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Friday, June 14, 2024

Major Visa Updates from Australia

Now that there are plans to reopen Australia’s borders, the immigration minister has issued a range of very welcome and significant ones. Announcements Which will benefit many of our customers. At this point the message is just that – a message to the media. Before these changes can be implemented, legislative changes will be made, covering all the “small print” not specified in the notice. Only when we have full clarity on the details, can we give specific advice to your circumstances.

I will go over the main posts here and explain their meaning.

Employer-funded visas – permanent residency programs

The announced changes will mainly benefit people who are currently in Australia, and work mainly in skilled professions in health, hospitality and regional areas. The government has recognized that people who were here before the plague and chose to stay here and work, helped the country in times of skills shortage, and made it easier for some people to access permanent residency, including:

  • Persons holding the 482 short-stream sub-classification visa (who do not currently have a permanent residence route); and
  • Holders of a 457 previous generation visa who no longer meet the age requirement

It is estimated that there may be about 20,000 people who may benefit from the ability to become permanent residents, as part of the new facilities.

Skilled regional visa holders

There are a number of people who have received skilled regional visas shortly before, or during the epidemic. The affected visas are sub-classifications 489, 491 and 494. These people have a limited time frame in which they meet residential and work requirements, before accessing permanent residency tracks. There was a lot of tension among people who got this visa, and were unable to get a travel exemption to enter Australia; Or are in Australia but suffered from not being able to work during the plague.

We always believed that eventually a concession would be made for these people, and now it has happened. The announcement is as follows Current and expired Skilled regional temporary visas will be extended, to provide more time for people to come in and meet job requirements.

Around 9,000 skilled overseas temporary temporary visa holders can enter Australia starting December 1, 2021, and will be eligible for an extension of the visa.

Students and alumni

One of the most affected industries in Australia was Education, When very few students can enter during the plague; And many people who qualify for, or hold, master’s degree visas, cannot apply for or take advantage of them while stuck overseas. The lockdown first occurred in early 2020 at a time when existing students abroad were still abroad on summer vacation, or visiting family on the occasion of Chinese New Year.

This had a huge impact on those students who were injured and also on the Australian people employed at universities and educational institutions.

One of the main benefits of studying in Australia was the ability to obtain a postgraduate visa, which allows those with valuable work experience in Australia, and helps to fill manpower shortages. Holders of a temporary graduate visa (sub-classification 485) who are stuck abroad during COVID will be able to apply for an alternative graduate visa. This will apply to current and past 485 visa holders whose visas expire on or after February 1, 2020. Moreover, master’s degree visas Given to people after professional studies, which were previously 18 months long, will now be two years. Graduate visas in courses will now be granted for three years, instead of two years.


Persons holding an Australian visitor visa (Sub-Class 600) that has expired, or will expire before 30 June 2022, will be able to apply for a new visitor visa with waiver of the application charge. Currently, most visitors can not enter Australia, but this is done in preparation for the return of tourists with the gradual opening of borders.

Does it affect you?

If you are one of the people who may benefit from these discounted arrangements, we will be happy to keep in touch with you and advise you when we have clarity regarding the arrangements. Please contact us, or complete ours Checking eligibility for a visa. You can also choose to subscribe to our newsletter, so you do not miss anything!


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