Migration Agent Melbourne | On 1 July 2017, the Australian Government introduced new permanent residence options for New Zealand citizens who have been lived in Australia for the last 5 years continuously and commenced residence in Australia on or prior to 19 February 2016. The New Zealand citizen must also have been a taxable income at or above an income threshold ($53,900 plus superannuation) for the last 5 years.
Migration Agent Melbourne | The Internet can be a wonderful tool, however unfortunately it can also facilitate scams and fraud. When searching for a migration agent, we encourage visitors to ‘Migration Agent Melbourne’ to recognise ‘Warning Signs’ such as where a business does not disclose its Migration Agents’ Registration Authority Number (MARN), has no address or has no phone number. See: MARA and Legal Services Board.
Migration Agent Melbourne | Parents of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens currently have limited options to migrate to Australia unless they are willing to wait 30 years or have about $60,000. However, the Australian Government is proposing to introduce a New Temporary Parent Visa on 1 July 2017, which allows parents to stay in Australia for 5 years continuously with the ability to renew the visa.
Migration Agent Melbourne | New Zealand citizens who are not eligible New Zealand citizens can stay in Australia indefinitely under the Special Category Visa (SCV). Under the SCV, New Zealand citizens have no restrictions for working and studying and may be entitled to Medicare and some social security benefits. But, the SCV is not a pathway to Australian Citizenship. The Australian Government will introduce additional pathway to Australian citizenship on 1 July 2017.
Migration Agent Melbourne | When applying for an Australian visa, you may need to show your English skills. Historically, applicants proved their English by sitting the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Your English would be graded as Functional (IELTS 4.5), Vocational (IELTS 5.0), Competent (IELTS 6.0), Proficient (IELTS 7.0) and Superior (IELTS 8.0). However, now there are more options such as TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic and CAE tests.