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As we walked with our clients’ on their visa journeys over the years, we realised how many people would benefit from a reliable source of information that detangle confusing regulations and are reader-focused. It serves to educate on all things emigration and immigration, to simplify, clarify and provide the latest of updates in the ever evolving Australian migration laws, and to speak about exciting news. Sometimes even scandals!

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Let International Students Start Their Courses At Home

According to the Financial Review this morning the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) is examining ways of how international students could be flown into Australia under strict quarantine rules to study at Australian universities. We are hoping of course that all educational sectors are receiving the same royal treatment in ensuring jobs can be retained... Continue Reading

PM Blames COVID-19 For Expected 85% Fall In Migration Numbers

The Prime Minister revealed yesterday after the National cabinet meeting that the government expected overseas migration number to drop by about 85 per cent! He explained this drop is going to happen because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These drop-in numbers are expected to be happening now and the lack of 189 invitations is already painfully... Continue Reading

Medical Treatment Visa (Subclass 602)

If you find yourself in a situation where you might need to stay in Australia for longer than expected due to needing medical treatment or to support someone who requires medical treatment, the Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602) may help. With the world in the way that it is now, we thought it pertinent to... Continue Reading

AAT Processing Priorities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On the 27th April, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal has publically released its new processing priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These priorities will outline the order in how applications to the AAT Migration Division will be assessed. They were released in a COVID-19 Special Measures Practice Direction – Migration and Refugee Division released on the 27th... Continue Reading

Stop The World! The AAT Wants To Get Off!

Brace yourselves, everyone! The Administrative Appeals Tribunal wants to stop the world and get off. It seems the Coronavirus news has made individual AAT members quite depressed. One Member, in particular, believes the COVID-19 outbreak is sufficient reason to refuse business applicants looking for permission to become sponsors under the RSMS program. They stated; “The... Continue Reading

Engineers Australia’s Policy Of Silence

In a previous newsletter, we discussed the distressing circumstances of Pooja Shah and her family after she was rejected and banned twice by Engineers Australia. Today is the second part of her story after a response was obtained from EA in the formal review application of her second ban. When a refused applicant comes to... Continue Reading

Grant The Doctors And Nurses Permanent Residency

In life, many people try and join up and undertake roles to protect and serve the community and many more dream they would even be able to do so. It is a privilege to be placed in a position of trust. Even if the expectation is that you put your life at risk for the... Continue Reading

The New COVID-19 Pandemic Visa

The government released new legislation yesterday declaring the Coronavirus Pandemic an Event under the 408 visa requirements. In classifying this emergency as an “Event”, it falls under the Government Endorsed Event stream of the visa. There is no need for any sponsorship documents in order to apply. The application is also free! Yes, no charge.... Continue Reading

New Options For Working Holiday Visitors

Working Holiday visa holders in Australia worried about their options during the Coronavirus crisis, received an unexpected boost to their possible options today. The Immigration Minister released information this morning that special changes to the working holiday visas would mean that those who are currently in Australia will have their working conditions eased if they... Continue Reading

Support Package For Students and Working Visa Holders

Today the Minister of Immigration The Hon Alan Tudge MP, released details on how temporary resident visa holders may find relief from the Coronavirus emergency. 457 and 482 Visa Holders Those on skilled shortage visas (457 and 482) have been recognized that your contribution to the Australian workforce will hopefully still be necessary after the... Continue Reading

Online Study and International Students

The Australian Commonwealth government’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, TEQSA, has made a public announcement regarding an easing of enforcement of the laws surrounding how international students can be taught. This comes in response to the difficulty education providers are navigating due to the Coronavirus. “All AQF training and assessment must meet high quality... Continue Reading

Tourist Visas And The Coronavirus

  With many flights out of Australia canceled and even fewer places you can fly to, those already in Australia on visitor visas are wondering what they can do. Let us go through some essential points. In general, those in Australia on visitor visas are not meant to stay in Australia longer than 12 consecutive... Continue Reading

Let Our Temporary Residents Come Home!

  From 9 pm tonight, Temporary Resident visa holders will be banned from entering Australia. No thought what so ever has been given to those visa holders who are currently outside Australia and finding it difficult to get back. No thought at all to those who are working here, have leased or purchased properties here,... Continue Reading

Temporary Visa Holders, Don’t Put Yourselves At Risk For Us

Today as expected, the Immigration Department today announced Aged care providers will temporarily be able to offer more hours to international students to ensure the care of senior and vulnerable Australians.  Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said international students would help fill critical staff shortages emerging in the... Continue Reading

Are Our Temporary Resident Nurses And Doctors Being Used?

This morning the Prime Minister announced that those International Students in Australia who are studying nursing, some 20,000 of them, will have their work limitations lifted. This is so they can work more to assist in the Coronavirus emergency. While we think that is a great move, what about the thousands of nurses who have... Continue Reading

Australian Universities Shift Towards Online Study

In response to the growing concerns regarding the spread of the Coronavirus, Australian Universities have read the writing on the wall that it will probably only be a matter of time before classes on campuses will no longer be permitted. Today the Australian carried the story of how Macquarie University has suspended its classes temporarily... Continue Reading

Engineers Australia Skill Assessment Ban for 1 Year.

