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Australia Skilled worker visa requirements to changed to fill shortages

Home Affairs Sneaks In A Surprising Visa Change For Skilled International Workers

Last month, the Department of Home Affairs announced some changes to the requirements of the Temporary Skill Shortage subclass 482 visa on its website. Now the migrants who will be permitted to remain in the country because of these changes are picking on them gradually.

As a result, skilled international workers employed in Australia during the pandemic but couldn’t apply for permanent residency because of sudden changes to the visa requirements will now be able to stay in the country.

What Are The Changes Introduced In The Permanent Residency Pathway?

On 13 February, The Department of Home Affairs put out a short notice on its website, announcing the expansion of the permanent residency pathway that was first opened up for short-term Temporary Skill Shortage or TSS subclass 482 visa holders a year ago.

However, the government has stated that medium-term stream TSS visa holders working in a profession mentioned on the Regional Occupational List can also avail of this pathway.

As a result, migrants belonging to the medium-term stream who have been working in Australia for at least one year between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 can go for permanent residency.

According to the Department, the total number of 482 visa holders in the medium-term stream employed in an occupation on the Regional Occupation List was 988 on 14 December 2021.

Furthermore, a spokesperson for the Department of Home Affairs claims that migration professionals were informed of the latest changes on 13 February. Plus, the Department collaborated with the Business, Industry, and Regional Outreach or BIRO network to help Australia’s economy recover after COVID-19.

The spokesperson further added that BIROs work directly with stakeholders all over Australia to assist in filling the gaps in the labour market for which Australian workers aren’t available and actively help determine adequate visa settings.

We hope you found this information helpful. Follow our blogs for the latest updates and informative content on Australian immigration.

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