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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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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China overtakes New Zealand to become Australia’s largest inbound visitor market for the first time

WVN – China has overtaken New Zealand to become Australia’s largest inbound visitor market for the first time. Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows there were 1.39 million Chinese visitors in the year ending February 2018, an increase of 13.2 per cent. With its close proximity and people-to-people ties, New Zealand remains a strong market […]

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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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Ghana suspends minister over visa scandal at Commonwealth Games in Australia

WVN – The President of Ghana, Mr. Nana Addo Akufo-Addo, has suspended the deputy youth and sports minister, Mr. Pius Hadzie, with immediate effect over the Commonwealth athletes’ scam. A statement released on Thursday by Mr. Mr. Eugine Arhin, Director of Communication, said that also suspended is the Acting Director General of the National Sports […]

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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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