Skilled Independent (189 visa)

New Zealand stream only – is temporary closed to new applicants between 10 December 2022 – 01/07/2023. The New Zealand stream of the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa (the New Zealand stream) has temporarily closed to new applications. This means a new application cannot be made from 10 December 2022 until 1 July 2023. This

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Are you planning to study in Australia?

Be sure to include an up-to-date confirmation of enrolment document with your application. Check out this short video for a tip to help make your visa application easier – we want you to get it right the first time.

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‘Visas in three days’ for teachers and nurses who want to come to Australia

Visas for teachers and healthcare workers are now being assessed within days after the Australian government changed the way it prioritises skilled visa applications. Skilled visa applications for teachers and healthcare workers are now being assessed in just three days after a change to how skilled visas are prioritised. The Department of Home Affairs has

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Labor scraps rule that forced local councils to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day

Labor has dumped a Morrison government rule that forced local councils to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day and has reinstated the rights of two councils to host them. Key Points Local councils will no longer be forced to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day. The change reverses a rule that was introduced by former

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Processing priorities for health and education sectors

Ministerial Direction 100 A new Ministerial Direction for prioritising skilled visa applications came into effect on 28 October 2022. Ministerial Direction No.100 formalises the Australian Government’s processing priorities for the health and education sectors. It builds on ongoing work to improve skilled visa processing times and to clear visa backlogs. The Department of Home Affairs

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Working holiday visa condition 8547. 6 month work limitation

On 19 January 2022, the 6-month work limitation was temporarily relaxed. The relaxation of this condition is in effect until 31 December 2022. This allows Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) to work with any one employer for the duration of their visa without needing to request permission. This is relevant to any person in Australia who

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Visa processing times

Australia’s visa backlog continues to improve with more than 3 million visas processed since 1 June 2022. The Department has employed additional staff to speed up processing times for growing new applications.

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