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COVID19 Disaster Relief for TR holders

The Australian Government has introduced temporary measures to assist people financially through the pandemic. The new COVID-19 Disaster payment is a lump sum payment to help workers unable to earn an income due to a COVID-19 lockdown, hotspot, or period of restricted movement. This payment is also available to temporary visa holders who have permission to …

Sacred trees v “progress”

It was nice to see the courts upholding a decision to block the bulldozing of sacred trees (arent all old trees sacred?). These trees have significance for the local Djab Wurrung people. The amount of money they have spent could have been used to go around the trees. https://amp.abc.net.au/article/12970540

Student visa

As always, we are competing with other Western countries for the international student population. Many of our universities have made good money, and employed a LOT of people, and run courses they wouldn’t have been able to run before. This is a seriously good money spinner for the Australian economy. We create a very well …

There are still good Americans

It’s really heartening in these dark times in the USA that at least half of America has seen the light and is not indoctrinated to the point where they will vote for a bad person rather than let “the other side” win. And there are stories like this one which brings cheer at this time …

Trumps Wall

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/12/02/biden-border-wall-trump/ Poor old DRUMP! His mad idea to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it has run aground. Not only has Mexico not paid a cent, but Americans have spent billions of dollars (stolen from the Defence budget and Peurto Rico recovery) to destroy animal habitats and the natural beauty of the Rio …

UAE offers 10-year golden visa

Dubai Emir Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum announced new visa liberalizations on Nov. 15, the Khaleej Times reported Nov. 15. Among others, all engineers in computer science, electronics, programming, electricity, and biotech and specialists in artificial intelligence, big data, virology and epidemiology plus their families can now seek a 10-year so-called UAE “golden visa.” – Source …

Accredited specialisation

Adjunct Professor Owen HARRIS obtains Specialist Status TranQuill’s Owen HARRIS has achieved accredited specialist status with the Law Society of NSW in Immigration Law. Specialist Accreditation is a structured peer to peer assessment process enabling legal practitioners to be recognised for their expertise. Each year the Law Society runs the accreditation program for a select …

A word from the Acting Immigration Minister on the priority skills shortage

Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge: “Just a few days ago I announced a new priority skills shortage list which consists of 17 occupations and they will be prioritised first and will now have exemptions automatically at the borders as well to be able to come in”. If you think you may fall into these specialist …

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 …

Act for Peace Ration Challenge Update

ACT FOR PEACE RATION CHALLENGE!Sponsorship update:Two of our team, Professor Harris and Bronwyn Huntly, are taking part in the ‘Act for Peace Ration Challenge’ again this year – 13-19th September. As Registered migration agents they are often supporting refugees and those requiring humanitarian visas so it feels right to support this cause.Today they have been …