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Inside track: Immigration

26 October 2020

#Immigration Law

Inside track: Immigration

In the media

Preparing Australia for reopening to the world: A smarter, easier, more secure national border
Planned Permissions Capability will help Australia reopen to the world. Home Affairs will develop a simple digital visa product to test the integration capabilities of the system. It is envisaged that other visas would be progressively digitised on the new system, making them easier to access, more secure and have greater integrity (17 October 2020).  More...

Protecting partner visa applicants against family violence
The Government will extend the family sponsorship framework to Partner visas, which will require an Australian citizen or permanent resident sponsor of a Partner visa to be assessed against character and sponsorship obligations and approved before a visa application can be made. Changes to the Partner visa framework and English language requirement will come into effect in late 2021 and will apply to new applications only (14 October 2020).  More...

Supporting tourism and agriculture through Visa Application Charge changes
The Morrison Government will be offering refunds or waivers of Visa Application Charges. Tourists, working holiday makers, seasonal and pacific workers, prospective partners and temporary skilled workers whose travel has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible (12 October 2020).  More...

In practice and courts and publishing

Department of Home Affairs
On Friday, 2 October 2020, the Australian Government announced changes to international travel restrictions with quarantine-free travel possible from New Zealand to New South Wales and the Northern Territory from 16 October 2020. For further details see New Zealand safe travel zone.

Home Affairs releases provisions on refunds of visa application charges
The Department of Home Affairs has released information regarding the circumstances where a visa application charge could be waived or refunded. Summary of VAC refund, waiver and visa extension measures is outlined on this pages for Prospective Marriage visa – Subclass 300; Temporary workers; Working Holiday Makers and Visitors. For full details, visit Summary of VAC refund, waiver and visa extension measures (16 October 2020).

Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond
An updated version of the Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond resource is now available for download to assist people to prepare for the test. This includes information on the new Australian values component and an updated practice test.
From 30 October 2020, most new visa and citizenship applicants will be required to affirm the updated Australian Values Statement (AVS). The updated AVS will better reflect the shared values of Australian society, including the rule of law, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of association and equality of opportunity for all people in Australia. View a copy of Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond.
Important information: From 15 No​vember 2020, the Australian citizenship test will be updated. The updates include revised citizenship test questions and new test questions on Australian values.​ See Prepare for the test.
All 5 questions on Australian values (Part 4 of our Australian Citizenship Our Common Bond) must be answered correctly, with a mark of at least 75 per cent overall to pass the test.

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