May 24, 2024

Following a record post-Covid surge, Australia’s net overseas migration rate is set to stabilise and then significantly decline. The Australian Government recently released its Federal Budget for the fiscal year 2024-25, outlining significant reforms and initiatives within the immigration sector.

The Government aims to reduce the overall migration intake while focusing on attracting highly skilled migrants. This comprehensive budget aims to reshape Australia’s migration policies, streamline visa processes, and address critical skill shortages while ensuring economic prosperity and integrity in the migration system.

Here’s a breakdown of the key changes and what they mean for migrants and businesses who sponsor foreign workers.

 

Migration System Reforms and Funding Allocation

The budget allocates $18.3 million over the next four years to enhance Australia’s migration system, emphasising economic growth and integrity restoration. Initiatives include educating migrant workers, facilitating data sharing between government agencies, and bolstering visa processing efficiency.

Allocation of additional funding in Southeast Asia Engagement

Australia’s Government has allocated an additional $505.9 million over five years starting from 2023–24, with an ongoing annual contribution of $118.3 million. This investment aims to strengthen Australia’s ties with Southeast Asia and advance the next phase of the Government’s ‘Invested: Australia’s Southeast Asia Economic Strategy to 2040’.

Included in this funding is $1.1 million over two years from 2023–24, designated for improving visa services, offering long-term business visas, and facilitating visas for frequent travelers from ASEAN nations and Timor-Leste.

Permanent Migration Program

On 14 May 2024, the Australian Government announced that the planning levels for the 2024–25 permanent Migration Program (Migration Program) is set to 185,000 places with an approximate 70:30 split between the Skill and Family streams. The 132,000 (70 percent) places allocated to the Skilled Stream to address Australia’s long-term skill needs.

Here are the detailed breakdowns of the allocation of migration places across different visa categories for the fiscal years 2023–24 and 2024–25.

Visa Stream Visa Category 2023–24 Planning levels 2024–25 Planning levels
Skill Employer Sponsored 36,825 44,000
Skilled Independent 30,375 16,900
Regional 32,300 33,000
State/Territory Nominated 30,400 33,000
Business Innovation & Investment 1,900 1,000
Global Talent (Independent) 5,000 4,000
Distinguished Talent 300 300
Skill Total 137,100 132,200
Family Partner1 40,500 40,500
Parent 8,500 8,500
Child1 3,000 3,000
Other Family 500 500
Family Total 52,500 52,500
Special ​​Eligibility 400 300
Total Migration Program 190,000 185,000

1 Delivery of the Partner and Child visa categories are demand driven, with indicative planning levels only.

 

From 2025–26, the Migration Program extends the planning horizon to 4 years instead of 1 year.

 

Visa Changes and Introductions


Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

You only need 1 year of work experience instead of two for the 482 Visa which gives you full work rights. This will be in effect from 23 November 2024.

Work and Holiday Visa Changes (subclass 462)

From 2024–25, a new $25 pre-application ballot process will be implemented for China, Vietnam, and India in the Work and Holiday visa program (subclass 462).

Introduction of the new National Innovation Visa (NIV)

The new National Innovation Visa, set to be introduced later this year, will replace the Global Talent Visa to attract exceptionally talented migrants and boost growth in vital sectors.

Business Innovation and Investment Visa

The BIIP will permanently close in July 2024. Applicants who choose to withdraw their BIIP applications will be eligible for a visa application charge refund starting in September 2024.

It’s important to note that while the Business Innovation and Investment Visa Program (BIIP) will be discontinued, the Government plans to redesign it to focus on applicants who can make specific and significant contributions to Australia.

 

Introduction of the Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES)

Indian graduates and early-career professionals will be given two years to live and work in Australia.

To apply, candidates must be 30 years old or younger, have a high level of English proficiency, and have graduated within the last two years with a relevant bachelor’s degree or higher.

 

Internal Migration Forecasts

The budget forecasts significant internal migration trends, with Queensland expected to gain the most residents.

