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Thanks for stopping by—times a million!

Today we are celebrating over a million page views on the Migration Blog. That’s a huge milestone for us, given the blog’s humble beginnings as the Skilled Migration Blog in June 2011.

Quarterly visitor visa statistics now available

The visitor visa program quarterly report for the period ending June 30 (2012) is now available.

December 2011 quarterly visitor visa statistics now available

The Visitor Visa Program Quarterly Report for the period ending 31 December 2011 is now available at www.immi.gov.au/media/statistics/visitor.htm

Discussion paper on the Review of the Student visa Assessment Level Framework

A Discussion Paper on the Review of the Student visa Assessment Level (AL) Framework was published on our website on 31 January 2012.   The department uses

Removal of Assurance of Support (AoS) requirement from Partner visas

Changes to partner visas  

From 1 January 2012, the discretionary Assurance of Support (AoS) requirement was removed from partner visas. This change complemented other 1 January amendments to social security legislation that affect eligibility for welfare payments.  

The Skilled Migration Outreach Network

This post was written by Suzanne, who works in the department’s Skilled Migration Outreach program.

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