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ImmigrationNewsSection 48 Bar Changes

19 November 2021

From Saturday, 13 November 2021, the Australian Government allows applicants subject to a ‘section 48 bar’ to lodge a visa application from within Australia, for three skilled visa subclasses.

What is ‘section 48 bar’?

If you have had a visa cancelled or refused since last arriving in Australia and you either do not hold a visa or you hold a bridging visa you are subjected to ‘section 48 bar’. If you are ‘section 48 barred’ you are prevented from lodging most visa applications while you are in Australia (there are some very limited exceptions). This means that you would normally need to leave Australia.

Section 48 bar has been lifted for onshore applicants applying for the following three skilled visa subclasses:

◼️ Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)
◼️ Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
◼️ Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional visa (subclass 494).

The legislative change will mean section 48 will no longer be a barrier to these onshore skilled migrants applying for one of the visas subclasses mentioned above.

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