Remember policy, rules and laws are ever-changing and frequent in the current environment. Please make further enquiries before making bookings, changing travel plans or lodging Australian visas.
According to the Department, Australian citizens and permanent residents are prohibited from leaving the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident and still want to leave the country, you can apply (submit your application here) for an exemption if you fall under these categories:
The travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic outside Australia do not apply to people ordinarily resident in a country other than Australia. You can return to your country of residence as long as it is safe and possible.
Those who have expired or soon to expire visas. Make sure to apply for a new one before your existing visa expires.
We invite you to an online webinar where Emma discusses issues, the facts to date and potential solutions.
When: Tomorrow, Thursday the 26th of March 7 pm Brisbane Time.
Who Should Attend: If you and your partner are together or in different countries right now and you have not yet lodged your partner visa or prospective marriage visa then this webinar will address issues related to your situation.
Where: Online (we will send you a link). From the comfort of your own home!
The webinar has ended, but feel free to sign up here to be subscribed to our future webinars and updates.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced enhanced border measures last Friday 20 March 2020. Exemption for the travel restrictions:
A. an Australian citizen
B. a permanent resident
C. a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia
D. an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or are a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia.
The Department of Home Affairs noted that the Travel Restrictions are subject to change, should there be any updates, we will add them to the list.
A. You may board a domestic flight to your intended destination in Australia to self-isolate there.
B. If you are well and not symptomatic, you may self-isolate in a hotel.
C. If travelers do not comply with their 14-day self-isolation requirements, they may face a range of penalties that exist in each State or Territory.
The same goes for applying for the ‘No Further Stay Condition’ waiver. Seek legal help for the available options for your situation.
The Department announced an extension to complete and provide the necessary checks and information ea. Health or police clearances, biometrics and english language testing.
The Department announced that the processing of visas and service relating to the visa application process may be impacted by the COVID-19.
The Department acknowledges that the VEVO system isn’t accessible to certain overseas visa holders. If VEVO isn’t available for you to view your visa status, the visa grant letter and visa conditions are still available online via your IMMI account.
A. Extended timeframe for the visa processing officers due to the disruptions of medical services inside and outside Australia.
B. Inside Australia, visa medical services are reduced due to the requirements of the Department of Health in relation to COVID-19.
These measures are:
– Social Distancing. Implemented from March 19 onwards.
– Some bookings are going to be canceled and refunds are going to be issued. The Department will call those people with canceled appointments and reschedule them into available appointments before opening the booking system.
C. Outside Australia, overseas services are expected to be temporarily suspended or reduced operations for the next months as nations respond to COVID-19.
The Department noted that there is no need to contact visa medical services clinics in Australia or overseas if you haven’t lodged your visa application yet.
IMPORTANT: Please note, this does not constitute Immigration advice. Always seek advice from a Registered Migration Agent before applying for an Australian Visa. Migration Law is constantly changing. This information is accurate only at the time of publication.
Emma is the founder and principal migration agent at Freedom Migration. She is extremely passionate about uniting partners and families with their loved ones overseas. It might be because she's a product of a partner visa family.
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