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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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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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Occupations for Subclass 494 visas The Government has released a new Legislative Instrument that lists the eligible occupations and ANZSCO codes for the new 494 visa. These lists for the SC 494 are made up of the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), and the Regional Occupation List (ROL). There is a total of…
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REGIONAL VISA GRANT INCREASE The government has recently announced that the number of regional visas granted under the RSMS (subclass 187) programme has increased by 179%, and the Regional Skilled Sponsored visas by 79%.
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NEW REGIONAL VISAS and CLOSURE OF 187/RSMS PROGRAM New skilled regional visas, both independent and employer sponsored will begin on 16th November 2019. On that date existing regional visas (RSMS/187 and 489) will cease for new applications, although transitional arrangements will apply.
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Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA) are agreements between particular geographical areas in Australia and the Department of Home Affairs, to allow prospective migrants to access the 482 visa program with a specific range of occupations to satisfy particular labor market demands in these areas.
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New Regional Visas, including employer sponsored visas The new skilled regional provisional visas will be for skilled migrants, and dependent family members, who want to live and work in Australia, and will replace the existing 187 visa.
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