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Migration Regulations and Citizenship Regulations amendments

Select Legislative Instrument 2014 No 163 – F2014L01461 – Migration Legislation Amendment (2014 Measures No. 2) Regulation 2014 – the purpose of this amendment is to amend the Migration Regulations 1994 and the Australian Citizenship Regulations 2007.

The following amendments are made to the Migration Regulations:

Exempt persons who were minors at the time an application was refused on PIC 4020 grounds from being subject to the exclusion period applied due to that refusal.
Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay) – extend both the entry period and the stay from 3 months to 6 months.
Allows the Minister to authorise the disclosure of certain information, including personal identifiers, which is currently disclosed to the AFP, state and territory police, to be disclosed to the CrimTrac Agency.
Allow student visa applicants enrolled in Advanced Diploma courses with an approved education provider to access streamlined visa processing and extend this SVP the Vocational Education and Training sector.
Amend the definition of ‘financial institution’ for all student visas to clarify both, the financial institution and the prudential regime under which it operates, to meet the prudential assurance criteria.
Makes changes to the automated processing systems for persons departing Australia.

The following amendments are made to the Citizenship Regulations:

Adds a reference to a person who has been adopted in accordance with a bilateral agreement to allow those persons to be granted citizenship in accordance with the Citizenship Act.
Allow Nigerian local currency to be used to pay fees for an application made under the Citizenship Act in a foreign country.

Various commencement dates are provided for each amendment in this Instrument.

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Arrangements for Work and Holiday visa applicants from various countries

Legislative Instrument – IMMI 14/098 – F2014L01498 – Migration Regulations 1994 – Specification of Arrangements for Work and Holiday Visa Applicants from Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America and Uruguay.

This Instrument specifies:

the countries with SC 462 Work and Holiday visa arrangements,
the passport the applicant must hold,
addresses and foreign countries to lodge applications,
the educational qualifications applicable to each country.

Spain and Portugal are also added to the list of countries for Work and Holiday visa arrangements.

This Instrument revokes IMMI 14/025 and commences on 23 November 2014.

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Significant Investor Update – Victoria

The Victorian Government’s October 2014 Significant Investor Update has been released

This update provides information from the Victorian Government on their activities to support and attract investor migrants to Victoria, through the Business Innovation and Investment Program’s Significant Investor Visa stream.

This edition contains the following information:

Reforms to Significant Investor and 457 visa programs
Significant Investor nomination update
Victoria’s flexible visa nomination requirements
Victoria’s new feature web page for Chinese Significant Investors
Significant Investment Managers’ seminar
Victoria’s new Commissioner in Greater China
Information resources for Significant Investors
Significant Investor Services Director

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