Immigration News

Fee increase across the Australian visa application spectrum

July 1, 2009

Recent changes to the fee structure of both onshore and offshore Australian visa applications came into effect on Wednesday 1st July 2009, having initially been announced in late June, and apply to all foreign nationals looking to obtain a fiancée, …

Contentious Widow’s Penalty Frozen for at Least Two Years

June 15, 2009

A temporary suspension of one of the most contentious immigration policies has highlighted President Barak Obama’s interest in a ‘softer’ approach to some of the more painful consequences of US family immigration. The current interpretation of one aspect of US …

US immigration: update on emotional hearing for proposed UAFA bill

June 9, 2009

The Uniting American Families Act saw an important development on 3rd June, 2009, as the Senate Judiciary Committee began its hearing to end the current discriminatory immigration policy for same-sex bi-national couples. Currently, same-sex partnerships that have one non-American partner …

Relocation of the DIAC processing centre to affect spouse visa applications

June 3, 2009

The relocation of the previously-named Perth Offshore Parents Centre (POPC) on 25th May 2009 brought with it some important administrative changes which will affect the visa application process for spouse, parent and interdependency visas to the Australian Government Department of …

UK fiancee, partner and spouse visa processing delays

June 1, 2009

There are short-term administrative changes in the UK, with visa applications submitted using online visa application system between 25th and 29th May subject to possible delays, caused by the installation of a new IT system. The long-term aim of the …


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