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August 9, 2020

The Department of Home Affairs created a new portal for requests for exemption from the Australian border closures.  If you submitted a request prior to Friday 17 July 2020 and have still not received a response you will need to submit a new request through the portal.

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July 23, 2020

The Australian government is now restricting the number of international arrivals permitted per day into Australian airports.  In Sydney this is limited to 350 people per day and a maximum of 30 people per flight.  This will place great pressure on people trying to tra...

July 23, 2020

Since Saturday 18 July the NSW Government is now charging international travellers who arrive in Sydney for their hotel quarantine accommodation. Travellers who purchased their flights before 11.59 pm 12 July 2020 AEST will not be charged.

The fees charged are...

July 14, 2020

State and territory governments have the capability to nominate applicants under the subclass 190 and 491 programs based on expressions of interest lodged through Skillselect.  Each state and territory are provided with a particular allocation of the number of nominati...

June 10, 2020

It is common for application fees to increase on 1 July each year.  The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has announced that its application fee will increase to $1,826 for migration decisions other than protection visa application reviews.

It is generally good practice t...

May 4, 2020

With face to face citizenship ceremonies having been cancelled due to COVID-19, the Department of Home Affairs has introduced online citizenship ceremonies through a secure video link.  Ceremonies held online are one-on-one with the presiding officer from the Departmen...

April 14, 2020

The Red Cross has announced that it will be receiving funding from the Australian Government for the next six months to deliver emergency relief and casework support to temporary visa holders.

The funds have not yet been received and the Red Cross will work as quickly a...

April 9, 2020

The Australian Government have announced a new stream for a subclass 408 visa which is referred to as the COVID-19 Pandemic stream.  

There is no application fee for the sc408 visa application under this stream.  To be eligible you must be:

- in Australia and u...

April 8, 2020

Many visa applicants have facing lengthy delays and potential visa issues due to an inability to complete required English language tests during the current pandemic.  The good news is that TOEFL iBT are now offering a home based English test which may assist you. See...

April 3, 2020

Some relief will be provided for temporary workers.  The measures that will be introduced in response to COVID-19 for temporary visa holders include:

  • Ability of employers to reduce the working hours for sponsored employees

  • Ability of temporary visa holders to a...

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