I'm currently looking for work in France, but I'd like to know if I could actually leave Australia if I organised a work contract with a French employer. My intention is to permanently live in France. My partner is French (and in France) and I am stuck in Australia. We're not yet married and I don't hold any residency of France at this stage.
If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption. You can apply online but you must meet at least one of the following:
- your travel is as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid
- your travel is essential for the conduct of critical industries and business (including export and import industries)
- you are travelling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia
- you are travelling on urgent and unavoidable personal business
- you are travelling on compassionate or humanitarian grounds
- your travel is in the national interest.
This is surely a common issue at the moment, so I'm wondering if anyone has had some success with receiving exemptions under this situation? or has enough legal background to argue if it's possible?