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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Newsletter – August Migration Updates

Impact of Sydney Lockdown and COVID-19 Vaccination Given the ongoing lockdown in Greater Sydney, we wish to advise that this is likely to have an impact on skilled migration in the hospitality industry here, as well as skilled migration more generally; the national economy; inbound movement of travellers and therefore, migration flows generally for students, […]

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Newsletter – July Migration Updates

Greater Sydney will now be in lockdown until July 31st as a result of the recent outbreak of the Delta Strain. While the implications of the lockdown are yet to be seen, we wish to advise that it is likely that processing for Skilled (Nominated) (subclass 190) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa […]

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