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The following news is straight in from the DIBP to Migration Alliance:

Please note that ImmiAccount, including the Online Lodgement and VEVO services, is currently unavailable.  We are aware of this issue and are working to restore services as a matter of priority.

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Sun protection means protecting skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Everyone needs to protect their skin from UVA and UVB rays, the two types of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun that reach the earth’s surface.

This radiation can cause health problems such as sunburn, skin ageing, eye damage and even skin cancer. Use a combination of the following main ways to help protect yourself in the sun:

  • slip on a shirt,
  • slop on sunscreen,
  • slap on a hat,
  • slide on sunglasses,  
  • and seek shade wherever and whenever you can.

Cover up

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The government wants to strengthen the integrity of the citizenship program and hand Immigration Minister Scott Morrison powers to revoke citizenship where it has been obtained by fraud or misrepresentation. These are among the several changes slated in a proposed bill.

Generally, the stricter citizenship laws are set to make it harder to obtain and maintain Australian citizenship.The proposed amendments set out in the Australian Citizenship and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 are as follows:

  • allow the Minister to revoke citizenship on the grounds of fraud or misrepresentation in the citizenship process, without the requirement for a conviction of relevant criminal offences
  • extend the good character requirement to include applicants under 18 years of age
  • include the bar on approval for criminal offences in all citizenship streams include reference to contemporary sentencing practices in the bar on approval for criminal offences
  • enable the Minister to cancel approval of citizenship by conferral prior to the Pledge of Commitment if the Minister is satisfied that the applicant is no longer eligible
  • allow the Minister to defer the applicant taking the Pledge of Commitment for up to two years and align the grounds for deferral with the grounds for cancellation of approval
  • require those who automatically acquire citizenship on adoption in Australia to have commenced the adoption process before turning 18 years of age
  • require a standardised 12 month waiting period for resumption of citizenship clarify the residence requirements by specifying when the four year lawful period commences and that the 12 month period as a permanent resident must be continuous
  • clarify who is covered by the partner discretion in the residence requirement and insert a minimum physical presence requirement for those claiming the partner discretion for absences from Australia
  • provide the power to make a legislative instrument setting out when a period of unlawful presence may be treated as lawful presence
  • put beyond doubt that children born in Australia to parents with diplomatic and other privileges and immunities are not eligible for Australian citizenship
  • provide a discretion to revoke citizenship by descent in place of the current operation of law provision
  • limit automatic acquisition of citizenship at ten years of age to those persons who have maintained lawful residence in Australia throughout the ten years
  • clarify the provision giving citizenship to a child found abandoned in Australia
  • make holders of prescribed visas eligible for citizenship by conferral before entering Australia
  • enable use and disclosure of personal information collected about a client under the Migration Act to be used for the purposes of the Citizenship Act and vice versa
  • provide that personal decisions made by the Minister, taken in the public interest, are not subject to merits review
  • provide the Minister with the power to set aside decisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) concerning character and identity if it would be in the public interest to do so
  • align access to merits review for conferral applicants under 18 years of age with citizenship eligibility requirements and
  • provide that the Australian Citizenship Regulations 2007 (the Citizenship Regulations) may confer on the Minister the power to make legislative instruments
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While not a major change for most cases, MA members should be made aware that the EOI selection dates for skilled migration appear to have changed to the 2nd and 4th Friday, instead of the previous (until October) 2nd and 4th Monday.

I haven't seen any official announcement but this change is already in effect. Selections for November were Friday 14th and upcoming Friday 28th.

Thanks to James Alan Hall for providing this information to Migration Alliance (source).

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Below are the latest SIV statistics.

490 primary SIV visas have been granted as at 31 Octoer according to official data from the Department of Immigration.  

The Assistant Minister for Immigration announced on 17 Nov that the 500th visa had been granted.  (equating to $2.5 billion in investment inflows to Australia…or about half the Medibank IPO)

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