Australia’s vaccine strategy

Not knowing how enormous the effects would be, Australia closed its border on 20 March 2020. Nearly a year later, we are very much aware of the effects of Australia’s border closures. We are waiting in anticipation for notifications from the government, that will provide us with clarity and perspectives on lifting the border restrictions. Australia’s vaccine rollout could mean that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

The current situation

Australia’s very strict approach to the pandemic is the reason why the number of Corona cases in the country is comparatively low. As of March 13th, 2021, Australia reported a total of 29,112 registered corona cases. This includes 909 people who died from the virus.

Australia’s national vaccine rollout strategy

Australia´s population will be vaccinated in 5 phases. Phase 1A is currently under way. In this phase 1.4 million doses are available, to vaccinate health care workers as well as quarantine- and border workers. The image below provides an overview of the rollout strategy:


Expectations on lifting the border restrictions and visa procedures

If everything goes as planned, all Australian´s (who wish to be vaccinated) could have had their first dose of the vaccine by October 2021. The airline company Qantas has indicated that they are planning to resume regular international flights starting October 31st, 2021. This is in line with the expected timeframe for Australia’s vaccine rollout to be effectively completed.

Our visa consultants have been (virtually) present at information sessions, organised by the Department of Home Affairs and various Australian states and territories on March 12th. During these meetings, the assumption was made that the immigration budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year will be finalized in May 2021. Following that, the budget for nomination places will be allocated to Australian states and territories, whereupon the new visa year beginning July 1 will hopefully again provide options for overseas candidates.

Would you like to find out about your personal visa options? To do so, please fill out the free and non-binding visa check. Based on the information you provide, we will assess your visa options.

Source vaccination rollout strategy:

Bron restart flights Qantas: 

Travel conditions Canada

Are you planning to travel to Canada to activate your work permit? That is only an option if you meet the following conditions:

  1. You will be landing on one of the following airports: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto Pearson or Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau;
  2. You plan to be working in a crucial sector. An overview of all crucial occupations can be found here. Furthermore, your Canadian employer provides you with a letter which you can show upon arrival in Canada. This letter (if possible, printed on official letter head) describes the company, your occupations and duties and the reason why your skills are required;
  3. Upon arrival you present your quarantine-plan, wherein you describe where and how you will be spending 14 days in quarantine after arrival in Canada;
  4. You must download the ‘ArriveCan-app’ and fill out the required details. This app will ask for your health, arrival and flight number and asks you if you’ve thought about a quarantine-plan. Upon arrival at one of the four airports you can verify your information with the so called ‘tokens’ which are hanging at the airport. Download de ArriveCan-app for Android and IOS.

Do you meet all the additional requirements above? Don’t forget about the standard requirements: upon arrival you need your passport,  you visa application approval, evidence that you have sufficient funds (at least CAD 2,500.-) and evidence of health insurance. Please contact us if you have any questions about travelling to Canada.

Canadian office currently not accessible by phone

Due to the measures with regards to COVID-19, our Canadian office is currently closed. Therefore, we cannot be reaced by phone at the moment. All personal appointments will be take place through video calls (Skype). If this is not an option, appointments will be rescheduled. If you have an appointment with one of our visa consultants in Canada, they will inform you personally about the options.

If you have any questions regarding your visa application or travel restrictions, please send an e-mail to your direct contact. If you don’t have a direct contact or for general enquiries, you can send an e-mail to:

COVID-19 Update Australia

Australia closes the borders

Update: 20-03-2020

Australia is now banning all non-citizens and non-residents from entering the country. The travel ban is in force from of Friday 20 March, 9 pm. Australians, Australian permanent residents and their direct family members and New Zealand citizens resident in Australia will be allowed to return to Australia from overseas, but must self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry.

Measures will continously be reviewed. We will keep our website up-to-date.

Changes to Australia’s occupation list

Changes have been made to the occupation list on Monday 11 March 2019,  Especially the sports- and arts sector will be stimulated by these changes.

In total, 36 occupations have been added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Eight of these occupations belong to the sports- and arts sector.

