Changes Proposed To The Australian Immigration Visa conditions
Today’s blog is about the latest updates introduced to the Australian Immigration Visa conditions.
The Minister for Home Affairs has recently announced a comprehensive review of Australia’s migration system with a primary focus on skilled visas and the requirement for applicants to be fit for purpose.
Taking back the restrictions, the government has allowed student visa holders to work more than their visa conditions to address workforce shortages. Making changes to visa condition 8105 for primary visa holders and visa condition 8104 for secondary visa holders. This ease for students to work even before their course of study commences will end on 30 June 2023.
The student visa holders must comply with all other visa conditions, including maintaining the enrolment and satisfying course attendance and progress as per visa condition 8202.
Another amendment is proposed to the Working Holiday visa & Work and Holiday visa subclasses.
The rule to allow working holidaymakers (visa subclass 417 and 462) to work for more than 6 months with one employer is to end on 31 December 2022. This change to visa condition 8547 is still under review and may get extended.
So far, there’s no news on the biggest visa subclass featuring the pandemic events. The Temporary Activities visa (subclass 408), which is for events endorsed by the Australian Government, has seen no changes in the policy. This is likely to change in the future.
The Department of Home Affairs is looking forward to an interim report on 28 February 2023, focused on bringing approved recommendations through to the 2023-24 Federal Budget. This will also be a follow-through with the Jobs and Skills Summit.
Some of the speculations on the recommendations are as follows:
- Removal of occupation lists
- An increase in the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT)
- Visa routes expected to feature heavily are:
- Employer-sponsored temporary visa (subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa)
- Provisional visa (subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa)
- Permanent visa (subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa)
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