Blog Archives: 2021

8 Jul 2021

More occupations eligible for skilled migration to WA

134 new occupations were added to the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) this week, providing a Permanent Residence (PR) pathway to Temporary Skilled Visa holders already in Australia who wish to live and work in WA. Effective immediately, the expanded WASMOL also provides WA businesses an alternative option to support employees or engage skilled migrants for occupations in high demand industries…

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8 Jul 2021

International arrivals to Australia halved

The National Cabinet agreed last week to halve the number of international arrivals to Australia: International arrivals will reduce from 6,370 down to 3,035 people per week by 14 July 2021. This will be in place until at least the start of 2022, unless medical advice recommends otherwise. Commercial flights will be cut, however repatriation flights will increase…

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8 Jul 2021

Four-Phase Plan to Re-open International Travel and Emerge From the Pandemic

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison last week announced a Four-Phase Plan to re-open international travel to pre-pandemic levels and manage the pandemic. Here’s what you need to know. Phase 1 – Vaccinate, Prepare and Pilot Australia to reach a set ‘vaccination target’ – a specific number of people to be vaccinated in Australia to effectively prevent the spread of the Delta…

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5 Jul 2021

Travel Exemption and Travel Bubble Updates

With the rapid pace of international travel news, it can be hard to know what’s changed and how it may impact you. Here’s the latest travel exemption and travel bubble updates. Read on to find out about: The Biosecurity Emergency Period and Outbound Travel Restrictions Outbound Travel  Exemptions | How long do they last? Are…

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5 Jul 2021

Agriculture Visa for September 2021

Acting Prime Minister, Michael McCormack recently announced plans to deliver a new Agriculture Visa by the end of September 2021, in time for Australia’s harvesting season. The new visa will provide agricultural businesses greater access to overseas workers and ease a growing shortage of farm workers, which has worsened since COVID-19 international travel restrictions began. Here’s a summary of what has been announced…

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5 Jul 2021

Priority Skilled Visas Australia | More Skilled Workers Now Eligible for Fast-Tracked Visas

Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke recently announced 22 occupations have been added to Australia’s Priority Skilled Migration List (PMSOL). Resources, Hospitality, IT, Medical and Professional Services industries have benefited from the changes. Skilled migrants in the below occupations can be sponsored by an employer to work in Australia with access to a fast-tracked Visa and Inbound Travel Exemption. What is the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)? The PMSOL was first announced…

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17 Jun 2021

Permanent Residency | How employer-sponsored visas will be prioritised in 2021-22

Over one year on from the start of the pandemic, the Government remains focused on the nation’s post-pandemic recovery. One trend that has emerged is a priority for visas that drive economic growth and investment – including Employer Sponsored Visas for Permanent Residency in Australia. Below we explore: How the Government is prioritising Employer-Sponsored Visas  How this impacts migrants without an employer sponsor Which occupations…

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19 May 2021

Federal Budget changes for migrants 2021

Following on from our updates on the Federal Budget and implications for Australia’s international border and the 2021-22 Migration Program, here’s how the Budget impacts specific visa holders and businesses.  A four-year wait for Permanent Residents to access benefits, such as Paid Parental Leave | What this means for migrants and businesses Relaxed requirements for Temporary Visa Holders | Support measures for Agricultural, Tourism and Hospitality Businesses…

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6 May 2021

Australia’s International Border Could Re-Open in 2022 | Travel Updates

Unfortunately, it looks like Australia’s international border may not re-open any time soon. Finance Minister, Simon Birmingham has today told The Australian global outbreaks and new COVID-19 strains have meant Australia’s international border would likely remain shut until the end of 2022, despite the rollout of the vaccine.  Travel Exemptions will continue to be available for limited circumstances…

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6 May 2021

How the Australia-New Zealand Travel Bubble Works

After many months of planning, the Australia New Zealand Travel Bubble commenced from 19 April 2021 to allow two-way quarantine-free travel between both countries.  However, keep in mind that quarantine-free travel could be paused or suspended by either country at any time in response to COVID-19 outbreaks. Travellers from both countries should also check arrangements in…

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