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Biosecurity contraventions: visa cancellation

The new instrument amends the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth) to prescribe additional visa subclasses that may be cancelled if the visa holder is in Australia, has not been immigration cleared and the Minister reasonably believes that the visa holder has contravened subsection 126(2), 128(2), 532(1) or 533(1) of the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth)

Health waiver for participating states & territories

"The instrument operates to specify the States and Territories which have agreed to participate in the health waiver scheme for the purposes of the now repealed clauses 846.111, 855.111, 856.111 and 857.111 of Schedule 2 to the Regulations (as they existed before 1 July 2013)"

Appropriate regional authority

"The instrument also operates to specify appropriate regional authorities for the purpose of the definition of appropriate regional authority in regulation 1.03 of the Regulations. Specifically to reflect the correct names for the appropriate regional authorities who are able to sign sponsorship forms required to be lodged with an application for one of five legacy classes of visa".

Sub 132: industry associations & membership levels

The new instrument specifies an industry association and the categories of membership of that association for the purposes of cl 132.232(3)(a) and (b) of Schedule 2 to the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth)

Exemptions from skill, age & English for subclasses 186, 187 & 494

The new instrument specifies exemptions in relation to age, skills, employment history and English language requirements for visa subclasses 186, 187 and 494

Transitional operation of reg 5.19 for 457 visa holders

The new instrument specifies different periods of time for the purposes of paragraphs 5.19(5)(f) and (g) of the Regulations, for new classes of persons who are specified for the purposes of theses paragraphs

Several changes to Migration & Citizenship regulations

The new instrument makes several changes to the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth) and the Australian Citizenship Regulation 2016 (Cth). Part of the changes commences on 14 Nov 2020.

Arrangement for protection, refugee & humanitarian visas

"The purpose of the instrument is to update the arrangements for making an application for a Protection (Class XA) visa, a Temporary Protection (Class XD) visa or a Safe Haven Enterprise (Class XE) visa"

Fed Circuit Court: sharp increase in fees

"The Regulations specify the Federal Circuit Court application fee for migration litigants is increased from $690 to..."

New maritime crew visas Bill

"This Bill will amend the Migration Act 1958 to require the Minister to replace the current Maritime Crew Visa with two new categories of Maritime Crew Visas under Schedule 2 of the Migration Regulations 1994"

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