Australia revisits English language criteria

Recently, the Government has announced certain measures to protect Australians, securing the borders, and providing resources to recover from the impact of Covid-19 pandemic. Amongst other things, the plan focuses on immigration and social cohesion by supporting migrants to learn English language and enable them to have the best chance to make a life and…

Insights into Designated Area Migration Agreements in South Australia

Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) are formal agreements between the Australian Government, represented by the Department of Home Affairs, and the State or Territory Governments, known as the Head Agreement, to supplement the workforce strategies of States, Territories and regions, to support employers in designated areas and help them adjust to changing economic conditions. DAMA…

Interim nominations allocations for States and Territories for 2020-21 Program Year

According to information released by the Department of Home Affairs on 11 September 2020, under Freedom of Information request (FOI), the interim nomination allocations or States and Territories for Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190), Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491), Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 489) and Business Innovation and Investment Program for 2020-21…

Invitation Rounds during Covid-19

The Department of Home Affairs runs invitation rounds every month for Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored Stream. The number of invitation issued in each round may vary depending on the number of applications that are being processed by the Department. It is important to…

Nomination for migration advice industry advisory group

The Ministry of Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs has decided to establish an advisory group for a Migration Advice Industry, to provide expert advice to the Commonwealth Government on matters relating to migration, including potential reforms to the legislative framework which govern the migration industry. As part of providing expert advice to the Australian…

Who is a ‘Member of the family unit’?

In ordinary circumstances, the description of ‘Member of the family unit’ provided under Regulation 1.12(2) of the Migration Regulations 1994 is applicable as a general rule for migration purposes. Regulation 1.12(2) states: “A person is a member of the family unit of another person (the family head) if the person: (a)  is a spouse or…

Electronic Travel Authority

Electronic Travel Authority (Subclass 601) is a temporary visa that allows you to visit Australia for a holiday or a cruise, to visit family or friends, or to undertake certain business visitor activities, if you have a passport from an eligible country. Eligibility for Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) You must: Have passport from an eligible…

Business Visitor Visa

The business visitor stream of Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) allows you to travel to and visit Australia for business purposes. This visa facilitates conducting legitimate business visitor activities but does not extend to undertaking work for or providing services to an organisation, or selling goods or services directly to the general public. Eligibility for Business…