Expected Reforms To The Australian Migration System
It is safe to say the Australian migration system is about to go through major changes in the next 3 to 6 months following the Minister of Home Affairs, Clare O’Neil’s speech at the National Press Conference and the Federal Budget.
Some of the changes are as follows;
- Skilled visa programs are being streamlined and simplified by creating a three-tiered processing system, named highly skilled, mainstream, and essential workers.
- Developing more pathways for Student Visa and Employer sponsored visa holders interested in obtaining permanent residency.
- Minimum salary requirements for Employer-Sponsored visa applicants are expected to be increased.
- Rules for student visa holders will be made stricter to ensure students are studying effectively and supporting Australia’s need for skilled workers.
The following changes will become effective from 1 July 2023.
- Rise in Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold from $53,900 to $70,000
- International students will be allowed to work up to 48 hours a fortnight
- Overseas students employed in the elderly care sector will not be required to follow the cap of working up to 48 hours a fortnight until 31 December 2023.
New Zealand Citizens Will Be Qualified For Citizenship Directly
Some Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa holders will be allowed to seek an extension for 2 extra years.
However, visa application fees charged by the Department and regular CPI increase will be raised by 6%. Plus, there would be an additional 15% for specific visitor and temporary visa subclasses, along with 40% for business innovation and investment visas.
Various enforcement and compliance activities will be carried out to keep the integrity of the Australian migration system intact.
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