Over recent weeks there have been a number of Government announcements affecting immigration. Here’s a quick summary:
BUPA Immigration Health Examination Fee Increase
BUPA Immigration has increased the fees for the health examination. The new schedule of fees is available on the BUPA Visa Medical site by clicking here.
Scheduled Partnership Sponsorship Changes
At this stage, there is no further information regarding the changes to sponsorship arrangements for partner visas. The changes are due to commence in November 2021 and as soon as we receive an update, we will share it with our clients and followers.
Travel Exemptions for Escorting Minors
Travel exemptions may be granted to people escorting Australian citizens or permanent resident minors to travel to Australia. This is to ensure the safety and welfare of the child or children during travel.
Travel exemptions for this category are generally approved under the following circumstances:
- one guardian for each child under the age of 2 years will generally be approved
- only one guardian within the same family group for multiple children over the age of 2 years will generally be approved
- additional guardians may be considered on a case-by-case basis if medical advice and evidence is provided.
Unless exceptional circumstances apply, people escorting Australian citizens or permanent resident minors to Australia should be a relative (for example, aunt, uncle, grandparent).
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in contact with our team of friendly experts.