make a list of possible living destinations. This should involve talking to friends and relatives who have visited or lived in Australia. Do online research, look on travel sites, blogs, YouTube, government websites, Facebook and even Instagram to get an idea of what it’s like to live in Sydney, Melbourne,…

Important Changes to the Working Holiday Maker visa program

Regional and rural communities to benefit from changes to the subclass 417 and subclass 462 visa programs       The Australian Government has just announced significant changes to Australia’s Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program. The Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program includes the subclass 417 visa and the subclass 462 visa. The stated objective is to support regional and rural communities. These very welcome changes include: From 5 November 2018, expanding the regional areas where subclass 462 visa holders…

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