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COVID-19: Impact Upon Employers & Sponsored Workers  

As of the 23rd of March 2020, many businesses across Australia have been forced to close their doors, or limit their services, in light of the coronavirus crisis.    Currently, COVID-19 is wreaking havoc across the world, causing mass disruptions to many businesses and creating extreme uncertainty amongst communities.  According to the ABS (2020), approximately half of [...]

By |April 1st, 2020|General news|Comments Off on COVID-19: Impact Upon Employers & Sponsored Workers  

Australia has closed its borders to all foreigners

As of the 20th of March, foreigners have been banned from entering Australia. Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has stated that these precautions have been put in place by the Australian Government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on Australian soil. You can travel to Australia if you are: An Australian citizen A permanent [...]

By |March 22nd, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Australia has closed its borders to all foreigners

Do not travel overseas – Permanent Residents & Citizens of Australia

Permanent residents and citizens of Australia that are currently overseas are being urged to come home before the coronavirus pandemic escalates.   The Australian Government has issued new advice, recommending all permanent residents and citizens of Australia that are overseas to return home as soon as possible. The Government Website, Smart Traveller, is also urging all to reassess the need to [...]

By |March 18th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Do not travel overseas – Permanent Residents & Citizens of Australia

What can happen if you overstay your visa? 

To remain in Australia legally, every non-citizen must have a valid visa and must comply with the requirements and regulations attached to that same visa. One of the most important requirements is that the visa holder does not overstay the expiry date they were given when they received the visa. Sometimes, though, this date is [...]

By |February 26th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on What can happen if you overstay your visa? 

Visa Refusals: Dealing with the AAT 

The Department can refuse a visa for many different reasons, even when you truly believe what you have already submitted is satisfactory. If this occurs, you have the option to appeal the decision to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). The AAT provides independent review of a wide range of decisions made by government officials, including [...]

By |February 19th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Visa Refusals: Dealing with the AAT 

Eligibility & Requirements of Training Visa (Subclass 407)

Looking to Upskill? The Subclass 407 – Training Visa Might be For You The Subclass 407 Training Visa is designed for individuals looking to improve their skills and competencies through targeted workplace-based occupational training.  An example could be training that you need to obtain professional registration in your field, or that helps you improve your [...]

By |February 12th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Eligibility & Requirements of Training Visa (Subclass 407)

Partner Visa Refusal: Submitting an Inconsistent Relationship Statement 

“When Did We Meet Again?”: How Relationship Statement Inconsistency Can Result in Partner Visa Refusal The decision to apply for a partner visa is very exciting. However, the partner visa process itself can seem complicated and daunting.  One of the important factors considered by the Department of Home Affairs is consistency of information. Consistency is [...]

By |February 5th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Partner Visa Refusal: Submitting an Inconsistent Relationship Statement 

Representing yourself? Visa Holders Beware  

A recent case at the Federal Court shows us just how important it is for victims of domestic violence to seek legal representation.  Within this particular case, the visa holder wished to assert that they were a victim of domestic violence. In 2014, he had been granted a Partner (Temporary) (subclass 820) visa, however in [...]

By |January 29th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Representing yourself? Visa Holders Beware  

Coronavirus Travel Restrictions for Australian Visa Holders

The Australian Government has recently announced that they will be implementing strict travel restrictions in response to the global outbreak of the coronavirus.  From the 1st of February 2020, those that are travelling to Australia from any part of mainland China, will have to go through significantly enhanced border control measures in order to ensure the [...]

By |January 22nd, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Coronavirus Travel Restrictions for Australian Visa Holders

Regional Migration in 2020

The Minister of Regional Services for Australia has recently announced the expansion of the Work and Holiday visa for young Thai nationals. These changes will be made to help satisfy the significant skill shortages that are currently affecting regional areas in Australia.  Minister Coulton stated that, “By expanding this successful programme to more young people, [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Regional Migration in 2020