Wednesday the 18th November 2015
Volume 387

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Orana closes the door on 489 sponsorship applications 
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Unfortunately due to the high demand for sponsorship Orana has said it has had enough

By Amy Kim
Migration Agent
Australian Immigration Law Services
This afternoon the Orana region of Regional Development Australia closed its doors to any further sponsorship applications.

Without warning of an impending closure, today they released the following statement via their website;

"Please be advised, as of 18/11/2015 Regional Development Australia Orana will no longer accept applications for nomination under the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) stream at the request of NSW Department of Industry.
All applications received to date, that have received a RDA reference number, will be assessed in due course.
Please do not call to check the status of your application."

It is not the first time regions have closed their doors without notice to ensure a sudden rush of applications are not received at the last minute.

It is not expected that Orana will re-open its sponsorship program until the beginning of the next financial year. For all of those who have already lodged their applications we are sure they will be processed and finalised so there is no need for concern for those who have recently applied.
Leaving Australia while holding a Bridging Visa C,D or E?
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Leaving Australia on a BVC, BVD or BVE has consequences

By Zoe He
Migration Agent
Australian Immigration Law Services
Not many people are aware that if you leave Australia whilst the holder of a Bridging Visa C,D or E a three year exclusion period will apply. This will stop you trying to re-enter Australia on another temporary residency visa. The ban does not apply to permanent residency applications however.

For example Jim leaves Australia whilst holding a Bridging Visa C and lodges a 457 application when he gets home. He receives a letter asking are their any special circumstances why he should be allowed to re-enter Australia. Jim tries to argue that his boss really needs him as he is a great cook and the customers love him. Unfortunately Jim is refused in his application and is notified of his 3 year ban which which began the day he left Australia.

The law (PIC 4014) states;

....a person is affected by a risk factor if the person left Australia as:
(a)      an unlawful non-citizen; or
(b)      the holder of a Bridging C (Class (WC)Bridging D (Class WD) or Bridging E (Class WE) visa.

In other words the government assumes you will be a future visa risk so they will not let you back so easily. If you have any compelling circumstances that affect the interests of Australia, or compassionate or compelling circumstances that affect the interests of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen, then they just might let you back in. 

And that is another story for another day. 
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