Covid-19 and State Migration
The most frequently asked question nowadays for aspiring migrants would likely be about how the pandemic would affect their Australian migration plans. The answer is, it’s business as usual for Australia’s State and Territory Governments. However, we see ongoing changes in priorities on the processing and nominating visas for migrants as a way of coping as the country continues to battle Covid-19.
Below is the recent update for each State/Territory.
New South Wales
Intends to continue processing nominations but is currently reviewing its requirements and processes to address any essential needs brought about by the virus.
Its 491 visa program remains to be closed.
Continues to process state nomination applications
Australian Capital Territory
A change in process wherein an onshore applicant may request for a waiver of the ‘continuous employment’ criteria if the following apply:
Travel ban prevented the applicant from returning to Canberra
Self-isolate for 14 days required
Due to Covid-19, the applicant has been forced to take unpaid leave, work hours reduced or lost job
190 visa program is closed
491 visa program only open to onshore applicants
Continuous to process nomination applications
Ceased accepting offshore nomination applications
Offshore applicants can only apply for ‘High Demand’ occupations listed on the
Tasmania Skilled Occupation List.
190 visa subclass program is closed to those who have not working in South Australia the last 12 months
Medical and health professionals are priorities
Currently considering applicants who are not working in the State for 491 visa subclass only
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