The following occupations are added to the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List:

  1. Artistic Director
  2. Arts administrator or manager
  3. Enviromental manager
  4. Dancer or choreographer
  5. Music director
  6. Musician (instrumental)
  7. Artistic director
  8. Statistician
  9. Economist
  10. Mining engineer
  11. Petroleum engineer
  12. Engineering professionals (nec)
  13. Chemist
  14. Food technologist
  15. Environmental consultant
  16. Environmental research scientist
  17. Environmental scientist (nec)
  18. Geophysicist
  19. Hydrogeologist
  20. Life scientist (general)
  21. Biochemist
  22. Biotechnologist
  23. Botanist
  24. Marine biologist
  25. Microbiologist
  26. Zoologist
  27. Life scientist (nec)
  28. Conservator
  29. Metallurgist
  30. Meteorologist
  31. Natural and physical science professionals (nec)
  32. University lecturer
  33. Software and applications programmers (nec)
  34. Horse trainer
  35. Tennis coach
  36. Footballer

Are you educated or working in one of the occupations mentioned above? Then your chances to apply for a visa for Australia might significantly increase.

Do you wish to receive a free and non-binding assessment of your eligibility? Please fill out the online visa check.


Australian Capital Territory nomination program reopened

Australian Capital Territory
nomination program reopened

Over the last few months, the Australian Capital Territory took its time to review the Skilled Nominated (190) visa nomination program. On 29 November 2018, the nomination program was reopened to all applications with a new system for determining nominated applicants.

The new nomination process

From of 29 November 2018, the nomination process is a two-stage process. Herein clients firstly need to formally express their interest in applying for nomination by the Australian Capital Territory. Candidates now need to complete a score-based ‘Canberra Matrix’. In this matrix, points are allocated against economic contribution or benefit and their genuine commitment to be a part of the Australian Capital Territory community.

The highest raked candidates will be selected and invited to apply for nomination. Scores of 20 points and above will be ranked.

Australian Capital Territory occupation list

Besides the new nomination process, a new occupation list has come to effect as well.

Do you wish for a free and non-binding assessment of your visa options for Australia? Please fill out our online visa check.




Canada increases its immigration targets

The Canadian immigration service (IRCC) has announced its new immigration targets for the next 3 years. This shows a clear increase in the number of available submissions within the economic emigration streams. Concluding, more people have a better chance for a permanent visa through these programs!

Do you wish to receive a free and non-binding advise on your visa eligibility? Send us your resumé!

The Canadian immigration programs can be divided into different categories: 1) the economic programs, 2) the family programs, 3) visas for refugees and protected persons, and finally 4) applications based on humanitarian grounds. Visa4you can assist with visa applications within the first two categories, which together claim about 84% of all permanent visa applications.

The growth of the immigration targets is largest within the Skilled Worker stream and the Provincial Nomination Programs, which respectively have been awarded 18.5% and 29.6% more places for the years 2020 and 2021.

Increase of maximum age Australian Working Holiday for Canadian and Irish citizens

Maximum age Working Holiday visa Australia
increased to 35 years of age

From 1 November 2018, the maximum age of 30 years has been increased for Canadian and Irish citizens. From now on Canadian and Irish citizens will be eligible to apply for a Working Holiday visa up to and including 35 years of age. This is an increase of the current maximum age of 30 years. For all other eligible countries, the maximum age remains 30 years.

What is a Working Holiday visa

A Working Holiday visa offers young people an option to go to Australia for a holiday and work. This visa lets you stay in Australia for up to twelve months and encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.

What lets this visa you do

As stated, this visa allows you to stay in Australia for up to twelve months. During this period you are eligible to work. In most cases, you are allowed to work with an employer for up to six months. Thereby, you can study up to four months.

This visa offers you a unique chance to explore the country and it’s labour.

Would you like to find out whether you are eligible to apply for a Working Holiday visa? Please refer to the following page, or send us an email.


Global liveability index 2018

3 Australian and 3 Canadian cities in the top 10

Global livability index 2018

Each year, ‘The Economist Intelligence United’ publishes the global livability index of cities all over the world. This year also!

The 2018 report shows that not only Australia but Canada as well, both are listed in the top 10 with three cities each. For the first time, Vienna, Austria became first with a score of 99.1/100.

Top 10 – Global livability index 2018

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Melbourne, Australia
  3. Osaka, Japan
  4. Calgary, Canada
  5. Sydney, Australia
  6. Vancouver, Canada
  7. Toronto, Canada
  8. Tokio, Japan
  9. Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Adelaide, Australia


Cities have been assessed and rated on over 30 aspects. Hereby you could think of stability, healthcare, culture and milieu, but education and infrastructure as well. This year, many cities have notified improvements in the ranking as a result of increasing stability in most regions. Thereby cities that appear at the top of the list, seems to have a link. The cities that score the highest are mostly medium-sized cities in wealthy countries.

Six out of ten cities are located in Australia and Canada, with a respective population density of 3,2 and 4 people per square kilometre.

Global Liveability Index 2018