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Inside track: Immigration

28 September 2020

#Immigration Law

Inside track: Immigration

In the media

Judge blasts acting Immigration Minister over 'criminal' conduct
A Federal Court judge has blasted acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge for leaving a man in immigration detention after he was granted a protection visa, in the latest in a series of excoriating decisions about the federal government's immigration policy (23 September 2020).  More...

Lack of incoming migrants during coronavirus is wounding Australia's housing sector
A fall in migrants during the pandemic is causing a sharp drop in housing demand, with the sector urging the government to create a migration plan and extend HomeBuilder incentives (22 September 2020).  More...

In practice and courts and publishing

VETASSESS trades occupations updated – September 2020
Technical interview assessments for trade occupations – now conducted online
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, VETASSESS are now conducting Technical Interview assessments online for all non-licensed trade occupations or Pathway 2 licensed occupations. VETASSESS will continue to accept further applications for assessments relating to trades, however, delays may be experienced due to the constraints within the current environment.
Updated Evidence Guide
The Evidence Guide has recently been redesigned and updated with the relevant information about the employment and training documents required for Documentary Evidence Assessment. It is available for download in pdf format here.  More...

Enhanced labour market testing reminder
Current labour market testing requirements have been enhanced to ensure that Australian workers are prioritised for job opportunities in Australia. The existing instrument LIN 18/036: Period, manner and evidence of labour market testing has been amended to reflect these enhancements. The amending instrument can be found on the Federal Register of Legislation.
The enhanced labour market testing requirements apply to nominations lodged on or after 1 October 2020 to ensure that appropriately skilled Australian citizens and permanent residents are given work opportunities before overseas workers when a business nominates a vacancy. The amendment will not affect nominations lodged prior to 1 October 2020, or nominations for a select occupation or a select position to which alternative evidence arrangements apply.
Nominations lodged on or after 1 October 2020 without evidence of a Jobactive advertisement that satisfies all existing LMT requirements, such as those in relation to position details and duration, cannot be approved.  More...

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