As Australia and the rest of the world is dealing with the many waves of the COVID-19, Australia’s borders mostly remain closed unless there’s a travel exemption granted. This travel exemption is applicable for anyone wanting to either enter Australia or Australian citizens or Permanent Residents wanting to depart Australia. Below is a list of category, people falling in any of these categories are already exempted, hence are not required to apply for an exemption.
People already exempted:
Anyone who falls under the aforementioned category are not required to apply for any exemption for either traveling to or out of Australia. However, if your personal circumstances don’t match any of the above groups then you need to make the most persuasive application to be granted an exemption.
Exemptions for travelling to Australia
The travel exemption applications are made to the Australian Border Force (ABF) Commissioner. Before you can travel to Australia you first need to make sure that you have been granted an exemption.
While you are travelling, you may also be required to quarantine for 14 days after you have reached Australia. Since you have to bear the quarantining costs yourself, it is recommended that you look into the estimated costs of quarantining before you make the travelling decision. The quarantining contribution fee may differ depending on which state or territory you are travelling to.
As mentioned above, immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents don’t need any exemptions. According to the Australian Border Force, the immediate family members include spouse, de facto partner, dependent child, legal guardian.
Individuals who are legally married are classified as spouses. However, for individuals who classify as de facto partners they need to prove that they have been living together for at least 12 months. In case they haven’t met this condition, they can still request an exemption based on the documents that prove a registered relationship or that prove compelling and compassionate circumstances.
The following visa holders are not required to apply for an exemption, since they are already exempted:
However, it should be noted that visa holders of Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300) are required to apply for travel exemption.
The reasoning that are accepted by the Australian Border Force (ABF) Commissioner for travel exemption are as follow:
Exemptions for travelling from Australia
Depending on the residency status of the individuals, the travel exemption requirement will vary. Therefore the travel exemption for different categories of resident are listed below.
Compassionate and Compelling Grounds
When applying for an exemption, apart from the specified reasonings, the exemptions are also granted based on any reasoning deemed to be compassionate and compelling. As previously mentioned, compassionate and compelling reasoning may include but are not limited to death and ailment of people close to the applicant.
After lodging the travel exemption application it’s within the discretion of the relevant authorities to determine if your reasoning is indeed compassionate and compelling. Therefore, it is always recommended that you provide all the necessary and relevant documents required to strengthen your application, so that your application has a higher chance of success.
Exemption Application Refusal
If your application has previously been refused then you can make another application, but do make sure that you are including all the relevant documents while applying. If a couple of your applications has been denied, then you also have the option of appealing the decision of refusal in court. For that we would recommend that you seek legal and professional advice.
At Path Migration, we have handled numerous exemption applications. We have a team of immigration lawyers, with years of experience who are specialists in the field. If you would like to get an assessment of your situation and the best possible course of action for you, please don’t hesitate to consult us or directly email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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