Newsletter 83 - Vision Overseas Group

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Afghan-Australian community and settlement support program

The Government has provided $4 million to 20 Afghan-Australian community groups and community-based organisations to support the critical settlement and integration needs of recently arrived members of our Afghan community.​

Projects that have received funding in this first round provide support across family settlement, women’s safety, health and wellbeing, sport and recreation, and community education. All of these are crucial to supporting individuals to settle successfully into life in Australia.

Further information on the program, including successful recipients and details on the second round of funding, is available on the AACASS website:​

Victoria Program Review Update
ROI Selection Data as at 4 March 2022  

Outstanding talent selections as at 4 March 2022 

These selections were made based on the applicant’s outstanding talent. Information on the ROI points is not included as points were not a factor in the selection decision. 

Points-based selections as at 4 March 2022 

These selections were made after all outstanding talent selections were made. Detail information on the program can be view here

Migration Queensland Update

You must live and work within one of the following post codes to be eligible for the 491 Regional visa:

40194022, 4025, 4037, 4074, 40764078, 41244125, 4133, 41834184, 42074275, 42804287, 43004301, 43034498, 45074512, 45144519, 4521, 45504575, 45804895.

If you were granted a 491 visa prior to 19 November 2019, the Gold Coast is not an eligible region. To find other visa options that suit your circumstances, use the Department of Home Affairs Visa Finder.

RDA Far South Coast Update

As nominations are extremely limited at this time, prior to submitting your application, you MUST check that you are still able to apply for your skill in the nominating region. You can do this by filling in and emailing the Skill Availability form.

This template will request your name and skill only. Do not submit anything else. This is NOT an Expression of Interest process. It is to ensure that particular skills are not oversubscribed and that, when you apply, nominations in your skill area are still available. 

If your skill is still available, you will receive an email with an Interim Reference Number (IRN). Within 48 hours of receiving this IRN, you must submit your application, including this Interim Reference Number in the Subject heading of your application email. The Interim Reference Number expires after 48 hours and, should you submit after that time, your application will be ineligible. 

Working Holidays – Subclass 417 and 462

WHM holders who were in Australia on 20 March 2020 can makes an application in Australia on or before 31 December 2022 for another WHM visa.

Applications for further WHM visas can also be made without a valid passport to allow those who have been unable to renew passports due to the pandemic to make an application, however a valid passport is required for grant of the visa.

ACT Invitation Round

ACT Invitation Round took place on 8 March 2022 invitations were issued as follows: 

Canberra residents 

Matrix nominating Small Business Owners 

·         190 nominations: 1 invitation  (100  points) 

·         491 nominations: 1 invitation (70  points) 

Matrix nominating 457 / 482 visa holders 

·         190 nomination: 1 invitation 

·         491 nomination: 0 invitation 

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations 

·         190 nomination: 11 invitations  

·         491 nomination: 26 invitations 

Overseas applicants 

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations: 

·         190 nomination: 5 invitations 

·         491 nomination: 34 invitations 

Student Subclass 500, Child Visas Subclass 445 and Resident return visas Subclass 155/157

Conditions 8104 and 8105 

It amends these conditions to permit Student visa holders and their dependents to work full time before the students’ course commences where they had permission to work on their previous visas. 

Child Subclass 445 visas

It amends the Regulations to allow Subclass 445 visa applicants to be granted this visa even if they are not in the same location as when the application was made.

Resident Return Visas 

It enables Subclass 155 and 157 visa applicants outside Australia to make an application in Australia, regardless of whether it is an internet or paper application. It also enables Subclass 155 and 157 visa applicants who lodged their visa application outside Australia to be granted the visa while they are in Australia, rather than requiring them to be outside Australia at the time of grant.

Australian Agricultural Worker and other Subclass 403 visas

The Australian Agricultural Worker stream visa opens for applications on 5 March 2022.

An application for a visa in any of the following streams must be made using Form 1403 (Internet):

  • Australian Agricultural Worker
  • Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular)
  • Pacific Labour Scheme
  • Seasonal Worker Program

A primary or combined application for a visa in any of the following streams be made using Form 1403 (Internet):

  • Foreign Government Agency
  • Government Agreement
  • Privileges and Immunities

or, if a written notice has been received, using Form 1403 in accordance with instructions in that notice.

Applications for any other streams must be made using Form 1481 (Internet), or if a written notice has been received, using Form 1481 in accordance with instructions in that notice.