Immigration News

Federal Budget 2020-21 – Key Points

October 06, 2020

The Federal Budget was announced on the 6 October 2020 and brought in several changes to the Australian migration program.

It predicts that net overseas migration will be 71,200 less than the 154,000 persons in 2019-20 but is expected to gradually increase to around 201,000 in 2023-24.

New Priority Occupation List – PMSOL Update

September 04, 2020

On 2 September 2020, the Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Alan Tudge MP announced the introduction of a new priority skills list (‘PMSOL’).


This will allow skilled workers in specific occupations to gain a travel exemption to travel to Australia. However, the mandatory quarantine period of 14 days will still apply on arrival.

Prospective Marriage Visa and Notice of Intention to Marry

July 27, 2020

Heenan & Browne Visa and Migration Services receive a lot of questions from our Prospective Marriage Visa clients relating to a Notice of Intention to Marry (NOIM).


This is not surprising, as it is a confusing area for people who do not work in the area. The most common questions are ‘What is a NOIM?’, ‘How do I obtain one?’, and  ‘What should be the marriage date I put on my NOIM?’. It is important to have the correct information as it could have dire consequences for your visa.

Wish to score better on English tests for Australian Migration or improve your English for studying in Australia?

July 20, 2020

You may wish to consider these FREE language courses to improve your level of English.


Medicare Information for Migrants

June 22, 2020

Medicare is the system provided by the Australian Government which provides free or lower cost medical services.


It provides access to benefits for a range of health services, lower cost prescriptions and free care as a public patient in a public hospital. It pays for all or some of the costs of necessary health care all over Australia. It does not pay for all medical services. It is therefore important that visitors to Australia understand Medicare and whether they are eligible to apply for Medicare.

Best Australian Immigration Firm 2019 (ACT)

November 17, 2019

We are delighted to announce that Heenan & Browne Visa and Migration Services has been awarded best Australian Immigration Firm 2019 by AI.

It is a recognition of the extensive experience and expertise on offer at Heenan & Browne Visa and Migration Services and the value we add to providing immigration advice to individuals and businesses in Australia and overseas.

New Regional Visas with Pathway to Permanent Residency

October 23, 2019

On 16 November 2019, the government will launch the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) and the Skilled Employer Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 494).


These visas will help employers in regional areas of Australia as well as potential applicants wishing to settle in Regional Australia.

Adult Migrant English Program

August 08, 2019

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), funded by the Australian Government, provides up to 510 hours of free English language tuition to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants.

AMEP is offered in tailored streams designed to meet the specific learning needs and goals of newly arrived migrants.

New Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa 2019

March 14, 2019

The Australian government recently announced that applications to sponsor a parent under a Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870) will open on the 17 April 2019.


This will provide a new pathway for parents to temporary reunite with their children in Australia. It is geared at offering an alternative to the lengthy and expensive visas currently on offer to migrant’s parents.

Significant changes to Partner Visas in 2019

March 04, 2019

The Australian Parliament passed the Migration Amendments (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016 on the 28th November 2018.


The government cites the reason for the changes to be the improvement of the management of family violence in the delivery of the family visa program and the protection of visa applicants.


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