AAT website maintenance Sunday 26 May 2019

'Due to scheduled maintenance this website may be unavailable between 4:00 pm and 8:00pm (AEST) on Sunday 26/05/2019'

TRA enquiry line unavailable on Monday 27 May 2019

'The Trades Recognition Australia (TRA)  enquiry line will be unavailable on Monday, 27 May 2019 due to the ACT’s Reconciliation Day Public Holiday'

TRA Online Portal Issues

'Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) is currently experiencing  unplanned outages with the TRA Online Portal'

Deregulation Bill officially lapses

As anticipated by Migration Law Updates on 18 April 2019, the Deregulation Bill has now officially lapsed, immediately before the commencement of the new Parliament. It will be up to the new Parliament whether to reintroduce it.

BVA taken to have been granted immediately?

Tip Series: Is the Department required to backdate the time of grant of a BVA to the time of the respective substantive visa application? No. As a result, a last minute BVA application might result in clients being unlawful for hours and even days.

All visas cancelled if a visa is cancelled?

Tip Series - Visa Cancellation: it is commonly said that if a person's visa is cancelled, all other visas held by the same person are automatically cancelled. With respect, that is not the case.

SkillSelect: 9 May 2019 invitation round

Number of invitations remained the same at 110; invitation threshold remained  the same at 80 points for visa subclass 189 and raised from 80 to 85 points for subclass 489

OMARA: RMA ‘turned a blind eye to the activities of’ a non-RMA

According to the OMARA, the suspended RMA turned 'a blind eye to the activities of [a non-RMA], choosing to be ignorant of his conduct'. It seems that assistance by the non-RMA with skills assessment applications was considered by the OMARA to be 'immigration assistance', which only RMAs can provide.

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