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Australia grants 500th Significant Investor Visa

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In welcome news for the Australian economy, the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash has announced the grant of Australia's 500th Significant Investor Visa (SIV).

The visa, which requires State/Territory nomination and an investment of AU$5 million into complying investments was introduced to provide a boost for the Australian economy and encourage high net worth individuals to migrate to Australia. Since it was introduced, the SIV programme has seen $2.5 billion invested into the Australian economy, with the majority of SIV holders being from China.

Minister Cash explained that based on the success of the SIV, the Government recently announced that it was introducing the new Premium Investor Visa.

"The Premium Investor Visa will require investment of AU$15 million into complying investments and provides an opportunity for permanent residence after 12 months," Minister Cash said.

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WA to provide public school fee waivers to some 457 visa holders

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Western Australia Government has announced public school tuition fee hardship provisions for some families on 457 Visas. The provisions will take in to account families on lower incomes and other hardships, including illness and unemployment.

Education Minister Peter Collier, who made the announcement last week said that while families on 457 visas needed to contribute to the costs of educating their children in Western Australian public schools, fees would be reasonable.

"Families will pay $4,000 per annum but only once their gross household income passes $75,000. This is regardless of how many children they have in public schools," Mr. Collier said.

Illness and unemployment will be considered for both partial and fully waived fees.

Applications for financial hardship provisions will be managed by the Department of Training and Workforce Development's Education and Training International (ETI).

For more information, visit the ETI website here.

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Experts consider new ways to attract international students to regional areas

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Research has found that international students who study at regional universities in Australia are significantly more likely to work in regional areas after graduation than those who study in major cities. The findings have led experts to suggest introducing incentives to students to study in regional areas which could provide benefits to both the students and the regions in which they are living, working and studying which will assist with filling skills shortages in those regions.

More from The Australian;

International students who have studied at a regional university are up to seven times more likely to work outside major city centres after graduation than their city-based counterparts.

And while various migration policies have had mixed results in recent years in attracting skilled migrants to non-metropolitan areas, giving international students financial and other incentives to work in a regional area might help address key skill shortage areas, a new paper has found.

“This could have particular importance in the way future policy might incentivise study in such ¬≠locales that might take the form of introducing direct financial aid packages to reduce study costs or through modifying and extending existing (immigration) points through skilled migration visa ¬≠applications,” the paper said.

To read the full article at The Australian, click here.

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