Australia & New Zealand

Australia to Introduce Tougher English Language Tests for Migrants

FILE – In this file photo made from Australia Broadcasting Corporation video taken shows asylum seekers protesting the possible closure of their detention center on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, Oct. 31, 2017. WVNTR – SYDNEY — Australia is planning to bring in tougher English language tests for migrants and new citizens. The center-right government says […]

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New Zealand plans to tax tourist from 2019

Photo: 123RF WVNTR – Effective from the second half of 2019, New Zealand will impose what the government calls ‘Tourist Tax’ to all international visitors entering the country for tourism purpose. According to RNZ: The government has unveiled its plans to introduce a tourist tax in the second half of 2019. Most international visitors entering […]

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Australia warns missing African athletes to comply with Visas

WVNTR – Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton said on Tuesday that a group of African athletes, who went missing during the Commonwealth Games, must give themselves up or face being deported. Eight athletes from Cameroon, two from Uganda and a Rwandan para-powerlifting coach went missing from the April 4 April 15 Games at […]

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Chinese migrants snub Australia’s $5m ‘golden ticket’ visas

Australia’s significant investor visa is open to all nationalities, but 87% of those granted since its launch in 2012 have been to Chinese nationals. Photograph: Ted S. Warren/AP WVN – Australia’s controversial significant investor visa – the so-called “golden ticket” visa aimed at Chinese investors who invest $5m in Australia – is being snubbed by […]

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South Africa strongly objects to the travel advisory issued by Australia

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu with Minister Rob Davies, as they make their way to the bilateral meeting with the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May and President Cyril Ramaphosa, in London. [Photo: DIRCO] WVN – The South African government takes strong exception to the Travel Advisory issued by the government of the […]

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Australia considers fast-track visas for white South African farmers

Peter Dutton: white South African farmers need help from a ‘civilised country’ like Australia Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP WVN – (The Guardian) – White South African farmers “deserve special attention” from Australia due to the “horrific circumstances” of land seizures and violence, Peter Dutton has said.  The home affairs minister told the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday […]

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Czech Republic added to Australia’s working holiday list

WVN – Young Czech Republic nationals can now apply for the Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462), which means they can holiday in Australia and undertake short-term work and/or study. The Work and Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 462) is for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year. […]

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