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India-Australia and United Kingdom – Australia Trade Agreements The India-Australia and United Kingdom-Australia Free Trade Agreements were passed by the Australian Parliament this month.
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The October Budget, delivered on October 25th has brought a number of changes to the migration program, and its administration through the Department of Home Affairs, with some of these changes being announced before the Budget.
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Recent Changes to State/Territory Migration Programs   Tasmania The Tasmanian Skilled Migration State Nomination Program has been opened recently on an interim basis to ‘Gold and Green’ pass candidates. All candidates who qualify will need to seek an invitation from Migration Tasmania before they can apply for nomination.
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State and Territory Nomination Programs Opening   We have recently received information that the State and Territory governments have been given an interim allocation for state nominations.
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Australian Entry/Exit requirement changes   From 6 July 2022 Australian entry/exit requirements have changed as follows:
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SC 485 – Provisional skills assessment concessions   Prior to the recent election, previous Minister Hawke’s announced on 25 November 2021 that as a concession during the COVID-19 pandemic, the stay period on the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Graduate Work Stream visa will increase from 18 to 24 months and application requirements would be streamlined…
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‘Legacy’ 457 Visa Holders Age Restriction Waived for s186 Applications.   Reg 186.221(b) allows an exemption from the age requirement for specified persons, in this case legacy 457 workers.
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As is normally the case, there were several announcements associated with the migration program contained in the Federal Budget. These are summarised as follows:
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Australian Agricultural Worker Visa (subclass 403 Stream)   The Australian Agricultural Worker stream visa opened for applications on 5 March 2022.
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