Visa previously refused and under an appeal? section 48 bar now expanded

Were you or someone you know, had a visa refusal? s48 barred? Are you on an appeal? As at the the 13 November 2021, Immigration will now expand onshore applications to include new visa streams.

Currently, if your last visa was refused onshore Australia, you can appeal against the decision. However, your options for applying for further visas whilst in Australia is limited. Your only option was to apply for permission to travel and lodge an application offshore. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, this is a bit tricky.  This is because there are only a limited number of people that can travel back to Australia. For those that do not fall in this category, you may be stuck overseas for an unpredictable amount of time.

As at the 13 Nov 2021, immigration will now allow visa applicants who were previously s48 barred, to now apply for subclass 491, 190 and 494 onshore. This means that if you had a visa refused before and still on a bridging visa in Australia, you can now apply for other visas without leaving Australia.  These visas include the state or territory sponsorship subclass 491, 190 or the employer-sponsored 494 visa. Note that sponsorship by the state/territory or an approved employer sponsor must be in place.

Not sure how to do the paperwork? Want to do it right? Call us and we can show you how to do it or we can do it for you.