In today’s blog update, we will discuss Australia’s immigration landscape in 2024.
From January 2024, the Australian government will introduce some major changes in its immigration policies. These are intended to fast-track, improve the processing of work visas, and promote local economies. Here’s a summary of the key changes you can expect:
The introduction of the Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV)
From 1 January 2024, the Australian government introduced the Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) aimed at attracting a skilled labor force from the Pacific Island States. It is a temporary visa that will be offering three thousand permanent residency spaces annually to Australian skilled demand Pacific Islanders.
Eliminating the Age limit for the Working Holiday Visa extension.
As of 31 January 2024, the age limit for working holiday visas (subclass 462) for those of eligible countries is now up to 35 years old. This is following the Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (A-UKFTA).
Deletion of the two-year age exemption for skilled regional visas.
From 1st July 2024, the two-year age exemption period for regional skilled visa (subclass 491) applicants also ends. At the time of invitation, all those applying for this visa should be below 45 years old.
Regional Visas for applicants with high income.
The Government will increase the number of regional visas available for high-income applicants on 1 July 2024. This is one of how the government seeks to lure skilled workers to the regional areas.
Amendments Relating to Skilled Migration Occupation Lists
In 2024, the Australian government will review and update SMOLs. The review will make sure that the lists are consistent with what the industry needs now.
This is a continuation of the Australian government’s efforts to overhaul the immigration system and boost the country’s economy in terms of labor, skills, and talent.
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