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Jordan Tew

Travel restrictions
November 22, 2021

Relaxed travel exemptions from 1 December 2021

On 22 November 2021, the Prime Minister announced the removal of travel exemptions for certain temporary visa holders who are fully vaccinated to take effect from 1 December 2021. This predominantly applies to Students, certain skilled visa, Working Holiday visa, and refugees. It does not apply to tourists. Importantly, this simply removes the need for travel exemptions, and mandatory quarantine…
global talent
Distinguished TalentGlobal Talent IndependentGTSInnovation
October 18, 2021

What are the 10 target sectors for the Global Talent Independent (GTI) program?

The Global Talent Independent (GTI) program is designed to attract highly skilled and talent individuals in 10 target sectors, offering them a streamlined pathway to Australian permanent residency. You can read more about this program here. What are the 10 target sectors? The 10 target sectors are Resources; Agri-food and AgTech Energy Health Industries Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space Circular…
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Citizenship
October 15, 2021

New Special Residence Requirements for Citizenship

On 14 September 2021, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migration Services and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Alex Hawke announced that the government would streamline pathways to Australian citizenship for certain talented permanent visa holders. The relevant instrument giving effect to this announcement came into force on 11 October 2021, which represents a very limited broadening of those who may be…
Partner Visa
October 15, 2021

How does a company acquisition / restructure affect my eligibility for employer sponsored permanent residency?

The primary visa for employer sponsored permanent residency is the Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) (ENS) visa. You can read more about the ENS visas here. There are two main streams for eligibility under the ENS 186 visa, namely: Temporary Resident Transition (TRT) stream; and Direct Entry (DE) stream. The TRT stream specifically requires the applicant to have worked in…
global talent
Distinguished TalentGlobal Talent IndependentGTSInnovation
October 15, 2021

How do I apply for a fast tracked tech talent / global talent visa? (updated: 15 Oct 2021)

On 4 November 2019, the Global Talent Independent (GTI) program was officially launched to provide a streamlined, priority pathway for highly skilled and talent individuals to obtain Australian permanent residency. This program is another layer of the “Global Talent” initiative that the Department of Home Affairs (Department) have rolled out to support innovation in Australia, which joins the renamed “Global…
186482Australian visasLabour AgreementsTSS
August 18, 2021

What is a Labour Agreement and why is it relevant to employer sponsored visas?

A labour agreement is a negotiated agreement between a company and the Department of Home Affairs (Department) to be able to sponsor foreign nationals for a visa. Typically, it is utilised where “standard” visa programs are not of assistance, hence why a special arrangement must be entered into. There are also several different types of labour agreements, each serving a…
global talent
858Distinguished TalentGlobal Talent IndependentGTSInnovation
July 29, 2021

What is the impact of Direction No. 89 and the target sectors?

On 4 November 2019, the Global Talent Independent (GTI) program was officially launched to provide a streamlined, priority pathway for highly skilled and talent individuals to obtain Australian permanent residency. You can read more about this visa here. It was initially launched with 7 target sectors (largely related to technology) listed in Direction No. 85. However, on 17 December 2020,…
Immigration
June 22, 2021

How can I be sponsored for permanent residency as a postdoctoral researcher or academic?

Securing an academic appointment at an Australian university is often a challenging and competitive process. However, securing such a position potentially also opens a lesser known, direct and streamlined pathway to permanent residency. In short, certain “academic applicants” can be sponsored immediately for permanent residency under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (Subclass 186) visa. Please see below for further information.…
global talent
858Distinguished TalentGlobal Talent IndependentImmigration
May 28, 2021

What is a Global Talent (formerly Distinguished Talent) visa? (updated: 28 May 2021)

The Global Talent visa is one of the more interesting and unique visas to Australia, offering permanent residency to individuals who have an “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement” in an eligible area. The purpose of this visa is to attract highly skilled/talented individuals in their field to come to Australia, where they would elevate Australia’s standards internationally,…
global talent
858Distinguished TalentGlobal Talent Independent
January 20, 2021

What were the 14 November 2020 changes to the Distinguished Talent visa?

The Distinguished Talent visa aims to attract individuals who have an “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement” in either a profession, sport, the arts, or academia and research. The Distinguished Talent visa previously held two visa subclasses - the offshore Subclass 124 visa, and the onshore Subclass 858 visa application.  You can read more about this visa here.…