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.

Travel Restriction Exemption Portal

Travel Restriction Exemption Portal Use this Portal if you are subject to the current COVID-19 travel restrictions and wish to travel to ​or out of Australia because you: 1. are an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident (being spouses, de facto partners, dependent children and legal guardians) 2. are a New Zealand citizen who is usually resident in Australia 3. have a compelling or compassionate reason to travel to Australia urgently​, including critical skills and medical emergencies 4. believe you meet a departure travel restriction exemption​​. All requests should be submitted at least 4 weeks, but not more than 3 months, prior to …read more

Is the Australian Skilled Migration Program closed indefinitely? A response from the Department of Home Affairs

Is the Australian Skilled Migration Program closed indefinitely? A response from the Department of Home Affairs The State and Territory nominated visa programs will play an important part in Australia’s economic recovery and continue to be a part of the Migration Program. The Australian Government is considering how best to shape the Migration Program into the future to drive economic growth and support job creation. Nominations will be made available to States and Territories in line with these considerations, in the following categories: Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190). Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491). Business Innovation and Investment Program. …read more

Queensland International Student Crisis Assistance Grants

The portal to apply for the Queensland International Student Crisis Assistance Grant is now open. Students should only apply if you meet the eligibility criteria listed on the Study Queensland website. Eligible students can apply through the Queensland Government’s Community Recovery Portal via this link: https://www.communityrecovery.qld.gov.au/

Updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

For all the latest, go here: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au

Important message for people on temporary visas

Emergency relief and casework support. 15 April 2020 You may have heard that Red Cross is receiving funding from the Australian Government for the next six months to deliver emergency relief and casework support for people who are on temporary visas. We have welcomed this news. Red Cross has not yet received these funds. It may be one or two weeks before we do. Here is some important information to read before you contact us. What are the funds for? Who is eligible? What should I do? I need help now What are the funds for? These are emergency relief …read more

Latest on travel restrictions and visa holders

https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form

Financial support for temporary visa holders

The Australian government is looking at getting financial assistance for visa holders who are currently in Australia. A proposal for an assistance package will be going to National Cabinet next week. Visa Holder’s won’t be included into the Job Keeper Package as that will require a completely different set of legislative changes. Therefore a separate package is being considered in conjunction with Home Affairs. Once we have details we will share it here.

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