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September 30, 2021

Australian Agriculture Worker Visa

On 23 August 2021, the Australian Government announced the Australian Agriculture Worker (AAW) visa program for primary industry sectors including horticulture, meat processing, dairy, wool, grains, fisheries (including aquaculture) and forestry. The program sits within the Subclass 403 (Temporary Work (International Relations)) (Subclass 403) visa as the AAW stream. What is the criteria? The key criteria for the Subclass 403 visa…
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July 7, 2021

What were the 24 May 2021 changes to the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa in the New Zealand stream?

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted Australia’s labour market, with many employees being stood down or having their hours reduced. This disruption extends to New Zealanders residing in Australia. On 24 May 2021, the Department released a legislative instrument to address the disadvantages to the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) (189) visa applicants in the New Zealand stream who would have,…
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.…
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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,…
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ImmigrationSchedule 3
May 6, 2021

Can an agent’s actions constitute “factors beyond control” in Schedule 3? A case note: Wong (Migration) [2021] AATA 537 (19 February 2021)

Ms Wong (the applicant) and her family applied for Temporary Business Entry (Class UC) (Subclass 457) (457) visas on 2 March 2018. At the time of application, the applicant did not hold a substantive visa. Among other things, the primary criteria required that if the applicant were in Australia at the time of application and did not hold a substantive…
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March 20, 2021

The Joint Standing Committee on Migration releases its interim report on Australia’s Skilled Migration Program

On 18 March 2021, the Joint Standing Committee on Migration (the Committee) presented an interim report for its inquiry into Australia’s skilled migration program. It makes 12 welcome recommendations focused on Australia’s recovery from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also makes submissions in relation to Australia’s international competitiveness in attracting entrepreneurs, venture capital, start-ups, and the best…
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Immigration
February 13, 2021

COVID concessions for Australian visas

Since 19 September 2020, a number of concessions have been available for certain visa holders impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the Department have announced further concessions where COVID-19 travel restrictions are affecting visa applicants, particularly in relation to applicants for family visas who are currently in Australia. Partners and Child visas - Onshore grants from 27 February 2021 Changes…
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October 1, 2020

Visas for Innovation – Our recommendations for the 2020/21 Migration Program Year

On 6 October 2020, the Australian Government is expected to announce its 2020/21 budget, which amongst other things, will include the planning levels for the migration programme year. Hannan Tew Lawyers (Hannan Tew) anticipates that along with a greater push for regional migration, innovation will feature heavily under the “skilled” stream of the migration programme year as part of a…
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August 17, 2020

Australian government announces immigration changes to support international students (updated 17 Aug 2020)

On 20 July 2020 the Australian government announced a number of changes to student visa arrangements to ensure Australia remains a priority destination for international students post COVID-19. International students are not only able to obtain world class education in Australia, but many go on to further temporary visas after their studies and even obtain Australian citizenship (for example, through…