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These visa holders affected by Australia’s border closure will not be nominated for skilled migration

In a big blow to visa applicants unable to leave the country due to the coronavirus-induced travel restrictions, some Australian states have declared that they will not nominate applicants who are subject to a section 48 bar of the Migration Act.

The section 48 bar applies to applicants who are in Australia without a substantive visa and have had a visa refused or cancelled since their last entry into the country. Applicants who are barred by this section need to leave Australia before they can apply for a visa barring some limited exceptions.

But some prospective visa applicants and those who have been able to secure an invite for the state nomination are now finding it difficult to leave the country due to COVID-19 prompted travel restrictions and lack of international flights.

This means they can’t go offshore to lodge a visa, and if they do, they won’t be able to return until they get an exemption from the Australian Border Force. 

Does this potentially affect you or a family member? TranQuill are a team of registered migration agents and lawyers who can help assess your situation and help get a resolution. Contact one of our highly experienced team today for assistance.

Article source – SBS