Since COVID19 changed all of our lives, many holders of temporary Australian visas have found themselves in a difficult situation. Financial rescue packages such as JobSeeker and stimulus payments have strict eligibility requirements which exclude anyone who is not an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, JobKeeper is restricted mainly to citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens holding Subclass 444 visas, and strict border controls currently only allow Australian citizens and Permanent Residents to enter the country from overseas.
While of course, we hope that we never experience a situation like COVID19 again, it is best to be prepared for the future and have the security that Permanent Residence and Citizenship can offer. While right now it may seem like closing the gate after the horse has bolted, if you think you may be eligible to apply for Permanent Residence or Citizenship, now would be a good time to contact us so we can assess your options. Even if you are not eligible now, we may be able to help you put a plan in place so that you could be eligible in the future. It is important to understand that submitting an application now, unfortunately, won’t change your eligibility for the current stimulus offerings that are part of this COVID19 event, however, it will allow you to focus on a more certain and secure future.
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