Effective from 12pm on 25 March 2020, in order to protect the health of the Australian citizens and permanent residents, they are precluded from travelling outside Australia unless they fall within the exemptions referred to below.
An Australian who fails to comply with the travel ban may commit a criminal offence and be:
If you believe an exemption applies to your Australian employee, please contact us for advice and confirmation.
Current travel ban
From 9pm 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens and permanent residents, New Zealand citizens who are usual residents in Australia and their immediate family members CAN travel to Australia.
Temporary visa holders in Australia
Under the current immigration policy:
Employers should be aware that there are other options available to their sponsored 457/TSS employees to remain in Australia and gain permanent residency subject to eligibility:
Temporary visa holders outside Australia
Any temporary visa holder (including 457/TSS visa holder) who is currently outside Australia will not be permitted to enter into Australia, UNLESS:
Please contact us for a merits and eligibility assessment in relation to your visa holders currently insider or outside Australia.
We can also advise you on updated travel ban or restrictions, and on compliance issues such as sponsor obligations under the COVID-19 situation and other associated matters.
The Department of Home Affairs released on 16 November 2019 two regional visas, namely 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (494 visa) and 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (491 visa). Today we will focus on the 494 visa.
494 visa is temporary visa that can be granted for up to 5 years, it is similar to 457/TSS visa and the primary difference between 494 visa and 457/TSS visa is that 494 visa requires the visa applicant to work in Regional Australia (everywhere other than Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane).
The visa is designed to respond to labour market shortages in regional Australia.
It enables employers to recruit skilled overseas workers who are willing to live and work in regional Australia on an ongoing basis. This visa can only be used if the employer is genuinely unable to source appropriately skilled Australian workers.
The employer must:
The visa applicant must:
Restrictions (Visa conditions)
Yes, and available from 16 November 2022 after working for the employer for 3 years.
Benefits of new visas
Please contact us today for further advice and assistance.