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SkillSelect May & June 2020 Invitation Rounds Affected by COVID-19

SkillSelect May & June 2020 Rounds

After months of not releasing the number of invitations issued through SkillSelect, the Department of Home Affairs has finally released the invitation rounds for May and June 2020. Not everyone will be happy with the results.

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Five Visa Changes for International Students During COVID-19

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International students are important to Australia as they have made a major contribution in Australia’s economy and Australian society. To limit the impact of Covid 19 pandemic on international students, the Federal Government have announced five major changes which will impact the students currently in Australia and those who are overseas and are unable to travel to Australia due to Covid 19.

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First Invitation Round for New Migration Year 2020-21 (subclass 189 & 491 Family-Sponsored)

189 and 491 Invitations July 2020


The Department of Home Affairs has sent out the first round of invitations for the 2020-2021 program year on 14 July 2020.

This first round of invitation for the subclass 189 and 491 (family-sponsored) is a positive indication that the monthly invitation rounds will continue.

At the current time, the subclass 190 and 491 state sponsored visas are still on hold.

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COVID-19 and Employer-Sponsored Visas (subclass 482 & 457) - Frequently Asked Questions



Many employer-sponsored visa holders experienced changes to their employment as a result of the COVID-19. These unprecedented times have presented many challenges for these visa holders, including questions as to how their visas will be affected by these changes.

We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to answer some of these questions. 

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Common Occupations for the Global Talent Independent Visa (GTI)

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We are receiving a lot of questions regarding the scope of the sectors for the Global Talent Independent visa. As there is no set occupation list for the GTI visa, many potential candidates do not know whether their occupations will fall within one of the seven target sectors.

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Vini's Australian Partner Visa Experience - subclass 309/100 visa



From Working Holiday Visa to Partner Visa and now an Australian business owner. Vini talks about how Work Visa Lawyers helped him with his migration journey to Adelaide, South Australia.

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Australia Offers Five-Year Visa Extension to Hong Kong Citizens Amid Riot

Visa Extension for Hong Kong Citizens


With news of China’s new laws for Hong Kong amid riots in Hong Kong, the Australian Government has acted to extend additional visas to Hong Kong passport holders to remain in Australia. These new measures are designed as a part of Australia’s overall skilled visa program, attracting and retaining talent from around the world.

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Australian Skilled Migration Program Closed Indefinitely - 190/491 Visas

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The Australian General Skilled Migration program has closed indefinitely.

***LATEST UPDATE 14 July 2020*** 

***UPDATE 10 July 2020***

***UPDATE 1 July 2020***


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Nominator for Global Talent Visa Applicants in ICT & Cyber Security - Australian Computer Society

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The Global Talent Independent (GTI) visa is an easy pathway to Australian permanent residency for those that can qualify. Often, potential GTI applicants will have met all of the requirements but are unable to find a nominator. One of the most common barriers that GTI applicants may encounter, especially offshore applicants, is locating an Australian person or organisation to nominate them. As the national body for the ICT sector, the Australian Computer Society (ACS) is willing to provide nominations for GTI applicants. 

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Are Permanent Residents Eligible for the $25,000 HomeBuilder Grant?

HomeBuilder Grant for Permanent Residents

Early in June 2020, the Government announced a new program to stimulate the building industry. HomeBuilder is a time-limited, tax-free grant program to help the residential construction market to get through the Coronavirus pandemic.


What is HomeBuilder?

HomeBuilder provides eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home. HomeBuilder will assist the residential construction market by encouraging the commencement of new home builds and renovations. Contract for construction or renovations must be executed between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020.

The program applies to:

  • Building a new home (max house and land total value of $750,000)
  • Renovations to owner-occupaied homes (must be substantial renovations costing $150,000 to $750,000)

Construction must commence within three months of signing the building contract. 


Who is eligible for HomeBuilder?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Have FY2019 taxable income of up to $125,000 for singles or max $200,000 for couples


Can permanent residents get HomeBuilder?

Unfortunately, Australian temporary residents and Australian permanent residents are not eligible to take part in the program.

A number of groups have expressed frustration with this and highlighted that such residents would still assist in contributing to the building industry as much as Australian citizens.

Many temporary and permanent residents are first home buyers and were especially interested in the HomeBuilder grant to build their first homes or to renovate rundown properties to live in. In particular, many people are questioning the exclusion of permanent residents for this stimulus package when they are eligible for other government benefits such as Medicare, JobKeeper and JobSeeker


What if a permanent resident jointly owns a home with an Australian citizen?

The HomeBuilder is only open to Australian citizens. Eligible owner-occupier(s) must be listed on the property’s certificate of title, and they must meet the eligibility criteria of the program. Permanent residents are not eligible for the HomeBuilder.


How long will the program run?

The program will only run from 4 June 2020 to 31 December 2020.

To be included, your contract must be signed between those dates and construction/rennovation work must commence no more than 3 months after that.

If you are considering taking advantage of the HomeBuilder program, it is a good idea to check the latest available information and discuss your circumstances with a financial professional as relevant.

The above information is provided for general information only and is not tailored to your circumstances. 


Do you need help?

At Work Visa Lawyers we are experienced in assisting applicants in all matters relating to Australian visa applications. Our areas of expertise include Partner Visas, Skilled Migration visas, Business Skills Migration visas, Employer Sponsored Work Visas and other Family Migration visas as well as the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) Review, Judicial Review and Ministerial Intervention.

If you require further information regarding your Australia visa options you can contact us through:

(08) 8351 9956 or +61 8 8351 9956 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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