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Promoting deadwood, limiting openness, discouraging new thinking and probably the worst thing, undermining members trust: did the MIA National Board, consider any of these when they decided to put to the vote the changes to its Constitution to remove the 2 year term limits for the tenure of MIA Directors?

They must have, and figured that given how comfortably their Directors get re-elected each time, they would also have this easily passed. They seemed to have confused their members’ patience with apathy and are undoubtedly hoping to achieve a coup for the incumbents so that they can boast the title “MIA Director” for potentially a lifetime, without ever achieving anything much for their members.

However, the reaction in some quarters to this selfish move has been swift with the resignation of MIA’s Qld/NT committee member, Sharon Harris. In a selfless open letter which would not have reached RMAs if it wasn’t for the open nature of the Migration Alliance forum, Ms Harris outlined her concerns and objections.

“In 2010 whilst I was a Director on the MIA Board, there was some criticism from members of the Board which included:  they sat on Board for their self-interest; did not represent ALL members; were committee 'junkies' and there for the kudos; did not share information with members, was a 'closed shop',“ wrote Ms Harris adding, “I cannot support unlimited tenures for directors of MIA Board - remember they are elected by us and are there to best serve our interests.”

Other dual members of the MIA and Migration Alliance are offering to volunteer their time and resources to attend the MIA’s EGM on 18 February 2015 to vote ‘No’ against the motion. Liana Allan and Christopher Levingston along with John Hourigan are taking up the main fight for a 'no' vote.

With over 4000 RMA members, Migration Alliance has a huge number of dual members.  Migration Alliance represents the majority of the RMA profession.  This means that Liana Allan could effectively collect proxies to control the outcome of the MIA's motion.

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The following evidence has been sent to Migration Alliance.  Full permission has been provided to publish this information.  Mr Abel Prasad sent yet another letter today to Migration Alliance threatening to sue us and giving us another chance to remove the information we have published on this website about SVC Legal and Mr Abel Prasad.   We will not be intimidated or threatened into backing down or removing information important for consumer protection and above all else, RMA protection.

Migration Alliance has been informed that Surry Hills Local Area Command Detectives have been assigned to this case and we have been provided with a Constable's name and case file number.

The person (victim) who sent this information to Migration Alliance reports that Mr Abel Prasad owes him money (approx. $50,000) and has used his credit card without his permission.  

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The migration skills list and the occupation ceilings sets the limits on the number of permanent visas granted each year under Australia’s skilled migration programme. However, many of the trades skills quotas are not being met. It is not clear if there is insufficient interest from applicants or if people are not bothering to apply due to the high English Language requirement.

Eight months of the financial year have passed and DIBPs recently updated statistics on occupation ceilings show that out of some 160,000 possible invitations that DIBP can issue in each programme year, only about 19,402 invitations have been sent as at 25 February 2015. The statistics are listed here: http://www.immi.gov.au/Work/Pages/SkillSelect/SkillSelect.aspx#tab-4 . You will have to click the Occupational Ceilings tab to view the data.

Occupational ceilings limit how many invitations to apply are issued by the Department of Immigration each year for general skilled migration for a particular occupation. Generally, applicants with an Expression of Interest in occupational groups which have reached their ceiling will not be invited to apply for a visa but however will remain in the EOI pool for two years from the date of submission, or until they are selected to apply when a fresh quota is issued.

Occupational ceilings do not apply to Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses and have now also been removed for State or Territory Nominated, visa subclasses. Effectively this means that states can nominate occupations for Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 and Skilled Regional Subclass 489 visas even if the ceiling has been reached.

Based on DIBPs current statistics, over 90 per cent of the jobs have barely hit 50 per cent of their quota. In fact, more than half the jobs on the list that numbers 75 occupations, have barely hit 3 per cent of their quota.

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Migration Alliance members have been in contact and have expressed the view that Migration Alliance should defend and protect it's name against ME Alliance Pty Ltd otherwise named Migration and Education Alliance, owned and operated by RMA Praveen Goyal.

If any RMAs, who are also solicitors are familiar with this area of law and would be able to advise us, we would be pleased to hear from you.  We would like to keep the work within the profession and amongst our members where possible.

As ME Alliance Pty Ltd is a small business, Migration Alliance has lodged an application with the Small Business Commissioner for mediation with ME Alliance Pty Ltd to try and request that Mr Goyal refrain from using 'Migration and Education Alliance' as his trading name.

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A message has just been received from DIBP regarding ImmiAccount as follows:

"Can you please flag with Migration Alliance members that there will be an ImmiAccount outage from 2 til 9pm this Saturday.

We will put outage comms on the DIBP website but I wanted to advise you as well given the late notice – apologies for this but our IT colleagues were unable to confirm until today.

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