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Changes to conditions for discretionary bridging visas

The Government has introduced changes to conditions for discretionary bridging visas from the 16 April 2021. The explanatory memorandum supporting Legislative Instrument - Migration Amendment (Bridging Visa Conditions) Regulations 2021 - F2021L00444 states: The objective of the amending regulations is to strengthen the community placement options available to the Minister…

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New Zealand citizens becoming Australian citizens post COVID-19

Australia and New Zealand have a long history of having free flow of people between the two countries. In fact, when the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 was proclaimed, it is a little know fact that in the definitions it referred to the States as: “The States shall mean…

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Australia strengthens the character test relating to the revocation or cancellation of visas

From the 15 April 2021, the Australian Government will introduce stronger measures surrounding character tests for non-citizens applying for a visa to enter or remain in Australia. The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke has announced a new Ministerial Direction (MD) 90 - Visa refusal…

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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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In what circumstances can an Australian citizen or permanent resident leave Australia?

The Australian government is encouraging Australians not to travel overseas during the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures are in place to protect our community and to alleviate the need for any more pressure than there already is on authorities and the quarantine system when returning to Australia. Since 22 January 2021,…

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Family and Domestic Violence and your Australian Visa

The Australian Government and the Department of Home Affairs (Department) has taken a very strong stance in relation to issues surrounding family and domestic violence in recent times. Some people believe this has long been overdue and it will certainly impact a lot of visa applicants and their sponsors. The…

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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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De facto for the purpose of getting a partner visa to Australia

One of the questions we are asked most often is “do I qualify as a de facto to get a partner visa to Australia?” Firstly, you must have a sponsor who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen. An eligible New Zealand citizen is…

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Entrepreneur visas for Australia

Australia’s government is seeking entrepreneurs to settle in Australia especially as the economy is being rebuilt as the global economy and the Australian economy come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Entrepreneur stream provides a visa which allows you to stay for…

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Resident return visas subclass 155 – compelling reasons for absence from Australia

Once you have permanent residency you must after 5 years apply for a subclass 155 Resident Return visa if you leave and want to return to Australia. To qualify for resident return visas, you must: have lived in Australia for 2 years (730 days) in the last 5 years as…

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Partner visas – the sponsors obligations and limitations on the ability to sponsor

Regulations 1.20J, 1.20KA, 1.20KB and 1.20KC There are certain circumstances where an Australian citizen or permanent resident who wants to sponsor their partner will be subject to limitations on their ability to do so. The approval of sponsorships for all subclasses of partner visas is subject to certain limitations on…

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