Australian migration

International Money Transfer - Introducing our partner MoneyCorp

So, you've finally had your visa granted - thanks to Putt Legal! - and are making plans to migrate to Australia for good.  One of the next hurdles to overcome is HOW to make the move, not just your possessions, but your life savings.

In our experience, one of the best decisions you can make is to use a foreign exchange specialist. Banks can do the job but they charge a fortune and often take longer to process your transaction.

Putt Legal recommends the exchange experts MoneyCorp.

MoneyCorp has been helping both individual and corporate clients since 1979.

MoneyCorp has a team of dedicated individuals who have a long and extensive careers within the Financial Services Industry.  And they have a unique approach to serving their clients' currency needs: they listen!  

MoneyCorp's size is a big part of their success.  They are large enough to undertake the largest transfers, yet small enough to add the personal touch to every transaction they make for their customers.  They facilitate countries to 177 countries and effect over 7 million customer transactions per year.  And they have 780+ dedicated employees spread across its worldwide offices.

Watch this space in coming weeks, to learn more about MoneyCorp!

 

 

Changes to the citizenship process

On 20 April 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton announced impending changes to Australian citizenship law.

The major proposed change is to require that individuals who lodge applications as from 20 April 2017 onwards must have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for a minimum of 4 years (instead of the current requirement of 12 months as a permanent resident and 3 years as a lawful visa holder).

Other changes include the introduction of an English test and the provision of evidence that the applicant has integrated into the Australian community. 

Importantly, however, reform to the citizenship process is only ‘proposed’ at this stage and no new law has passed the Commonwealth Parliament.

Putt Legal encourages all permanent residents who meet the current residency requirement to lodge a citizenship application immediately, in the hope these changes will not apply retrospectively, as proposed.

Please contact Putt Legal if we can be of assistance in lodging your citizenship application.

Source: http://www.minister.border.gov.au/peterdutton/Pages/Strenghening-the-integrity-of-Australian-citizenship.aspx

PUTT LEGAL IS HEADING OVERSEAS AGAIN!

Alisdair Putt is headed to the UK this week!

He will be available to speak with you about your Australian migration needs at the Down Under Live expos in Glasgow (18 and 19 February) and London (25 and 26 February).

But if you can't make it to the expos, then feel free to email Alisdair on aputt@puttlegal.com.au for a private consultation.  

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to meet with one of Australia's leading migration lawyers.

CONTRIBUTORY PARENT VISAS MAY COST EVEN MORE!

The Australian government has been urged to impose a more substantial visa fee on migrant families wanting to bring their elderly parents to Australia so that it reflects the subsequent drain on resources. 

The Productivity Commission, in its final report on migration intake released on Monday, said aged parents were unlikely to pay taxes or work but made considerable demands on the nation's health, aged care and social security system.

The report called on the Australian government to increase substantially the charge for contributory parent visas.

It also recommended narrowing eligibility for non-contributory parent visas to cases where there were strong compassionate grounds to do so.

The $50,000 contribution charge met only a fraction of the costs for the annual intake of about 7,200 contributory parents, the report said.

A further 1,500 parents make a minimal contribution.

The commission estimated the cumulative lifetime costs of a parent visa holder in 2015-16 was between $335,000 and $410,000.

The net liability to the Australian community resulting from the assistance required by the 8700 parents over their lifetime, ranged between $2.6 and $3.2 billion, the commission estimated.

"The case for retaining parent visas in their current form is weak," the report said. 

In light of the report's findings, Alisdair Putt suggests that parents (or their children in Australia) who are considering a possible contributory parent visa application should contact us for information about the process sooner rather than later.

Apart from the potential increase to the visa application charge, our experience has shown that delay can sometimes result in applicants developing health issues that ultimately affect the prospects of a successful visa grant.

Source of information as to the Productivity Commission report: SBS News