Australia’s Immigration Game-Changer Revealed – Latest Updates and Statistics

Several modifications and updated immigration regulations have been recently declared by the Australian government in the month of November 2023, requiring employers and applicants to stay informed.

According to the immigration programs 2023-2024, it contains around 190,000 migration invitations. If we compare it with the policies of 2021-2022, Australia is inviting an additional 30,000 applicants. This makes 137,000 places available for the skilled stream of migration.

COVID-19 Concession Term Ends

The Department of Home Affairs has already ended the Covid-19 concessions on the 25th of November, 2023.

The COVID-19 epidemic restricted foreign travel and worsened business and job circumstances. For the primary concession period, the old government took interim measures. This aimed to give visa subclass applicants who are affected by the limitations imposed on travel and had trouble meeting visa requirements concessions, including the location of the candidate when applying.

All the restrictions on travel due to COVID-19 have been eliminated. Hence, the concession period is irrelevant. Australian visitors don’t necessarily need immunization records.

Concluding the concession terms and periods will improve migration management. This will prevent unwanted cohorts from receiving concessions, restoring integrity.

Visas Sponsored by Employers

Fresh nominations for the subsequent streams of visas from 25 November 2023 now need Temporary Skill Shortage holders to have a continuous working experience for two of the previous three years with the sponsored employer or in the profession as medical experts and certain officials:

  • Temporary Residence Transition stream
  • Employer Nomination Scheme
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

These COVID-19 restrictions are withdrawn:

  • COVID-19-related work absences will not be counted against new ENS/RSMS TRT stream nominations as requirements of work experience.
  • New ENS/RSMS visa applications will not be eligible for the age exemption as given to the high-earners in COVID-19.

Connect with certified immigration consultants in Dubai to learn more about the program updates. 

Skills-based Regional Visa 887

Skilled visa holders who are eligible can apply for the Australia subclass visa 887 during the concession period of COVID-19.

During this period, subclass 887 visa candidates meeting specific conditions could submit their applications from within or outside Australia after meeting simplified employment and regional requirements of the residence.

The employment concession requirement is only available to applicants who:

  • Applicants must hold a qualifying skilled regional visa throughout the concession period 
  • and apply within 3 months of 26 Feb 2024.

Other privileges for this subclass will terminate when the concession period ends.

After the 25th of November, 2023, the visa holders should be in Australia and not in the clearance procedure of immigration. 

Family Visas

For some Family program visa applicants, COVID-19 concessions ended the condition of being present at the location throughout the process of granting the visa.

Partner and Child visa-eligible applicants who applied and were present in Australia before the 26th of November, 2023, will still be eligible for a visa in Australia once they meet all other basic requirements. Those who were absent throughout the concession period of COVID-19 are not eligible.

The concession period of COVID-19 ranged from 1 February 2020 to 25 November 2023.

Business Innovation and Investment visas 

The COVID-19 concessions for BII are as under:

  • Australia Temporary subclass 188 visa 
  • Australia Permanent subclass 888 

BIIP candidates who are qualified for COVID-19 concessions can apply for 3 months after the concession period ends. Application deadline is February 26, 2024.

Safe Haven Enterprise Visa

The ending of the COVID-19 concession will have little influence on the Safe Haven Enterprise visa program. RoS visas offer these visa holders a permanent immigration track from the Australian government.

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