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John Bell has been involved in the immigration industry since 2000 and has practiced in Australia as an Australian Registered Migration Agent since 2003. John also worked in the UK as a UK immigration adviser between 2000 and 2002.

National Visas ‘Agent Assistance Service’

National Visas ‘Agent Assistance Service’

National Visas is committed to ensuring the delivery of high quality, professional Australian visa and migration advice. With this in mind our firm provides affordable and accessible assistance to other migration agents who may need help with a particular situation. This allows your clients to benefit from our combined years of industry experience and knowledge. [...]

Closure of some parent visas to Australia

Closure of some parent visas to Australia

IMPORTANT UPDATE – NON-CONTRIBUTORY PARENT VISAS TO END In my recent articles about Parent Visas, I discussed non-contributory (low-fee) and contributory parent (high-fee) visa options. The Australian Federal Government, in the release of its budget last week, announced that it will end non-contributory parent visas before the end of this financial year. Whilst no specific [...]

Bridging Visas Explained

Bridging Visas Explained

In my time as a migration agent, and in my former life as an employee in the Department of Immigration, I have noted that one of the most commonly misunderstood visas are in fact bridging visas (BVs). There seems to be a commonly held view that you can ask for a bridging visa when you [...]

Common errors to avoid when lodging an Australian visa application

Common errors to avoid when lodging an Australian visa application

With over 10 years experience in the Australian migration industry, I have been approached by many people who have initially tried, without success, to lodge a visa application without using a Registered Migration Agent. In this article, I will address some of the most common errors people make when applying for a visa and highlight [...]

New Zealand Family Relationship Visa – Key Eligibility Information

New Zealand Family Relationship Visa – Key Eligibility Information

In my last few articles, I have covered the key requirements for the Prospective Marriage visa and the Partner visa for married and de facto applicants. The focus of this article is another visa in the Family category: the New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa, the subclass 461. The New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa [...]

Australian Student Visa Assessment Levels Simplified

Australian Student Visa Assessment Levels Simplified

Changes to Australian Student Visa Assessment Levels Within the Australian Student Visa Program, each country, across each education sector, is assigned an assessment level which is based on the calculated immigration risk posed by students from that country studying in that education sector. To determine the assessment level of a particular country and education sector, [...]

Parent Visas – Understand your visa options so your family can remain in Australia

Parent Visas – Understand your visa options so your family can remain in Australia

It is true that Australia is a lucky country. With a wealth of opportunity, security, natural beauty and a comfortable lifestyle, it is no wonder so many people want to migrate to Australia. Whether you travelled the world and met an Australian partner with whom to settle down, studied here and decided to stay permanently, [...]

Charles Sturt University Presentation by John Bell

This is the slideshow of a presentation to be delivered by John Bell to students at the Charles Sturt University on April 2 2014. Please note that the information contained in the slides is general in nature and should not be taken as individual visa advice. Click here to view the slideshow presentation.

Hays International College Presentation

This is the slideshow of a presentation delivered by John Bell to students at the Hays International College on 25 March 2014. Please note that the information contained in the slides is general in nature and should not be taken as individual visa advice. Click here to view the slideshow presentation

There is more than one skilled occupation list

There is more than one skilled occupation list

We are often contacted by applicants who say “I have looked at the occupations list and my occupation isn’t there – what do I do?” What we have found is that many people don’t realise that there is more than one occupations list for skills-based visas to Australia. The government’s skills lists are provided in [...]

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