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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...

March 25, 2020

From 25 March 2020 the AAT has suspended in person hearings indefinitely.  Where suitable, hearings will be conducted by telephone, including taking evidence from witnesses and using an interpreter where required.  The AAT will also be prioritising appeals where a posi...

March 25, 2020

In a further attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19 the Government has imposed a travel ban on Australians.  From midday yesterday Australian citizens and permanent residents are not permitted to travel outside Australia unless granted an exemption (eg where travel is...

March 23, 2020

The government has announced a relaxing of certain student visa conditions in light of the current COVID-19 crisis.  Normally a student visa holder is restricted to 40 hours work per fortnight but the government is allowing work in limited areas above these hours.  The...

March 23, 2020

If you are unable to re-enter Australia before the expiry of the travel facility on your Bridging Visa B as a result of the current international restrictions on travel, you will need to apply for another visa once you are able to travel again.  For example, a short te...

March 23, 2020

We understand that this is a stressful time for many 457 and TSS visa holders.  If your workplace has closed temporarily as a result of the government restrictions because of COVID-19 then what impact this has on you will depend on your employment status:

- if you are o...

March 23, 2020

Travel to Australia is currently restricted to the following people:

- Australian citizens

- permanent residents

- immediate family membesr of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or

- New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia.

If you are an immediate famil...

March 23, 2020

The Department has indicated that they will be exercising a degree of flexibility in dealing with applications for onshore visitor visas, requests for waiver of no further stay conditions and timeframes for provision of medical tests, police checks and English language...

March 23, 2020

Please visit the Department website for important information on COVID-19 and how it may affect you - see 

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