6:54pm: The Australian Government has issued a directive to Australian citizens wishing to work in India and Malaysia who have been granted a visa to stay in Australia.
The directive states that “there are certain circumstances under which a visa may be granted to an individual” and that it is “essential to check with the relevant authorities prior to applying for a visa”.
However, a spokesperson for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says it is unclear what those circumstances are.
The department also released a list of those people who have had visas granted for employment purposes in India.
The spokesperson says “in the coming days we will make sure the Australian Government is aware of any further requests for visas”.
You can now access the visa-status of an individual who has applied for a work permit in India here.
It appears that those who have obtained a work visa have had their visa status amended to include a new section.
However, it does not appear the new section includes the specific conditions for those visas.
An Australian Government spokesperson said: “A number of conditions apply to the visa application process, such as the need to be a resident of Australia and that the applicant has resided in Australia for at least two years and is actively engaged in work.”
The Australian Government also requires that an individual has worked in Australia since the date of the application for the visa and has been employed in Australia on the relevant terms and conditions for a period of two years.
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