The Australian Government will change the restrictions for holders of Temporary Protection (subclass 785 – TPV) and Safe Haven Enterprise (subclass 790 – SHEV) visas, as well as certain permanent visa holders, initially in accordance the government’s election commitments regarding POS. and SHEVS.
The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, the Honorable Andrew Giles MP, has announced that the government will make it easier for TPV and SHEV holders to travel outside Australia.
The government has ordered the Home Office to take a broader approach to interpreting ‘compassionate and compelling circumstances’, meaning affected TPV and SHEV holders will be able to travel abroad in more circumstances .
“Under these changes, TPV and SHEV holders will still be required to apply for permission to travel to a third country, and will still not be able to travel to the country by reference to which they were found engaging obligations of protection,” said Minister Giles.
“However, the new policy will expand the circumstances under which they can travel to a third country.”
The government has pledged to use a range of visas, including family visas, to help those at risk in Afghanistan access refuge in Australia and will amend Ministerial Directive 80.
Under this change, family visa applications where the sponsor or nominator is a permanent visa holder who entered Australia as an illegal sea arrival (UMA) no longer receive the lowest processing priority in the family visa flow.
“The government is improving family reunification pathways for these permanent visa holders, many of whom have been separated from their families for more than a decade, exacerbating mental health issues and imposing great and lasting uncertainty on their lives,” said Minister Giles.
“This will help enable family reunification for the many Afghan-Australians who remain separated from immediate family members due to the current Ministerial directive.”
Australia’s position on people traveling to Australia by irregular means has not changed.
Our strong border policy architecture remains, including pushbacks and returns and regional processing. The government solves the bureaucratic burden of inherited asylum cases in a humane way.