A few changes were made to the immigration regulations between December 20th 2017 and 4th January 2018.
The previously named Department of Immigration and Border Force Protection has now been renamed the Department of Home Affairs. This new department is actually an amalgamation of the Immigration agencies, federal law enforcement, National transport security and criminal justice and emergency management.
The new structure to what is now known as the Department of Home Affairs is closer to the security structure already enforced in other nations. It is expected to lead to a stricter system of assessment in Australia. Personal identity, legitimate intention for application and absolute accuracy of information will all be paramount. Intentionally false or misleading information on a VISA will entail harsh penalties.
Those individuals applying for student Visas will now be required to show a higher level of sufficient funds needed for living costs when studying in Australia. This will increase according to the Australian consumer Price Index (CPI), but presently stands at just over $20,000 for a main student.
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Immigration laws and associated requirements have changed several times over the past year, with some proposed laws also being revoked. This makes the Visa application process difficult, with mistakes causing both delays and possible banning in the case of deliberately misleading information. We recommend an immigration lawyer Sydney already trusts,