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Month: April 2020

Our Registered Migration Agents and the Ration Challenge 2020

Here are some things you may or may not know about the head staff here at TranQuill Legal: Professor Owen Harris (Owner, head lawyer and registered migration agent) loves diet coke. Really, really loves it. Bronwyn Huntley, registered migration agent, loves jigsaws. What they are BOTH passionate about however is helping others. As well as …

How can we show our support on ANZAC day?

ANZAC day is tomorrow – 25th April. What is it? Why is it important? Why should I care? How can we show our support for ANZAC day during this time of isolation? These are all questions that are fair and certainly some of the answers you will hopefully know if you have recently become an …

Drop in invitations issued for permanent residency visas

It has recently come to light that there has been a 97 per cent drop in the number of invitations issued for permanent residency visa in April, compared to March. Only 50 invites for subclass 189 visa were sent out this month by the Department of Home Affairs, compared to 1,750 invitations issued in March …

Update: Citizenship ceremonies commence online

UPDATE ON CITIZENSHIP CEREMONIES: The government have started to conduct web-based conferral ceremonies and so far 170 people have taken the declaration online. Congratulations to those lucky people. It is suggested that soon over 750 people a day will be able to take the pledge online, so with some basic calculations and using the fact …

Illegal migrants hardest hit by the coronavirus – and this fact could affect the rest of the population

There are believed to be tens of thousands of unlawful migrants in Australia. Often hesitant to seek medical care due to fears of deportation, and living together in overcrowded accommodation, those supporting them say they are particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tens of thousands of unlawful migrants in Australia are at risk of destitution …

India suspends foreigners’ visas until 3rd May

Despite Australia seemingly getting to grips with the coronavirus curve and less and less cases being recorded, it is not quite the same in other parts of the world unfortunately. This is true in India, where the Government has suspended all existing visas granted to foreigners and all incoming passenger traffic into India through Immigration …

Good news for those awaiting their Australian citizenship ceremony

If you are one of the 85,000 people who have passed the Australian citizenship test and are just waiting to take the oath of allegiance – good news! The government have confirmed that ceremonies will take place online during the coronavirus outbreak. Australian citizenship ceremonies will be conducted online via video secure video link, with …

COVID-19 impact: Important update on partner visa processing times

Applicants may have to wait up to two years or even longer to unite with their partners, as processing times stretch for offshore partner visa applications amid coronavirus outbreak. We have witnessing a drop in the number of partner visa grants since January, a clear indicator that processing times for visa subclass 309 (Partner Provisional …

Covid-19 UPDATE – ALL TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS MUST READ THIS!

A new government initiative specifies and includes the Covid-19 Pandemic as an event for the purposes of an application for a Subclass 408 visa, under the type “Australian Government Endorsed Events”.This legislative change provides a pathway for eligible applicants to remain lawfully in Australia during the crisis.For more information read here then do the usual …

Latest COVID-19 visa changes for temporary visa holders: Now who can stay and who can’t

Are you a temporary visa holder about to be affected by this latest news from the government? We’d love to hear your story if so and how this is going to affect you and your work/studies here in Australia. The Australian government today announced a slew of measures for major classes of temporary visa holders, …