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11 May 2020

Government financial support for visa holders | COVID-19 Period

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Temporary Visa holders who have lost their income due to business shutdowns and job losses have not been able to access the Federal Government’s support JobKeeper and JobSeeker arrangements. In recognition of the financial hardship some temporary visa holders are experiencing while being unable to safely return to their home country,…

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11 May 2020

Can I apply for the new 408 COVID-19 Visa? Your FAQ’s

Applying for the new COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa can provide some Temporary Visa holders a last resort to lawfully stay in Australia, or to work in critical sectors during the crisis. Here’s our answers to your FAQ’s, which you may find helpful. Can I apply for the Subclass 408 COVID-19 Visa? The visa may be…

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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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