Department of Home Affairs

Important notice: newly formed Department of Home Affairs


As of 20 December 2017, all visa and citizenship services are part of the newly formed Department of Home Affairs (DHA) www.homeaffairs.gov.au, replacing the previous Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). A new organisational structure which reflects how the work and functions of Home Affairs will be aligned in the future will come into effect … Continued

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Star trails in Central West Queensland

Regions of Queensland: what’s new in Central West Queensland


Did you know? Central West Queensland is known for wide open skies and a dry warm climate. The major towns includes Barcaldine, Longreach, Birdsville, Winton and Mount Isa. You can even find dinosaur footprints and fossils near Winton, Australia, camel racing in Boulia and where man meets beast in the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo. … Continued

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Visa updates

Important notice for Significant Investor Visa (SIV) holders (subclass 188)


Please note this notice does not constitute legal advice and we would highly recommend you seek the advice of a registered migration agent as to your individual circumstances. Lodgement of visa subclass 888 application If you applied for your provisional visa (subclass 188) in the Significant Investor stream prior to 1 July 2015, you are eligible to … Continued

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Brisbane CBD from Kangaroo Point cliffs

Important notice: BSMQ office closure dates


BSMQ will be closed from the 23 December 2017 to 1 January 2018 for the holiday break. We appreciate your patience with the slower processing and assessment time during December 2017 and January 2018.

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Event: Advance Rockhampton seminar


BSMQ’s Lin Han and Jodie Willis promoted Queensland’s business and skilled migration program at the Advance Rockhampton region information session in Brisbane on 10 November 2017. There were about 50 migration agents, education agents and other industry stakeholders in attendance at this seminar showcasing Rockhampton as a destination for international students and migrants, and business … Continued

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Regions of Queensland: what’s new in Bundaberg and Fraser Coast


Did you know? Located 200km north of Brisbane, the Wide Bay Burnett region covers Bundaberg and Fraser Coast. This region is known to have the best whale watching spots in Australia, and it is also home to the beautiful Southern Great Barrier Reef and largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island. The main urban centre is … Continued

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Darling Downs at sunset

BSMQ Update: interstate skilled applicants no longer eligible


Interstate applicants are no longer able to apply for Queensland state nomination. If you are currently interstate, in order to be eligible for Queensland state nomination, you must meet our Working in Queensland or Alumni pathway criteria. This would require you to move to Queensland and meet any working requirements before submitting an Expression of … Continued

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Advance Rockhampton seminar

Event: BSMQ Asialink Queensland investment seminar


Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ), in conjunction with Asialink and McCullough Robertson, held an investment focused lunch-time seminar “Queensland – the emerging international investment destination for business migrants” on 19 October 2017. It was well attended by over 55 people, with informative speakers and a panel discussion on Queensland as an ideal location for business migration … Continued

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Regions of Queensland: what’s new in Central Queensland


Did you know? Central Queensland’s major regional centre is Rockhampton, also known as the ‘beef capital of Australia.’ Australia’s national beef expo is held once every three years in Rockhampton and will be held from 6 to 12 May 2018. Rockhampton acts as a business gateway for the mining and agricultural industries, while the Gladstone … Continued

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