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Understanding The Latest Changes and Developments in Australian Visa Policies Australia Immigration

Fresh Updates on Australian Visas!

Are you a current visa holder or a future applicant? Then you must definitely read this blog because Australian immigration has brought in new changes primarily aimed at making the immigration process easier and more efficient for you.


Temporary Activity Visa (subclass 408) COVID-19 Stream

Specific holders of the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) can now enjoy a 2-year extension instead of the standard 1-year grant.

Onshore Temporary Visas

Great news for many onshore Temporary visa holders. You can now skip the health and medical exams, speeding up the application process. However, remember that there are some exceptions, depending on the applicant’s circumstances.


PR General Skilled Migration Stream Visas

Another welcoming change is that if your skills assessment has expired and you’re applying for Permanent Residency (PR) General Skilled Migration (GSM) stream visas (subclass 189, 190, and 491), you can now update it within the invitation period.

Employer Nominated Stream (ENS) Subclass 186 Transition Stream Visa

Now, if you’ve been eyeing this visa, the good news is that there is an expansion in eligibility. Occupations on the Regional Occupational List (ROL) can now apply, giving more opportunities to more people.


Skilled Independent (subclass 189) Visa NZ Stream

However, it’s not all good news. The Skilled Independent (subclass 189) Visa NZ Stream is permanently closed from 1 July 2023, so no new applications will be accepted. However, the Department of Home Affairs has stated that they will continue to process on-hand applications.


Graduate Visa Subclass 485 Post-Study Stream

An extension has been granted for the Graduate Visa Subclass 485 Post Study Stream. From 1 July 2023, this visa duration will be longer for selected degrees.


These changes are aimed at making Australian immigration smoother and more accessible. It’s always a good idea to consult a Registered Migration Agent or an Immigration Lawyer to get the best guidance on how these changes might impact your circumstances.


That’s all from us for today. Keep following our blogs for more updates on Australian immigration.

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