Migration (Arrangements for Special Category Visa applications) Instrument (LIN 22/020) 2022, dated 21 February 2022, repeals the Migration (LIN 19/058: Arrangements for special category visa applications) Instrument 2019 and updates the requirements that an applicant for a Special Category (Temporary) (Subclass 444) (Class TY) visa (SCV) must meet to make a valid visa application.
The instrument updates the approved form, place, and manner for making an application for an SCV. According to the instrument, if an applicant is in Australia for immigration clearance, the application must be made by presenting Form 15 to a clearance officer or by using an authorized system.
However, if the applicant is in Australia after having been immigration cleared or is in Australia but not in immigration clearance, then the application:
- must be made by submitting Form 444 (Web) via the online portal at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/special-category-visa; or
- if an application cannot be made as specified in paragraph (a), it may be made by posting Form 15 with sufficient prepaid postage to:
Special Category Visa Processing Unit
Department of Home Affairs
GPO Box 9984
SYDNEY NSW 2001.
The instrument is registered on the Federal Register of Legislation on 22 February 2022 and commenced on 27 February 2022. It is currently in force.
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