Concession period due to covid-19

The purpose of the new instrument is to "assist certain temporary and provisional visa holders, including individuals who are on a pathway to permanent residence, who have been disadvantaged by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as border closures, restrictions imposed on businesses and the general economic downturn". The new measures include allowing individuals to apply for visa subclass 485 while overseas during the concession period and to be granted the visa while overseas.

Sub 408 & covid-19: new class of persons

"The instrument updates the class of persons specified in LIN 20/122 to ensure that an applicant must either hold a substantive temporary visa that is 28 days... The instrument also specifies an additional class of persons who are eligible to apply for a Subclass 408 visa in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic..."

New instrument: who may accept pledge of commitment

"The purpose of the instrument is to update the class of persons listed in Schedule 1 of the instrument, who are authorised to receive a pledge of commitment [for Australian citizenship]. In particular, to remove the distinction between..."

New instrument: LMT & Jobactive

The new instrument requires for nominated positions for visa subclasses 482 and 494 to be advertised on the Government’s Jobactive website as part of the Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirements

Subs 457, 482 & 485: new instrument for Hong Kong passport holders

The amendments extend some subclass 457, 482 and 485 visas for Hong Kong passport holders and family members to a period of 5 years.

Sub 462: COVID-19 work in healthcare & medical sectors

The purpose of the instrument is to specify critical COVID-19 work in the healthcare and medical sectors carried out after after a certain date for the purposes of the definition of specified Subclass 462 work in regulation 1.03 of the Regulations.

Sub 417: COVID-19 work in healthcare & medical sectors

The purpose of the instrument is to specify critical COVID-19 work in the healthcare and medical sectors carried out after after a certain date for the definition of specified work in subitem 1225(5) of Schedule 1 to the Regulations.

Partial commencement: Regulation of RMAs

Just announced: 3 schedules of the Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Act 2020 will commence in just a few days...

Longer definition of “repeat registration”

The effect of the new legislation is that the period during which an RMA can allow their registration to lapse without having to complete the Graduate Diploma and pass the Capstone exam will be extended from 1 to 3 years, subject to the deregulation legislation.

New instrument: nil VAC for some students

"The purpose of the instrument is to update LIN 20/099 to specify an additional class of persons applying for a Subclass 500 visa to whom the nil VAC amount applies. As a result of the coronavirus known as COVID-19 and the consequential pandemic, some Subclass 500 visa holders will be unable to complete their studies within the validity period of their Subclass 500 visa..."

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