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New rules for subclass 485 Post-Study work visas

The Australian Government has introduced legislation in the form of the Migration Amendment (Temporary Graduate Visas) Regulations 2020, to allow holders of a subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate visas to apply offshore and more importantly a pathway for a second subclass 485 for applicants in regional areas. The explanatory statement…

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Social workers needed in Australia to support our economic recovery from COVID-19

The Australian Government has identified 18 occupations to fill critical skills needs whilst supporting the economic recovery from the pandemic. The following 17 Occupations were announced on 2 September 2020: Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111) Construction Project Manager (133111) Mechanical Engineer (233512) General Practitioner (253111) Resident Medical Officer (253112)…

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Positive changes to Australia’s global talent visa in the global talent independent program

The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) has recently made several changes to Distinguished Talent Visa (subclass 858 visa). This is a permanent visa for people who have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in an eligible field. The changes for the Distinguished Talent Visa are: The removal…

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Skilled migrants – kick starting the Australian economy post-COVID-19

It is often said Australia is a country built on the back of migrants who have brought a diversity of skills and culture to enhance our nation. This will be even more important in the post-COVID-19 world. The Australian government has already identified 17 occupations which will fill critical skills…

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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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Global Business & Talent Attraction Taskforce

The Australian Government has announced the formation of a taskforce to lure international businesses and exceptionally talented skilled people as part of the Government’s initiative to support the COVID-19 recovery and give a boost to the Australian economy and jobs. The Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce will be a…

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Subclass 887 Skilled Regional visa applicants – Concessions to assist

A lot of applicants for a prospective skilled regional (subclass 887) visa are having or contemplating having problems with their regional residency requirements which are required to be satisfied for the grant of this visa. The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) have indicated a residency concession will be available to…

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Concessions to Business Innovation and Investment Program applicants

The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) has indicate it will grant concessions to applications who were granted a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) before 1 July 2019, and who wish to apply for a Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888). The concessions relate to: application…

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A new visa for skilled workers from Hong Kong

The Migration Amendment (Hong Kong Passport Holders) Regulations 2020 has now commenced and provides further opportunities for Hong Kong passport holders to remain in Australia, with pathways to permanent residency. The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) has identified all people who are holding a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of…

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New labour market testing requirements

On 2 September 2020 the Government announced that current labour market testing (LMT) requirements have been enhanced to ensure that Australian workers are prioritised for any job opportunities in Australia. Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa, or Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) visa will require three job advertisements…

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Australian partner visas in a pandemic COVID-19 world

Whilst Australia has managed the COVID-19 pandemic much better than many other countries, it has been a tough period for many couples. Border closures, lockdowns and job losses have meant many couples have been separated for significant periods. We have seen an upsurge in partner requests to process partner visa…

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