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Virginia expands criteria for small business loans to help more businesses | Local News

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A new grant program to help struggling small Virginia businesses is expanding its criteria in an effort to help more small businesses.

Virginia launched the program called Rebuild VA last month to provide grants to small businesses that may not have had access to money from previous federal coronavirus relief programs.

However, the state is now allowing businesses that received loans through the Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster loans or other funding from the federal CARES Act to apply.

“When we initially launched Rebuild VA, we focused on reaching the small businesses and nonprofit organizations most in need,” Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement. “I am deeply grateful for the work of our state agencies to swiftly adjust the parameters of this program so we can assist more Virginia businesses as they weather this health crisis and build back stronger.”

Virginia is planning to give $70 million

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SBS Language | Major COVID-19 visa concessions: Australia amends criteria for skilled regional and post-study work visas

The Australian government has introduced significant legislative amendments to its Migration Regulations that will come into effect on 19 September 2020.

As per a statement issued by the Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge, the ‘COVID-19 Concessions’ are being introduced to limit the impact of the pandemic on visa holders stranded outside the country.


  • Australia introduces major COVID-19 visa concessions for certain temporary and provisional visa holders
  • The COVID-19 concession period commences from 1 February 2020 and is an interim arrangement
  • Major amendments have been made to Temporary Graduate (485) and Skilled Regional visas (887)

The amendments coined as the ‘COVID-19 concessions’ have been brought in to allow individuals to continue on their visa pathway if they have been disadvantaged by “COVID-19 border closures, business restrictions or the economic downturn.”

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“The Migration Amendment (COVID-19 Concessions) Regulations 2020 (the COVID-19 Concessions Regulations) amend the Migration Regulations 1994 

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