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Prospective Marriage Subclass 300 – longer validity period PMV SC 300 visas granted on or after 27 February 2021 will be allowed a validity period of up to 15 months. This change applies to applications made before, on or after 27 February 2021. The validity period granted will depend on the ‘circumstances of the individual’.
Some categories of visas require applicants to be outside of Australia at the time the visa is granted. The Department is aware that COVID-19 travel restrictions are affecting visa applicants, particularly applicants for family visas who have come to Australia. The Department is taking disruptions arising from the pandemic into account when considering visa applications. Visa applicants are being given additional time to complete the necessary requirements, including any current requirement to be offshore at time of visa grant. Changes are intended to come into effect on 27 February 2021 to allow some Family stream visas, which have been applied …read more
Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders Due to exceptional circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure the supply of critical services, the Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force will take a flexible approach to student visa holders working beyond their usual work limitations, but only in specified industries. You can work for more than 40 hours a fortnight if you are: -employed by an aged care Approved Provider or Commonwealth-funded aged care service provider with a RACS ID or a NAPS ID, before 8 September 2020 -employed by a registered National Disability …read more
New partner visa requirements The new rules will only apply to new application and are expected to commence in November 2021 Both applicants and sponsors will need to meet (functional) English requirements. English requirements for visa applicants required for stage 2 (permanent visa) only. English requirements for sponsors to be met before sponsorship can be approved. Sponsors will be subject to character requirements. Partner visa application cannot be lodged without an approved sponsorship.
Subclass 300 holders – visa expiry dates extended Migration Amendment Prospective Marriage Visas Regulations 2020 – F2020L01577. This Instrument amends the Migration Regulations by inserting new Reg 300.512 this Instrument allows holders of this visa to travel to, enter and remain in Australia until 31 March 2022 for those visa holders: whose visa was in effect at any time during the period beginning on 6 October 2020 and ending on 10 December 2020; and the holder is outside Australia on 10 December 2020.
Concession for certain family visa applicants affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions Some categories of visa require applicants to be outside of Australia at the time the visa is granted. The Department is aware that the travel restrictions and limitations associated with COVID-19 are affecting visa applicants, particularly applicants for family visas who have come to Australia. It is intended that changes will be implemented in early 2021 that would allow certain family visas, which have been applied for outside Australia, to be granted while the visa applicant is in Australia. This temporary concession will be for people who are in …read more
Courtesy of the Migration Institute of Australia The Department has provided the following response to enquiries regarding SC 300 Prospective Marriage Visa applications. The Department continues to process Prospective Marriage visa applications. The current priority in the offshore Family program is finalising applications from immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents which meet all requirements for visa grant. .Holders of Prospective Marriage (Subclass 300) visas are not necessarily deemed immediate family members and their requests are considered on a case by case basis. A person’s intention to marry their fiancé is not sufficient, in and of itself, to …read more
Partner Visa Changes expected to commence in November 2021 (summary from recent Migration Institute of Australia update) English requirements for new applications: Visa applicants will require Functional English for grant of the permanent visa (stage 2). New sponsorship arrangements: Partner visa applications cannot be lodged without an approved sponsorship. Sponsors will require Functional English and must meet character requirements before the sponsorship can be approved. Onshore visa applicants must remain lawful until the visa application is lodged. This could cause problems for visa applicants whose visa expires, before the sponsorship has been approved. Functional English See here for the various …read more
For your information, see below guidelines and directives re. travel exemptions for Australia: inward-travel-restrictions-operation-directive commissioners-decision-making commissioners-guidelines commissioners-decision-making commissioners-guidelines
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