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COVID-19 Update: Temporary Visa Holder Nightmare As Australia’s Border Remains Closed


COVID-19 Update: Temporary Visa Holder Worst Nightmare As Australia Has No Immediate Plans To Reopen The Country’s International Borders

Temporary Visa holder might have to bury their dreams to re-enter Australia. As we know, coronavirus has been affecting many things in the world, including immigration sectors. 

The government of Australia is required to make crucial decisions in tackling this issue. On Thursday, the Morrison Government has announced that the International borders will stay closed for a while, despite the country’s success in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases. 

For Temporary Visa holders, their future appears to be dark and uncertain. It is due to the statement from Mr Morrison that Australia is still some time away to reopen its international borders. 

It crushes their hopes to return to Australia. This further causes more jobs, savings and time lost, postponing any visa plans they have.

What Is A Temporary Visa?

There are 2.17 million people currently in Australia on a temporary visa. A temporary visa lets you come to Australia and stay for a certain period. 

There might be visa conditions on your visa that allow you to work on a temporary basis or do specific work. Those of you who hold temporary visas such as student visa, working holiday visa, and temporary graduate visa will be affected by this announcement.

Find out more about other changes for Temporary Visa Holders here.

Australian International Border Closure

Australian International Border Closure

The Australian Government has closed its international border since the early 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19 virus. 

The Australian Government, through the Australian Border Force, implemented a strict border measure for international flights and cruises since that day. 

Only Australian citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate family members are allowed to enter Australia. The Australian Government has not announced the exact date for the international travel re-opening, even until now. 

Due to the current situation, many Australian migrants, especially those who hold a temporary visa, cannot decide their plan yet. Even with the travel exemption, many of them are unable to enter Australia because they are not included in the definition of travel exemption. 

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How Will it Affect Temporary Visa Holders?

Ever since Australia closed its international borders to non-Australian citizens and residents, only 11% of all returning travellers were temporary visa holders who entered Australia after getting exemptions from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. 

That is the only option currently accessible for visa holders wishing to return to Australia. 

While working towards establishing quarantine-free travel, this will keep temporary visa holders who do not fall under the critical skills category for travel exemptions or have any compassionate reason to re-enter the country remains stranded offshore.

Without any certainty and clarity provided by the Australian government, Temporary Visa holders will have to sacrifice their time, savings and continue to lose their jobs while desperately waiting for their chance to travel back and resume their lives. 

Still Not Sure How This Can Affect You? Please Speak To Us; We Are Here To Help!

We understand the current announcement might raise your concern as a temporary visa holder. We also understand that applying for a visa to Australia, especially a temporary visa is certainly very complex. It is even harder during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Our visa specialists at ONE derland Consulting will help you assess your visa options. We have a 98% success rate and one of the most highly recommended migration agents in Australia. Read our 4.9* score customer reviews.

We are the complex visa specialists. As registered Australian migration agents with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).

We are regulated in our professional practice and bound by the profession’s Code of Conduct issued by the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

Take the first leap and get in touch with us. Our migration agents are professional, honest and our team members are able to speak various languages such as Mandarin/ Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Arabic, Japanese, Polish, German and Russian. Contact us through email at [email protected] or via phone on 1300 827 159. Alternatively, you may book your consultation online and it is 100% refundable if you become our client.

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