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Ruslan-Ahmadzai

Ruslan-Ahmadzai

Solicitor specialising in corporate immigration.Registered Migration AgentSpecialities: Migration Law, Employer Compliance in Immigration, Business Stream Visas, Family and Partner Visas, CPD Training.

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Recent FOI released by the Department of Home Affairs shows the number of on-shore vs offshore GSM visa grants.

For the month ended 30/06/2020, the Department of Home Affairs granted 1024 Subclass 189 visas.  Note, this data also includes grant of visas to secondary applicants.

By contrast, for the same period there were 32 off-shore subclass 189 grants.  The data includes primary and secondary visa grants.

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Home Affairs announced flexibility with the arrangements pertaining subclass 485 visa.

As part of the response to COVID 19 Pandemic, the Department have changed the requirements for a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa for those who have been impacted by COVID-19:

  • online study undertaken outside Australia as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions will count towards the Australian Study Requirement for existing and new student visa holders

This change is available now.

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Over the weekend, Borderforce updated their categories to confirm instances an automatic or an invidiaul exemption is required to facilitate travel.

Exempt categories


You are automatically exempt from the travel restrictions and can enter Australia (without obtaining an individual exemption) if you are:

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Last week, Legal Training Australia together with ANMAC hosted a webinar for Registered Migration Agents.  Migration Alliance brings you the following summary from the webinar:

Registration:

  • Programs of study that have been accredited by ANMAC and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia will lead to registration in Australia as a nurse or midwife under the approved qualification pathway of the Health Practitioner Regulation Act (2009) 53a.
  • Programs that have been accredited by ANMAC and approved by the NMBA appear on the Approved Programs of Study list
  • The registration process was due to change in 2020, however due to COVID19 this is more likely to be in 2021 (tbc)

               What does this means for your clients?

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The government will recommence granting student visas, allowing travel to Australia as soon as borders reopen. International students will be able to lodge an additional student visa application free if Covid-19 prevented them completing study under their original visa.

The response is to aid Australia’s economic recovery as the number of applications for student visa dropped by third.

There are also ongoing concerns regarding students who are wishing to transition to skilled graduate subclass 485 visa.  This visa requires an applicant at the time of application to demonstrate that they have completed an English language test (unless exempt).  This is proving to be next to impossible for certain students given the current lockdown in many parts across Australia including Victoria.

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