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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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Working as Uber or Taxi Driver while holding a Student Visa?

As a general rule, international students cannot work for more than 40 hours per fortnight during the school semester. This rule is explained under Condition 8105 of the Migration Regulations 1994 where it states: (1A)  The holder must not engage in any work in Australia before the holder’s course of study commences. (1)  Subject to…

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Government announces changes to the working holiday and holiday maker visas

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison whilst touring Queensland today (5 November 2018) announced significant changes to the Working Holiday Visa Programme. The Working Holiday Maker programme has two types of visas: Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417) and Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462). Depending where you are from will depend…

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Student Visa grants for Chinese, Brazilian and Malaysian students increase in 2014-15

In a previous post on September 16, which can be found here, I discussed the upcoming changes to the Australian Student Visa Framework, as well as the increase in the number of student visas which have been cancelled in the year ending June 2015. This blog post will discuss some…

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Conditions of a Visa and Cancellation

Are you the current holder of an Australian visa? Did you know that your visa may have certain conditions attached to it, and that failure to comply with the conditions of your visa can render your visa liable to cancellation? Between July 2014 and June 2015 nearly 11,000 student visas…

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Changes to the Australian Student Visa Framework

Are you considering coming to Australia to study? Are you unsure about which subclass of student visa is correct for the studies you will be undertaking in Australia? On 16 June 2015 the Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne and the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia…

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Senate Enquiry Extends Reporting Period

A Senate enquiry into Australian’s temporary work visa programs has extended its reporting period after allegations of widespread non-compliance by several Australian companies has recently come to light. On 24 March 2015 the Senate referred the inquiry, entitled “The impact of Australia’s temporary work visa programs on the Australian labour…

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Look Out for These Public Interest Criterion Changes

Changes have been made to the Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 in relation to identity proof in an attempt to prevent identity fraud in Australian immigration and citizenship programmes. PIC 4020 was introduced in 2011 to strengthen the integrity of Australia’s immigration program by detecting and preventing visa fraud. What…

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New Student Visa Work Rights Announced

Long anticipated work rights for post study work have been announced following previous recommendations from the Knight Review. These arrangements are currently proposed and still need to be approved by the Governor General, which is anticipated to be early 2013, possibly March. For your reference; The Knight review recommendation 4…

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Are you an overseas student studying in Australia? What are your plans for after you graduate?

Overseas students studying in Australia need to start considering their options about what they want to do once they finish their course while they are still studying. If you have studied or are studying in Australia, you may be eligible to remain in Australia to either study another course (i.e.…

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What does a bridging visa mean for you?

A ‘bridging visa’ is a temporary visa, allowing you (a non-citizen) to stay in Australia lawfully in situations where you would otherwise be unlawful. You may be eligible for a bridging visa (BV) if: You have lodged an application for a substantive visa, and it is being processed by the…

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Casual work blamed for skills crisis

An article on ABC News online today discusses research conducted by Professor John Buchanan from Sydney University’s Workplace Research Centre and evidence he will give at public hearings in Sydney today at the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ inquiry into job insecurity and skills crisis. The key facts are: One…

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