Newsletter 84 - Vision Overseas Group

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Australian Multicultural Council

​The Australian Government has announced the 17 members who will serve on the Australian Multicultural Council (AMC) for its next three-year term. 

The AMC brings together leaders from a diverse range of business and civil society backgrounds who will provide independent advice to Government on multicultural affairs and social cohesion policy and programs.

Skilled Migration Program 2021-22 update:

GSM state nomination allocations

South Australia is close to meeting its quota of 491 visas under its GSM state nomination Skilled Migration Program for 2021-22.

While Skilled & Business Migration is continuing to assess applications, the demand for state nomination will exceed the annual allocation of nomination places.

To ensure the nomination of highly skilled applicants who can best contribute to South Australia’s economic prosperity and skills needs, Skilled & Business Migration is taking the following measures:

Prioritizing the assessment of Subclass 190 applications

Prioritizing the assessment of applications for candidates with a subclass 485 visa expiry date within this 2021-22 program year

Prioritizing highly skilled onshore applicants with demonstrable work experience who are working full-time hours in their nominated occupation for a South Australian employer

Encouraging candidates seeking a subclass 491 nomination to submit Registration of Interest (ROI) applications through our Talent & Innovators Program, for consideration

Visit South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List to view the updated requirements for your occupation.  

Temporary visa settings

·         Training Subclass 407 visas – secondary SC 407 visa holders – removing the limit on working hours across ALL sectors of the economy.

·         COVID-19 Pandemic Event Subclass 408 visas – Temporary visa holders (TVH) with work rights will be able to access these visas at nil VAC for 6-12 months if they work in ANY sector of the Australian economy.

Ukraine visa support

Enquiries from Ukrainian temporary visa holders in Australia, and those waiting on a visa outcome or looking for visa options, can be directed to – Global Service Centre (In Australia)​​​

The Department is supporting Australia’s response to the escalating crisis in Ukraine and is progressing outstanding visa applications from Ukrainian nationals as a priority, across all visa categories.

The Prime Minister has also announced that automatic visa extensions for 6 months will be given to Ukrainian nationals in Australia who have a visa expiring before 30 June 2022.

Visa holders do not need to do anything to receive this extension.

Working Holidays – Subclass 417 and 462

WHM holders who were in Australia on 20 March 2020 can make 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.