The much awaited amendment to the Migration Act 1958 was made on 13 November 2021. Now, the migrants who were affected by the 'section 48 bar' can lodge a visa application from within Australia, for certain skilled visa subclasses.
Now, applicants who are in Australia and are affected by the section 48 bar can apply for these three skilled visas:
• Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)
• Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
• Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa (subclass 494)
This change has come as a relief to the skilled migrants in Australia who were unable to leave the country due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions but meet all other requirements for making a visa application.
In a normal situation, the migrants affected by section 48 bar would have left the country and applied for a new visa but Covid travel restrictions prevented them from doing so. This move has come as a huge relief to the thousands of skilled migrants.
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