Selected Legislation Changes - July 2019

Change Detail Effective as of
VAC Increase

Migration Amendment (Visa Application Charges) Regulations 2019:

To make changes to visa application charges (VACs) for certain visas.

1 July 2019
AAT fee increase

Increased AAT application fee in the Migration and Refugee division  from $1764 to $1787 from 1 July 2019.

The Gazette also increases the filing fees for the AAT General Division, Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court and the High Court from 1 July 2019.

 1 July 2019
870 Temporary Parent visa arrangements

Migration (LIN 19/185: Arrangements for Family (Temporary) (Class GH) Visa) Instrument 2019:

Specifies an application form, and time limits for making an 870 visa application

1 July 2019
Bridding visa applications

Migration (LIN 19/186: Arrangements for Applications for Bridging Visas) Instrument 2019:

The purpose of this instrument is to include the internet application form, Form 1502 (Internet), as an application for a Bridging A (Class WA) visa, Bridging C (Class WC) visa and Bridging E (Class WE) visa. This ensures visa applicants lawfully stay in Australia if they have been permitted to apply for a Temporary Sponsored Parent visa in Australia.

 1 July 2019
462 Arrangements

Migration (LIN 19/184: Arrangements for Work and Holiday Visa Applications) Instrument 2019:

-  adds Ecuador and Greece to 462 program
- exempts Austrian, Portuguese and Spanish applicants from providing evidence of government support for the grant of their visa

1 July 2019
417 Arrangements

Migration (LIN 19/183: Arrangements for Working Holiday Visa Applications) Instrument 2019:

to increase the eligible age for French applicants for the Subclass 417 (Working Holiday) visa to the maximum of 35

1 July2019
Places and currencies for paying fees

Migration (LIN 19/042: Places and Currencies for Paying of Fees) Instrument 2019:

Migration (LIN 19/041: Payment of Visa Application Charges and Fees in Foreign Currencies) Instrument 2019:

1 July 2019
Strengthening the chracter test

Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019 

To create an additional discretionary, objective ground for visa refusal or cancellation under the character framework in section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 where a person has been convicted of a serious violent crime, regardless of the length of sentence that has been imposed

Streamlining visa processing

Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill 2019

To streamline the visa application process by requiring the provision of a biometric at the time of application lodgement, rather than after a written request.

Repairing medical transfers

Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019

To repeal the amendments made to the Migration Act 1958 by Schedule 6 to the Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2019 and extend existing return and removal mechanisms to transitory persons brought to Australia from a regional processing country under s198C of the Migration Act 1958.

Regional processing cohort

Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2019

To prevent any unauthorised maritime arrival taken to a regional processing country after 19 July 2013 from ever settling in Australia.

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