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New occupations for visa subclass 187 (RSMS)

8 occupations have moved from the ROL to the MLTSSL, but that makes no practical difference for visa subclass 187 (RSMS); that change merely aligns subclass 187's MLTSSL with the MLTSSLs for subclasses 482 and 186; error in explanatory statement regarding caveats

Instrument amends new instrument for visitor visas

This further new instrument amends a drafting error contained in the new legislative instrument about visitor visas which commenced on 24 August 2019

Arrangements for certain Business Skills visas

The new instrument commenced on 29 Feb 2020 and specifies the requirements for making a valid application for the following visa classes: Business Skills Business Talent (Permanent) (Class EA); Business Skills (Permanent) (Class EC); Business Skills (Provisional) (Class EB); Business Skills (Residence) (Class DF); Distinguished Talent (Migrant) (Class AL); Distinguished Talent (Residence) (Class BX); Business Skills (Provisional) (Class UR).

Expanding Access to English Tuition

The Bill that sought to "expand eligibility for migrants to access English tuition" passed both houses of Parliament on 10 December 2020 and received the Royal Assent on 17 Dec 2020, with the commencement to be set out by proclamation. A proclamation has been published and sets out the commencement as...

Arrangements for certain business skills visas

"The main purpose of the instrument is to specify the approved form (see the third column of the table in Schedule 1) for making a valid application for the following visa classes..."

LIN 18/174: online lodgement for additional countries

The instrument expands the online lodgement channel to additional countries for subclass 462 (Work and Holiday) visa applicants.

Direction No. 83

Direction No. 83 - Order for considering and disposing of visa applications under s91 of the Migration Act 1958

Subclass 870 (Sponsored Parent (Temporary)) visa

The rules for the new Subclass 870 (Sponsored Parent (Temporary)) visa are contained in the new Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa and Other Measures) Regulations 2019, to commence on 17 April 2019

Subs 186, 187 & 494: skill, age & English exemptions

"The instrument operates to specify exemptions in relation to age, skills, employment history or English language requirements for the Subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme) visa (Subclass 186), Subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) visa (Subclass 187) and Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) visa (Subclass 494)".

New instrument on sub 408 & COVID-19

"The purpose of the instrument is to provide a pathway for certain former and current holders of temporary visas to lawfully remain in Australia and who would otherwise be required to depart Australia who, but for the COVID-19 pandemic, are unable to leave Australia. The instrument limits the class of persons who can be granted the visa to those who hold a visa that is 28 days or less from ceasing to be in effect, or held a visa that is no more than 28 days from ceasing to be in effect. It further limits the class of persons to those who are unable to apply for the same temporary visa they hold or held or any other subclass of temporary visa other than the Subclass 408 visa".

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