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Student visa: higher financial requirements

The purpose of the new instrument is to "revise and increase the amount of funds required to be evidenced by a Subclass 500 visa applicant or Subclass 590 visa applicant, to reflect the current cost of living pressures these visa holders will be subject to once they arrive in Australia"

Credit card surcharge for ballot registration

"This instrument will ensure that when an applicant registers to participate in the ballot and makes payment for registration in the ballot by credit card, the applicant will be liable to pay the credit card surcharge..."

PayPal surcharge for ballot registration

"This instrument will ensure that when an applicant registers to participate in the ballot and makes payment for registration in the ballot by PayPal, the applicant will be liable to pay the PayPal surcharge..."

Subclass 192 pre-application process

"The purpose of the instrument is to set out the eligibility requirements for registration and other rules that apply to the conduct of a visa pre-application process for a Pacific Engagement visa..."

English requirements for subclass 192

"The instrument specifies five English language tests: the Cambridge English: Advanced test (the CAE), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); the Occupational English Test (the OET); the Pearson Test of English Academic (the PTE); and the test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (the TOEFL iBT). The instrument also specifies the required test scores for each of the specified tests..."

Class of persons for nil VAC

"The purpose of this instrument is to specify the classes of persons who do not have to pay the visa application charge (VAC) when applying for a visa to enter Australia on the basis that they have ..."

Student visas: English tests & evidence exemptions

The new instrument amends "the definition of eligible pathway program and to specify by way of a Schedule, the list of registered courses that are an eligible pathway program"

Circumstances where BVR granted without application

The new regulations "clarify the circumstances in which the Minister may grant a Bridging R (Class WR) visa (BVR) without application to certain eligible non-citizens who may be unlawful non-citizens at the time of grant, or who already hold a visa other than a substantive visa, a criminal justice visa or an enforcement visa"

2023-2024 caps on parent and other family visas

"The purpose of the instrument is to determine the maximum number of visas that may be granted for certain classes of visas during the 2023-2024 financial year between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024"

Partner visa: new rules for secondary applicants

The new regulations enable a cohort of secondary applicants for Subclass 309 (Partner (Provisional)) and Subclass 100 (Partner) visas who no longer meet the age requirement for the visa, to be eligible for the grant of the visa

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