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Novel corona virus and Australian visas – Stay safe in Australia: ways to extend your current VISA, ask us.

As is apparent by the “press release” of the Australian Government through the department of Home Affairs

Novel corona virus – the Corona virus – is a particularly dangerous issue.

It is not surprising that my law firm has been flooded with calls from concerned clients and their family members regarding how they can protect themselves and the ones they love.

In this post I will speak about the threat and the Department’s response and will reach out to people on short term Australia Visas wishing to remain safely and legally in Australia while the virus is raging overseas (you may also be interested to know I am currently running a “version” of argument at the AAT).

For those of you who don’t know me or my firm please read this review – as can be seen I am an Australian Immigration Lawyer with over 20 years experience in fighting and winning difficult migration cases – many to do with health matters and finding innovative interpretations of the Australian Visa law.

As can be seen from the response of the department:

Travel Restrictions – effective immediately

  • The Australian Government has announced that as of 1 February 2020, all travellers arriving from any part of mainland China, regardless of nationality, will be subject to enhanced border control measures to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the Australian community.
  • Australia will deny entry to anyone who has left or transited mainland China from 1 February, with the exception of:
    • Australian citizens
    • permanent residents
    • immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents including spouses, minor dependents and legal guardians
  • Limited exemptions also exist for airline and maritime crew, where they have taken appropriate precautionary measures.
  • Apart from the agreed exceptions, all other foreign nationals who were in mainland China on or after 1 February will not be allowed to enter Australia until 14 days after they have left, or transited through, mainland China.
  • These enhanced public safety measures will apply to those seeking to enter Australia as well as those seeking to transit through Australia en route to another country.
  • These measures are temporary and will be reviewed.

This virus is a major public health issue, and that may give you grounds to extend your visa, however it is a complex legal proposition and may be difficult to make (and even more difficult to win) consequently to increase your chances of winning your case trust only a master migration lawyer.

So if you, your family or anyone you know is currently in Australia on a temporary visa and wishes to extend their visa while the corona virus rages overseas contact us to discuss your options. 

Remember to increase your chances of winning your case TRUST ONLY a Master Migration Lawyer and make an appointment with AR LAW Services: Master Migration Lawyer.

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