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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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What should I do if my visa has or will expire in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic?

People on temporary visas are facing uncertain futures as their visas are about to or have expired whilst in Australia. It is imperative that if your visa is due to expire or has expired, you obtain advice as to what your options are. There may be options to apply for…

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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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Do I need a health examination if I am applying for an Australian visa?

Whether you will require a health examination will depend on the type of visa you are applying for. The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) provides full details on their website but this blog will provide a brief summary. Temporary visa applicants The type of examination you will have to undertake…

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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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Student visa holders and New Zealand citizens in Australia and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis?

International students who have been in Australia for longer than 12 months who find themselves in financial hardship will be able to access their Australian superannuation. The Government will undertake further engagement with the international education sector who already provide some financial support for international students facing hardship. International students…

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Employer sponsored temporary work visas (482 and 457) and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you’re a Temporary Skill Shortage visa holder - what should you do if you have been stood down or your work hours are reduced by your employer? The Australian Government has announced that Temporary Skill Shortage visa holders who have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain…

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What can I do if I am on a working holiday or seasonal worker visa in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis?

Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme workers can extend their stay for up to 12 months to work for approved employers as long as pastoral care and accommodation needs of workers are met to minimise health risks to visa holders and the community. Approved employers under the Seasonal Worker…

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