Hot Off The Press! Trans-Tasman Bubble Update

Our team at Sellanes Clark have it on good authority that the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) has confirmed that the Trans-Tasman Bubble is also open to Visa Holders to travel to New Zealand and return to Australia without requiring to get a Travel Exemption or enter hotel quarantine on returning to Australia. This is […]

BSMQ – News Update

BSMQ opens for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) Nominations from 19 April to 25 April. While Subclass 491 visa is open to COVID critical skill or sectors such as those listed below, Hospitality occupations such as Café and Restaurant Managers, Chefs and Cooks are also on the list, which is a welcome […]

AUS-NZ Travel Bubble – more details

In what was recently described as a possible template for international travel for the foreseeable future, the Australia – New Zealand reciprocal travel “bubble” is scheduled for introduction from 11.58pm on Sunday April 18th, NZ time. In announcing the Trans-Tasman initiative New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern outlined that, upon implementation, her country would simply […]

AUS-NZ Travel Bubble – it’s finally here

Australia and New Zealand are all agog with the news of a to way travel bubble between the two countries to start from 11.59 pm April 18 New Zealand time. This means that from April 19th, Australians will be able to travel to New Zealand without quarantine in New Zealand or a travel exemption to […]

Latest News: BSMQ Open Queensland State Nomination Program

A flash release issued by Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) announces that, for a very brief window of time, the state has reopened its business and skilled program – albeit, restricted to decision-ready applicants in COVID-19 priority areas. The program will be open strictly from Tuesday 29th September 2020 until Monday 5th October 2020 […]

Considerations for Medical Students Nearing Completion of their Medical Studies

The Australian Health Practitioners’ Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is the body responsible for administering registration requirements for a broad number of medical fields. Regrettably, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on current students, placing practical restrictions upon the ability of potential graduates; restrictions which, through no fault of their own, prevent them from being able to […]

Changes to Citizenship Test from November 15th 2020

Prior to being accepted as an Australian Citizen most applicants, who were between the ages of 18 and 59 years at the time of application, are required to pass a Citizenship Test. An appointment for this test will be offered following an initial interview. It is a test designed to show that applicants have A […]

Outcomes of the 2019 – 2020 Migration Program

On September 16th, the Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, The Hon Alan Tudge MP, released published outcomes from the 2019-2020 Migration Program. For the given period, this release illustrated a total permanent migration intake of 140,366. Seventy percent of these visas (95,843 in total) were granted through the skilled stream, […]

IMMIGRATION NEWS UPDATE – Interim Allocations List

To be reviewed upon release of Federal Budget on October 6th 2020 The Department of Home Affairs has released its schedule of the current interim allocations for each State and Territory, covering visa subclasses 190, 491 (489) and the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP). These allocations will remain in place until the Federal Budget […]

New Priority Skills List and Strengthened Labour Market Testing Requirements

The Australian Department of Home Affairs via its operational arm, the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) has announced the introduction of a new Priority Skills List, together with strengthened labour market testing requirements. Released on September 2nd 2020, upon joint instruction from the Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural […]