November 22, 2021

From 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. Eligible visa holders are people who hold the following visas:

Australian borders will reopen on 1 December 2021 to allow travel to Australia without the requirement for travel exemptions for eligible visa holders.

Subclass 200 – Refugee visa

Subclass 201 – In-country Special Humanitarian visa

Subclass 202 – Global Special Humanitarian visa

Subclass 203 – Emergency Rescue visa

Subclass 204 – Woman at Risk visa

Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage visa

Subclass 400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa

Subclass 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream)

Subclass 407 – Training visa

Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity visa

Subclass 417 – Working Holiday visa

Subclass 449 – Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa

Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) visa

Subclass 461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa

Subclass 462 – Work and Holiday visa

Subclass 476 – Skilled – Recognised Graduate visa

Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa

Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate visa

Subclass 489 – Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa

Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa

Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa

Subclass 500 – Student visa

Subclass 580 – Student Guardian visa (closed to new applicants)

Subclass 590 – Student Guardian visa

Subclass 785 – Temporary Protection visa

Subclass 790 – Safe Haven Enterprise visa

Subclass 870 – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

Subclass 988 – Maritime Crew visa

Is your visa on the list? Not sure about your eligibility for Australian visas? Contact us for a strategy & advice call.

Further information about these changes are available on the Department’s COVID-19 webpages.

November 16, 2021

Are you in Australia on a temporary visa and/or not registered with Medicare? If so, you will be unable to obtain vaccination certificates and passports in the usual manner.

The following Visas classify as temporary: Visitor Visa, Working Holiday Visas, Student Visas, Graduate Visas, 482 Visa short-term stream, Covid Visa, Training Visa.

If you are not eligible for Medicare, you need an Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) to get your proof of COVID-19 vaccinations online.

You can get an IHI using the Individual Healthcare Identifiers service (IHI service) through myGov

First, you need to check if you already have an IHI. You have an IHI if any of the following apply:

  • you have a Medicare card
  • you have a DVA card
  • you’re enrolled in Medicare.

If any of these do apply, you can get your proof using either your:

  • Medicare online account through myGov
  • Express Plus Medicare mobile app

  • If you don’t have an IHI, you can use the IHI service through myGov to apply for one and link it. To do this, sign in to myGov then:

    1. Select Services or Link your first service.
    2. Select Individual Healthcare Identifiers service and then follow the prompts.

    You don’t need an IHI to get the vaccines, you only need it to get proof of your vaccinations.

    If you’re not eligible for Medicare and need to get an international certificate, you can request one by either:

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    August 1, 2021

    Australia has an estimated population of 25.7 million. To date, 15% have been fully vaccinated and 32.5% had the 1st dose.

    Graph showing national vaccination progress in Australia.

    Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic there have been 33,909 confirmed cases in Australia and, sadly, 923 people have died. More than 24.8 million tests have been undertaken in Australia.

    Globally there have been over 196.5 million cases and sadly over 4.1 million deaths.

    Woman wearing mask and getting a vaccine
    To date, 15% of the Australian population have been fully vaccinated and 32.5% had the 1st dose.

    Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out continues to expand. To date 12,005,978 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Australia. New South Wales (NSW) has had the highest vaccine uptake, followed by Victoria (VIC) and Western Australia (WA). Both vaccines, Pfizer and AstraZeneca are available in Australia.

    Diagram showing the Covid vaccines per state in Australia.

    Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison aims for 70% of the eligible population (+16) to be vaccinated.

    So far there are only 2 countries who have 70% of the eligible population vaccinated: UK and Israel.

    The Grattan Institute confirms that after 80% of the population is vaccinated, including 95 per cent of over-70-year-olds, living with COVID-19 in the community will be manageable. Serious cases are not likely to overwhelm the health system.

    Australia’s Plan to transition – National COVID-19 Response

    The Australian National Cabinet agreed to formulate a national plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response from its current pre-vaccination settings, focusing on continued suppression of community transmission, to post vaccination settings focused on prevention of serious illness, hospitalisation and fatality, and the public health management of other infectious diseases.

    National Plan to transition Australia's National COVID-19 Response. 4 phase model.

    The National Plan sets out 4 phases to effectuate this transition. Each phase will be triggered by the achievement of vaccination thresholds of both the nation, and the individual state or territory expressed as a percentage of the eligible population, based on the scientific and economic modelling conducted for the COVID-19 Risk Analysis and Response Taskforce.

