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What the Reopening of the Border Means for International Students, Skilled Migrants and Families Overseas

The Australian government has announced that starting from 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated travellers under an eligible visa would be able to enter into Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption!1  Prior to this announcement, you must be a holder of a Humanitarian visa (subclass 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 449, 785, and 790), a Partner visa (subclass 100, 309, 801, and … Read more

VISA PATHWAYS FOR AFGHANI NATIONALS

At the present moment, our office is receiving a high volume of inquiries related to Afghani nationals currently resident in Australia seeking options for family members residing in Afghanistan to obtain a visa pathway to migrate to Australia. This short article will briefly overview, some of the potential visa pathways available for Afghani nationals. Option … Read more

Pathways for New Zealanders to Permanent Residence in Australia

Of all visitors to Australia, New Zealanders have some of the most beneficial rights and pathways. However, a spate of recent visa cancellations for New Zealanders have made visitors from Australia’s neighbour inquiring how they can secure their status onshore. This article will examine the risks and disadvantages of New Zealanders residing in Australia on … Read more

Budget 2020-21: Potential Changes to Australian Partner Visas

The release of the 2020-21 Federal Budget detailed significant changes to the ability of migrants to apply for and be granted Australian partner visas. Foremost amongst the changes are requirements associated with the family sponsorship framework following the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth). This article details the substantive changes made … Read more

Ministerial Direction 90 and the Character Test from 15 April 2021

The Australian Government has introduced stronger measures surrounding the immigration character test for non-citizens applying for a visa to enter or remain in Australia. Commencing on 15 April 2021, Ministerial Direction 90 will come into force. This Direction strengthens the existing character test and sets out a range of considerations for decision makers in exercising … Read more

Making a Ministerial Intervention Request

Ministerial intervention is a process where the Minister for Home Affairs can intervene in your case when they believe it is in the public interest to do so. There are a range of discretionary powers available to the Minister under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) sections 351, 417 and 501J. These powers allow the Minister … Read more

What you need to know before you sponsor an employee under the Temporary Skills Shortage Visa?

The Temporary Skills Shortage (‘TSS’) Visa allows Australian employers to sponsor foreign or international workers. The fundamental benefit of this visa program is the ability for Australian employers to acquire foreign workers with critical skills and experience the employer would otherwise be unable to find within the Australian program. This can be an important opportunity … Read more

What to do if your student visa is about to expire but you cannot depart Australia due to COVID-19?

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in complications for visitors and students in Australia. This can get particularly complex once your student visa is approaching its expiry date and you may be considering your next steps. Due to the ongoing border closures, many incoming arrivals to Australia will not … Read more