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A registered migration agent who wishes to remain unknown, has managed to get into Sydney Airport international departures area with her Australian passport and without a boarding pass on the weekend. 

The migration agent went to take her son through customs at Sydney Airport.  She was not flying with her son.  The migration agent went through the customs hall and placed her passport on the scanner, then entered the departures hall without a problem.  She did not complete a departures card and put it in the glass box as she was not departing.  

The migration agent then said goodbye to her son, and proceeded to leave the airport departures hall.  She tried to get out via the customs security gates.  A security guard said 'you shouldn't be here'.  The guard told the agent to tell border security that 'she had left her medication in the car' as the reason she needed to leave the departures hall.  The agent was let out by Border Force, but the Border Force held her passport as they assumed that she was coming back to join a flight.  The migration agent said 'I am not coming back and I just came in to see my son off.  I need my passport'.

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By Liana Allan

The 2017 Global Estimate of Modern Slavery by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimated that at any one time in there are 24.9 million victims of forced labour, with 16 million people exploited in the private sector such as domestic work.

The granting of a subclass 600 visitor visa to a nanny being paid to work in a private home in Australia.  Is this the tip if the iceberg?

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The Australian Migration Profession will undergo CPD changes from 1 January 2018

The Office of the MARA (OMARA) are changing the CPD framework for registered migration agents from 1 January 2018.  The OMARA have received applications from CPD providers who would like to offer CPD and the Practice Ready Programme from the 1 January 2018.  Those applications have not yet been decided.  No CPD provider has been approved to deliver training in 2018 at this stage.   

All current CPD activities will expire on 31 December 2017.

It is very important that you complete any CPD that you started in 2017 and your CPD points are reported to the OMARA before 31 December 2017. 

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The migration consulting business is clearly thriving in Australia.  According to the latest Migration Agent Activity Report released by MARA, during the first half of 2017, registered migration agents lodged 54% of Business Skills visa applications, 76% of the total 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa applications and 86% of Employer Sponsored visa applications.  

Industry growth & profitability generally leads to increased supply side competition and this has proven true for Migration Agents in Australia as well.  The chart below highlights a staggering 43% growth of registered agents from 4,899 in 2013 to just over 7,000 in 2017. 

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After the huge success in Sydney, Migration Alliance has arranged two more NZ immigration events.  To attend the NZ immigration seminar in Melbourne it is essential to RSVP.   

To RSVP please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please put 'NZ Melbourne' in the subject of the email.  Space is limited and will be on a first come first served basis.

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