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Migration Alliance has received the following email from the Office of the MARA:

Dear all 

The Migration Agent Activity Report January to June 2020 has been published on the OMARA website: https://www.mara.gov.au/news-and-publications/publications/migration-agent-activity-report/

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The instrument operates to specify, in section 7, the COVID-19 pandemic as declared by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020 (the COVID-19 pandemic), as an event for paragraph 408.229(b) of Schedule 2 to the Regulations. The instrument also operates to specify, in sections 8 and 9, the classes of persons for the purposes of paragraph 408.229(c) of Schedule 2 and subparagraph 1237(2)(a)(i) of Schedule 1 to the Regulations. Accordingly, the instrument operates so that a person who is in a specified class of persons is eligible to apply for a Subclass 408 visa in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and with a nil visa application charge.

The purpose of the instrument is to adjust and expand the measure introduced by LIN 20/122 to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has evolved since the measure was initially implemented.

Source: LIN20229.pdf and LIN20229-Explanatory-Statement.pdf

 

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Building a strong migration advice profession is a tactical process, not a goal. As migration advisers, building on an already robust profession is the systematic process of consolidating the various groups within our migration profession around a specific goal. The specific goal of our profession is to protect, advance, promote, and preserve the Australian migration advice industry.

Part of the profession-building process for the migration advice profession is the guiding and propulsion of all groups into a place of closeness, mutual understanding, and trust, despite our differences. In essence, building the migration advice profession is like setting the “table” for a healthy marriage.

Forging respectful relationships and mutual respect of our professional associations, whether they be Registered Migration Agent (RMA) associations, Law Societies or a mix of lawyers and RMAs requires each of us to engage in the behaviours mentioned above. This will minimise the interpersonal obstacles and personal biases that can hinder overall productivity and growth as a migration advice profession.

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The instrument operates to authorise a class of persons who are able to receive the Pledge of Commitment for Australian citizenship (pledge of commitment). Schedule 1 of the Act establishes the form in which a pledge must be undertaken. Subsection 26(1) of the Act requires a person to make a pledge of commitment to Australia before they become an Australian citizen, unless they meet the requirements set out in paragraphs 26(1)(a) to (c) of the Act.

Source: LIN20084.pdf and LIN20084-Explanatory-Statement.pdf

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The Office of the MARA have sent the following email for distribution to RMAS:

Please see the following information from Immigration Programs Division. 

On 2 September 2020, the Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, and the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, announced the introduction of a new priority skills list and strengthened labour market testing requirements.  

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