Immigration

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Higher education has become a key Australian visa rort pathway

By Leith van Onselen A fortnight ago, the Victorian Government called for a review of entry requirements into Australian universities after growing evidence had emerged that foreign students with poor English language proficiency are badly eroding education standards and placing undue strain on lecturers and university staff. This was immediately followed by academics admitting to Fairfax

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Chinese tourists and students abuse Australia’s protection visas

By Leith van Onselen The great Australian immigration rort has hit a whole new level of ridiculousness today, with Chinese tourists and international students helping to drive an absurd 311% increase in asylum seeker claims. From The ABC: Key points: People claiming to be Christian, LGBTI and love children are among those seeking asylum All

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Parliament passes visa legislation to accelerate ageing

By Leith van Onselen The Productivity Commission’s (PC) Migrant Intake Australia report, released in 2016, recommended significantly tightening parental visas and raising their price, given they are costing taxpayers an estimated $335 000 to $410 000 per adult, or between $2.6 and $3.2 billion per annual intake in present value terms (and growing): There is

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Money laundering visas for sale!

By Leith van Onselen MichaelWest.com.au published the below ad from an outfit named Sydney Migration International spruiking the sale of Significant Investment Visas (SIV) to wealthy investors seeking multiple residency and tax regimes: Sadly, these types of visas are booming: The number of millionaires streaming into Australia has surged to 7260 in the past year…

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No Top 5 permanent skilled visa occupation is in shortage

By Leith van Onselen If you want a textbook example of why Australia’s skilled visa program is a giant fraud, look no further than the top five occupations granted permanent visas in the skilled stream in 2017-18: Accountants (3505) Software Engineer (3112) Registered Nurses (1561) Developer Programmer (1487) Cook (1257) According to the Department of

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‘Migrants to the bush’ exposed as regional visas hit decade low

By Leith van Onselen The Morrison Government’s ‘migrants to the bush’ smokescreen has been comprehensively exposed with regional migration approvals hitting a decade low. From The ABC: Regional visa approvals have fallen to their lowest levels in a decade as the Federal Government prepares to introduce a scheme requiring new arrivals to work outside the

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ANU: Coalition’s backpacker visa scheme frees exploitation

By Leith van Onselen Yesterday, a group of academics warned that the Coalition’s expanded backpacker visa scheme is ripe for exploitation: These significant reforms effectively create an agriculture visa without necessary checks and balances. The visa extension makes backpackers dependent on employers – a recipe for exploitation. And it fails to oblige employers to protect

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Cabinet rejects Nationals’ farm visa brain fart

By Leith van Onselen Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected the National Party’s proposal to introduce a new class of visa aimed at addressing a purported shortage of farm workers. The proposal was put to Cabinet by Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, but in addition to Morrison, the scheme was opposed by Home Affairs Minister Peter

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Foreign students lobby admits they are here for immigration

By Leith van Onselen The lobby group representing foreign students in Australia – the Council for International Students in Australia (CISA) – has warned that a tougher stance on immigration from a Peter Dutton led Government could jeopardise Australia’s tertiary education exports. From The AFR: The Council for International Students in Australia said foreign potential

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Younger Aussies trashed by migrant visa rort

By Leith van Onselen Analyst Conrad Liveris has picked apart the ABS’ quarterly employment data and revealed that younger Australian’s are finding it incredibly difficult to gain secure employment. From BuzzFeed: Nine out of every ten jobs created for Australians under the age of 25 in the last year were part-time, according to research… While

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Government opens new migrant visa rort pathway

By Leith van Onselen Ever since the Turnbull Government supposedly tightened 457 temporary ‘skilled’ visas last year, we’ve seen it quietly loosen the immigration spigots in other areas. Yesterday, we witnessed another example, with the Coalition allowing special visas to regions with so-called skill shortages. From SBS News [my emphasis]: Australian regions with niche skills

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Citizenship for sale: Millionaire migrant visas boom

