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Changes to Australia’s Working Holiday Maker Program for British Nationals

On 31 May 2023, the Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (A-UKFTA) entered into force, giving effect to a significant trade agreement (see here). Amongst other things, this improved access for UK citizens under Australia’s Working Holiday Maker program and reciprocated some of these arrangements for Australia under the UK’s Youth Mobility Scheme – see the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and…
Jordan Tew
31 May, 2023
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Australia-India Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement

The visit of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to Australia, also resulted in the signing of an Australian-Indian Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement which forms part of the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA). For more information about the ECTA, see here. This agreement provides greater access for Indian nationals to come to Australia, including access to the Work…
Jordan Tew
30 May, 2023
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Several concessions for Student, Graduate and Working Holiday Maker visas

Throughout January 2022, the Australian government announced a number of concessions for Student (Subclass 500), Graduate (Subclass 485) and Working Holiday Maker visa holders to help support Australia's COVID-19 impacted economy. Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders Firstly, there has been a temporary relaxation of student visa work limits to all sectors of the economy. This takes…
Mihan Hannan
20 January, 2022
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COVID-19: Visa options for temporary visa holders in Australia with upcoming expiry dates

On 4 April 2020 the Australian government announced a number of updates for temporary visa holders. You can read a summary of these updates here. Among other things, the government advised that: “Temporary visa holders who are unable to support themselves over the next six months are strongly encouraged to return home. For these individuals it's time to go home,…
Mihan Hannan
22 April, 2020
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Coronavirus and Temporary Visa holders (a 4 April 2020 update)

Whilst citizens, permanent residents and many New Zealanders have access to unconditional work rights and government payments (including the new JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments), temporary visa holders do not. This has placed both these visa holders and their employers in a difficult situation. On 4 April 2020 The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and…
Mihan Hannan
6 April, 2020
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The Hitchhikers immigration guide to remote working in Australia (updated 10 May 2023)

In the words of the sagely Seekers, “the world is a a’Turnin’”. Long distance communication is simpler, cheaper and more accessible than ever before. The home telephone is a’Dyin’ and video conferencing is so vanilla. Truly, Sci-Fi channel style communication through Virtual Reality (VR) is just over the horizon. According to Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of Stanford's Virtual Human Interaction Lab,…
Mihan Hannan
10 April, 2019