New Concessions for Regional Work and Temporary Graduate Visas, Family Visas Re-Commencing

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Partner and child visas will start being granted on the 27th of February, 2021 while parent visas will begin to be granted on the 24th of March while temporary graduate visas will no longer be required to be onshore to lodge their visas.  

The raft of expected changes will also see safe haven enterprise visa applicants able to apply despite receiving benefit payments and periods of unemployment as well as business innovation residency requirements being retracted.

Skilled regional visa applicants now only have to do 9 months full time work and 18 months residence in a regional area if offshore at the time of application. Applicants from inside Australia need to do the usual 2 years residence and 9 months full time work.

Changes are active for visas applied for since the start of the concession period which began on the 1st of February, 2020.

Business innovation visa applicants will be able to count time spent overseas towards the 1 year residency requirement in the 2 years before they applied for the visa if they held a business innovation visa. The first business innovation visa in the business innovation stream must have been granted on or before 30th June, 2019.

Subclass 485 visas, the Graduate Work, the Post Study Work and the Second Post Study Work streams will all be granted concessions and may now be applied for from overseas.

These expected changes mark a big shift in Australia’s immigration activities and are the start of the government’s response to the migration crisis facing Australia in a post-pandemic world.

It has never been a better time to start planning a future in Australia!  

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