Updated Travel Exemptions for APEC Card Holders

The Department of Home Affairs updated their information in relation to travel exemptions for APEC card holders. Travellers are exempt from travel restrictions, and can leave Australia without applying for an exemption if they are: ordinarily resident in a country other than Australia an airline, maritime crew or associated safety worker a New Zealand citizen […]

Summary of State Nominated 190 Visas Across Each State

Summary of State Nominated 190 Visas Across Each State Following last week’s budget as well the National Migration Conference, we would like to provide our readers with an up to date summary of 190 State Nominated Visa Programmes.  We are hoping this summary will make it easier for you to advise your clients or if[…..]

Refunds and waivers of Visa Application Charges

Prospective Marriage visa Temporary workers Working Holiday Makers Visitors Summary of VAC refund, waiver and visa extension measures Some visa holders impacted by Australia’s COVID-19 travel restrictions will soon be able to access a refund or a waiver of their Visa Application Charge (VAC). Prospective Marriage visa If you received a Prospective Marriage visa but[…..]

Travel Exemptions

On 09 September 2020, the Department of Home Affairs has updated the travel exemption categories and holders of a Business Innovation and Investment (Subclass 188) visa are now exempt from the travel restrictions to enter Australia during Covid-19 pandemic.Subclass 188 visa holders do not need to obtain an individual exemption from the Australia Border Force[…..]

BSMQ – Occupations removed from QSOL November 2019

BSMQ – Occupations removed from QSOL November 2019 Due to high demand and quota being met for the following occupations, they will be removed from the QSOL’s detailed below, when the skilled program re-opens in the coming weeks. The entire skilled program will re-open for both subclass 190 and subclass 491 visas. The exact date[…..]

Partner points Schedule 6D.11

Partner points Schedule 6D.11 From 16 November 2019 the applicant can claim 10 partner points for their spouse or de facto under Schedule 6D.11 where the partner is: • applying for the same subclass of visa as the primary applicant • is not an Australian citizen or permanent resident • at the time of invitation[…..]

Assessing Authorities changes commences on 16 November 2019

Assessing Authorities changes commences on 16 November 2019. The instrument makes minor amendments to the assessing authorities for child care centre manager and podiatrist see below: • Changes the assessing authority for child care centre manager from TRA to ACECQA for subclass 491, subclass 189, subclass 190 and subclass 485 visa applications made after 16[…..]