Our phones and emails have been inundated over the last few weeks especially relating to minister updates for travel bans to and from Australia. The latest notice will be enforced tonight from 9pm.
The closure of Australian Borders is affecting many non-residents who are on route to Australia or planning to be en-route in the next few days.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
All temporary Visa holders who are currently Offshore (not in immigration clearance in Australia) and will be offshore before 9pm the following applies:
TEMPORARY RESIDENTS AND NON-RESIDENTS
For employees (and/or their family members) who hold sponsored work visas such as 482, 457, 400, 417 (working holiday) and business visas (ETA’s) who are unable to arrive in Australia by 9pm AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) this evening – we have been advised that they will not be cleared in their home country (country of departure) for travel to Australia. In this instance we suggest that you advise them to delay their travel with the airlines until further clearance updates allow them to enter Australia
NEW OR PENDING VISA APPLICATIONS
The Department of Home Affairs have not ceased processing visa applications. There will be some visas that will not be issued that require immediate entry into Australia. These short-term visa processing changes are only applicable to fit in with the IMMEDIATE TRAVEL BAN that takes effect tonight. Any visas that will expire during the BAN period, will be able to re-apply for their visas once the ban is lifted. These are only emergency temporary measures that the Australian Government and majority of overseas governments are taking to contain the spread of the COVID19 virus.
If you are onshore and hold a temporary visa that will expire soon, please contact us to request extensions or waivers for 8503 – ‘no further stay’ conditions well in advance.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0432152097