New Pathway to Permanent Residency in Australia for Rugby (Union & League) and Soccer Players

Earlier this month the Australian government announced a change to the skilled occupations list (a list of nominated occupations that the Australian government wants to attract to Australia) to include ‘footballer’ on the the medium to long-term list rather than the short-term list, upon which it has existed since March 2018.

This means that previously, foreign players could only be granted a two-year visa, with one opportunity for renewal for a further two years. However, as of this week (11 March ...

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No Further Stay Waivers (Visa Conditions 8503, 8534 and 8535)

A ‘No Further Stay’ condition prevents visa holders from applying for many temporary and permanent visas while they are in Australia.

Conditions include 8503, 8534 and 8535.

If one of these conditions has been attached to your visa, you cannot apply for another visa (except a protection visa or a temporary visa of a specified kind, while you are in Australia).

If you don’t have the right to remain in Australia, you must leave.

Checking your visa

If ...

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International Player Eligibility for The Qantas Wallabies

If you are a high calibre rugby player from overseas, seeking to determine your eligibility to represent Australia by playing for the Qantas Wallabies in this years’ World Cup in Japan, the time is now to perform a simple calculation.

World Rugby Regulation 8 sets out the rules for being eligible to represent a country at international level for the fifteen-a-side game. To put it simply, you must either:

  1. complete 36 consecutive months (3 years) of Residence immediately preceding ...
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