IMMIGRATION NEWS – SELLANES CLARK & ASSOCIATES Update – May 29th 2020

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As Australia takes its first tentative steps towards resumption of services in a post-COVID-19 world, immigration information is being progressively released by state and federal governments.

Some news indicates signs of positivity; some hints at further delays but for those waiting patiently, all news deserves to be shared:

Victoria’s Skilled Nomination Program Now Filled

Having filled all places provided by the Department of Home Affairs for the 2019 – 2020 Program Year, Victoria has temporarily closed its Skilled Nomination Program. This includes the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa – subclass 491, as well as the Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa – subclass 190.

Applications received prior to May 28th will continue to be assessed, with priority shown to sectors which are now critical to the state’s coronavirus response.

Skilled Nomination Program NSW

Due to unspecified delays, New South Wales is yet to open its current 491 Program and it is widely anticipated that the Program will remain closed, with applications now deferred until July and the commencement of the 2020 – 2021 Program.

Responses to W.A. invitations

On May 25th, Western Australia issued invitations for its 491 and 190 Programs. Under ‘General Stream’, the Expressions of Interest (EOI) point requirement was 65, whilst ‘Graduate Stream – Higher Education and Vocational Education’ required an EOI of 70 points.

A total of 155 invitations were issued for the 190 Program. For the 491 Program, a total of 64 invitations were issued, with the lowest point score of 65 being for Registered Nurses (Community Health).

Sponsored Temporary Parent visa – subclass 870

Until recently, a strict requirement applied to this visa was that applications could only be lodged offshore. However, due to travel restrictions brought about by the current COVID-19 pandemic, provisions have been put into place which allow, under certain strict circumstances, for processing onshore.

The Parent Processing Centre has already shown considerable leniency with onshore applications but only where the applicants’ current visas do not carry a condition 8503 or 8543 (no further stay).

In the current circumstances, the applicant/parent is permitted to apply for a waiver of these conditions and such waiver will be fairly considered where;

    1. Since the subject visa was granted to the applicant, compelling and compassionate circumstances have developed.
    2. Over which the applicant had no control and
    3. Which resulted in a major change to the applicant’s circumstances.

A waiver for prevailing conditions 8503or 8543 must be obtained prior to lodging an onshore application for a Sponsored Temporary Parent visa.

Keeping you informed, we’re here to help

Immigration law is a complex area; one which is constantly developing and evolving. We make it our business to stay in the forefront of this evolution, armed with the knowledge and the skills to provide clients with the genuine assistance they deserve.

For more information on this or on any relating issues, contact the migration experts – Sellanes Clark and Associates – specialising in all immigration matters.

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