Category Archives: News

More Pathways to Permanent Residency

For many temporary skilled worker visas, the pathway to permanent residency is hard to navigate. The lack of certainty makes planning difficult for both business sponsors and visa holders. One of the avenues available to permanent residency for temporary visa holders, like those on sublcass 482 visas, is via the TRT stream of the 186 […]

The Dept of Home Affairs has expanded the eligibility criteria for existing Subclass 482 (TSS) visa holders to become eligible for permanent residency in Australia

The Dept of Home Affairs recently announced that Subclass 482 (TSS) visa holders in the Medium-term stream with an occupation on the Regional Occupation List (ROL) are now eligible for a pathway to permanent residency. This update was made public on 13 February 2023. This pathway to permanent residency is applicable for nominations under the […]

COVID-19 Update: What the Vaccine Roll Out Means for Temporary Visa Holders

All Australian citizens, permanent residents and temporary visa holders, refugees, asylum seekers, temporary protection visa holders and anyone on a bridging visa will be able to get a vaccine for free. The announcement was made on Thursday by Australia’s Health Minister, Greg Hunt, who confirmed the government’s vaccination policy will be made available for free […]

COVID-19 Update: Australia’s Travel Bubble Begins  

Stage 1 of Australia’s Safe Travel Zone announced For the first time since Australia’s boarders closed, New Zealanders will be allowed to travel to Australia from 16th October 2020. In a tentative opening of Australia’s international borders, the Australian and New Zealand governments have agreed to allow quarantine-free travel for New Zealanders flying into New […]

COVID-19: Help at last for Temporary Skilled Visa Holders

Concessions for Temporary skilled visa holders and corporate sponsors were announced yesterday in a long-awaited statement. Sponsoring employers will be able to reduce the work hours of their sponsored employees without breaching the 482 visa conditions. In addition, temporary skilled shortage 482 visa holders, on either a 2 year or a 4 year visa, will […]

COVID-19 Response: Temporary Worker Visas Can Access Super

Temporary visa holders with work rights will now be able to access their Australian superannuation to help support themselves during the coronavirus crisis, the government announced yesterday. Previously temporary visa holders with work rights were only able to access their superannuation once they had left Australia permanently. In response to the coronovirus crisis, workers holding […]

Coronavirus and Working Holiday Visas: 6 Month Limitation Lifted

  Saturday 4 April 2020 Some working holiday makers on 417 visas can work for more than 6 months with one employer, the acting immigration minister announced yesterday. Working holiday visa holders who are working in critical industries will be exempt from the 6 month limitation. As well as announcing exemptions to the 6 month […]

COVID-19 Update: Can Business Sponsors use the JobKeeper Payment?

Advice for business sponsors who sponsor employees Updated 31 March 2020 On 30th March, the government announced more support for businesses with the ‘Jobkeeper Payment’. The JobKeeper Payment subsidises businesses to keep on staff. Those staff members must be Australian citizens, the holder of a permanent visa, a Protected Special Category Visa Holder, a non-protected […]