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9 Apr 2020

New COVID-19 Visa Stream Announced

The Government has created a new COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa Stream for essential workers to lawfully remain in Australia.  To apply for the new Visa Stream a person must:   -Have either 28 days or less remaining on their current Temporary Visa, or previously held a visa that expired/ceased no more than 28 days ago; -Be unable to apply for another…

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7 Apr 2020

Government support for Temporary Visa Holders in Australia

On Saturday 4 April 2020, the Government announced changes to support most Temporary Visa holders who have been stood down or have lost work hours due to the COVID-19 crisis. Here’s what you need to know. Temporary Skilled Visa Holders Temporary Skilled Visa holders that have been stood down but not laid off may be able…

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3 Apr 2020

Temporary Visa holders in Australia | How recent Government announcements impact you

COVID-19 border closures, quarantines and travel restrictions are taking place at a global, national, state and regional level in Australia and Government announcements are coming through at a very rapid pace.  We hope our updates are helpful in understanding the impact of these announcements for visa holders and that you and your family are keeping safe during…

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3 Apr 2020

Student Visa Work Hours Boost During COVID-19 Period

Student Visa work hours have temporarily been relaxed for international students that are currently employed in the aged care sector or supermarkets. In usual circumstances, visa conditions prevent Student Visa holders from working more than 40 hours a fortnight during a study term. However, these conditions have been relaxed so that international students can help…

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3 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Travel bans and exemptions

Many people have been impacted as a result of Australia’s extended COVID-19 Travel Ban, including families and travellers who have been caught offshore. Here’s an update on the impact for visa holders in Australia. Australia’s Inbound Travel Ban According to the Department’s latest inbound Travel Ban guidelines, only Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents and NZ citizens…

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3 Apr 2020

Visa extensions to stay in Australia

With COVID-19 travel bans taking place across the world, unfortunately many people are in a situation where they cannot safely return to their home country before their visa expires. However, in Australia Temporary Visa holders must ensure they continue to hold a valid visa to remain lawful. Over the past few weeks, we have helped…

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17 Mar 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Travel Ban | How it impacts travel to Australia

Countries all across the world are imposing new limitations on travel to restrict the spread of Coronavirus. Here’s how Coronavirus Travel Ban restrictions currently impact travel to Australia. Coronavirus Travel Ban Updates -Australia’s Coronavirus Travel Ban applies to travellers from Mainland China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. Read our update here. -From midnight 15 March…

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5 Mar 2020

Australia’s ranking in the world’s most powerful passports for 2020

According to the Henley Passport Index, which measures the most powerful passports according to travel-friendliness, the Australian passport has again ranked in the world’s top 10 most powerful passports. Australia came 9th in the list, alongside New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic and Canada. The Henley Passport Index ranks the ‘travel-friendliness’ of a country’s passport according…

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5 Mar 2020

Backpackers can choose to stay longer and contribute to bushfire recovery

Australia’s Working Holiday Maker Visa rules are changing to allow backpackers to stay an extra 6 months in Australia to help with bushfire recovery efforts. These changes will benefit farmers and businesses in bushfire-affected areas as well as young travellers wanting to travel, work or volunteer in Australia, while contributing to communities in need. The…

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