Removal of criminals from Australia continues in 2021
Since the closure of the international border in March 2020 and the significantly reduced capacity of commercial flights, the Australian Border Force (ABF) has removed 711 unlawful non-citizens to countries across the world (09 March 2021). More...
Strengthened character test to safeguard the Australian community
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke, has issued a new Ministerial Direction to guide decision-makers applying the character test. The character test applies to certain visa cancellation and refusal decisions, as well as the revocation of mandatory visa cancellations (08 March 2021). More...
Calls for amnesty for undocumented workers, as new report recommends 'one-off' visas in agriculture
There is a renewed push for an amnesty for undocumented workers due to concern they could miss out on the COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, a new report recommends one-off visas to address a labour shortage in agriculture (05 March 2021). More...
Business, Investment and Innovation Program
The Government will introduce changes to improve the quality of investments and applicants. The program will focus on higher value investors, business owners and entrepreneurs and improve the economic outcomes of the BIIP.Visa application charges for BIIP visas will also be increased by an additional 11.3% (above regular CPI indexation) on 1 July 2021.
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