Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2021

1 Title

This Act is the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2021.

2 Commencement

This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 Principal Act

This Act amends the Immigration Act 2009 (the principal Act).

Part 1 Temporary powers relating to visas

4 Section 50 amended (Conditions on resident visas)

In section 50(4E), replace “immediately after the expiry of the 12-month period that starts on the date on which the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2020 comes into force” with “at the close of 15 May 2023”.

5 Section 52 amended (Conditions on temporary entry class visas (other than those subject to restricted temporary entry instructions))

In section 52(4E), replace “immediately after the expiry of the 12-month period that starts on the date on which the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2020 comes into force” with “at the close of 15 May 2023”.

6 Section 53 amended (Conditions on temporary entry class visas subject to restricted temporary entry instructions)

In section 53(4E), replace “immediately after the expiry of the 12-month period that starts on the date on which the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2020 comes into force” with “at the close of 15 May 2023”.

7 Section 57 amended (Applications for visas)

In section 57(7), replace “immediately after the expiry of the 12-month period that starts on the date on which the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2020 comes into force” with “at the close of 15 May 2023”.

8 Section 61A amended (Grant of visas by special direction)

In section 61A(7), replace “immediately after the expiry of the 12-month period that starts on the date on which the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2020 comes into force” with “at the close of 15 May 2023”.

9 Section 78 amended (Deemed extension of temporary entry class visa expiring during epidemic)

In section 78(2B), replace “immediately after the expiry of the 12-month period that starts on the date on which the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2020 comes into force” with “at the close of 15 May 2023”.

10 Section 78A amended (Extension of temporary entry class visa by special direction)

In section 78A(7), replace “immediately after the expiry of the 12-month period that starts on the date on which the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2020 comes into force” with “at the close of 15 May 2023”.

11 Section 86 amended (Who must obtain transit visa)

In section 86(4C), replace “immediately after the expiry of the 12-month period that starts on the date on which the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2020 comes into force” with “at the close of 15 May 2023”.

12 Section 113A amended (Revocation of deemed entry permission)

In section 113A(8), replace “immediately after the expiry of the 12-month period that starts on the date on which the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2020 comes into force” with “at the close of 15 May 2023”.

13 Section 378 amended (Special directions)

In section 378(2A), replace “immediately after the expiry of the 12-month period that starts on the date on which the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2020 comes into force” with “at the close of 15 May 2023”.

14 Section 380 amended (Delegation of Minister’s powers)

In section 380(1A), replace “immediately after the expiry of the 12-month period that starts on the date on which the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2020 comes into force” with “at the close of 15 May 2023”.

15 Section 401A amended (Regulations relating to suspending ability to make applications for visas and expressions of interest)

(1)

In section 401A(5), replace “3” with “6”.

(2)

In section 401A(6), replace “3” with “6”.

(3)

In section 401A(8), replace “immediately after the expiry of the 12-month period that starts on the date on which the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2020 comes into force” with “at the close of 15 May 2023”.

16 Section 401B amended (Provisions relating to regulations made for purposes of section 401A)

In section 401B(4), replace “immediately after the expiry of the 12-month period that starts on the date on which the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2020 comes into force” with “at the close of 15 May 2023”.

Part 2 Modifications of principal Act in connection with temporary powers

17 Section 403B amended (Modifications of Act relating to COVID-19 outbreak)

In section 403B(2), replace “immediately after the expiry of the 12-month period that starts on the date on which the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2020 comes into force” with “at the close of 15 May 2023”.

Legislative history

1 April 2021

Introduction (Bill 24–1)

8 April 2021

First reading and referral to Education and Workforce Committee

28 April 2021

Reported from Education and Workforce Committee

4 May 2021

Second reading

5 May 2021

Committee of the whole House

6 May 2021

Third reading

10 May 2021

Royal assent

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.