COVID-19 concession proposals
The submission to the Department of Home Affairs in relation to possible additions or changes to the concessions provided for certain visa applicants or holders impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (COVID-19 concessions).
The Law Council welcomes recent comments from the Hon Alex Hawke MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs that there ‘will be ongoing flexibility within the migration program to respond to uncertain health, border and economic conditions arising from COVID-19’.1
The Department’s website describes COVID-19 concessions as being ‘to help [persons] continue on [their] visa pathway if [they] have been disadvantaged by COVID-19 border closures, business restrictions or the economic downturn’.2
The Law Council recommends consideration be given to a number of additional COVID-19 concessions which could be given effect by either amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth) or through policy changes.
You can read the full submission below.