New South Wales: Forecast to lose 23,000 residents in the next financial year.
Queensland: Expected to gain 23,000 residents, benefiting from internal migration.
South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania, and ACT: Forecast to leave 2,900 in South Australia, 2,100 will leave the Northern Territory, 700 will leave Tasmania, and 300 will leave the ACT.
Victoria and WA: Anticipated to see increases of 3,100 and 3,000 residents, respectively.

NSW is projected to experience annual population declines, while other states witness varying migration trends.

 

 

The Australian Federal Budget 2024-25 marks a significant shift in the country’s immigration policy, aiming to attract highly skilled migrants while addressing housing and infrastructure pressures. With these reforms, the government aims to ensure sustainable growth and economic prosperity.

 

For detailed information on how these changes might affect you or your business, consider booking a consultation with our team of Immigration experts. We are here to help you navigate the complexities of the new immigration reforms and provide you with personalised visa solutions.

 

May 17, 2024

Australia is set to unveil the New Skills in Demand Visa to fill a 800,000 job vacancies

In a groundbreaking move to bridge the workforce gap and fortify its labor market, Australia is set to launch the all-new “Skills in Demand” visa, replacing the Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (subclass 482). There are 800,000 job vacancies waiting to be filled, this innovative visa program offers an opportunity for skilled individuals seeking to make their mark Down Under.

Here’s what you need to know about the game-changing “Skills in Demand” visa:

1. Four year validity term with a pathway to Permanent Residency:
The visa comes with a 4-year validity, providing ample time for individuals to contribute to the Australian workforce. What sets it apart is the clear route it offers to obtaining permanent residency, making it an attractive prospect for those dreaming of calling Australia home.

2. Flexibility to switch employers:
Emphasising flexibility, the visa allows holders to switch employers while their visa is still valid. A unique feature that provides individuals with the freedom to explore diverse career opportunities, enhancing their professional growth during their time in Australia.

3. Accelerated visa processing:
The Specialist Skills Pathway ensures visas are processed within a remarkable 7 days, demonstrating Australia’s commitment to swiftly integrating skilled professionals into the workforce. Other streams though requiring 21 days, maintain efficiency in catering to the nation’s urgent skills needs.

4. Employer Support Scheme:
Australia is exploring a groundbreaking scheme where firms may cover the recruitment costs for overseas workers. This initiative not only encourages businesses to tap into global talent but also eases the financial burden on prospective migrants.

5. Streamlined accredited sponsor pathway:
Efforts are underway to streamline the accredited sponsor pathway, simplifying the process for businesses to become sponsors and facilitating the recruitment of migrant workers. This ensures a smoother transition for both employers and skilled individuals.

Skills in Demand Visa

Australia’s Migration Strategy

The recent Migration Strategy release reveals Australia’s commitment to reshaping its immigration landscape. Stricter regulations aim to ensure that you have the best experience during your time in Australia.

Australia’s new “Skills in Demand” visa is not just a visa; it’s your guiding light to new opportunities. Whether you’re a skilled professional eager to contribute to Australia’s success or a business looking to tap into global talent, this visa opens doors to endless possibilities. Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of Australia’s dynamic and thriving workforce.

Read full blog article about Australia’s New Migration Strategy here

Ready to Begin Your Australian Journey?

Are you eager to explore the opportunities awaiting you in Australia? Connect with us today! Our expert migration team at Auspire Immigration Services is here to guide you every step of the way.

 

Click here to book your consultation and start your Australian journey!

 

April 29, 2024

Australia offers a great quality of life with the best standards. This also means a high cost of living. Unlocking financial success in Australia requires more than just frugality—it demands savvy strategies tailored to our unique economic landscape. Whether you’re a seasoned saver or new to the game, these seven simple ways will empower you to maximise your savings potential and secure a brighter financial future.

 

  1. Automate Your Savings
    Streamline your saving process by setting up automated transfers from your checking account to a high-interest savings account. Automating your savings not only removes the temptation to spend but also ensures consistent progress toward your financial goals.

