International students

Students who have been here longer than 12 months will be able to access their Australian superannuation.

The Government will undertake further engagement with the international education sector who already provide some financial support for international students facing hardship, such as providing fee discounts to international students.

The Government will also be flexible in cases where Coronavirus has prevented international students meeting their visa conditions (such as not being able attend classes).

International students are able to work up to 40 hours per fortnight as usual.

International students working in aged care and as nurses have had these hours extended to support these critical sectors.

International students working in supermarkets on extended hour will have their hours will return to the maximum 40 hours a fortnight from 1 May.

Visitor visa holders

International tourists should return to their home country as quickly as possible, particularly those without family support.

(Visitor visa holders with 8503 no further stay condition can apply for a waiver request and the department has allocated additional resources, LMP Immigration has experience significant reduction in processing times)

Temporary Skilled visa holders (TSS & 457)

Consequently, 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 as per normal arrangements.  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 in line with existing visa conditions if they are unable to secure a new sponsor.  However, 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.

Working holiday makers supporting critical sectors

To support the critical sectors of heath, aged and disability care, agriculture and food processing, and childcare, some limited flexibility will be provided.

In particular, working holiday makers who are working in these critical sectors will be exempt from the six month work limitation with the one employer and eligible for a further visa to keep working in these critical sectors if their current visa is due to expire in the next six months.

In general, working holiday makers that do not have the confidence to sustain themselves over the next six months should make arrangements to leave the country.

New Zealanders on 444 visas

New Zealanders who are on 444 visas and arrived before 26 February 2001 will have access to welfare payments and the JobKeeper payment.

444 visa holders who arrived after 2001 have access to the JobKeeper payment.  Those who have lived in Australia for 10 years or more have access to JobSeeker payments for six months.

New Zealanders should consider returning to New Zealand if they are unable to support themselves through these provisions, work or family support.

Sourced from: The Hon Alan Tudge MP – Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs

LMP Immigration Office Arrangement

Our office hours are strictly limited and we are mainly working from home. We encourage all clients to remain in their homes were possible and contacting us via Email (preferred) or by Phone. Prior confirmed appointments essential for office visits and strictly limited to need basis.

We will continue with all phone, email and social media consultations and support. Face to face consultations are made on a need basis.

For more information on other updates please do visit www.lmpi.com.au or contact our Principal Lawyer Jia (Jack) Li at LMP Immigration on (02) 9086 9186 and info@lmpi.com.au.