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SBS Language | Australia to refund visa application charge for temporary visa holders affected by COVID-19 border closure

Temporary skilled workers and visitor visa holders will now be eligible to have the visa application charge (VAC) for a subsequent visa application waived, to allow them to return to Australia once travel restrictions are lifted.

Revealing details about the measure that was announced as part of the permanent residency migration shakeup in the Federal Budget last week, Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge today said the aim is to ensure that Australia remains an attractive destination for tourists and temporary visa holders who often fill critical skills shortages where locals can’t fill vacancies.


Highlights:

  • Australia to refund visa application charge for temporary visa holders affected by COVID-19 border closure
  • Tourists, working holidaymakers, seasonal & pacific workers, prospective partners and temporary skilled workers will be eligible
  • Aim is to ensure Australia remains an attractive destination for temporary visa holders when borders reopen

Amharic News 08 October 2020

Australian Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge

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Supporting tourism

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US tightens temporary worker visa rules

Donald Trump signed an executive order on H-1B visas in April.Image copyright
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Donald Trump signed an executive order on H-1B visas in April

The US government has announced it will tighten the requirements for the popular H-1B visa.

These visas are widely used by tech firms and visa recipients are mostly Indian and Chinese.

The temporary visas are intended to allow US companies to use foreign workers to fill skills gaps.

But the Trump administration says the visa has been abused, often at the expense of American workers.

Up to 85,000 people are granted an H-1B visa each year, and about 500,000 people are currently living in the US under the visa programme.

According to US Department of Labor statistics, more than two-thirds of H-1B visa holders come from India, and more than 10% come from China.

‘Cheaper foreign labour’

The new rules, which were jointly announced by the Department of Labor and the Department of

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Trump: US tightens temporary worker visa rules

Donald Trump signed an executive order on H-1B visas in April.Image copyright
Getty Images

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Donald Trump signed an executive order on H-1B visas in April.

The US government has announced it will tighten the requirements for the popular H-1B visa.

These visas are widely used by tech firms and visa recipients are mostly Indian and Chinese.

The temporary visas are intended to allow US companies to use foreign workers to fill skills gaps.

But the Trump administration says the visa has been abused, often at the expense of American workers.

Up to 85,000 people are granted an H-1B visa each year, and about 500,000 people are currently living in the US under the visa programme.

According to US Department of Labor statistics, more than two-thirds of H-1B visa holders come from India, and more than 10% come from China.

‘Cheaper foreign labour’

The new rules, which were jointly announced by the Department of Labor and the Department of

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Judge blocks large parts of Trump’s temporary work visa ban

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday temporarily lifted a visa ban on a large number of work permits, undercutting a measure that the Trump administration says will protect American jobs in a pandemic-wracked economy.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said his ruling applied to members of organizations that sued the administration — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, National Retail Federation, TechNet, a technology industry group, and Intrax Inc., which sponsors cultural exchanges.

White, ruling in Oakland, California, said his order didn’t extend beyond those groups but noted they are comprised of “hundreds of thousands of American businesses of all sizes from a cross-section of economic sectors,” including Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc.

Paul Hughes, an attorney for the associations, said the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alone has “more than 300,000 members of all shapes and sizes across the United States.”

The injunction, which

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Judge blocks large parts of temporary work visa ban

A federal judge has temporarily lifted a visa ban on a large number of work permits, undercutting a measure that the Trump administration says will protect American jobs in a pandemic-wracked economy

SAN DIEGO — A U.S. judge on Thursday temporarily lifted a visa ban on a large number of work permits, undercutting a measure that the Trump administration says will protect American jobs in a pandemic-wracked economy.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said his ruling applied to members of organizations that sued the administration — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, National Retail Federation, TechNet, a technology industry group, and Intrax Inc., which sponsors cultural exchanges.

