In the media

Further changes to support family visa applicants
The Morrison Government is making further changes to the Family visa program to support applicants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government will allow certain Family visas which have been applied for outside Australia, to be granted while the visa applicant is in Australia (30 November 2020).  More...

Committee affirms value of Working Holiday Maker program
The Joint Standing Committee on Migration has tabled its final report on its inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker program. It is clear there is a need to further promote the opportunities that exist for Australians and other visa holders to help with areas of critical need (30 November 2020).  More...

In practice and courts and publishing

Update: The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List
The Department of Home Affairs advises that on 27 November 2020, the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) was updated to include the occupation of Social Worker (272511), based on advice from the National Skills Commission. Further information can be found here (27 November 2020).

Priority IELTS booking for Victorian Employer Sponsored Visas (subclass 186 and 187) applicants
As a result of Covid-19 restrictions across Victoria, some applicants for Subclass 186 or a Subclass 187 have been unable to get their IELTS test in time to lodge an application. If these applicants are unable to lodge a visa application, they could experience significant delays In collaboration with the Department of Home Affairs, IELTS has offered to help these applicants with a priority booking. For more information, please visit: (26 November 2020).

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