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Top 10 Australian Immigration Changes Effective July 1, 2024 ~ Australia Immigration News

Top 10 Australian Immigration Changes Effective July 1, 2024

In today’s blog update, we’ll be talk about the new Migration Program year (2024/25); which began on July 1, 2024, bringing significant changes to Australia’s immigration policies.



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Today’s blog will uncover the following changes.

Top 10 updates you need to know.

  1. Upcoming Lodgement Fee Increases

Starting July 1, 2024, the Department of Home Affairs will increase lodgement fees for various visa categories. This annual adjustment also affects fees for appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

 

  1. TSMIT and FWHIT Increases

The Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) will rise to $73,150, and the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT) will increase to $175,000. These changes impact new nomination applications and criteria for employer-sponsored visas and the Global Talent Independent (GTI) program.

 


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  1. Changes to Visa Conditions 8107, 8607, and 8608

New updates to visa conditions 8107, 8607, and 8608 will affect Temporary Work (Skilled) visas (subclass 457), Temporary Skill Shortage visas (subclass 482), and Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visas (subclass 494). The changes include extended time frames for job transitions and increased sponsor responsibilities.

 

  1. Changes to Graduate 485 Visa and Closure of 476 Visa

The Temporary Graduate visa program will be updated, including renaming streams, adjusting age limits, and revising stay durations. The 476 visa will be closed.


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  1. Working Holiday Maker Changes

Key updates include the inclusion of Philippine nationals in the Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa and the removal of the specified work requirement for UK nationals to obtain their second or third Working Holiday visa.

 

  1. Deadline for Legacy 457 Visa Holders

Legacy 457 visa holders must apply for the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 visa by June 30, 2024, to take advantage of the age exemption.

 


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  1. Infringement Notices under the SEC Act

The “Strengthening Employer Compliance Act” introduces higher fines and new infringement notices for migration regulation violations, enhancing employer compliance.

 

  1. Changes to Student Visa Eligibility for Onshore Visitors and Graduates

Visitor and Graduate visa holders must apply for a Student (Subclass 500) visa from outside Australia starting July 1, 2024, to prevent “visa hopping.”

 


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  1. Mandatory Hepatitis B Testing

Individuals aged 15 and older from high-risk Hepatitis B countries must undergo testing as part of their visa health examinations.

 

  1. Closure of BIIP and Introduction of National Innovation Visa

The Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) will cease new applications from July 1, 2024, making way for the new National Innovation visa expected later in 2024.

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