Lombard and Laurence Newsletter — October Migration Updates

Changes to Partner Visa requirements In 2020, the Department of Home Affairs announced several changes to be made to Partner Visa requirements. These are to be introduced at the end of 2021. Australian permanent resident sponsors and visa applicants will soon need to demonstrate a functional English level, or that they have completed a certain […]

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Lombard and Laurence Newsletter — October Migration Updates

  Changes to travel restrictions for vaccinated Australians The Australian government has announced that in November, vaccinated Australians over the age of 12 will be able to travel in and out of Australia freely. Children under 12 and people with a medical reason for which they cannot be vaccinated will also be able to travel […]

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Lombard and Laurence Newsletter — October Migration Updates

  Changes to PTE Academic Test Pearson Academic has announced changes to be made to the test are to come in on 16 November 2021. The exam will be shortened to 53-64 questions, with two hours duration. An online version of the exam will also be offered from this date. Bookings will be able to […]

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Lombard and Laurence Newsletter – September Migration Updates

  Potential Changes to Citizenship Residence Requirement The Minister for Immigration has recently announced a plan to relax residence requirements for Australian citizenship for Distinguished Talent visa holders. The current requirements state that an individual is eligible for citizenship when they have lived in Australia for the past 4 years and have been outside of […]

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Newsletter – September Migration Updates

Digital Passenger Declaration to be instated The Digital Passenger Declaration will soon be introduced to apply to all travellers entering Australia. This new border pass will replace the current Incoming Passenger Card and digital COVID-19 Australian Travel Declaration form. It will store personal information such as vaccination status and will allow for vaccinated individuals to […]

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Newsletter – September Migration Updates

Crisis in Afghanistan The newly appointed adviser to the Australian government on resettling Afghan nationals has recently stated that trauma among refugees is a key concern. Organisations such as STARRTS have seen a greater demand for their services as many of their clients have been significantly retraumatised through all the events of the past three […]

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