  2. Embrace the Sharing Economy
    Harness the power of the sharing economy to slash expenses without sacrificing convenience. From ride-sharing services like Uber to accommodation platforms like Airbnb, sharing resources offers cost-effective solutions for everyday needs.

  3. Cook at Home
    Eating out can quickly drain your bank account, so why not try cooking at home instead? Not only is it more budget-friendly, but it’s also healthier and allows you to control exactly what goes into your meals. Plus, cooking can be a fun and rewarding way to spend time with family and friends.

    Cooking at Home with family

  4. Smart Shopping Strategies
    Before hitting the shops, strategise your purchases by writing a list before shopping, comparing prices online, looking for sales, buying in bulk, and leveraging cashback and loyalty programs to maximise savings.

  5. Know your needs vs wants
    While it’s nice to treat yourself occasionally, knowing your needs vs wants can help you save a significant amount of money in the long run. Consider cancelling unused subscriptions, swapping brand-name products for generic alternatives, and finding free or low-cost alternatives to expensive hobbies and activities.

    Know your needs vs wants
  6. Negotiate your Bills
    Many people are overpaying for services like insurance, utilities, and telecommunications without even realising it. Take the time to shop around for better deals and don’t be afraid to negotiate with your providers. You may be surprised at how much you can save simply by asking for a better rate.

  7. Invest in Your Future
    Finally, the best way to save money is to invest in your future. Whether it’s through contributing to a retirement fund, buying property, or investing in the stock market – putting your money to work for you can help you build long-term wealth and financial security.
    Invest in Your Future


Saving money in Australia is not always easy, but with the right strategies and mindset, it’s definitely achievable. By automating your savings, embracing the sharing economy, cooking at home, shopping smart, cutting back on luxuries, negotiating your bills, and investing in your future, you can take control of your finances and work towards a brighter financial future.

 

So why wait? Start saving today and reap the rewards tomorrow. Set specific, achievable saving goals and track your progress regularly. Remember to review and adjust your budget as needed to stay on track. By implementing these simple ways and taking proactive steps toward financial security, you can build a solid foundation for a prosperous future. Start your savings journey today and watch your financial goals become a reality.

 

April 19, 2024

Changes to Australian Student and Graduate Visas

Australia is tightening its student and graduate visa requirements. Visa refusals are at a record high.

From increased English language requirements to a revamped application process. Staying informed and prepared for what lies ahead is important.  We are here to guide you through these transitions, ensuring you navigate them smoothly and emerge successfully in your pursuit of education and new life in Australia.

 

First off, let’s talk about the English Language Requirement.

Changes to Australian Student Visa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Student visas (subclass 500)

  • The minimum test score for the English proficiency requirement required for a Student visa increases from IELTS 5.5 to 6.0 (or its equivalent in PTE).
  • The minimum score required to undertake a packaged ELICOS from IELTS increases from 4.5 to 5.0 (or equivalent).
  • Students undertaking accredited university foundation or pathway programs that provide reputable English language training require a test score of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent).

For Temporary Graduate visas (subclass 485)

  • The minimum IELTS score has been raised from 6.0 to 6.5 (or equivalent), with a minimum score of 5.5 required for each component of the test (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).
  • Additionally, the validity window for the English language test has been reduced from 3 years to 1 year, emphasising the importance of recent language proficiency.
  • Passport holders from Hong Kong and British National Overseas (BNO) are exempt from meeting the increased minimum English language requirement. The criteria for this group remains at IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent), with a minimum score of 5.0 required for each component of the test.

Increasing English language requirements for students undertaking VET and higher education courses requires a similar increase in scores for those taking packaged ELICOS courses.

Yes, that is right. The Australian Government is raising the bar!

 

First off, let's talk about the English Language Requirement.

 

But that’s not all – say goodbye to the Genuine Temporary Entrant criterion (GTE) and hello to the Genuine Student Requirement.

