International arrival caps will be halved because of the new more infectious COVID-19 strain

World

The cap on international passengers coming to Australia will be cut by 50% in three states until February 15. The new protocols were introduced by National Cabinet last week to address the threat of the new “more infectious [and] much more difficult to control” UK coronavirus strain.  Passengers on all international flights will also be tested and need to return a negative test before being allowed to fly to Australia, and all passengers, including […]

Border Force Clarifies Travel Exemptions & Releases Further Guidelines

Australian travel exemptions

The Border Force Commissioner has released guidelines (Operation Directives), which further detail the criteria used to determine travel exemption applications. This is an important step to demystifying what has, to date, been a government decision-making process with little transparency. Since the travel exemption requirement was introduced in March 2020, applicants have experienced significant frustration with […]

Yunn Chen has been shortlisted for the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2020

Women In Law Awards 2020

Yunn has also been named as a finalist in the Women in Law Awards for Senior Associate of the Year – SME Law! The Women in Law Awards is regarded as one of the legal profession’s most prestigious accolades. The awards pinpoint professional development and innovation, showcasing the individuals and firms who are leading the […]

Who Gets To Stay in Australia?

We’re super excited about the upcoming release of a new SBS documentary Who Gets To Stay in Australia? In an Australian first, this four-part documentary series captures the life changing moments when men, women and families are told whether they can call Australia home, or whether they will be asked to leave. Our very own senior […]

A quick guide to temporary visa holders and social security

This Quick Guide provides information on residency requirements for social security payments in Australia, particularly how they apply to temporary visa holders. It sets out the basic residency qualification requirements; exemptions from these requirements; eligibility for Special Benefit; and residency and waiting period criteria that apply to certain payments. The residency requirements and waiting periods […]

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Home Affairs possible SkillSelect data breach

The Guardian Australia is reporting that Home Affairs may have exposed personal details of 700,000 migrants, in what privacy experts say is a ‘very serious’ data breach. The reported breach in the SkillSelect platform has the potential to reveal the personal details of 774,000 migrants and people aspiring to migrate to Australia, including partial names […]

Lifeline for Temporary Visitor Visa Holders

The Australian newspaper is reporting that special welfare payments and visa extensions will be offered to non-residents who lose their job and are stranded in Australia, unable to return home, due to the Coronavirus. There are an estimated 1.5 million people currently on temporary visas without access to government services. Reports suggest that the government […]

COVID-19 (Coronavirus​) Immigration Updates

Travel restrictions to Australia From 9 pm AEDT 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. All travellers to Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days, either at home or in a hotel. Exemptions to travel restrictions You can travel to Australia if you are: an Australian citizen […]

Updates on Travel Restrictions in Place on Australian Border

Further to our email last night, the Department of Home Affairs has clarified some of the information regarding the restrictions in place on the Australian Border. Travel Restrictions From 9pm tonight AEDT, the 20th of March, the following restrictions come into force. Permanent Residents, Citizens and their Immediate Family members Citizens and Permanent ResidentsThere are […]