Lombard and Laurence Newsletter — November Migration Updates

Visas for Hong Kong Passport Holders The Department of Home Affairs has recently announced a range of concessions for Hong Kong passport holders as part of a new safe haven scheme in response to China’s national security legislation. From March 2022, Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders will have access to new pathways […]

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Lombard and Laurence Newsletter — November Migration Updates

Changes to Partner Visa Program We have previously advised that the changes to partner sponsorship will come into effect in November. The changes will mean that Australian permanent resident sponsors and visa applicants will need to pass an English test to evidence a functional level of English, and sponsorships will need to be approved before […]

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Lombard and Laurence Newsletter — October Migration Updates

Travel to Australia Opening As we announced earlier this week, New South Wales will be introducing a quarantine-free arrangement for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their families travelling to Australia. The Department of Home Affairs has also expanded the definition of ‘immediate family’ of Australian citizens or permanent residents to include parents. This means that […]

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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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