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New test for PIC 4005 and 4007

The new instrument introduces a mandatory hepatitis B testing requirement for certain classes of persons

New Administrative Review Tribunal

The main Bill says: "A Bill for an Act to establish an Administrative Review Tribunal and an Administrative Review Council and provide for matters relating to information about administrative decisions, and for related purposes"

Manner and form to apply for visa subclass 192

"The purpose of this instrument is to specify the approved form for making a valid application for the Subclass 192 visa and the manner in which that application must be made"

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"

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