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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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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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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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Australian citizenship amendments

On 20 April 2017, the Australian Government announced the strengthening of requirements for Australian citizenship. On 18 October 2017, the Government proposed citizenship amendments to the legislation so only applications lodged on and after 1 July 2018 will be assessed against the new criteria, subject to the passage of legislation…

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Options for overstaying your Australian visa

Recent figures from the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) indicate more than 64,000 people are in Australia illegally after overstaying work and tourist visas, with the Federal government estimating as many as 12,000 have been here for more than 20 years. There were nearly 10,000 Malaysians recorded as having overstayed…

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New citizenship bill introduced into parliament

A new Bill was introduced into Parliament for its first reading on 17 June 2017 which proposes significant changes to the current Citizenship Act 2007. The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 proposes a number of amendments, including proposals to strengthen requirements…

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De facto Partner Visas – How do we prove it?

One of the most common questions that people ask me is; How do we prove we are in a de facto relationship? Whether you apply onshore or offshore for a partner visa you must satisfy the Department of Immigration that your relationship is genuine and you are committed to each…

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Australia deals with New Zealand to obtain citizenship

New Zealanders who have lived and worked in Australia for five years or more will get easier access to citizenship under a new deal. An Australian government amnesty will open the door to citizenship for between 60,000 to 100,000 Kiwi expats living and working across the Tasman. The move was…

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Are you a New Zealand citizen interested in Australian citizenship?

If you are a New Zealand citizen in Australia on a Special Category Visa (Subclass 444), you may be able to apply for citizenship. Have you been in Australia since before 26 February 2001? If you entered Australia before the 26th February 2001 on a 444 visa and you have…

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What is a training benchmark and who has to meet it?

If you are an Australian business wishing to sponsor an overseas national for employment in your business in Australia, for example under a subclass 457 Business (Temporary) Long Stay visa, or under the Employer Nomination Scheme visas, you will be required to meet the ‘training benchmark’ both at time of…

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New Procedures for Employer Nominations under RSMS

As of July 01 2012, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) have implemented widespread changes to visa processes. One area affected by these changes is the procedure for employer nomination under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) - Subclass 187. Under the RSMS, an employer wishing to sponsor an international…

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