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Jay Zhang

Jay Zhang

Lawyer

Jay graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. He was admitted as a lawyer by the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2021. Prior to joining H & H Lawyers, Jay worked at an immigration law firm in Sydney and in the commercial litigation team at a national firm in China. Jay is currently assisting on various immigration and criminal matters. Jay is fluent in English and Mandarin.

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  • Lawyer, Supreme Court of NSW

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Legal News

Supporting Australia's COVID recovery through Skilled Migration

The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alex Hawke MP has today announced the inclusion of a range of skilled occupations on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). The PMSOL, first announced in September 2020, is developed in conjunction with the National Skills Commission to ensure a small number of critical occupations are filled to continue to create Australian jobs and aid in Australia's ongoing recovery from the impact of COVID-19. The addition of 22 occupations brings the PMSOL to 41 in total. Minister Hawke said the Government engaged with small, medium and large Australian employers, business leaders, and industry bodies across the economy to determine these changes. “Government has received valuable feedback from Australian business stakeholders on critical skill vacancies, which has been considered together with data from the National Skills Commission, in order to develop today's update to the Priority Migration Skilled Migration List," Minister Hawke said. “The Morrison Government will continue to support Australian businesses, including through skilled migration, as the engine room of our nation's economy." The 22 new occupations are (including ANZSCO codes): Accountant (General) (221111) Accountant (Taxation) (221113) Accountant (Management) (221112) External Auditor (221213) Internal Auditor (221214) Electrical Engineer (233311) Civil Engineer (233211) Structural Engineer (233214) Geotechnical Engineer (233212) Transport Engineer (233215) Mining Engineer (233611) Petroleum Engineer (233612) Surveyor (232212) Cartographer (232213) Other Spatial Scientist (232214) Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611) Orthotist / Prosthetist (251912) Multimedia Specialist (261211) Analyst Programmer (261311) Software and Applications Programmers (261399) ICT Security Specialist (262112) Chef (351311) Visa holders, who have been sponsored by an Australia business in a PMSOL occupation will be subject to quarantine arrangements at their own expense.Existing skilled migration occupation lists will remain active and visas will still be processed, but priority will be given to those in occupations on the PMSOL.

23 Jun 2021


Legal News

Federal Budget - Immigration related policies 2021 - 2022

This information is based on the Budget papers published at budget.gov.au 1. Migration program numbers (new announcement) The Government will maintain the 2021-22 Migration Program planning level at 160,000. Family and Skilled stream places will be maintained at their 2020-21 planning levels, with a continued focus on onshore visa applicants, including reducing the onshore Partner visa pipeline. Skilled visas - around 50% of the program dedicated to skilled visas and giving priority to highly skilled migrants in the employer sponsored, Business Innovation and Investor Program and Global Talent visa cohorts. Family visas - the number of places available will be set at 77,300 places for 2021-22. Given the proportional allocation of places to the BIIP, Global Talent and Family visas, an overall decrease in other skilled migration visa places is evident. Humanitarian Program will be maintained at 13,750 places in 2021-22. The size of the program will remain as a ceiling rather than a target. As previously noted Net Overseas Migration (NOM) is expected to fall from around 154,000 persons in 2019-20 to be around -72,000 persons by the end of 2020-21, before gradually increasing to around 201,000 persons in 2023-24. 2. Sponsored Temporary Parent visas - extension of validity period The validity period for Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas will be extended by 18 months for individuals who are unable to use their visas due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. 3. Global talent visas Over the next four years $550 million will be committed to attract talent and business from overseas. The ATO will provide fast track tax advice to foreign investors and individual tax residency rules will be simplified. Streamlining of visas will occur to target highly skilled individuals when circumstances allow, no further details of this streamlining were announced. This announcement most likely refers to the Global Talent visa services provided by the Global Talent Taskforce. 4. Temporary visa holders The Government has removed the requirement for applicants for the Subclass 408 Temporary Activity visa to demonstrate their attempts to depart Australia if they intend to undertake agricultural work. The period in which a temporary visa holder can apply for the Temporary Activity visa has also been extended from 28 days prior to visa expiry to 90 days prior to visa expiry. 5. Student visa holders The Government will provide further support to employers in the tourism and hospitality sectors to help them find workers, by temporarily allowing student visa holders to work more than 40 hours per fortnight, as long as they are employed in the tourism or hospitality sectors. 6. Pacific labour mobility Pacific workers already in Australia under the Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme had their visas extended for 12 months in April 2020 to enable continued availability of workers in regional Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic. These arrangements are confirmed to continue until April 2022. 7. Supporting migrant and refugee women Funding is being provided to improve migrant and refugee women’s safety and increase capacity for early intervention, grass-roots and social and economic inclusion support. A pilot program to support temporary visa holders experiencing family violence to explore visa options that are not reliant on their partner. 8. The Temporary Visa Holders Payment Pilot will be provided with $10.3 million from 30 June 2022 to 2023 to be administered by the Australian Red Cross. This pilot provides up to $3,000 to eligible temporary visa holders to help them cover expenses such as food, accommodation, utilities and other essentials and medical care. Extended funding will also be provided to nine Community and Women’s Legal Centres across Australia to continue to help women in this challenging situation to access legal assistance and migration support. 9. Immigration Detention - Christmas Island The Government will provide $464.7 million over two years from 2020-21 to increase the capacity of the onshore Immigration Detention Network and to extend use of the North West Point Immigration Detention Centre on Christmas Island. This measure addresses ongoing capacity pressures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic on Australia's ability to remove unlawful non-citizens from this country. 10. Adult Migrant English Program - new delivery model As previously announced the Government will introduce a new delivery model for the Adult Migrant English Program from 1 July 2023 to improve English language, employment and social cohesion outcomes for migrants by linking provider payments to student outcomes. The cap of 510 hours will be removed and migrants will be able to study until they have reached the level of 'vocational' English. 11. Other • There was no annoucement on visa application charges. • No announcements were made related to international students in the Budget.

17 Jun 2021


Firm News

Meet our new professionals!

Say hello to our new professionals Barbara Wickenden, Jae H. Lee, Jay Zhang and Benjamin Chung. We wish them success in their respective roles, and we're confident they will help us to continue delivering quality service to our valued clients.

03 Jun 2021