By Leith van Onselen The Productivity Commission’s (PC) 2016 Migrant Intake Australia report explicitly called for the abolition of the Significant Investor Visa and the Premium Investor Visa programs, whereby Australian citizenship is sold to high net worth individuals without the usual (albeit weak) checks and balances: Because there are no English-language requirements for the

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Turnbull Government hides record immigration in bridging visas

By Leith van Onselen Appearing on 3AW’s Neil Mitchell program earlier this month, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull claimed that the Government will this year reduce the non-humanitarian permanent migration intake to “somewhere between 170,000 and 180,000”, from 184,000 in 2016-17: Yesterday, The ABC revealed that while modest cuts to the permanent migrant intake have been made,

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Foreign students haven’t caused Australia’s population pressures

By Leith van Onselen Let’s recall Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s lies last week about the causes of Sydney’s and Melbourne’s population pressures: Malcolm Turnbull: The thing that is driving the increase in foreigners in Australia – which is included in this term net overseas migration (NOM) – is foreign students, who are not part of

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Migrant salaries fall below zero as the great visa rort rages

Via Domainfax: The Fair Work Ombudsman will investigate companies offering unpaid internships for which some students paid $1000, following a report by Fairfax Media. The Ombudsman, Natalie James, said the report raised “serious questions” about the internships hosted by web developer Future Squared and recruitment by Industry Placements Australia. Some graduates paid a $990 “administration

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7.30 Report exposes another skilled migration visa rort

By Leith van Onselen In June 2016, ABC’s 7.30 Report documented systemic fraud within Australia’s working and student visa programs (summary post here), whereby Melbourne Indian community leader, Jasvinder Sidhu, explained his first-hand accounts of widespread visa rorting and corruption: NICK MCKENZIE: In a series of conversations, the visa fixer asked Jasvinder Sidhu to find

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Parental visas punch big hole in Budget

By Leith van Onselen The Productivity Commission’s (PC) Migrant Intake Australia report, released last year, recommended significantly tightening parental visas and raising their price, given they are costing taxpayers an estimated $335 000 to $410 000 per adult, or between $2.6 and $3.2 billion per annual intake in present value terms (and growing): There is

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WA Government’s visa reforms deliver jobs pay dirt

By Leith van Onselen Back in March, new WA Premier, Mark McGowan, showed that unlike his federal Labor counterpart, Bill Shorten, he actually cares about his workers. McGowan wrote to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to remove Perth from the Regional Sponsorship Migration Scheme, thus effectively preventing a pathway for overseas workers to gain a visa

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Finally, franchise visa rorters bill passes parliament

By Leith van Onselen Two years after the 7-Eleven migrant worker scandal first broke, and the veritable conga-line of stories emerging about the systemic abuse of Australia’s various migrant worker programs, the bill to prevent worker exploitation has finally been passed by parliament. From The Canberra Times: Employers, particularly franchise chains, face stiff new penalties

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A new foreign worker visa rort emerges

By Leith van Onselen Ever since the 7-Eleven migrant worker scandal broke in 2015, there has been a regular flow of stories emerging about the systemic abuse of Australia’s various migrant worker programs. The issue was highlighted in all of its hideous glory when the Senate Education and Employment References Committee released a scathing report

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Franchise visa rorters bill hangs in the balance

By Leith van Onselen After extensive behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign by the Franchise Council of Australia, led by former Liberal Small Business Minister Bruce Billson, the Turnbull Government earlier this year delayed a vote on a bill to prevent worker exploitation. Now the Coalition is in negotiations in the Senate, and the bill reportedly hangs in the

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More failed arguments for population growth

By Leith van Onselen Yesterday, WAM Capital’s Matthew Kidman wrote a article in Business Day arguing that Australia must increase population growth, in particular immigration, or it risks destroying the economy. Let’s take a look. THE first policy a new federal government should dust off when elected next year is ”Big Australia”… The reality is