SBS Language | Visa holders ‘exempt by policy’ can take up spots under Australia’s international arrival caps, confirms ABF
The Australian Border Force commissioner’s confirmation to the Senate committee means there is no guarantee that the additional 1,600 spots added to the weekly cap on international arrivals will only be allocated to Australian citizens and permanent residents stranded overseas.
This means they can in fact also be taken up by holders of Business Innovation and Investment visa (Subclass 188) – who now fall into the ‘exempt category’, as a result of a policy change that started to reflect on the Department of Home Affairs website on 19 September, earlier this month.
- Visa holders ‘exempt by policy’ can take up spots under the cap on international arrivals, confirms ABF
- Business (subclass 188) visa holders no longer need to apply for individual travel exemptions
- 25% of people sent into hotel quarantine were non-Australian citizens or non-residents
Responding to a question raised by Labor frontbencher Kristina Keneally during a public hearing