February is expected to be generally a quiet month for migration, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection have nevertheless made a number of important changes to the arrangements which may impact the current and prospective visa applicants as well as visa holders.
Potential, as well as existing visas applicants, should review the changes being made and having an appropriate discussion with a migration agent whether any of the changes impact their initial immigration strategy.
Future applicants – Approved forms
The important updates have been released that specify the approved forms, classes of applicants, and the places and manner for making an application for the following visas:
- Investor Retirement (Class UY) visa;
- Retirement (Temporary) (Class TQ) visa;
- Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) (Class GA) visa;
- Temporary Work (International Relations) (Class GD) visa;
- Temporary Activity (Class GG) visa; and
- Training (Class GF) visa.
Current Visa Holders – Amendments to cancellation powers
The Migration Amendment (Character Cancellation Consequential Provisions) Act 2017. An Act to made amendments that relate to the visa cancellation powers.
Working Holiday Visa Applicants – Changes to eligible countries – Vietnam
This instrument amends the Arrangements for the Work and Holiday and Working Holiday Visa Applications 2017/003 to specify that Vietnam is an eligible country, enabling the Vietnamese passport holders to make an application for a Work and Holiday (Temporary) (Class US) visa, specifies for the Vietnamese candidates the place and manner for making an request for a Work and Holiday (Temporary) (Class US) visa, and specify the educational qualifications to be held by a Vietnamese candidate at the time their application.
The Visitor’s Visa Applications – Changes to Schedule 1
The new instrument specified, for candidates of a Visitor (Class FA) visa, the approved forms, places and the manner for making applications, and the travel agents that must be used by an applicant intending to travel to Australia from the People’s Republic of China as a member of an organised tour.
The Subclass 461 visa – Changes to Schedule 1
This change is of a particular importance as it makes the amendments to schedule 1 criteria (i.e. lodgement procedures). The new instrument also specifies new arrangements for Other Family Visa Applications and New Zealand (Family Relationship) Visas.
The Subclass 408 visa – Further information on the criteria relevant to the grant
The new instruments would now specify matters for the making of an application for a Temporary Activity (Class GG) visa and other particular criteria’s relevant to the grant of the corresponding Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity) visa.