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1st December (➡15th): International Borders Reopening to Skilled Migrants, Students and many more!

🔥 BREAKING NEWS - Immigration has just been announced that after 2 long years of international border closures, Australia is reopening its borders to almost everyone!


[13 December UPDATE] Scott Morrison has confirmed that Australia will reopen its borders as planned on the 15 Dec 2021 (originally scheduled for 01 Dec 2021).

[27 November UPDATE] Effective immediately, Australia will pause the easing of borders until 15 Dec 2021 (originally scheduled for 01 Dec 2021) while the government evaluates the impact of the Omicron variant of COVID. 🟢🔵 What does this delay mean for you? Our migration experts recommend proceeding with caution, and not to leave Australia until further confirmation on the border re-opening. (You do not want to be stuck outside Australia, unable to return!)



[13 December UPDATE] Scott Morrison has confirmed that Australia will reopen its borders as planned on the 15 Dec 2021 (originally scheduled for 01 Dec 2021).

What this means:

  1. The following types of visa applications will now begin processing

  2. Eligible visa holders will now be able to leave Australia AND return without first getting a travel exemption

In other words, you can now apply for these visas and expect for it to be processed. If you’re already in Australia holding one of these visas, you’re free to leave Australia to visit family, go on holidays...AND come back to Australia!

Please note: Currently, you may ONLY arrive in Australia in ACT, NSW or VIC without quarantining. Apart from visa requirements, you have to ensure you meet additional requirements:


This news is applicable to both:

  1. Those who currently hold one of the visas from these eligible subclasses (both in Australia and overseas), AND

  2. Those who are currently overseas and want to apply for these eligible temporary visas.

You must also be fully vaccinated.

➡ Here's the full list of eligible temporary visas (last updated: 22 Nov 2021):

  • Subclass 200 – Refugee visa

  • Subclass 201 – In-country Special Humanitarian visa

  • Subclass 202 – Global Special Humanitarian visa

  • Subclass 203 – Emergency Rescue visa

  • Subclass 204 – Woman at Risk visa

  • Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage visa

  • Subclass 400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa

  • Subclass 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream)

  • Subclass 407 – Training visa

  • Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity visa

  • Subclass 417 – Working Holiday visa

  • Subclass 449 – Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa

  • Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) visa

  • Subclass 461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa

  • Subclass 462 – Work and Holiday visa

  • Subclass 476 – Skilled – Recognised Graduate visa

  • Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa

  • Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate visa

  • Subclass 489 – Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa

  • Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa

  • Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa

  • Subclass 500 – Student visa

  • Subclass 580 – Student Guardian visa (closed to new applicants)

  • Subclass 590 – Student Guardian visa

  • Subclass 785 – Temporary Protection visa

  • Subclass 790 – Safe Haven Enterprise visa

  • Subclass 870 – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

  • Subclass 988 – Maritime Crew visa

What happens if your visa is not on the list?

  • Notably, tourists (Subclass 600 Visitor visa holders) are still not able to come to Australia without a travel exemption

  • Immigration adds that additional visa subclasses may be added over time.

Are There Any Other Requirements?

Due to COVID, there are some a few other requirements for travellers coming to Australia:

1. Government’s vaccine requirements. Not all vaccines are recognised in Australia. Your parents must be vaccinated with a recognised vaccine to travel to Australia.

2. Some airlines have specific vaccination requirements. Please check with your airline.

3. Different states and territories have different quarantine and vaccination rules.


Can you book in those travel plans?

Can you come to Australia to study finally?

Is it a good time to lodge your application?

Whatever your question, our experts can help you find the best way to achieve your goals! Book in your 1-to-1 consultation now 👇




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