The 300-word statement in the student visa application form will be replaced with targeted questions in the Genuine Student Requirement. The GTE requirement will be retained for Student Guardian visa applicants.

So, what does this mean for you? Well, no more jumping through hoops to prove your temporary stay intentions. Instead, you’ll need to answer a set of questions related to your application. 

The Genuine Student requirement evaluates the applicant’s genuine intention to study in Australia, considering factors such as their personal situation, evidence of course advancement, immigration record, compliance to visa conditions, and other relevant details.

These changes apply to all Student and Temporary Graduate visa applications lodged on and after 23 March 2024. This is aimed at safeguarding Australia’s education system and attracting high-quality students and to help the Department of Home Affairs identify students who are not genuinely interested in studying in Australia but have other motives for entering the country.

 

Changes to Australian Student Visa

 

Here’s another update for those considering a switch from a Visitor Visa to a Student Visa once you’re in Australia. The Department has announced that they will put  “No Further Stay Conditions” on Visitor Visas.

What does it mean for you? You won’t be able to apply for a new visa while you are in Australia. It’s a crucial obstacle that requires careful consideration and strategic planning for prospective students.

We know this is a lot and it can be overwhelming. We at Auspire Immigration Services, understand the importance of navigating these changes with confidence and clarity.

Our team of Immigration Lawyers, Registered Migration Agents and Education Agents is here to provide personalised guidance and support every step of the way. Whether you need assistance with visa applications, language proficiency tests, or academic pathways, we are committed to helping you achieve your goals.

So if you need help, you can contact our office for advice and assistance. Book a consultation and our team of Immigration Lawyers, Registered Migration Agents, and Education Agents will assist you!

 

 

March 26, 2024

Your Guide to Australian Student Visas: Common Refusal Reasons with Expert Help

 

Are you dreaming of studying in Australia? Navigating the process of obtaining a Student Visa can be daunting, especially with the possibility of rejection. With the right knowledge and guidance, you can avoid these common mistakes and increase your chances of success. 

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the 7 common reasons why Australian student visa applications get rejected and show you how our Immigration Specialists can help you overcome these challenges every step of the way. 

7 common reasons of Australian student visa rejection

 

  1. Failure to meet the Genuine Student (GS) requirement: All applicants applying for a Student visa need to demonstrate their intentions for coming to Australia by answering a set of questions.The Department of Home Affairs takes into account your personal circumstances when evaluating your status as a Genuine Student. As an applicant, it’s advisable to provide a written statement in English addressing the specific requirements. This not only showcases your English proficiency but also creates a positive initial impression. Our experienced Education & Migration Team can provide you with excellent guidance so that you meet this requirement effortlessly.
  2. Failure to meet English requirements: For many international students, proving English proficiency is a major requirement for Australian student visas. It doesn’t matter if English is your native language or not – being able to show your proficiency is super important.Prepare for a recognised English language tests like IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE. Scoring at least 6.0 in IELTS or the equivalent score in PTE or TOEFL is the minimum requirement. If you fail to achieve these scores, your visa application is likely to be rejected.
  3. Failure to meet Academic Qualification: Ensure your qualifications align with your chosen course. To obtain a student visa, applicants must fulfill the required academic standards. Each education provider sets specific academic criteria corresponding to the chosen course of study.Failure to meet these requirements may lead to visa refusal. Moreover, if a student has a less-than-ideal academic background, they should provide a statement outlining their future academic aspirations to align with Australian education standards. Our Education & Immigration Team will help you understand and meet Australian academic standards.
  4. Incorrect or Incomplete documents: Avoid the mistake of incomplete or incorrect paperwork. The documents provided during the visa application process must be genuine. Failure to submit all required documents or submitting fraudulent documents will cause significant problems and eventually result in the rejection of the visa application, and you may be banned from future applications. Our Education Migration Team is meticulous in reviewing your documents to ensure every detail is correct. 
  5. Financial Stability: Proof that you have sufficient funds to pay for your travel, tuition fees, and living expenses while you’re in Australia. Currently, student visa applicants will need to show they have a minimum of AU$24,505 in savings to cover annual living costs. This can be substituted by showing that you have someone to sponsor you, e.g. your spouse or your parents.Submitting bank statements is a requirement, or if financial support comes from relatives, providing related documentation is necessary. We can guide you through the financial criteria to meet Australian immigration requirements.

