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The following information has just been received from the DIBP:

Hi Education and Migration Agents, 

Welcome to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s first Student Visa Programme newsletter the ‘Agent Digest’. We will use the Agent Digest to communicate updates for the Student Visa Programme and on areas where the Department is noticing issues that may have the potential to delay processing times. 

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Dear Migration Alliance members,
 
Back in March this year Migration Alliance announced a new partnership with Nexus Partners who can provide innovative finance referral solutions for your business and clients. Pleasingly since then, a number of Migration Agents have since signed up with Nexus Partners and can now refer clients to a number of banks & lenders for residential and commercial lending purposes.
 
Nexus Partners are now pleased to announce the addition of a new lender to their panel who can provide specific funding solutions for the following categories:
 
·         Australian citizens or permanent residents working overseas (with one applicant working in Australia)
·         Non residents residing within Australia on the following visas (309, 457, 475, 487 & 820)
·         Permanent residents on the following visas (100, 119, 120, 121, 126, 134, 175, 176, 801, 855, 856, 857, 885, 886 & 887)
 
Both fixed & variable rate home loan solutions are available, some with 100% Offset facilties.
 
To find out more, and how getting access to these solutions can assist your business and clients, simply click on the link below and complete your details. Once submitted, a Nexus Partners Manager will be in contact with you to discuss further and assist with the accreditation & onboarding process.
 
 
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Every voice is unique, like a fingerprint. So ETS uses the voice recordings from the Speaking section of the TOEFL iBT® test to help ensure that test takers aren’t misrepresenting themselves. 
 
The recordings are compared using technology called voice biometrics, which uses statistical pattern-matching techniques, advanced voice classification methods, and inputs from multiple systems to compare speech samples from test takers.
 
Voice biometrics is used to identify potential testing misconduct in three main ways.
 
1. Repeat test takers – To compare voiceprints with speech samples from the same test taker across multiple test administrations. If the voiceprints are different, we investigate.
 
2. Potential impersonators within a test center – To compare voiceprints with speech samples for all test takers at a specific test center. If any voiceprints match, we investigate.
 
3. Known impersonators within a group – To compare voiceprints with speech samples from known imposters for all test takers within a suspect group. If any voiceprints match, we investigate.
 
Voice biometrics was introduced in 2012 for TOEFL® test security investigations, and is now used on all test takers worldwide before scores are released.
 
For more about TOEFL test security, visit https://www.ets.org/toefl/institutions/about/security/.
 
 
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A couple of registered migration agents have reported that ImmiAccount is not working.

 
The following message appears on ImmiAccount:
 

Current Technical Issue:

As at 1.30pm on Wednesday 21 December 2016 AEST, a number of users have reported a System Unavailable issue when attempting to access visa applications within ImmiAccount.

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For a test to be a fair and reliable measurement of a person’s abilities, there has to be proper test security. Make sure that your clients understand the rules and procedures for their TOEFL iBT® test, so that there are no surprises on test day.

Before the test, test takers must:

  • Register for the test using an approved form of identification that contains a photograph and signature. Check the requirements for each country here: www.ets.org/toefl/id.
  • Make sure that the name in their TOEFL iBT account matches the name on their ID.

When checking in at the test centre, test takers will:

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