Migration Program 2022

Out of a total 160,000 places in 2022-23, the Skilled stream visas will have 109,000 (70%). Family Stream visas will compose the remaining 30%, whilst the humanitarian program maintains a ceiling figure of 13,750. Skilled Stream Planning levels     Visa stream 2022-23 2021-22 Employer sponsored 30,000 22,000 Skilled Independent 16,652 6,500 State and Territory […]

Changes for International Students

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The Federal government has announced changes to visa settings, to help provide much needed flexibility for international students set to return to Australia. This in conjunction with a $37 million financial support package is Intended to help boost the rapid return of international students. The new settings will extend measures to protect the post-study work […]

Changes to Short-term Skilled Occupation List

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Overview of Changes Eligible skilled visa holders must already be in Australia Predominantly working in hospitality, health and regional areas. Are existing 482 visa holders in the “short term” stream and legacy 457 visa holders who no-longer meet age requirements. 489, 491 and 494 visa holders will receive extensions to current/expired visas to assisting with […]

Checklists For Travel

The Department of Home Affairs have released the following checklist to support travellers coming to and from Australia. The checklists have been provided in various languages for your convenience. Preparing to leave Australia Preparing to travel to Australia from Overseas There is also information on COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccinations.

New Border Arrangements Announced

The Federal Government has announced that additional changes to Australia’s international border arrangements will be coming into effect on December 1. Fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible visa holders can travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. This is in addition to the exemptions outlined by the […]

New trade deal could open the door for British workers to fill skills gap

Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan is pursuing a new trade deal with London that could see British migrants plug an impending skills gap that could undermine the recovery of the Australian economy from the coronavirus pandemic. A new free-trade agreement is due to be finalised imminently, making it easier for people to live and work […]

New South Wales to open to international travel

New South Wales will become the first state in the country to open its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from overseas from November 1 without the need for hotel quarantine. The move comes with the state on the brink of hitting the 80% double dose vaccination rate, well ahead of the rest of Australia, prompting […]

Australia needs 2 million migrants by 2026

Australia needs an explosive immigration boom committed to bringing in 2 million people over five years to assist with an economic rebuild and combat a looming labour shortage crisis currently facing the nation.   An ambitious national immigration plan like Australia’s post-World War II approach would ensure the nation benefits from the skills, investment and […]

I shared the dreams of my fellow Afghans – now they’re in tatters

The below is an opinion piece by Hadi Zaher that was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 16 August 2021. The original article can be found here. In 2005, a few short years after the fall of the Taliban regime, I was in central Bamiyan on a family visit. It was remarkable to see […]

Australian Citizens Living Abroad: What are the grounds for outbound travel exemptions?

Until recently, Australian citizens ordinarily resident in other countries have been able to return to Australia and then leave without requiring additional permission. This all changed last week with the federal government quietly removing that exemption, triggered by Greg Hunt, the Minister for Health and Aged Care amending the Biosecurity Determination 2020 on 1 August […]