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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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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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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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PACIFIC AUSTRALIA LABOUR MOBILITY SCHEME CHANGES   The government recently announced changes to the above scheme, including:
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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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What is a Labour Agreement, and what benefits can it have for businesses seeking to employ skilled overseas workers?   Labour Agreements are a branch of the 482/186/494 employer sponsored visa programs visa programs. They are designed to be used when there is a skills shortage that cannot be met through the standard programs, and…
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Editor: The following is an overview of the status of the various state/territory visa programs as they currently stand at the date of publication.
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What methods does the government use to help determine which occupations should be given priority for migration and visa purposes?   The Government established the National Skills Commission (NSC) in July 2020 in order to provide expert advice provides expert advice on Australia’s labour market and current and future workforce skills needs.
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Additional Occupations added to Priority Skilled List   The government has recently announced that additional 22 occupations have been added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) designed to ensure that critical skills shortages as a result of the global COVID pandemic can be met.
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Pandemic Event Visa (408) critical Sectors Added The tourism and hospitality sectors has been added to the critical sectors of agriculture, food processing, health care, aged care, disability care and child care for eligibility for the Subclass 408 COVID-19 Pandemic Event visa.
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