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A 37-year-old Sudanese-born individual is set to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this evening (January 15, 2024) following allegations of non-compliance with the mandated curfew outlined in his visa conditions. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) arrested and charged the man on January 15, 2024, in Melbourne’s CBD.

The charges stem from an alleged breach of his Commonwealth visa conditions on January 12, 2024, specifically related to the failure to adhere to residential curfew obligations. The individual is facing one count of violating curfew conditions under section 76C(1) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth).

If convicted, the offense carries a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $93,900.

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Important news regarding sanctions for Zimbabwe! The Australian Government is making changes through the Autonomous Sanctions (Designated Persons and Entities and Declared Persons—Zimbabwe) Amendment (No. 1) Instrument 2023.

Background: Autonomous sanctions are non-military measures imposed by a government in response to global concerns. In this case, it's about situations in Zimbabwe affecting democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

What's Changing: The Australian Government has regulations, and this change focuses on proscribing people or entities for financial sanctions or travel bans related to Zimbabwe. The Minister for Foreign Affairs can designate or declare someone if they've seriously undermined democracy, human rights, or the rule of law in Zimbabwe.

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On 25 November 2023 changes were made to Partner (subclass 309) and Partner (subclass 820) visas. Partner (subclass 309) visa can be granted to applicants in or outside Australia.

For more information see Subclass 309 Partner (Provisional) visa Partner (subclass 820) visa can be granted to applicants in or outside Australia. For more information see Subclass 820 Partner visa (temporary).

See below:

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A new Ministerial Direction for prioritising skilled visa applications to support outcomes from the Migration Strategy came into effect on 15 December 2023. 

Ministerial Direction No. 105 recognises the need to support regional Australia by streamlining visa processing for business located in regional Australia who are sponsoring skilled workers. The new Ministerial Direction elevates applications for employer sponsored visas in relation to occupations to be carried out in regional Australia to the highest priority. 

This priority is for occupations to be carried out in a regional area under the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) and Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) visas as they fill an identified shortage and are guaranteed to be in regional Australia. 

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This document is about how many skilled graduate visas can be given in Australia for a specific year. The Australian government decides on the maximum number of visas it will grant to skilled graduates each year. For the 2023-2024 year, they've set the maximum number at 3,735 visas.

When that many visas are given out, the government won't consider any more applications. This decision affects a specific type of visa called the Subclass 476 (Skilled – Recognised Graduate) visa. If you applied for this visa and it's not granted because the limit is reached, you'll get your application fee back.

This type of visa was originally made to support the mining and minerals sector by attracting engineering graduates. However, there are other ways for internationally trained engineers to work in Australia, so they're thinking of changing this visa program. They're starting by limiting how many visas can be granted in a year, and they plan to review and maybe stop this visa program in the future.

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