Meet Pooja and her husband Jipal. The couple moved to Tasmania nearly two years ago to start a better life in regional Australia. Like many Indian nationals who have completed their higher education study in Australia, they are seeking a regional pathway to obtain permanent residency. The couple needs to obtain Tasmanian sponsorship for the... Continue Reading

While Holding a Student Visa, What If My Education Provider Closes?

With the Federal Government announcing gatherings of more than 500 people are banned, it is understandable many international students in Australia would be concerned about their visa status if the education provider were forced to close its doors for an extended period. The ban currently does not include education providers but that might change at... Continue Reading

Certain International Students Can Exceed 40hrs Work Limitation

With the Hon Peter Dutton inflicted with the coronavirus, the The Hon Alan Tudge MP is currently acting Minister for Immigration. Yesterday he announced Student visa holders can exceed their 40 hour per fortnight restriction on work hours if you can help the supermarket chains put the stock on the shelves.  In a press release... Continue Reading

Coronavirus And Immigration Processing

Understandably, our temporary resident visitors are worried about visa processing times and the Immigration Department’s ability to keep working to look after visa lodgements if the Coronavirus spreads widely in Australia. Very sorry to Tom Hanks and his wife to come all the way here to catch it. We hope all those who have the... Continue Reading

Recession Counter Measure : Ditch The GTE And Let The Students Come

Now that the Coronavirus has taken a small foothold in Australia and the financial markets have taken a serious hit, it’s time for the government to dramatically ramp up the performance of one of Australia’s biggest industries, the education sector. It’s time to do away for the discriminatory tool used to refuse student visas on... Continue Reading

Relocating On Your 491 Visa?

The 491 visa gives you temporary residency status for 5 years in Australia. It is designed to keep you living and working in regional locations. The regions are known as Designated Regional Areas (DRA) of Australia. As you may know these areas cover all of Australia except Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and the locations where... Continue Reading

Study in Perth or the Gold Coast? Why would you bother?

On the 27th October last year the DOHA announced that Perth and the Gold Coast would be included in the new Designated Regional Area list. The Immigration Minister Mr Coleman stated; “We have had advocacy from governments from all sides of politics in relation to those two places and decided to include them in our... Continue Reading

Know Your 489 Visa Conditions – They Are An Important Requirement for Your 887 Visa

After the 16th November 2019 there were significant changes made under certain circumstances in relation to the conditions on the 489 visa. We thought it was time to re-visit these conditions to assist to clarify the confusion. Of course the aim in being on a 489 visa is to convert it to the 887 Permanent... Continue Reading

Substantial Compliance, What Does It Mean?

Most temporary visas like the 500 Student, the 482 Working and the 600 Tourist visas, (and some permanent like the 887 visa) that are made in Australia have a Schedule 2 primary and secondary criterion that requires the applicant have complied substantially with the conditions of the substantive visa held, or last held, by the... Continue Reading

Applying For Your PR 887 Visa

When can I apply for PR? When do the 2 years of residency start? When can I count my 1 year of work experience? Does it matter how much time I am outside Australia?  These are just a few of the common questions we are asked during our consultation sessions, so during this article, we... Continue Reading

Was Your Visa Refused Or Cancelled? The Section 48 Limitation May Apply To You

If you have been refused a visa and you only hold a bridging visa, then there is a restriction to apply for any further visa applications while you remain in Australia. The law that governs this restriction is known as Section 48 of the Migration Act. If you hear people say they are Section 48... Continue Reading

Australian Citizenship – Special Residence Requirement

There is provision in the Citizenship Act that allows the Minister to grant citizenship if the general residency requirement has not been met but the applicant needs Citizenship earlier to engage in specific activities that are viewed as a benefit to Australia. These benefits are related to specific work related activities, sporting activities. Section 22A... Continue Reading

NSW Invitations For The 190 Visa

Our Freedom Of Information request has demonstrated that the NSW government is slowly dribbling out the invitations for the 190 visa at a painfully slow rate. This will disappoint many 190 sponsorship hopefuls who are praying for an invitation. The figures released today are for the time frame of the 16th November 2019 until the... Continue Reading

Australian Study Requirement – Part II

  Read: Australian Study Requirement – Part I Read: Australian Study Requirement – Part II The Australian Study Requirement (ASR) is a requirement that an applicant must fulfil for the application of a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) or if fulfilled, can be used to gain 5 points for an application for a general skilled... Continue Reading

Australian Study Requirement – Part I

General Skilled Migration (GSM) Visa and Temporary Graduate 485 Visa Read: Australian Study Requirement – Part I Read: Australian Study Requirement – Part II The Australian Study Requirement (ASR) is a requirement that one has fulfilled after completing two years of academic study in Australia. If you meet the ASR, you would have 5 additional... Continue Reading

Can You Be Late To Lodge Your Next Student Visa?

Did you know that when you apply to extend your student visa in Australia you can be late once, and only once. Students are given a very specific grace period to apply for their next student visa if you have forgotten to lodge your visa on time. It is possible to lodge an application even... Continue Reading