    7 Common reasons for Australian Student visa rejection - Financial Stability

  6. Reasons and Intention for Choosing Australia: Students should clearly articulate their reasons for choosing Australia as their study destination over their home country. They may highlight factors such as the quality of education and facilities offered by Australian institutions as determining factors.Australian officials assess these statements to ascertain that students have genuine intentions. You will benefit greatly from our personalised assistance and addressing any possible issues to the satisfaction of the case officer.
  7. Criminal Record Disclosure: If you have a criminal record, you may face additional scrutiny or even outright rejection of your visa application. Australian immigration regulations mandate a character evaluation, which includes disclosing any past criminal involvement.To maintain transparency, applicants should disclose their background, including any minor criminal occurrences, in their application. Our immigration lawyers can advise you on how to navigate complex issues and provide support as well as advocacy when presenting your case to immigration authorities. 

 

In conclusion, obtaining an Australian student visa can be a complex and time-consuming process. With the right preparation and guidance, your visa will be a success. 

We offer advice and assistance with your student visa application. We are a team of Education Agents, Registered Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers. We assist our clients from start to finish, including course enrolment. We can also support you with the appeal procedure at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Trust our expertise to navigate the process smoothly. Contact us today for personalised support on your visa and immigration journey.

 

February 28, 2024

Unlock Your Path to Permanent Residency: Top Visa Options for Australia

Visa options to secure PR in Australia

Dreaming of making Australia your forever home?

Australia offers many visa options to make your dream of becoming a permanent resident a reality. Let’s explore your visa possibilities:

 

1. Subclass 189 Visa – Skilled Independent Visa:
This visa is the real deal for skilled workers and professionals. It does not require sponsorship from an employer, state, or family member. Instead you need to satisfy a points test and be invited by the Australian Government to make your visa application. Once the visa is approved, you and your family get PR immediately. The 189 Visa is your ticket to live and work anywhere in Australia as a genuine permanent resident. Read more here

2. GTI (Global Talent Independent Program):
This visa type is for highly skilled individuals  in the innovation sector. Do you work in future industries such as tech, science, FinTech AgTech, DigiTech, defence, space, health, education? The GTI visa is by invitation only and gives PR upon grant for all applicants. Read more here

3. Subclass 190 Visa – Skilled Nominated Visa:
The Subclass 190 visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government. It’s a points-based visa and by invitation only. It has 3 steps: EOI, Nomination and Visa application. Once approved, you can make Australia your permanent home. Read more here

4. Business Innovation Stream Visa:
This visa type is for business owners or managers. You can start a business or invest in Aussie ventures to secure your PR status. You are required to have a solid financial foundation. Read more here

5. Investor Stream Visa:
As the name reveals, this visa is for investors. If you are able and willing to invest in the Australian economy, you will be rewarded with a pathway to permanent residency. Read more here

 

Graduate Visa

6. Graduate Work Visa:
Have you studied a course in Australia? Are you looking to extend your Aussie adventure? The Graduate Work Visa is your golden ticket. Gain some valuable work experience and set yourself up for a seamless transition to permanent residency. Read more here

7. Parent Visa:
Yearning to bring your loved ones closer? The Parent Visa is the way to go. Sponsor your parents and give them the chance to enjoy the Aussie lifestyle alongside you. There are different types of Parent Visas. Read more here and find the right one for you by speaking with our Immigration Team!

Parent Visa

8. Retirement Visa Pathway:
Ready to kick back and enjoy the golden years in Australia? The Retirement Visa Pathway offers retirees the chance to make Australia their forever home, soaking in the sun and embracing the laid-back Aussie lifestyle.