White, ruling in Oakland, California, said his order didn’t extend beyond those groups but noted they are comprised of “hundreds of thousands of American businesses of

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Brisk business: City of Edmonton considers extending temporary patio season

Traditional patio weather is coming to an end, but as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Edmonton bar and restaurant owners are hoping to serve customers outdoors all winter.

Earlier this year, the City of Edmonton relaxed rules for temporary patios, allowing restaurants and breweries to expand onto sidewalks and streets without paying a fee or obtaining a development permit.

Temporary patios introduced under these rules are permitted until Dec. 31, but some business owners say if given the opportunity they would keep them open through the winter.

“We’re planning on extending it until as long as we can in the winter,” said Kyla Kazeil, co-owner of The Common.

The gastropub took advantage of the city’s relaxed rules this summer by extending its patio onto the sidewalk of 109th Street. The patio is winterized, with seven heaters.

“There’s interest and appetite to explore this,” said Nick Lilley, interim executive director of the

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Apple grants Facebook’s paid online events temporary exemption from its App Store fee

Facebook introduced a new feature last month that would allow businesses to host paid online events and announced that it won’t charge any fee as a goodwill gesture to support them during the pandemic. However, Apple charged its standard 30% App Store fee for transactions made during such online events, which led to some ugly back-and-forth. Facebook even accused Apple of robbing small businesses of their hard-earned revenue and also claimed that it was blocked from telling users that Apple took a 30% fee for online events. Now, in a surprising turn of events, Apple has announced that it will grant a temporary exemption to Facebook’s paid online events.

What this means is Apple won’t take its 30% fee and 100% of the money raised by these events will go to businesses. “This is a difficult time for small businesses and creators, which is why we are not

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How COVID-19 has trapped temporary visa holders

'If you call 000 ... I will send you back to your country': how COVID-19 has trapped temporary visa holders
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At the first sign of lockdown due to COVID-19 in Australia and across the globe, there were concerns domestic and family violence would increase in prevalence and intensity. It was also feared that, at the same time, conditions would prevent women from coming forward.


We have now gathered data showing these fears were well founded.

But what of the specific situation of temporary visa holders?

Our study of 100 cases during the first Victorian lockdown has illuminated the urgent need to remove barriers to support for temporary visa holders. It has also highlighted the need for changes to Commonwealth law and policy, so perpetrators are no longer able to use migration status as a means to control and abuse women.

This propensity is captured in the quote from one of the women in our study, Aruna, whose partner threatened to send her back to her country of birth

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TikTok’s Internal Estimates Show Even A Temporary Ban Would Cripple Its Entire Business Within Months

A U.S. ban would shatter TikTok’s business around the world even if the restrictions were later lifted, the company says in a newly filed court document.

A ban that stopped TikTok from operating in the States and lasted two months would reduce the number of Americans using TikTok each day by 40% to 50%, according to the document. Those figures worsen to a 80% to 90% drop in daily active users if the ban went six months, a move that would, essentially, deliver a fatal blow to TikTok’s presence in America.

The ramifications stretch beyond the States. TikTok says American-made content accounts for as much as 60% of the videos consumed by users outside the U.S. It is hard to imagine the company being able to maintain—let alone grow—its audience beyond America with such a drastic reduction in

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SBS Language | Temporary visa holders with travel exemptions in India join Australians in queue for repatriation flights

The Prime Minister’s Office has confirmed that Mr Morrison was referring to Australian citizens and permanent residents stranded overseas, who have registered their interest with the consular offices to return home. 

But in reality, the number of people who can now return is much larger than the official figure of 24,000, as it does not take into account a significant number of temporary visa holders who have secured travel exemptions.


Highlights:

  • Temporary visa holders with travel exemptions scramble to secure flight tickets to return to Australia
  • Greens Party says the federal government must charter flights to repatriate Australians and temporary visa holders
  • “Ready and able to assist the Federal Government in the event that repatriation flights are launched,” says Qantas

‘Government has sidelined temporary visa holders throughout the pandemic’

Greens Senator Nick McKim, who has been raising the plight of visa holders, said the federal government also needs to step

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