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    Tropical Depression named as Tropical Cyclone Gita (TC Gita) started as a Category 1 near Wallis and Futuna and struck Tonga as a Category 4 on 12 February 2018, south of the low-lying Tongatapu island group. The cyclone is the worst to hit Tonga in 60 years with widespread destruction of buildings, infrastructure, and disruption of water and electricity, due to storm surges, flooding and gale force winds.

  • The Next Steps

    The Next Steps webinar is designed to support graduating students holding international student visas to better understand their options and the timelines for taking action to remain in Australia either temporarily


    On 9 December 2017 laws legalising same-sex marriage in Australia, and recognising same-sex marriages having previously taken place overseas, came into effect.

    Until now under Australian migration law, same-sex couples could apply for a partner visa as de-facto partners. This option is distinct from heterosexual couples who have had the option to apply for either a partner visa as de-facto partners or married spouses.

  • Migration Services to Australia: Coming to Australia?

    This short booklet provides general information about migration pathways to Australia, Registered Migration Agents and IOM's Migration Services to Australia processes. The booklet includes some examples of migration pathways to Australia including summary information about respective visa classes.

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  • Temporary Graduate Visa presentation for International Students completing studies in Australia

    An informative presentation about the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) for international students completing their studies; trade certificate, diploma, bachelors, graduate diploma, masters or PhD. The 485 Temporary Graduate visa is a temporary visa with a validity period ranging between 18 months and 4 years enabling the holder to obtain work experience in Australia and may serve as a pathway to permanent migration to Australia

  • 457 Visa Changes and Migration to Australia

    As many of you are aware on 19 April 2017 the Australian Government announced the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) will be discontinued, transitioning to a new multi-stream Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa system by March 2018.

  • IOM Pacific Strategy 2017-2020

    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Pacific Strategy 2017–2020  provides a strategic framework for addressing migration challenges in the Pacific. This document will be used to guide IOM’s response to the needs of migrants, migration-affected communities and governments in the region. This strategy aligns with and is guided by IOM’s Global Migration Governance Framework (MiGOF).

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