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Inside track: Immigration

31 March 2020

#Immigration Law

Inside track: Immigration

In the media

Plans to outsource visa processing dumped
The federal government has scuttled plans to outsource its visa processing system. The government has announced a “new policy approach” on the visa issue and will implement modern, easy to access, digital services for clients in line with its response to the Thodey Review of the Australian Public Service (22 March 2020).  More...

Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs - Australia is closing its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents
The entry ban takes effect from 20 March 2020, with exemptions only for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family, including spouses, legal guardians and dependants. Australian citizens and permanent residents and those exempt from our entry restrictions will continue to be subject to a strict 14 days self-isolation (20 March 2020).  More...

International students ready to fill critical staff shortages in aged care
Aged care providers will temporarily be able to offer more hours to international students to ensure the care of senior and vulnerable Australians, as part of the campaign to combat the impact of coronavirus. Many international students already work in the aged care sector but are restricted to 40 hours a fortnight (18 March 2020).  More...

In practice and courts and publishing

VETASSESS: Non-licensed trade assessments now available online from 01 April 2020
Trades Recognition Australia has given VETASSESS permission to conduct Technical Interview assessments by online video conferencing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak until further notice. This applies to assessments for non-licensed occupations or Pathway 2 licensed occupations.  More...

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