 

So, there you have it! The top visa options to unlock your path to Permanent Residency in Australia. Whether you’re a skilled professional, a successful entrepreneur, or a loving parent – there are visa options for everyone and every situation.

 

Ready to take the next step? Reach out to the experts at Auspire Immigration Services and let’s turn your Aussie dream into a reality.

 

Here’s to your next chapter and endless possibilities in the Land Down Under!

February 6, 2024

Dreaming of a new career Down Under? 🇦🇺

 

Check out the Top 10 most frequently nominated occupations for the 482 TSS Visa!

 

1. Software Engineer (261313)

2. Chef (351311)

3. ICT Business Analyst (261111)

4. Resident Medical Officer (253112)

5. Developer Programmer (261312)

6. Motor Mechanic (General) (321211)

7. Management Consultant (224711)

8. External Auditor (221213)

9. Accountant (General) (221111)

10. Cafe or Restaurant Manager (141111)

 

Why these professions?

These are in-demand professions in Australia, and your skills are the key to your Aussie adventure!

Your Aussie adventure starts here

Embarking on a career journey in Australia involves more than just selecting a profession. The visa application process is a crucial aspect, and that’s where we come in. Our expert guidance ensures a smooth transition, helping you navigate the complexities of the 482 Temporary Skill Shortage Visa application.  Reach out to us for expert guidance on the visa process and career opportunities.

How can we help?
  1. Visa Process Simplified: We break down the visa process into manageable steps, ensuring clarity and understanding at every stage.
  2. Career Opportunities: Explore the vast landscape of career opportunities in your chosen profession. We provide insights into the Australian job market to help you make informed decisions.
  3. Tailored Guidance: Our team offers personalised advice, addressing your unique needs and concerns throughout the entire process.

Ready to take the 1st Step?

Your Australian adventure begins with a simple step – contact us! Whether you are a seasoned professional or a recent graduate, the land Down Under welcomes diverse talents.

Let us help you with your dream career. Contact us today, and let’s make your Australia journey a dream come true!

January 3, 2024

Australia’s Changes to Working Holiday Makers Visa Conditions

Changes to Working Holiday Makers Visa Conditions

THE EXTENSION OF WORK RIGHTS BEYOND THE SIX-MONTH LIMITATION FOR WORKING HOLIDAY MAKERS

The Australian Department of Home Affairs has officially confirmed changes to the policy arrangements around condition 8547.

Effective 1 January 2024, Working Holiday Makers will need to request an extension beyond the standard six-month limitation, unless they meet the exemptions in place. 

The new process requires individuals to take the responsibility and actively request an extension themselves if they wish to continue working in Australia beyond the initial six months and have the limitation removed.

However, the specific details regarding these exemptions are yet to be fully outlined, and the Department of Home Affairs has promised further information following an upcoming review. This leaves room for anticipation as we await more comprehensive updates, set to be released in early 2024.

WORKING HOLIDAY EXTENSION: NEW RULES AND TEMPORARY EXEMPTIONS

As of 1 January 2024, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, and Multicultural Affairs has decided on an extension to the exemption process for visa condition 8547.

TEMPORARY EXEMPTIONS EXPLAINED

Until the Australian Government has further discussions regarding the Working Holiday Makers reform, Working Holiday Makers can extend their employment with the same employer beyond 6 months without seeking permission only if the following circumstances apply:

  1. Working in different locations: Working Holiday Makers can extend their employment if they work in various locations, as long as the duration of employment in any single location does not exceed 6 months.
  2. Employment in plant and animal cultivation: Individuals engaged in plant and animal cultivation activities in Australia are eligible for an extension.
  3. Specific industries: Exemptions apply to certain industries, including aged care and disability services, fishing and pearling, tree farming and felling, construction, and mining. However, these exemptions are limited to Northern Australia.
  4. Natural disaster recovery work: Those involved in natural disaster recovery work, starting from 17 February 2020, are eligible for an extension.
  5. Sanctioned critical sectors: Workers in critical sectors such as agriculture, food processing, health, aged and disability care, childcare (from 4 April 2020), and tourism and hospitality (from 8 May 2020) can extend their employment without seeking additional permission.

