June 2022 visa update

By |2022-06-10T00:17:49+10:00June 9th, 2022|Australian immigration, Immigration|

GUEST POST BY AMANDA TINNER, VISA EXECUTIVE We have a new Federal Government in Australia and as always we expect the new Minister to put their own stamp on the immigration portfolio so stay tuned for changes to come over the next few years. Lets start with some great news. Permanent Residence. Visa Subclass 186 [...]

Update on the Australian border opening

By |2022-04-12T17:01:04+10:00April 12th, 2022|Australian immigration, Immigration|

GUEST POST BY AMANDA TINNER, VISA EXECUTIVE Processing backlog With the opening of Australia’s borders on 21 February, the Government is now working through a 2 year backlog of visa applications coupled with staff shortages. Average processing times across most visa categories has increased dramatically, coupled with an enormous increase in visa applications by [...]

Pathway to permanent residence

By |2022-06-09T23:30:44+10:00April 12th, 2022|Australian immigration, Immigration|

GUEST POST BY AMANDA TINNER, VISA EXECUTIVE From 1 July 2022, 482 Visa Holders in the Short Term Skill Shortage Stream may be able to transition to a 186 permanent visa provided that, among other things, the following criteria are met: they held or had applied for a 457 visa pre 18 April 2017 [...]

New Zealand immigration in 2022

By |2022-02-17T23:33:37+11:00February 17th, 2022|Australian immigration, Immigration|

GUEST POST BY TOM LAWLER, MANAGER, EY New Zealand immigration in 2022 2022 is shaping up to be a re-energised year for New Zealand immigration. The Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this month of New Zealand’s phased border reopening signalled a welcome easing of border and immigration restrictions which have severely limited access to global [...]

Full reopening of Australia’s borders

By |2022-02-17T22:59:00+11:00February 15th, 2022|Australian immigration, Immigration|

GUEST POST BY AMANDA TINNER, VISA EXECUTIVE The Prime Minister has announced that Australia's borders will be fully reopened on 21 February 2022 to all double vaccinated travellers, business people and visitors. What does double vaccinated mean ? You are considered to be fully vaccinated for travel to and from Australia if you have [...]

Australian borders reopen 1 December to the fully vaccinated, no travel exemption required 

By |2021-11-24T17:28:23+11:00November 24th, 2021|Australian immigration, Immigration|

GUEST POST BY AMANDA TINNER, VISA EXECUTIVE This is a good news story...An announcement was made today that Australian borders will reopen on 1 December 2021 to allow travel to Australia for those who are fully vaccinated, without the requirement to apply for and be granted a travel exemption. Other requirements for Australian Travel declarations and [...]

Easing of Australia’s borders

By |2021-10-27T21:34:50+11:00October 24th, 2021|Australian immigration, Immigration, Students|

GUEST POST BY AMANDA TINNER, VISA EXECUTIVE The situation with Australia's border closure is complex and constantly changing, but as Australia approaches 80 per cent vaccination rate, the Federal Government is finalising plans to safely reopen Australia’s international border next month and remove the current overseas travel restrictions related to COVID-19. This will allow fully vaccinated [...]

Australia travel ban update – August 2021

By |2021-08-23T11:03:26+10:00August 23rd, 2021|Australian immigration, Immigration, Students|

GUEST POST BY AMANDA TINNER, VISA EXECUTIVEThe situation with Australia's border closure is complex and constantly changing, with travel bans in place. View who can currently enter and depart Australia below.Entering AustraliaVisa processingA person cannot come to Australia unless:in an exempt category – see categories belowgranted an individual exemption to the current travel restrictions; ortravelling within [...]

Australia travel ban update – June 2021

By |2021-06-11T11:01:58+10:00June 11th, 2021|Australian immigration, Immigration, Students|

GUEST POST BY AMANDA TINNER, VISA EXECUTIVE The situation with Australia's border closure is complex and constantly changing, with travel bans in place. View who can currently enter and depart Australia below. Entering Australia Visa processing A person cannot come to Australia unless: in an exempt category – see categories below granted an individual exemption [...]

Relaxation of student visa work restrictions

By |2021-06-11T09:52:38+10:00May 21st, 2021|Australian immigration, Employment Law, Immigration, Students|

GUEST POST BY AMANDA TINNER, VISA EXECUTIVE The Australian Government has announced that the previous 40 hour fortnightly limit applied during study periods will not be enforced for student visa holders who are working in the tourism and hospitality industry. The Immigration Department is taking a flexible approach to student visa work restrictions in [...]

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