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Ministerial intervention – Australian immigration law

I receive many enquiries from migration agents and lawyers seeking assistance with Ministerial intervention applications for their clients. What is a Ministerial intervention? When your visa has been refused by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) there is provision in the Migration Act 1958 (Act) for the Minister to personally intervene…

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Changes to conditions for discretionary bridging visas

The Government has introduced changes to conditions for discretionary bridging visas from the 16 April 2021. The explanatory memorandum supporting Legislative Instrument - Migration Amendment (Bridging Visa Conditions) Regulations 2021 - F2021L00444 states: The objective of the amending regulations is to strengthen the community placement options available to the Minister…

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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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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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Do you need a visa label to travel to Australia?

As outlined in our previous blog ‘Do I require a visa label?’, people do not require a visa label to, travel to, enter and remain in Australia. This is part of Australia’s global program of making travel to Australia visa label free. In Australia, there is an electronic database that…

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