The Hon Alan Tudge MP, currently acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, has made a statement that the Government will hold online citizenship ceremonies via secure video link, to enable people to continue to become Australian citizens during the COVID-19 crisis. The Department of Home Affairs has commenced trialing one-on-one ceremonies for those already approved for Australian citizenship. When fully implemented, it is expected this new capability will see up to 750 people per day having their citizenship conferred. It is important to note that applications for Australian citizenship are still able to be accepted during this period, though citizenship interviews and testing have been put on hold. There are currently 85,000 people awaiting a ceremony. https://lnkd.in/gwBzY_Hhashtag#migrationlawfirm # hashtag#immigrationhashtag#australiancitizenshiphashtag#immigrationlawyer
The media release by Hon Alan Tudge MP, Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, states: There are around 139,000 temporary skilled visa holders …. They were provided the visa to fill a skills shortage … that may still be present when the crisis has passed… those visa holders who have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain their visa validity and businesses will have the opportunity to extend their visa … Businesses will also be able to reduce the hours of the visa holder without the person being in breach of their visa condition… These visa holders will also be able to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation this financial year…Those visa holders who have been laid off due to coronavirus should leave the country … if they are unable to secure a new sponsor… should a 4-year visa holder be re-employed after the coronavirus pandemic, their time already spent in Australia will count towards their permanent residency skilled work experience requirements. NOTE: this is not yet reflected in any change in legislation or regulations.
Millions of temporary visa holders have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic due to their visas expiring, loss of work, restrictions on travel to and from Australia or their home country. Although the Federal Government has announced a $130 billion package to help those struggling in Australia, temporary visa holders have missed out on this support. As a result, people on visitor visas, working holiday visas, student visas, work visas etc., may not be entitled to government welfare payments. Currently, only an Australian citizens, permanent residents, certain special category visa holders and New Zealand citizens on subclass 444 visa appear to be eligible for government payments. https://lnkd.in/fCiwQB5 hashtag#immigrationlawyer hashtag#visas hashtag#MIA hashtag#immigration