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Summary of Latest Changes To Australian Immigration

Latest Changes To Australian Immigration

The authorities have introduced several changes to Australian immigration rules for international students and visa holders. In this blog, we’ll discuss them in detail to help you develop a better understanding of what to expect.

Work Restrictions For Student Visa Holders

From 1 July 2023, student visa holders will be allowed to work for 48 hours per fortnight. Don’t forget that the work restrictions for student visa holders that imposed a limit of 40 hours per fortnight were suspended in January 2022 to permit students to work for more hours. However, this temporary suspension will end on 30 June 2023 with the introduction of new work restrictions for student visa holders.

Extension Of Post-Study Work Rights For Overseas Graduates 

As far as changes to Australian immigration rules are concerned, international students graduating with degrees in fields of verified skill shortage will be awarded a two-year extension of post-study work rights on their Temporary Graduate visa subclass 485. This will also become effective from 1 July 2023. What’s important to note here is that this extension will be an addition to the one or two years of work rights given to eligible students who live, work, and study in regional areas of Australia.

Permanent Residency Pathway For TSS Visa Holders

According to the announcement of the Department of Home Affairs on 13 February 2023, the changes introduced to the permanent residency pathway are also applicable to Short-Term stream Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa holders.

Plus, these changes have also been extended to Medium-Term stream TSS visa holders employed in an occupation listed on the Regional Occupation List (ROL).

Don’t forget that the permanent residency pathway for subclass 482 visa holders who have lived in Australia for at least a year between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 will remain available until 1 July 2024.

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

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