COVID 19 Visa News Updates – March 19th 2020

Endeavours to control the threat of the Coronavirus continue as today, Australian Prime Minister, The Hon Scott Morrison MP, announces further restrictions due to come into effect on the country’s borders from 9pm on Friday March 20th. Travel bans extended From this point, only Australian citizens, permanent residents and their...

COVID 19 Visa News Updates – March 17th 2020

As the Australian Government works proactively to combat current or potential issues arising from the global pandemic, which has already infiltrated our shores, adjustments to travel and/or visa conditions have become an almost daily occurrence. From this perspective, Sellanes Clark is committed to keeping its clients and friends informed with...

Proposed Changes to Skilled Migration Occupation Lists

 Hairdressers/Massage Therapists under threatThe Department of Education, Skills and Employment (formally the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business) conducts regular reviews of the skilled migration occupation lists, with the goal of ensuring their responsiveness to genuine skill needs across Australia.These lists exist to underpin a range of employer-sponsored,...

New Assessment Model for Overseas Qualified Nurses

From March 2020, a new model of assessment has been introduced for overseas qualified nurses wishing to work within Australia and possibly to progress through to Permanent Residency. Its goal is to eliminate the previous need for bridging programs. For purposes of identification, the following abbreviations are those recognised throughout...

Update on Coronavirus/COVID 19 Travel Bans – February 29th 2020

Rapidly becoming an international problem of significant proportions, reports of new infections and of consequential fatalities, resulting from the potentially lethal COVID 19 disease, recently influenced the Australian government to extend prevailing travel bans impacting people wishing to travel to Australia, direct from mainland China. These bans have now been...

Novel Corona Virus/COVID-19 Update 19/02/2020

The disease resulting from the potentially lethal corona virus and recently named COVID-19 continues to spread, although predominately within mainland China and its ongoing threat has convinced the Australian government to maintain travel restrictions for the time being. On February 15th, the initial 14 day restriction was extended, to be...

Gold Coast No longer considered a Regional Area

News generally received with much appreciation, the Government recently announced that, from November 2019, it will be reclassifying a pre-existing definition of what it accepts as “Regional Areas” within Australia. Currently those seeking visas, either to work or to study in regional areas, must rely upon complex groupings of post...