    Phase A. Vaccinate, Prepare and Pilot (Current Phase)

    Australia will continue to strongly suppress the virus for the purpose of minimising community transmission. Measures may include accelerating vaccination rates, closing international borders to keep COVID-19 out, and early, stringent and short lockdowns if outbreaks occur.

    Phase B. Vaccination Transition Phase (~70% of adult population fully vaccinated)

    In this phase, Australia will seek to minimise serious illness, hospitalisations and fatalities as a result of COVID-19 with low-level restrictions. Measures may include maintaining high vaccination rates, encouraging uptake through incentives and other measures, minimising cases in the community through ongoing low-level restrictions and effective track and trace, and with lockdowns unlikely but possible and targeted.

    In this phase, some student and economic visa holders will be allowed to enter Australia. Caps and quarantine apply.

    Phase C. Vaccination Consolidation Phase (≥80% of adult population fully vaccinated)

    In Phase C, Australia will seek to minimise serious illness, hospitalisations and fatalities as a result of COVID-19 with baseline restrictions. Measures may include maximising vaccination coverage, minimum ongoing baseline restrictions adjusted to minimise cases without lockdowns, and highly targeted lockdowns only.

    Increased intake of student, economic and humanitarian visa holders. Caps and quarantine apply.

    Phase D. Post-Vaccination Phase

    In the final phase, Australia will open international borders. Uncapped international arrivals allowed.

    The Grattan Institute suggests that an 80% vaccination level can be reached by the end of year if a vaccine is approved for children under 12. Otherwise, Australia should aim for March 2022, by vaccinating a higher share of adults.

    World Health Organisation

    The World Health Organisation’s chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, has estimated that between 60% and 70% of the population would need to be immunised against COVID-19 to achieve herd immunity. Herd immunity is where a high enough proportion of the population has resistance to a disease, meaning its spread is hampered. However, countries could see benefits of vaccination efforts before herd immunity is reached if doses are targeted to high-risk groups and those who are more likely to transmit the disease, such as essential workers.

    Current Visa Options, if you are Offshore

    Even though Australia’s international borders are closed, there are a few visa programs which allow migrants to come to Australia. For example, there are currently 44 occupations on the Priority Migration Skills List (PMSOL). Additionally, South Australia has made 36 critical skills occupations available for offshore applicants.

    Potential Visa options are Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189, Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186, Global Talent Subclass 858. These visa types are permanent and give Permanent Residency to the applicant and family members (if included in the application) upon visa approval.

    Successful applicants who are currently offshore will be able to migrate to Australia in order to assist with the health and economic response to COVID-19.

    Of course, there are also Family Visas available if you have a family member in Australia that can sponsor you. For example: Partner Visa, Child Visa and Parent Visa.

    What’s the next step?

    Contact us for an assessment of your visa eligibility! We are Immigration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents and can advise what visa is the most suitable option for you considering your qualifications, work experience, and circumstances. We will give you a step by step guide how to prepare your migration to Australia and make it a success! 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆

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    Our founder & director, Manuela Seiberth during a consultation with a client.
    May 8, 2021

    The Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke made a few announcements important for migrants in Australia:
    1) Hospitality and Tourism are soon also to be classified as critical industries alongside other sectors such as agriculture, food processing, health care, disability care and childcare with similar allowances. Temporary visa holders working in or intending to work in critical sectors are able to apply for the Subclass 408 COVID-19 Visa which enables them to remain in Australia for up to 12 additional months and have full work rights. 
    2) International Students working in Hospitality and Tourism will soon be exempt from their work limitations and can work beyond their usually restricted hours.
    3) Veterinarians will be added to the Priority Skilled Occupation List for skills deemed critical for Australia’s economic recovery. Read our previous blog article about the other priority occupations here

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    Migrant workers in Tourism and Hospitality allowed to work more hours and apply for the COVID-19 Visa.

    There are currently 300,000 international students in Australia who have restricted work rights and can only work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight while studying. In order to boost the tourism and hospitality industry, the Australian Government is now removing the existing cap for student visa holders employed in these sectors following strong industry feedback. 

    Immigration Minister Hawke said the tourism and hospitality sectors employ more than half a million Australians and these changes will help businesses supplement their existing workforce, which he described as “generating employment through a job multiplier effect”.

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