Australia announced in its recent budget of May 2021 that the Australian borders may finally open next year in order to bring the migrants back and speed up economic recovery. Australia is aiming to open the borders in mid-2022.
Current treasurer Josh Frydenberg, would like the migration levels to be the same as they were before the pandemic especially for skilled workers. The borders will only open though when Australia’s health experts give it the green light and only when it is safe to do so.
The borders closure has had severe impact on the immigration levels to Australia which are currently in the negative. This has then lead to an impact on Australia’s economic growth which relies on positive migration levels. Furthermore, the borders closure is affecting families, businesses and the whole economy.
Borders closure are not only affecting migrants who are not in Australia but also Australian citizens who are unable to get a flight back.
Once borders open, those with temporary visas can finally come back to Australia. We are yet to get confirmation on how the government will manage the following groups:
- Those who have valid temporary visas with a first entry date that already passed
- Those who left on a bridging visa B and were unable to return prior to the expiry travel date and now stuck overseas
If you have a temporary visa that is due to expire in 2021 and you are overseas, you can contact us to evaluate your options and apply for a new visa before the borders open to allow you to travel back to Australia.
There might be health requirements such as a requirement for vaccination or mandatory quarantine but time will tell.
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DISCLAIMER: Immigration law is complex and is subject to constant regulatory and policy change by the Australian government. The information provided above is a general guide only and does not constitute legal advice. If you require legal advice please get in touch with our office.