News

14
Jan

Student Work Limitation Lifted

The Prime Minister announces changes for international students The Prime Minister announced on 13 January 2022 that the Commonwealth had lifted the 40 hour per fortnight work limitation placed on international students. The only information available at this time is through media reports and Ministerial media releases. Further details on how this arrangement will operate are currently not available. You

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26
Nov

International student and Temporary Graduate Visa Changes Announced

On 25 November 2021 the Morrison Government  announced encouraging news to further support international students and graduates visa holders. Subclass 485 holders who were unable to return to Australia will have the opportunity to apply for a replacement visa.  This will allow previous and current visa holders whose visas expired on or after 1 February 2020 to reapply for the

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23
Nov

Australian Borders Opening 1 December 2021

From 1 December vaccinated eligible temporary visa holders can travel to Australia without applying for a travel exemption.  This includes student visa holders and skilled workers. The relaxation of the borders has been welcomed news and will allow greater freedom to travel and return to Australia. From 1 December 2021, Australia will also  allow fully vaccinated citizens from Japan and

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2
Nov

Partner Visa changes Commences Soon

Partner Visa changes: When will the changes commence? This has been the question since the Family Violence Bill was passed in 2018. We discussed in an earlier post regarding how the changes would affect those who intends to apply for an onshore partner visa.  The Australian Government announced that reforms were going to be implemented to strengthen the integration outcomes

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27
Oct

Queensland Skilled Migration Program Opens (2021-22)

The Queensland Skilled Migration Program is currently open for those within Australia.  This is welcomed news for those interested in being sponsored by the State for various skilled visas, including the Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491). The Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa is a permanent visa, while the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)

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25
Oct

Travel exemptions open for Parents

It has been announced by the Minister for Home Affairs that the travel exemption policy will be open to parents of Australian citizens and Permanent Residents from 1st November 2021.   From 1st November 2021, parents of Australian citizens and PR can apply for a travel exemption as an “immediate family number”, this includes various parental relationships including biological, adoptive,

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27
Sep

New occupations included for South Australia’s state nominated visa’s (Subclass 190 and 491)

New occupations included for South Australia’s state skilled nominated visa’s ( Subclass 190 and 491) South Australia will be adding 70 occupations to the nomination list for applicants living outside of Australia.  The inclusion of the new occupations will begin on Tuesday, 28 September 2021. This is welcomed news for potential visa applicants offshore due to COVID or those who

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9
Sep

Pearson PTE Academic test shortens and launches online version

Pearson announced the welcome news for visa applicants on 7 September 2021, confirming that the PTE academic test has been shortened from three hours to two hours instead. They further confirmed that online remote testing will be an option. The shorter test will follow the same format and scoring system as the current PTE Academic test center exam. Pearson will

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3
Sep

ACT Canberra Announces Updated Critical Occupation List

Skilled Migration Canberra has confirmed that 16 new occupations will be added to the Critical Occupation List. This list will be publicly available noon on 3/09/2021. This welcomed news allows additional applicants in listed occupations to be nominated by the state for Australian visas. Which occupations will be added to the critical occupation list? 16 occupation groups are to be

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14
Jul

South Australia MY2022 Nomination Policy

South Australia State Nomination Requirements SA has announced it’s nomination requirements. Application for nomination will start from 8am, Tuesday 20th July 2021.   The pathways South Australia migration program is focused to provide migration pathways for below major groups of candidates: Talent and Innovators Program Currently working in South Australia (including long-term residents in SA) International Graduate of South Australia

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