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1. The planned opening of the country gate on December 1 was extended! Immigration measures and quarantine requirements updated

Yesterday afternoon, Morrison presided over the meeting on whether to postpone the opening of the country on December 1 and has a final result...

According to the medical advice of Professor Paul Kelly, Chief Medical Officer of Australia, the Australian National Security Council has made an interim decision: postpone the opening plan of the country originally scheduled on December 1 to December 15! The reopening plan for travelers from Japan and South Korea will also be suspended until December 15th!

Don’t be disappointed. There are indeed many unknowns and uncertainties in the face of the discovery of new strains.

The official document also explained that: the temporary delay of the country's opening plan can ensure that Australia can collect relevant information about the new strain of Omicron, better understand this new strain, and include the efficacy of existing vaccines against him and the speed of transmission. I believe that after the government has done a security assessment, a safer Australia will be reopened to everyone on December 15th!

South Australia

1. All international travelers and those arriving in the state from high-risk areas within Australia must undergo a 14-day quarantine.

2. People from low-risk or medium-risk LGA need to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of arrival.

3. You can choose to self-isolate (isolated residence needs to meet the requirements, not for apartments, but for Townhouse and House)

4. Those who do not have self-isolation conditions can choose hotel isolation. After landing at the airport, inform the staff that the airport will arrange transportation to the isolation hotel.

5. Use HealthCheck SA to complete daily symptom check every day for 14 days after arrival

6. Before entering SA, it takes 72 hours to prove that the nucleic acid test is negative, fill in EntryCheck SA

South Australia's definition of high school low risk areas is as follows: 

1. Very low risk: there is no sign of COVID-19 spread in the community

2. Low risk: There are signs of community transmission of COVID-19, and the population rate of full dose vaccination is 90% or above

3. Moderate risk: There are signs of community transmission of COVID-19, and the population rate of full dose vaccination is 80% or above

4. High risk and international: There are signs of community transmission of COVID-19, and the population rate of full dose vaccination is 80% or less

2. Master's degree has been under 3 years, 485, VET485 is greatly relaxed

Immediately after Thursday and Friday, there was news about 485 visas. Behind the 485 positive New Deal is actually a big move to restore and revitalize the entire international education industry after the Australian epidemic. The visa policy also includes a lot of investment and visa legislation. It has not been released yet, but some detailed rules have been released intermittently. The news that has been confirmed this week are:

1) Master's degree in teaching can obtain a three-year 485 visa, regardless of whether it is domestic or overseas, and it has been effective from November 25, 2021. Master's 485 signed on and after November 25 has a three-year validity period, but This policy is not retrospective. Students who have signed the same situation on November 24 and before are still valid for 2 years, so it is good news for those who are currently waiting for the 485 sign or new applications submitted in the future.

2) Compensation for the wasted 485 visa time. If the 485 visa expires on or after February 1, 2020, you can apply for a new 485 replacement visa for the same length of time as their original visa. This policy added that it is expected on Friday It will be implemented on July 1, 2022. This policy should be mainly for overseas visa holders. If the domestic 485 has expired or is about to expire, it should not be included in the compensation.

3) The 485 visa for VET courses will be changed from 1.5 years to 2 years. The implementation time of the new policy has not yet been determined, and it is not certain whether it will be the same as the 485 for the master's degree in 3 years; and the VET course graduates will be temporarily canceled to apply for 485 career assessment and The requirement that nominated occupations need to be in the immigration occupation list is a temporary preferential policy for the 2022-23 fiscal year (July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023).

4) Continuation of online learning is recognized as Australian learning

3. The employer guarantees more favorable policies, 489/491 can also make up time abroad, and the travel visa is exempted from the extension of the visa fee

This week the Minister of Immigration also mentioned some good news about employer-sponsored visas. If the occupation is a short-term 482 visa holder, or the original 457 holder who could not transfer to PR because they did not meet the age requirements, if they were in medical treatment, catering, etc. If you work in the industry or in remote areas, you may also have the opportunity to transfer to PR. It is estimated that 20,000 people will benefit.

For 489/491/494 visa holders who have spent their visas in vain while staying abroad, the government will also provide extended compensation if their visas are still valid or expired. The temporary details have not yet been determined. The main benefit here is the category of 489. There are more people staying abroad, and generally the remaining time of the visa is not much or has expired, and the residence and work requirements cannot be met within the validity period, which means that the opportunity to transfer to PR is lost.

The preferential policy of exempting the official visa fee for tourist visas lasts for 6 months. I have previously obtained a tourist visa but cannot return to Australia because of the epidemic. It is a waste of visa time. If the visa expires between January 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022, Then, if you re-apply for a travel visa, the visa fee can be waived. There is also a new piece of legislation this week that Australia will give priority to reviewing overseas travel visa applications for Mainland China/India/UAE passport holders. At present, except for PR/citizen’s parents, other travel visas cannot enter Australia temporarily.

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