Monthly Archives: November 2017

15 migration agents sanctioned

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The Office of the MARA has sanctioned 15 migration agents since 1 January 2017 so far, as a result of 26 complaints. Of these, five registrations were cancelled, seven suspended temporarily, two barred and one cautioned.

Details of Disciplinary Decisions can be found at The Office of the MARA’s website, here.

Most of these sanctions were due to the violation of the Registered Migration Agents’ Code of Conduct. It is probably a good idea to have a look at the amended version.

What’s up with the November 2017 invitations round?

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Invitation rounds are held twice a month. The last invitation round results were announced on the 18th of October 2017 and while applicants and agents are eagerly waiting for the November roundup results, the Department has yet to announce them.

However, we know one thing for sure (thanks to the DIBP website) that the maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the November 2017 invitation rounds are as follows

9 November 2017
Visa subclass Maximum number
Skilled - Independent (subclass 189) 700
Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 5


22 November 2017
Visa subclass Maximum number
Skilled - Independent (subclass 189) 700
Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 5

VIC government announces grant for international students

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The Victorian government has announced 14 new projects worth $337,000 to help the state's international students through the International Student Welfare Program.

One of the key projects is a $75,000 grant for Inner Melbourne Community Legal to provide legal support for international students studying at universities, TAFEs and private education providers. The funding will go towards delivering legal education that will help nearly 600 newly arrived international students with important issues like practical legal knowledge, personal safety and common legal issues.

Access the press statement here.