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Seasons Greetings to all our Visa Newsletter readers. Wishing you a relaxing and joyous Christmas and New Year break.     TRAVEL EXEMPTIONS As the COVID pandemic continues to evolve, the situation regarding travel exemptions, is also undergoing changes. The Departmental position regarding travel exemptions for certain visas, and Bridging visas has been further clarified.
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Super is now following new employees   The ATO is reminding employers that, as of 1 November 2021, there is an extra step they may need to take to comply with the choice of super fund rules.
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Border reopening for eligible visa holders   It was announced on 22nd November that Australian borders will reopen on 1 December 2021 to allow travel to Australia without the requirement for travel exemptions for eligible visa holders. Other requirements for Australian Travel declarations and pre flight COVID testing will continue.
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Preparing for the new Director ID regime   As part of its Digital Business Plan, the Government announced the full implementation of the ‘Modernising Business Registers’ program. 
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  From November 2021, directors of Australian companies will be required to apply for and verify their identity to register for a Director Identification Number (DIN). A DIN is a 15-digit identifier issued to a current or prospective director after they have verified their identity with Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS). Once a DIN is…
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New Agricultural Worker Visa   This new visa stream will be available to sponsored applicants who wish to participate in the Australian Agricultural Worker Program (AAWP) and will provide a visa for workers for the primary industry sectors, including horticulture, dairy, wool, grains, meat processing, fisheries and forestry.
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Extra super step when hiring new employees   Employers may soon need to do something extra when a new employee starts to work for them.
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PACIFIC AUSTRALIA LABOUR MOBILITY SCHEME CHANGES   The government recently announced changes to the above scheme, including:
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Extending administrative relief for companies to use technology   The Government has passed legislation renewing the temporary relief that allows companies to use technology to meet regulatory requirements under the Corporations Act 2001
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OVERVIEW OF RECENT STATE AND TERRITORY VISA CHANGES   New South Wales Nominations for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 made through NSW will now be nu invitation only. Consequently, a new nomination application process has been devised:
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