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  • Channel 10 reports that a grandmother who spent the last 12 years in Australia is facing deportation to India after having her application refused for an Aged Parent visa. Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said she could try to gain a Ministerial Intervention
Channel 10, 10 News First, 21/01/2020, Hugh Riminton
A grandmother who spent the last 12 years in Australia is facing deportation back to India after being refused an Aged Parent visa. [Acting] Immigration Minister Alan Tudge says he understands why she wants to stay and she could try to gain a Ministerial Intervention.
 
 
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IELTS has launched a new online tool to help Registered Migration Agents. The new tool gives tips on the type of test and best preparation tools to help clients getting the score they need in the time they need it.

The online decision tree helps RMAs navigate the difference between a computer-delivered vs paper-based test.  This is helpful when clients are running out of time to meet English language requirements for their application.

With computer-delivered IELTS, in many cases your clients will receive their results and TRF number within a couple of days.  With the right preparation, they get the score they need.

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  • The Australian reports that Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs President Wang Chao says that delays in Chinese students getting visas to study in Australia are contributing to tension in the relationship between Australia and China. Mr Wang said that Australia’s criticism of China's human rights record in the province of Xinjiang and its move to ban Chinese companies from supplying equipment for the 5G rollout were also creating tension.
  • The Daily Telegraph leads coverage reporting that 98 year-old Esmeralda Rosario is facing deportation to India, after the Home Affairs department refused her Aged Parent Visa application. The application was refused due to a Commonwealth medical officer finding that Ms Rosario's care would ‘result in a significant cost to the Australian community.’
  • The Toowoomba Chronicle features an article by Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce CEO Todd Rohl, who writes about the Business Connect Skilled Migrant and Refugee Employment Project, aimed at supporting employment partnerships between skilled migrants and refugees and Toowoomba businesses. The project is a partnership between the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, CatholicCare Social Services, the Queensland Government, and the local business community.
Official tells why Australia's ties with China are strained
The Australian, Other, 20/01/2020, Glenda Korporaal
China is unhappy with Australia's criticism of its human rights record in the western province of Xinjiang, its move to ban Huawei from its 5G network rollout, and its slow action on giving visas to some Chinese students, according to the head of a government-backed think tank.

Grandmother, 98, whose entire family is settled in Australia told to leave
Daily Telegraph Australia, Other, 20/01/2020, Kaitlyn Hudson-O’Farrell
A 98 year-old woman is desperately fighting against being deported back to India after the Australian government decided that paying for a carer to tend to her for 15 hours a week was too expensive. Esmeralda Rosario is now facing spending her 99th birthday alone with no family in Goa India after 12 years in Australia because the Home Affairs department refused her Aged Parent Visa application in November last year.

Channel 10, Studio 10, 21/01/2020, Sarah Harris, Richard Reid, Angela Bishop, Kerri-Anne Kennerley
Regular Segment: Hot Topics. Harris says a 98yo grandmother is desperately fighting to stay in Australia after the Home Affairs Department refused her aged parent visa application. 


2GB, Breakfast, 21/01/2020, Chris Smith
Smith says The Daily Telegraph reports a family is fighting a plan to deport 98yo Indian grandmother Esmeralda Rosario back to India after the Federal Government ruled it was too expensive to pay for 15 hours a week of care. He states Rosario has been living in Australia for 12 years. 


2GB, Breakfast, 21/01/2020, Chris Smith
Smith presumes Australians go too far in the process of trying to protect their borders and keeping out those who aren't qualified to be in the country. He notes Esmeralda Rosario, 98yo, is desperately fighting against being deported back to India after the government decided that paying for a carer to tend to her for 15 hours a week was too expensive. 
 
Chamber urges businesses to get involved in refugee program
Toowoomba Chronicle, Other, 21/01/2020, Todd Rohl, Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce CEO
The Business Connect Skilled Migrant and Refugee Employment Project, a partnership with Toowoomba Chamber, CatholicCare Social Services, Queensland Government and the local business community, is another example of the inclusiveness of Toowoomba and the region. The chamber with its partners, set about to create an employment pathway, matching skills of migrants with jobs in the business community.
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Following a recent decision of the AAT involving a long term PR ( 70 yrs) and what appears to be a communication problem...there is a lesson in this for all of us...

http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/AATA/2020/31.html

In this case the Applicant appointed his Solicitors and a form 956 was on foot and communication was opened...at some stage in the future the same solicitor engaged in further communication with the Department but used a different email address  ( it was different to the form 956) and no new or fresh 956 was put on foot.

