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The Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) undertakes a biannual update of the exchange rates for the specified foreign currencies to the Australian dollar.

The purpose of this instrument is to reflect changes in foreign currencies exchange rates since the previous update. LIN 21/003 ensures that Home Affairs officers stationed at overseas posts can advise on and collect the correct amount of visa application charge payments from clients.

Source: LIN21003.pdf and LIN21003-Explanatory-Statement.pdf

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The purpose of the instrument is to undertake a biannual update of the places where payment of a fee may be made and the corresponding currencies that must be used for payment of a fee in that place.

The instrument specifies the country in which payment of a fee may be made and the currency in which a fee may be paid in that place. It enables the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) to advise on and accept only those currencies that are readily and legally accessible to the public and bankable by each overseas office.

Source: LIN21004.pdf and LIN21004-Explanatory-Statement.pdf

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Dear Partner,

We are excited to announce a new hospital excess option for Overseas Visitor Health Cover (OVHC) working visa product. From 6 July, working visa members will have the option of either a $0 or $500 hospital excess, which means members will soon be able to reduce their premium by choosing to pay a $500 hospital excess.

We have also updated our pricing for single, couple and family OVHC products, effective from 6 July 2021.

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On Friday afternoon last week the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) made an announcement that Legal Training Australia (LTA) is the new provider for the Migration Agents Capstone Exam (Capstone).

Click here to see the OMARA announcement.

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Overview of the Disallowable Legislative Instrument

The New Zealand pathway to permanent residence (the pathway) provides a concession to New Zealand citizens who have demonstrated commitment to Australia, and who have made and can continue to make a strong economic contribution to Australia's future. It is delivered as a stream of the subclass 189 (Skilled –Independent) visa.

Prior to this amendment, these applicants were required to have an income at or above a specified threshold (the income threshold) for the four most recently completed income years before the date of their visa application (during the period of five years immediately before that date), unless claiming an exemption. In practice, this required applicants to provide evidence of income at or above the threshold for four consecutive years, meaning New Zealanders who otherwise earned at or above the threshold for a majority of those four years but had their income temporarily drop became ineligible. These New Zealanders had to then start again and earn at or above the income threshold for four consecutive years before they were eligible to apply for the pathway.

The income requirement is amended to require applicants to demonstrate they had an income at or above the threshold for three income years in the five years immediately before the date the visa application is made. One of those income years must be the income year that ended most recently before the date of the application.

The change is intended to benefit New Zealanders who live and work in Australia by providing additional flexibility and reducing the documentation required to be provided with an application, while continuing to meet the policy intent of making the pathway available to New Zealand citizens who have made and continue to make a demonstrated economic contribution to Australia.

The existing income threshold amount remains unchanged.

Source: Migration-Amendment-Sc189-Visas-Regs-2021.pdf and 

Migration-Amendment-Sc189-Regs-2021 explanatory.pdf

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Migration (Places and Currencies for Paying of Fees) Instrument (LIN 21/004) 2021
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Legal Training Australia appointed as the Migration Agents Capstone Exam provider
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HAWKE: Migration Amendment (Subclass 189 Visas) Regulations 2021
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