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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 […]

COVID-19 Update: Travel ban for Australian Citizens & Permanent Residents

The travel ban preventing Australian citizens or permanent residents travelling outside of Australia came into force Wednesday, 25 March 2020. The move by the Australian Government stops citizens and Australian permanent residents from travelling outside of Australia by air or sea for the next 4 weeks. Exemptions on the travel restriction can be granted to […]

COVID-19 Update: What Can Stranded Visitor Visa holders do?

When Australia’s borders closed last Friday 20th March 2020, many Australian temporary residents were affected, including subclass 600 Visitor Visa holders. Australia requires all non-citizens to have a valid visa to enter the country but also to exit the country as well. Failure to do so can result in an undesirable red flag against the […]