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Concessions for Australian Visa applications during COVID-19

The Australian Government has announced important concessions in relation to people applying for a range of visas during the pandemic. However due to COVID-19, it has been very difficult for people to travel and as a result a range of temporary concessions will be implemented as outlined below. Partner and…

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Health Waivers – Australian Visas

In these distressing times with the global pandemic health satisfying Australia’s health requirements for visas can cause considerable stress to applicants and their families. If you are applying for a permanent residence visa and also some temporary visas you will be required to undergo a health examination and obtain a…

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Travel exemptions for partners and family members during COVID-19

Australia currently has very tight restrictions in relation to entering the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident you will need to obtain an exemption if you are an immediate family member of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen…

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Refund, waivers, and visa extensions in COVID-19 times

Many visa holders who have been affected by travel restrictions because of COVID-19 will be able to access a refund of their Visa Application Charge (VAC). Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said, “Tourists, working holidaymakers, seasonal and pacific workers, prospective partners and temporary skilled workers whose travel has been impacted…

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What does Australia’s Immigration program look like in 2021?

There is no doubt immigration plays a vital role in Australia’s economic plan in normal times. I believe it will be even more important in a post COVID-19 world which we are all hoping for in 2021. The Federal government and the State and Territories have always focused on attracting…

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Australia looking to offer safe haven for Hong Kong residents

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said Australia is “prepared to step up and provide support” to Hong Kong Residents who wish to come to Australia. Whilst details of the program have yet to be finalised, it is seen as lifeline for many Hong Kong residents after China has decided to…

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Australia’s border restrictions – when will they open?

At this stage there is no indication when our borders will open, and it looks like it will be 2021 at the earliest. Whilst Australia has come out of the COVID-19 pandemic relatively unscathed compared to the rest of the world, our border remains closed unless you are Australian citizen,…

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What will migration look like in Australia post COVID-19?

Nearly a million people have been left out of work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia. The Government is facing increasing pressure to reduce Australia’s migration intake to allow Australian citizens and permanent residents regain their place in the workforce. The Labor party has called for a…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Visas for Australia

The World Health Organization has announced that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a pandemic. The migration situation is changing rapidly throughout Australia. As an Australian citizen or permanent resident, can I still enter Australia? There is no restriction on Australian citizens or permanent residents entering Australia at this stage. However, those arriving…

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Australian Government introduces new Medical Conditions and Disability thresholds for visas

Under new rules introduced on 1 July 2019, an applicant with a permanent medical condition or a disability will no longer be assessed in terms of their lifetime care cost. This is a significant shift in Government policy and has been welcomed by immigration lawyers and human rights workers who…

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Health issues and health waivers for Australian visas

Australia has one of the best medical systems in the world and visa applicants must meet certain health requirements before a visa is granted. Generally, a visa will be refused for one of three reasons: To prevent people from bringing communicable diseases into Australia, which may cause a public health…

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Skilling Australians Fund

Visa Australia have received further information this morning on the implementation of the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF). The associated Bills have been passed through Parliament and both are awaiting Royal Assent, which usually takes between 7 and 10 working days. When it comes into effect it will require employers to…

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