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19 Oct 2021

Australia’s Vaccine Passports for International Travel

Australia is moving towards easing international border restrictions with new COVID-19 Vaccine Certificates being made available from today – Tuesday 19 October 2021. Here’s what you should know. How Will Australia’s International Vaccine Passports Work?  While vaccination certificates have already been available in Australia for domestic use, the international certificates include QR codes that can be scanned as…

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19 Oct 2021

Quarantine to End for Some International Arrivals to New South Wales

New South Wales (NSW) Premier, Dominic Perrottet has announced a plan to open the State to fully vaccinated international arrivals. He revealed that in two weeks: NSW will allow international arrivals with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to fly to the State from 1 November 2021. Caps on arrivals to NSW will be lifted for fully vaccinated international travellers. These arrivals will…

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4 Oct 2021

Australia international travel to re-open from November 2021 for some states

Australia International Travel 2021 Prime Minister, Scott Morrison announced in a Press Conference on Friday 1 October that Australia’s international border will re-open from next month (November 2021) for States with an 80% vaccination rate – starting with New South Wales (NSW). This is very welcome and highly anticipated news. Australia’s international border has been closed for…

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4 Oct 2021

Skills Shortages Australia 2021 | Government to Review Permanent Residence Pathways for Skilled Visa Holders

Skills Shortages Australia 2021 | Businesses Call on Government to Review Permanent Residence Pathways for Skilled Visa Holders In over 18 months since Australia closed its international border to all but essential travellers, more than 500,000 temporary migrants have left Australia.  Many have been unable to return due to international border restrictions.   Coupled with the fact that businesses have been unable to engage…

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4 Oct 2021

New Agriculture Visa to Assist Agribusinesses With Labour Shortages

The Government first announced it would introduce a dedicated Agriculture Visa in June to allow migrants from certain countries to come to Australia for agricultural work that cannot be filled locally. Since the announcement, farmers and skilled migrants have been eagerly waiting for further details to be released. The Government has announced some further details, however…

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4 Oct 2021

Australia International Border | Home Quarantine Trials Underway

Australia International Border Updates Update: On 1 October 2021, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia’s international border will re-open from November 2021 for States with an 80% vaccination rate – starting with New South Wales (NSW). This is very welcome and highly anticipated news. Australia’s international border has been closed for more than 18 months and…

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4 Oct 2021

Permanent Residency | Migrating to Australia During the Pandemic

Permanent Residency | Migrating to Australia During the Pandemic Latest Government statistics show Australia granted 160,052 Permanent Residence Visas in the 2020-21 Migration Program – which equates to 20,000 more visas than the previous year.   It is encouraging to see the full cap of 160,000 placements was reached as per 2020-21 ceiling planning levels, despite international border restrictions and processing delays. This was…

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4 Oct 2021

Prospective Marriage Travel Exemption now available and other updates

While Australia’s international border is still closed to all but essential travellers until the country reaches a higher vaccination rate, Travel Exemptions to enter and leave Australia are constantly being reviewed by the Government. Here’s a few updates. Travel Exemption for Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visa Holders Department of Home Affairs Minister, Karen Andrews has announced…

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13 Aug 2021

International Arrivals Must Declare COVID-19 Vaccination Status

The Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) form and Travel Exemption request forms have been updated to ask applicants to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status. It is yet another sign that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 could enable Australia to reopen international travel, in line with the Government’s Four-Phase Plan to emerge from the pandemic. Here’s what you should know about: Questions on…

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13 Aug 2021

Travel Exemptions for Australians Normally Living Overseas

Health Minister, Greg Hunt has removed an automatic Travel Exemption that previously allowed Australians who normally live overseas to travel to their country of residence without needing permission to leave Australia. Effective from 11 August 2021, expats currently in Australia will need to apply for a Travel Exemption for either Critical Work or Compassionate or Compelling reasons to leave…

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