Australia: COVID-19: Visa extensions granted for certain subclasses

Posted on March 4, 2022

The Australian government has lengthened the validities of Subclass 485, 489, 491, and 494 visas for those affected by the COVID-19 border closures. • Temporary Graduate Visas- Subclass 485. Subclass 485 visas are now valid until Sept. 30, 2022, for… Read more »

Australia – Outbound Travel Restrictions Lifted for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Posted on November 11, 2021

Effective November 1, 2021, fully-vaccinated and medically-exempt Australians will no longer require a travel exemption to depart Australia. Departure Requirements Upon departure from Australia, individuals will now be required to present one of the following as proof of their vaccination… Read more »

Australia – Latest Immigration Updates

Posted on June 3, 2019

After the recent federal election in Australia, it is predicted that the Liberal-National coalition will secure a majority government with at least 77 seats. New Regional Visas The Government announced two new regional visa categories – the subclass 491 Skilled… Read more »

Australia – More Details Emerge of New Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional Visa

Posted on April 29, 2019

The Australian government has published legislation for the new Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 494), which will come into effect on November 16, 2019. The list of qualifying occupations has not yet been published. Streams There will be two… Read more »

Australia – New Visa Categories Announced

Posted on April 1, 2019

The Australian Government has announced two new provisional visa categories and a new permanent visa, effective November 2019. New Visas The provisional visas will consist of a Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional visa which will require sponsorship by an employer in a… Read more »

Australia – Immigration Developments for Employers

Posted on March 20, 2019

Changes to Skilled Occupation Lists On March 11, 2019, new legislative instruments, listing the skilled occupations that are relevant if applying for a number of skilled visas, came into effect. The most significant change was for the General Skilled Migration… Read more »

Australia – Labor Market Testing and Free Trade Agreements

Posted on December 3, 2018

On October 31, 2018, Australia became the sixth signatory to the ‘Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership’ (TPP-11), after Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore. The agreement comes into force on December 30, 2018. Chile, Peru, Brunei, Malaysia… Read more »

Argentina – New Online Platform Experience Delays

Posted on November 20, 2018

As reported earlier, Argentina implemented a new platform, RADEX, though it is currently facing technical difficulties as it is encountering delays between each stage of the process. It is expected that the problem would be fixed in the next coming… Read more »

Australia – Top Priority for Accredited Sponsorship Applications

Posted on September 24, 2018

As reported earlier, effective September 5, 2018, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has ceased accepting priority processing requests for the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) and Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457). 457 visa applications are being… Read more »

Australia – Priority Processing for TSS and 457 Visa Concludes

Posted on September 7, 2018

Effective September 5, 2018, priority processing for Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa and Subclass 457 visa applications will cease. This is due in part to the lack of resources to process the high volume of cases. Applications submitted before the… Read more »