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR CONDITION 8547 EXTENSIONS

 How to apply for Condition 8547 extensions

In a recent update by the Department of Home Affairs, changes to the Working Holiday program have been announced, specifically regarding the extension of work rights beyond the standard six-month limitation.

While certain exemptions exist, those not covered by these exceptions are required to seek permission for extended employment with one employer. This article outlines the guidelines and procedures for Working Holiday Makers who fall outside the specified exemptions.

A new web form for extension applications is anticipated to be operational starting 22 December 2023. During this time, the Home Affairs Department will process applications that adhere to the guidelines below:

Alternatively, applicants can send an email to Working.Holiday@homeaffairs.gov.au, clearly stating:

  • commencement date of employment and the anticipated end date of the six-month period.
  • comprehensive details justifying the need for an extension beyond six months.
  • intended duration for continuing employment with the employer.
  • include supporting documentation from the employer, such as a one-page letter on company letterhead outlining exceptional circumstances.

For individuals who have already submitted requests for approval to work beyond six months with the same employer, employment can continue until a written outcome is received.

Stay informed as we anticipate further announcements in 2024 that will provide additional insights into broader changes expected in the Working Holiday program. We will keep you updated on any developments that may impact your experience as a Working Holiday Maker in Australia.

For personalised assistance and advice on your specific situation, book a consultation with our experienced Immigration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents today. Your journey to a seamless experience in Australia begins with guidance from our visa specialists!

 

 

December 26, 2023

Exciting times in Australian Immigration: The Government has released its new Migration Strategy. One of the highlights is the introduction of the 4-year Skills in Demand Visa as a replacement for the Temporary Skilled Shortage (TSS) 482 Visa.

While additional details are pending further consultation, most changes are scheduled to be implemented in 2024. Notably, as of 8 December 2023, there has been a simplification of the Labour Market Testing for employer sponsored visas. Companies no longer need to advertise with Workforce Australia.

Australia’s Migration Strategy roadmap outlines eight key actions. These are the result of consultations with various stakeholders, including businesses, unions, international education, civil society, and the broader Australian community.

8 Key Actions

  1. Targeting temporary skilled migration to address skills needs and promote worker mobility
  2. Reshaping permanent skilled migration to drive long-term prosperity
  3. Strengthening the integrity and quality of international education
  4. Tackling worker exploitation and the misuse of the visa system
  5. Planning migration to get the right skills in the right places
  6. Tailoring regional visas and the Working Holiday Maker Program to support regional Australia and its workers
  7. Deepening our people-to-people ties in the Indo-Pacific
  8. Simplifying the migration system to improve the experience for migrants and employers

 

Changes to Temporary Work Visas

Australia’s temporary skilled migration system aims to alleviate labour shortages in the country and create a pathway for individuals to potentially become permanent residents in the future. 

Temporary Visa Australia


The Temporary Skills Shortage Visa often lacks clear routes to Permanent Residency. While many visa holders have short-term business purposes, the absence of well-defined pathways, especially for those intending longer stays, causes uncertainty. This situation poses a risk of Australia losing valuable skills and talents. The dependence on a single employer for a permanent residency pathway gives too much power to individual employers, making migrant workers more vulnerable to exploitation.

 

New Skills In Demand Visa

The government plans to launch a new 4-year temporary skilled worker visa known as the Skills in Demand Visa. This visa aims to offer workers greater flexibility in changing employers and will establish distinct routes to permanent residency for those interested. The Skills in Demand Visa will incorporate three specific pathways, aligning with the recommended ‘risk-based approach to regulation’ outlined in the Migration Review.