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  • The Age and 2SM report the Chinese Embassy in Australia has told the Australian Government it is concerned that hundreds of Chinese PhD students in Australia have experienced long visa delays, and an embassy spokesperson said the reason for the delays have not been "clearly explained". This comes after warnings from experts about the risk of Chinese researchers' work being used contrary to Australia's interests after returning to China. A Department of Home Affairs spokesperson said Chinese international students are subject to the same requirements as other students.
  • Adelaide Now reports the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show South Australia recorded a 0.9 per cent population growth in 2019, compared to a national average of 1.5 per cent, marking its fourth successive year of increased growth. Skills Minister David Pisoni said the recent improvements were encouraging, but the state would need to bolster its skilled migration in the regions to help train more South Australians and fill the skills gap, as almost half the jobs advertised in regional SA remain unfilled.
  • Daily Mail reports a family of Indian immigrants with Australian citizenship are moving to Canada for better job opportunities, claiming it is more 'migrant-friendly'. Education agent Hardik Rao said in Australia there are not enough opportunities for migrants to gain employment, start a business or sponsor a family member, especially for migrants from the Indian subcontinent. The article reports that the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visas have made it harder for migrants to settle in Australia and that the threshold increase for the migration points system, from 60 to 65, has added another barrier to permanent residency.
Deportation looms for English-born lifelong criminal Peter Walker
The Australian, Other, 17/01/2020, Geoff Chambers
After a life of crime that made him one of Australia's most notorious criminals, Peter Walker appears likely to be forced to return to his native England. The one-time notorious criminal who broke out of Pentridge Prison with Ronald Ryan, the last man hanged in Australia in 1967, is set to be deported on character grounds after losing a bid to stay in the country he has called home for 70 years.

Two more Australians stripped of citizenship for Islamic State links
Sydney Morning Herald, Other, 17/01/2020
Two Australians in a refugee camp in Syria have been stripped of their citizenship over links to Islamic State, sparking family concerns their young children have been rendered effectively stateless. The stripping of the couple's citizenship has been backdated to 2016 - before the youngest two children were born - leaving them stranded in the notorious al-Hawl camp in Syria.

'Great concern': Chinese Embassy hits out at visa delays
The Age, Other, 19/01/2020
The Chinese Embassy has raised its "great concern" with the Australian government that hundreds of Chinese PhD students hoping to start their studies here have endured long visa delays. "The reasons for the delays have not been clearly explained," an embassy spokesman told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age via email.

SA records highest level of population growth in five years - but still lags behind every other state
Adelaide Now, Other, 19/01/2020, Daniel Wills
South Australia population growth rate has risen to the highest level in five years, but remains the lowest of all states, as Tasmania steals a march in the race for new residents. Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show SA recorded 0.9 per cent population growth in 2019 - compared to a national average of 1.5 per cent - rising to 1.75 million people.
Also reported by: The Mercury (Online)

Fears children could become stateless after Australian government strips parents' citizenship
SBS.COM.AU, Other, 17/01/2020, Tom Stayner
SBS News has been told the Australian citizenship of a man and woman has been revoked making their children at the Al-Hol camp in Syria at risk of being stateless. A couple has been stripped of their Australian citizenship over alleged terror links, prompting fears their children will be left stateless in Syria.

2SM, 09:00 News (Weekend), 19/01/2020
The Chinese Embassy in Australia has criticised the Australian Government for delaying visas for Chinese PhD students. According to experts, Chinese researchers work in Australia can be used contrary to Australia's interests when students return home.
 

The talented artist with cystic fibrosis who had to fight to be accepted by Australia
SBS.COM.AU, Other, 20/01/2020, Maani Truu
Grant Jonathon Gronewold, AKA HTMLflowers, faced a lengthy immigration battle to move to Australia as a child and was told he wouldn't live to see his 18th birthday. Now 32, he continues to share the reality of life with a chronic illness through his work so others feel less alone.

How to become an Australian citizen?
SBS.COM.AU, Other, 18/01/2020, Amy Chien-Yu Wang
Many people choose Australia day to become an Australian citizen, with ceremonies held around the country, but what are the steps involved before reaching that stage? Permanent Residency Ruby Fowdar is a migration agent from Brisbane-based Australian Immigration Agency.

'My attacker was my friend': Backpacker's rape 'hell' in Australia
Yahoo! News Australia, Other, 18/01/2020, Helen Kingwell
An English backpacker claims she was raped while working on a Queensland farm in order to get her second year visa to stay in Australia, which requires backpackers to work in rural communities. Helen Kingwell, 23, has detailed the "unbearable" conditions she says she was subject to while working in Bundaberg last year.

Man detained over ‘high level exploitation’
Communitynews.com.au, Other, 17/01/2020
A man who police suspect is involved in the high level exploitation of foreign workers was found hiding in the roof space of a Perth home unit. Australian Border Force officers have detained a 28-year-old Chinese unlawful non-citizen suspected of being involved in the high level exploitation of foreign workers in the food processing industry in WA.

Indian immigrant family who were granted citizenship in Australia are moving to Canada because it's more 'migrant-friendly' and there are better job prospects
Daily Mail Australia, Other, 17/01/2020, Shive Prema
A family of Indian immigrants with Australian citizenship are moving to Canada for better job opportunities and because they say it's more 'migrant-friendly'. Education agent Hardik Rao, 42, and his wife moved to Australia 13 years ago but, after having two children, they are calling it quits and heading to Canada because they think they will find a better life there.

British backpacker’s rape ‘hell’ during visa farm work
NEWS.com.au, Other, 17/01/2020
Helen Kingwell endured 88 days of "unbearable" farm work so she could live in Australia. But while working for her visa she was allegedly raped in her sleep. A British backpacker who picked zucchinis to secure an Australian visa has claimed she was raped in the "cramped" and "unbearable" living conditions where farm workers stayed.

 

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