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International students will not be returning to Australia in July

Disappointment for students as Canberra has indefinitely postponed its ‘Safe Passage’ pilot program to bring international students back into the country until there is a “clearer picture around the COVID-19 trajectory.” The two state-owned universities in the Australian Capital Territory which are jointly initiating the country’s first pilot have announced that they have postponed the …

International students could return to Australia next month if states open their borders

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told states they must open their borders to Australians, before they can accept international students. Some international students could be allowed to return to Australia on a “pilot basis” as soon as next month but only if states agree to open their borders, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced. Addressing …

Aussie Citizenship approvals up by 56%!

Why is it that where there is good news, it is often followed by the bad news? Sadly it seems this is true for all those in the queue waiting for Australian Citizenship approval. The positive news however is that in 2019-20 to 15 May 2020, 170,819 people have been conferred Australian citizenship. This is …

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 …

Long distance love affairs – a Valentine’s day special

Happy Valentine’s Day! In an attempt to bring some warmth and love into the world – something that it seems fairly devoid of it at the moment, we wanted to bring you (from The Age) some love stories that have a migration focus (since that is what we do here at TranQuill Legal after all!). …

Coronavirus lockdown: Hundreds fear for Australian permanent residency outcomes

According to a recent article published on the SBS Dateline website, migration agents say they’ve been flooded with calls from Chinese nationals who are worried their Australian visas could expire or become invalid, while they’re locked out of the country. A hopeful PR applicant, Lara Huang, hadn’t been home for three years when she made …

China-US Trade affecting Chinese H1-B visas

Liek Australia, the US talented visa programme (H1-B visas) employees have 60 days (OZ used to be 90 days) to find a new job, but unlike Australia the US enforces a requirement to obtain the new H1-B visa – after which they have to leave the country. Hopefully our big brother doesnt take as long …

Birth tourism – US

https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2020/01/15/woman-was-trying-catch-her-flight-first-airline-forced-her-take-pregnancy-test/ Many countries discourage pregnant women from travelling to them, because they are (rightly) concerned that the family will try to claim citizenship for the newborn. This is because some countries grant automatic citizenship (such as the US). Australia only grants citizenship to newborns if one of the parents is a citizen or permanent resident.

Punjabis – economic refugees

https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/foreign-dreams-what-s-driving-the-exodus-of-youth-from-punjab

Singapore and Japan best passports to hold

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/henley-index-world-best-passport-2019-intl/index.html