Credit Card Surcharge Rates. Austral Migration Consultancy has received the following information from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection: From 19 April 2014, a credit card surcharge will apply to transactions made using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB and Diners credit cards. The following rates will apply: • Visa/Mastercard [...]
The ACT Government has announced that it is now able to nominate certain ICT occupations which DIAC had previously removed from their list. [See MIA Notice -6 August 2013] The ACT Government has provided the following advice: After consultation with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) the ACT is [...]
Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott has announced his first Federal Government Ministry. Mr Abbott said the incoming Coalition Government will restore strong, stable and accountable government to build a more prosperous Australia. Mr Abbott said this afternoon that Mr Scott Morrison MP would be Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and [...]
The MIA has raised Members’ concerns about points discrepancies between the SkillSelect invitation score and the point test assessed score upon application by a client. Following the MIA’s representations, the Department, after extensive consultation with its policy area, has issued its official position: A criterion for the grant of a [...]
There appear to several mistakes in the Visa Pricing Table on DIAC's website. For example, for Subclass 143 (Contributory Parent) the base visa application charge and second VAC have not been updated. There may be other errors. The MIA has contacted DIAC about this, but until a revised Visa Pricing [...]
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has changed its name to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). A spokesperson for the former DIAC told the MIA on Friday evening that the name change had occurred. The Department is expected to make formal announcements this week.