Temporary Employer Sponsored Visas – STSOL occupation to PR Pathway Minister Hawke’s announcement on 25 November 2021 that enhanced visa pathways to PR would be available to existing Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) visa holders in the short-term stream and legacy Temporary Work Skilled (subclass 457) visa holders who no longer meet the age requirement is currently being actioned. The legislation to enable this is currently being developed and is expected to be introduced ‘around the middle of this year‘. The Department recognises the potential for the visas of eligible applicants to expire within this period and arrangements are being …read more
SC 408 AGEE – ‘COVID visa’ There has been no decision at this stage to stop accepting new applications or ceasing to grant the SC 408 ‘COVID visa’. A criterion for the grant of this visa is that applicants seek to remain in Australia to work in a critical sector. Visas are generally granted for a 12-month period. Visa holders granted for 12 months to work in a critical sector should continue to work in a critical sector to comply with their visa conditions or make arrangements to depart Australia. Critical sector visa holders are permitted to: Change employment as …read more
REOPENING TO TOURISTS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS Australia will reopen to all fully vaccinated visa holders, welcoming the return of tourists, business travelers, and other visitors from 21 February. Visa holders who are not fully vaccinated will still require a valid travel exemption to enter Australia, and will be subject to state and territory quarantine requirements.