 

  1. SPECIALIST SKILLS PATHWAY

    Highly skilled migrant in Australia

    For highly skilled migrants
    – Any occupation except trades workers, machinery operators and drivers, and labourers
    – Earning at least $135,000 (the Specialist Skills Threshold) and no less than Australian workers in the same occupation
    7 days visa processing time

     

  2. CORE SKILLS PATHWAY

    Machinery operators

    – Most temporary skilled migrants will come through the Core Skills Pathway (trades workers, machinery operators and drivers, and labourers)
    – Applicant must have an occupation on the new Core Skills Occupation List

    – Salary at or above the TSMIT ($70,000)
    21 days visa processing time

     

  3. ESSENTIAL SKILLS PATHWAY

    Aged Care worker

          – For lower-paid workers with essential skills (salary under $70,000)
          – Focused on the care and support economy

The expectation is that the primary source of visas will be through the Core Skills Visa Pathway.

Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy

The consideration involves collecting the Skills Australia Fund (SAF) levy in smaller, gradual payments over time to accommodate the greater freedom visa holders have in changing employers. Exploring a monthly or quarterly payment model is part of this evaluation.

Streamline Labour Market Testing

Effective 8 December 2023, the Australian Government has moved to streamline Labour Market Testing (LMT) by eliminating the need to advertise positions through Workforce Australia. Additionally, the validity period will be extended from 4 to 6 months. This change is not expected to take effect until some point in 2024.

Labour Market Testing (LMT) will be phased out gradually as Jobs and Skills Australia data on skills shortages improves, and an alternative Core Skilled Occupation List will be established to replace LMT.

Points Test

The points test will undergo a review for improvements. A new analysis-based points test will be created to identify independent migrants who can make a substantial contribution to Australia.

The Australian Government intends to strengthen its cooperation with States and Territories to address regional population needs more effectively with regards to migration planning aspects.


Bolstering Safeguards

The Australian Government is taking immediate action to enhance safeguards for visa-holding employees, implementing new powers and imposing larger penalties on employers exploiting temporary skilled workers. This includes the development and utilisation of public registers to enable greater monitoring and choice for employees, alongside increased collaboration with agencies like the Australian Tax Office.

International Student Visa (subclass 500)

International Students

  • Restrict the residence of international graduates lacking in-demand skills to stay in Australia.
  • Narrow down the eligible courses for international students, emphasising the retention of tertiary university courses.
  • Counteract course swapping.
  • Allocate more funding for visa integrity supporting activities.

Temporary Graduate Visa Holders (subclass 485)

Temporary Graduate Visa

Significant changes will be made to this visa type. The focus will be on international graduates with skills sought by Australian employers. This includes:

  • Shortening the duration of stay to just two years.
  • Prohibiting Graduate visa holders from transitioning back to student visas (end the vicious circle!)
  • Restricting the residence rights of international graduates without in-demand skills in Australia.
  • Lowering the age eligibility from 50 to 35 years.
  • Raising the English language proficiency requirements.

Deepening Ties With People in the Indo-Pacific

Deepening our people-to-people ties in the Indo-Pacific

The Australian Government plans to expand the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) Scheme and deliver a new Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) to encourage labour mobility from the relevant regions.

 

Are you curious how these changes can affect your visa and immigration in Australia? Seek advice and assistance with our Immigration Lawyers Book a consultation today!

 

Source: Department of Home Affairs

 

 

November 10, 2023

The 2023–24 State & Territory nomination allocations have been released by the Australian Government

2023-24 State and Territory Nomination Allocations

The numbers show a  significant decrease in available slots compared to the previous year. New South Wales and Victoria have the highest allocations because they are the most populated states in Australia. Northern Territory has by far the least places available and the program is currently closed for new applications.

Were you planning to apply for a Skilled Visa? What to do now?

The 190 + 491 Visas are points-based. Every applicant needs at least 65 points to qualify. However, 65 points is the bare minimum. Especially popular occupations such as accountants or marketing specialists don’t get far with low points.

The best way to succeed is to achieve higher scores in the points test and be better than the other applicants you are competing with.

Book in for a consultation with our Migration Team and we give you more tips and tricks on how to make an application with the best chances of success! 

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