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Regulation Changes on 1 July 2000 MPS 070/2000

A new visitor visa, changes to last remaining relative sponsorships and measures to allow residency for people who spent a large part of their childhood in Australia are included in Regulation changes to take effect on 1 July.

The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Philip Ruddock said the new sponsored visitor visa would allow more family and business visitors to enter Australia, while maintaining the integrity of the immigration system. "The new category is designed for people who might otherwise not be granted a visa because of difficulties in establishing their bona fides," Mr Ruddock said.

"The visa would enable them to provide stronger evidence by having an Australian give undertakings that the visitor will abide by their visa conditions and leave when it is time to do so.

"A security bond of up to $10,000 may also be involved. If a visitor doesn't abide by visa conditions the sponsor won't be able to lodge further sponsorships under this class for five years as well as forfeiting any bond," Mr Ruddock.

Other changes include:

Limits on sponsorships of applicants for remaining relative visas (subclasses 115 and 835). A visa will not be granted if the sponsor has previously sponsored someone granted a visa as a remaining relative, or if that sponsor was granted a visa as a remaining relative.

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Amendments to the former resident subclass which will provide for the return of two groups of people:

Those who spent at least 9 of their first 18 years in Australia as permanent ❍

residents (with a newly-introduced upper age limit of 44); Former service personnel who, prior to 1981, completed at least 3 months continuous service or who had been discharged before completing 3 months continuous service on medical grounds arising from their service. This is a new category and there is no age limit.

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Different conditions for Working Holiday Visas, which can only be granted to citizens of countries with which Australia has a working holiday agreement (the UK, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malta and Germany). Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old and will not have to meet a benefit test.

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They must travel to Australia within 12 months of getting a visa and they can stay for 12 months from their entry date. Applicants can travel into and out of Australia, but time spent out of Australia cannot be recovered. Applications for Working Holiday visas cannot be lodged in Australia.

30 June 2000 Media Contact: Steve Ingram 0419 278 715

Further information on these changes is available from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs on its Client Information Sheet series on the Immigration Inquiry Line 131 881 or on the Internet at www.immi.gov.au/clients/.

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