Australia Immigration Update – A Weekly Review
Since the Wuhan Virus Pandemic has begun in the early 2020s, Australia has lockdown their borders on the world. Australia is among those few countries that have been affected less as compared to other countries of the world. Imposing lockdown and following strict COVID 19 guidelines is one of the reasons for a less number of COVID 19 cases in Australia.
Now as the Wuhan COVID 19 virus pandemic effects are reducing around the world, Australian Immigration swings into action. The recent frequent announcements and travelling ease by the Australia Immigration have proved that. In the hierarchy, on 22 December 2021, the Australian government has declared one of the best news of the year. As per the statement of Prime Minister Scott Morrison from 1 DECEMBER 2021, fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residency holders, and some of the eligible visa holders can travel from and to Australia without applying for a travel exemption. The significant move has brought relaxation among, international students, who wish to fly in summer, skilled migrants and tourists/travellers.
If you are fully vaccinated and have the relevant documents then Australia Immigration won’t be a hassle for you. The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) department has published the approved or recognized vaccine list for travellers.
Country-wise the vaccination schedule may differ. If any candidates have not been vaccinated as per the Australian government’s schedule then they do not meet the Australia Immigration and TGA definition of full vaccination. However, some exceptions have been declared by the department, which is as per below.
As per the guideline of Australia Immigration and TGA, these proofs are mandatory to show the airline staff while travelling to Australia or from Australia.
With the announcement, the Australia immigration department has also declared the eligible visa subclass list. Only those candidates, who are holding this visa can only travel to Australia without applying for a travel exemption.
|SR. NO||SUBCLASS||VISA TYPE|
|1||Subclass 200||Refugee visa|
|2||Subclass 201||In-country Special Humanitarian visa|
|3||Subclass 202||Global Special Humanitarian visa|
|4||Subclass 203||Emergency Rescue visa|
|5||Subclass 204||Woman at Risk visa|
|6||Subclass 300||Prospective Marriage visa|
|7||Subclass 400||Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa|
|8||Subclass 403||Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream)|
|9||Subclass 407||Training visa|
|10||Subclass 408||Temporary Activity visa|
|11||Subclass 417||Working Holiday visa|
|12||Subclass 449||Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa|
|13||Subclass 457||Temporary Work (Skilled) visa|
|14||Subclass 461||New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa|
|15||Subclass 462||Work and Holiday visa|
|16||Subclass 476||Skilled – Recognized Graduate visa|
|17||Subclass 482||Temporary Skill Shortage visa|
|18||Subclass 485||Temporary Graduate visa|
|19||Subclass 489||Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa|
|20||Subclass 491||Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa|
|21||Subclass 494||Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa|
|22||Subclass 500||Student visa|
|23||Subclass 580||Student Guardian visa (closed to new applicants)|
|24||Subclass 590||Student Guardian visa|
|25||Subclass 785||Temporary Protection visa|
|26||Subclass 790||Safe Haven Enterprise visa|
|27||Subclass 870||Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa|
|28||Subclass 988||Maritime Crew visa|
|29||Subclass 201||In-country Special Humanitarian visa|
|30||Subclass 202||Global Special Humanitarian visa|
|31||Subclass 203||Emergency Rescue visa|
In the nutshell, the Australian government and Australia Immigration has speculated that the target of 90% population (over 16 years) will be fully vaccinated before the end of the year. Whereas, with the support of the health department and the health workers until now, almost 85% of the population has been vaccinated. As a result, the announcement of opening the borders have come into the picture. On the other end, as per the Federal Treasurer and deputy leader of the Liberal Party Mr. Josh Frydenberg, reopening the borders for nearly 200,000 visa holders would be proven the booster dose for the Australian economy.