• The Department Of Home Affairs have announced a further category of persons to be automatically exempt from travel restrictions.  Holders of a Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) visa can now enter Australia, without obtaining an individual exemption. Who is exempt from applying for a travel exemption? Those exempt from requiring individual exemptions are: an Australian citizen a permanent resident of Australia an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident a New Read More
  • The Department of Home Affairs has provided the Victorian Government with a limited allocation of visa nomination places for the Business Innovation and Investment Program. The interim allocation is designed to assist Victoria’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Competition for these places is expected to be high. Applications will close at 5pm AEST on 21 September 2020. Additional Requirement to the Nomination Criteria For applicants seeking to be nominated there is an additional requirement Read More
  • This Minister for Immigration released a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). Applications for occupations on the existing skilled occupation lists will still be processed but priority will be given to applications with occupations on the PMSOL list. The17 occupations on the PMSOL are: Chief Executive or Managing Director Construction Project Manager Mechanical Engineer General Practitioner Resident Medical Officer Psychiatrist Medical Practitioner nec Midwife Registered Nurse (Aged Care) Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) Read More
  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Australian Government have announced a new COVID visa stream under their existing Temporary Activity Visa scheme (subclass 408). The purpose of the visa is to provide a pathway for certain former and current holders of temporary visas to lawfully remain in Australia who would otherwise be required to depart, but for the COVID-19 pandemic, are unable to leave Australia. Criteria for all applicants: Must hold a visa that Read More
  • The Morrison Government have last week announced plans to launch a comprehensive review of Australia’s migration program. This announcement has come after Infrastructure Australia announced that the cost of lost productivity due to rising congestion would double to $38.8 billion by 2031 if the government fail to act. The population is expected to grow by nearly 24 per cent to 31.4 million by 2034, with most new residents expected to live in Melbourne or Sydney. Read More
  • On 18 April 2017 the Australian Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) has been abolished and replaced with the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa. The new TSS visa scheme will be made up of two streams: Short term visas (up to two years) and medium term visas (up to four years). The Government’s rationale behind making these changes has been characterised as the need to protect Australia’s national interests Read More