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Starting in Sydney News, Issue #026
August 02, 2011

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Here are some brief news in the migration programs to Australia.

The department of immigration released statistics that show an increase in the number of applications for the 457 long stay business visa. The largest proportion of visa grants went to the managers and professionals category, followed by technicians and trades workers.

As to industries with the highest intake, the top three were health care and social assistance, other services and constructions. For more information check

The were some shifts in the processing priorities. Applications from people coming under a regional sponsored migration scheme are processed as a top priority, as the government supports increase of skills in regional and low population growth areas of the country. They are followed by applications under the employer nomination scheme. Read more at

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Transfer Funds to Australia

Peter Lavelle, an economics writer with UK foreign exchange broker PureFX answers more questions about why it is better to talk to a broker rather than go with a bank when planning to send money to Australia. You can ask him a question and see how you can save money when exchanging for another currency. Fill in this form and he will contact you.

Peter's updates for our website in July are:

Sydney Activities in August

The winter month of August comes packed with entertainment, healthy sports activities and lots of ethnic festivals. Click the headline above to see what you could do in August in Sydney.

We continue our series about universities:

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Emigrating to Australia

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