Travel exemptions for PMV holders:

Travel exemptions for PMV holders: A Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa holder in the following circumstances: where the subclass 300 visa has been granted; and the subclass 300 visa application was lodged at least 12 months before submitting a travel exemption request. This means if you applied for a subclass 300 visa on or before 18 August 2020, and you have now been granted your subclass 300 visa; you are eligible for an inwards travel exemption on 18 August 2021. https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions

Migration Agents Registration Authority-consumer guide

Only registered migration agents and Australian legal practitioners can legally provide immigration assistance in Australia and charge a fee for their assistance —don’t risk being scammed and charged for a fake service. The Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) has updated their consumer guide when dealing with Registered Migration Agents. The guide is available in 34 languages and outlines the role of Registered Migration Agents, who is authorised to provide immigration assistance and how consumers can lodge complaints to the OMARA. For a copy of the consumer guide visit: MARA Consumer Guide

New partner sponsorship requirements

Australians wanting to marry foreigners will have to undergo a domestic violence check before they can apply to bring their loved ones into the country. The new measure will require Australian citizens and permanent residents to undergo a police check and show any adverse results to their partner or spouse before they can sponsor them. The domestic violence check is expected to take six weeks to process and will be covered by an additional $420 fee announced last week in the federal budget when the government also revealed it planned to introduce an English language test for foreign partners. For …read more

VAC Increases 1 July 2021

See here for official notification of new Visa Application Charges: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2021L00842  

NZ Travel Bubble

https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/new-zealand-safe-travel-zone?fbclid=IwAR3B-eWs4G19iplumfkuAtbgUN9hPq-DhY78ObJvhQXOS5fy9WUCAMJ-uo0NZ travel bubble

Prospective Marriage Subclass 300 – longer validity period

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’.

Temporary concession for certain Family visa applicants affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions

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

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 20​20 -employed by a registered National Disability …read more

New partner visa requirements

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

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.

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