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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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State Goverment of South Australia has released the following information in relation to State Migration intake.

The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs has provided a limited number of skilled and business visa nomination places to the Government of South Australia up until the Federal Budget is delivered on 6 October 2020.

Skilled migration

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The Migration Amendment (Hong Kong Passport Holders) Regulations 2020 (the Hong Kong Passport Holders Regulations) amend the Migration Regulations 1994 (the Migration Regulations) to implement policy changes relating to visas for Hong Kong passport holders, as jointly announced by the Prime Minister and the Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs on 9 July 2020.

The amendments extend temporary skilled and temporary graduate visas, for five years from 9 July 2020, to provide a new end date of 8 July 2025, if the primary visa holder held a Hong Kong passport when the visa was granted. Hong Kong passport is defined to mean a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China passport. These passports are available to citizens of the People’s Republic of China who are permanently resident in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The visas of family members, who satisfied the secondary visa criteria, are also extended to 8 July 2025, regardless of the passport they hold.

Further information can be found here: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2020L01047/Download

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The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is working with providers to minimise the impact COVID-19 has on both providers and students.

Coronavirus regulatory information for universities VET, ELICOS and higher education providers

DET to reduce administrative burden for higher education providers while they respond to the COVID‑19 situation, DET, Skills and Employment will be delaying a number of higher education activities, such as reports and data required from higher education providers.

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Eligibility for the Australian Government Endorsed Events (AGEEs) activity type is based on the Minister listing major Australian events in a legislative instrument which was released in April 2020 this year. The instrument also includes the classes of persons eligible under this activity type. They must be invited by the event organiser.

This allows the Department to manage most, if not all, visa applications associated with an AGEE through a single visa pathway. The visa criteria are streamlined to take into account that the event and the activities associated with the event have already been assessed and approved by the Department. Visa applicants continue to be subject to genuine temporary entry requirements and other standard Subclass 480 criteria.  The GTE criterion has also been eased to include evidence that you will abide by your visa conditions and evidence that you do not intend to use this visa for longer than expected to prolong your stay in Australia.

The maximum stay for this visa is 12 months, however, there has been a number of setbacks with this visa including:

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If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption.

The Australian Borderforce moved to an online lodgement system where you can lodge your restriction by creating a secure account.  Unlike the previous system you will be able monitor the progress of your exemption.  The processing times have also improved to 24 to 48 hours. 

However you must meet at least one of the following:

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