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Starick Information Event

Last week, Sophie Manera (Partner), Briony Chen (lawyer) and Alexia Avdoulas (law clerk) of the Migration Team at TANG LAW had the opportunity to present at an information event at STARICK. STARICK is a not-for-profit organisation that supports women and children escaping family and domestic violence.

Tang Law would like to extend our appreciation to all the staff in attendance for the great engagement during our presentation addressing visa options for women who are victims and/or survivors of family and domestic violence. The open discussion highlighted many common concerns:

  • Eligibility for a partner visa
  • Special provisions relating to family and domestic violence.
  • How to prove family and domestic violence to the Department of Home Affairs?
  • What happens with a visa or visa application if there is a relationship breakdown?
  • The common myth that a partner/sponsor can enforce a threat to cancel an applicant’s visa or visa application.
  • Other visa options for women including work or study visas based on skill and/or qualifications, or a contributory parent visa.
  • Available resources in the community.

It was also great to hear from members of the ‘Red Cross Financial Assistance Program’ presenting on a new program working to assist all people with temporary visa holders or those with uncertain visa status, experiencing family and domestic violence in need of financial support.

  • (from left to right: Starick CEO – Leanne Barron, Tang Law Partner – Sophie Manera, Tang Law Lawyer – Briony Chen)

Please contact these organisations directly if you are seeking assistance for family and domestic violence matters, or financial assistance as a temporary visa holder/uncertain visa status.

TANG LAW has significant experience in preparing and lodging visa applications. Give us a call today if you would like to know more about your most suitable visa pathway.

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Department of Home Affairs Doubled Number of Occupations on Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List

Last Tuesday, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Aff​airs announced the inclusion of 22 additional skilled professions on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL), expanding the list to 41 occupations.

The Migration Team at Tang Law are pleased to see the continued development of the PMSOL, and recognition of the support of critical sector workers in Australia’s COVID economic recovery efforts.

Now among those in line to fast-track their visa applications are IT and Software specialists, Accountants and Auditors, and Chefs.

Contact Tang Law if you would like to know more about your visa options.

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More Visa Options for Tourism and Hospitality Workers

Due to Australia’s current international border closure hospitality and tourism businesses, who usually rely heavily on temporary workers such as working holiday makers, have struggled to find workers to fill positions.

The Australian Government will now provide more support for Australia’s tourism and hospitality sectors by providing more visa flexibility to temporary migrants in Australia.

International students working in the tourism and hospitality sector will be given unlimited work rights. A 40-hour fortnightly limit previously applied during study periods.

Furthermore, temporary visa holders working in, or with job offers in, tourism and hospitality will be able to apply for the Subclass 408 COVID-19 visa, and will be able to remain in Australia for up to an additional 12 months.

Please contact the migration team at Tang Law if you would like to know more.


About Writer

Sophie Manera is a Partner and Registered Migration Agent at Tang Law. She practices exclusively in immigration law. She is also the Vice-President of the Migration Institute of Australia’s Western Australia State Committee.

Sophie represents visa applicants, sponsors and businesses in lodging applications, attending to complex migration matters, making submissions to the Department of Home Affairs, and representing applicants in the tribunals and courts.

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Veterinarians Added to Department of Home Affairs’ Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List

The Migration Team at Tang Law are pleased to hear of the proposed addition of veterinarians to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).

We understand there is substantial demand for skilled veterinarians nationally, and the Australian labour market is unable to fill these gaps.

Tang Law has substantial experience in assisting veterinarians and employers with finding suitable visa options.

We look forward to the Australian government adding this occupation to the PMSOL.


About Writer

Sophie Manera is a Partner and Registered Migration Agent at Tang Law. She practices exclusively in immigration law. She is also the Vice-President of the Migration Institute of Australia’s Western Australia State Committee.

Sophie represents visa applicants, sponsors and businesses in lodging applications, attending to complex migration matters, making submissions to the Department of Home Affairs, and representing applicants in the tribunals and courts.

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Federal Budget - Migration Planning Update

Australia Federal Budget 2020/21 – Migration Program Updates

Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the number of net overseas migration has been significantly affected in Australia. While net overseas migration was planned to be 271,300 this year, it is now expected to fall to just 35,000 in 2020-2021.

The Government is well aware of the positive impact which migration has on the Australian economy. The government has sought to address the impact which COVID-19 has had on the Australian economy by making some changes to the Australian Migration Program and Planning Levels. Below is a summary of the main factors that have been addressed in relation to Australian migration and the 2020 budget:

2020-2021 Migration Program Levels

The current cap of 160,000 will stay in place. However, there will be a focus on family stream visas with an increase from 47,732 places to 77,300. This will be applicable for the 2020-21 migration program only and can be expected to return to the lower cap next migration program.

Onshore visa applications and partner visa applicants whose sponsors live in designated reginal areas of Australia will be prioritised by the Department for the 2020-21 migration program.

The Employer Sponsored, Global Talent, and Business Innovation and Investment Program will have priority placed on the skilled streams for this year migration program.

Further information can be found at: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/migration-program-planning-levels

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