Introduced on April 1. This bill extends the repeal date of the government’s temporary powers relating to visa rule variations in response to the covid-19 outbreak by 2 years until May 2023. It also extends the maximum duration of a suspension in the ability of certain offshore persons to make temporary entry class visa applications from 3 months to 6 months. First reading on April 8 and referred to the Education and Workforce Committee and to be reported back by April 29. Opposed by National and ACT who objected to the very short time frame for submissions and consideration by the select committee. Reported back from select committee on April 28. with no major changes. Second reading May 4 and third reading May 6 opposed by National and ACT.
Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Bill