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How would you like to do a little mental exercise to get yourself back into the swing of things now that we’re getting into mid-January, and the summertime joys of beach, sun and sky are giving way again to days at your desk and the joys of the migration legislation?

Is you’re a.c. working on this brutally hot day (in Sydney!)? Are you completely up to date on the amendments that came into force in November 2016? If so, ready, steady, go!!

Suppose you are dealing with an application for an Orphan Relative visa, Subclass 117.

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Do you ever feel when you are dealing with the Department of Immigration that, like Alice in Wonderland, you have “stepped through the looking glass” and into a world where the normal laws of physics and reality have been suspended?

Or that you have ventured into a bureaucratic labyrinth that reflects the dark scenarios portrayed in the works of Kafka or Orwell? Or the “Brave New World” of “Trump”, where fiction has become fact, fact has become fiction, and the dividing line between the two has become blurred beyond all recognition?

Or that dealing with the Department is sometimes an exercise in “Catch-22”?

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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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Remember the agreement that was reached late last year between the Turnbull Government and the Obama Administration to resettle asylum-seekers who are currently being held in detention on Nauru and on Manus Island in the US?

Remember that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confidently asserted that the agreement was one between Australia and the US, and that the agreement would therefore surely be honoured by the incoming “Trump Administration”?

Even though many of the people who are being held on Manus and Nauru are from Iraq and Afghanistan and are Muslim?

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