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How can I get my Parents to Australia? – Australian parent visa options

One of the issues that I receive a large number of enquiries from Australian citizens, permanent resident and eligible New Zealand citizens is how can they get their parents to join them in Australia on a temporary or permanent basis. The level of enquiry through COVID-19 has escalated as families…

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No restrictions for international students on work hours in the hospitality and tourism industry

Great news for international students in Australia who are working in or want to work in the hospitality and tourism sectors. The pressure on these sectors has reached breaking point with the borders closed whilst Australia’s economy continues to recover at unprecedented levels and low unemployment rates. The Minster for…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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