Concession for certain family visa applicants affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions

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

The Department has provided the following response to enquiries regarding SC 300 Prospective Marriage Visa applications.

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

Changes to partner visas -2021

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

Travel exemptions-latest guidelines

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

Home affairs-Update

https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/alantudge/Pages/Supporting-tourism-and-agriculture-through-Visa-Application-Charge-changes.aspx

Prospective Marriage visa holders-update

Prospective Marriage visa holders The Prospective Marriage visa provides holders with nine months to travel to Australia to marry an Australian citizen or permanent resident. VAC refunds will be available for Prospective Marriage visa holders who have been unable to enter Australia before their visa expired, due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions. Refunds will ensure these visa holders are able to apply for another visa to travel to Australia and hold their wedding once travel restrictions are lifted. For those visas that have already expired, any new application will be prioritised. Visa extensions will be available for Prospective Marriage visa …read more

Federal Budget Announcements

Federal Budget Announcements Posted October 8, 2020 The 2020-21 Federal Budget contains the following announcements and information related to the Department of Home Affairs and the migration program. The Budget papers predict net overseas migration will be -71,200 less than the 154,000 persons in 2019-20, but is expected to gradually increase to around 201,000 in 2023-24. Migration Program levels The current Migration Program Planning level will remain at 160,000 for the 2020-21 program year, however, the distribution of places will change with an increase from 47,732 to 77,300 for Family stream places for this program year only. Employer Sponsored, Global …read more

Updated processing times

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-processing-times/global-visa-processing-timesUpdated processing times

The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia.

Monday, 20 July 2020 descriptionMedia release Joint media release – Supporting international students to support Australian jobs The Morrison Government is making a number of changes to student visa arrangements to ensure Australia remains a priority destination for international students as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. International students are extremely important to Australia and our economy, contributing $40 billion annually and supporting 250,000 jobs. Many also go on to become great Australian citizens. While the closure of our international borders has been critical to our success in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, and Australia has been a leader …read more

Recent ImmiAccount outage-unlawful applicants

Have you become unlawful as a result of the recent ImmiAccount outages (17-19 July 2020)? Contact us for assistance.

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