News: Upcoming Updates to Australian Visas for 2023 – 2024

The Australian migration system is set to undergo major changes, following a 186-page review that described the system as “not fit for purpose” and warned of the risks of exploiting temporary workers.

The review delivered 38 reform directions for the government to consider, and Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil has made two announcements so far, including a citizenship pathway for New Zealanders, a new visa for Pacific migrants, and changes to student visas and Working Holiday Maker visas. The review also recommended changes to Australia’s points system for selecting migrants, fewer visa types, and a three-tiered assessment system. Consultations will take place in May and June, with a final migration strategy expected to be released later this year.

Here’s a summary of the main changes and points from the Australian migration system overhaul:

Citizenship pathway for New Zealanders:

From 1 July 2023, New Zealanders who have been living in Australia for four years or more will be eligible to apply directly for Australian citizenship, without needing to first apply for a permanent visa.

New visa for Pacific migrants:

A new visa will be introduced, providing 3,000 places for eligible migrants from Pacific countries and Timor Leste. Spots for the Pacific Engagement visa (PEV) will be allocated by a ballot process each year, and those selected will be able to apply for permanent residence in Australia.

Changes to student visas:

From 1 July, student visa work restrictions will be reintroduced and capped at an increased rate of 48 hours per fortnight. Some holders of subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visas will be able to stay in Australia for a longer period.

Changes for Working Holiday Makers:

The concession allowing Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) to work for the same employer or organization for longer than six months without requesting permission will end on 1 July.

Minimum salary increase:

The Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) will increase from $53,000 to $70,000 from 1 July, providing skilled temporary workers with the opportunity to apply for permanent residency by the year’s end.

Review of the migration system:

The review delivered 38 reform directions, including a three-tiered assessment system, fewer visa types, a focus on holding onto international students, and changing Australia’s points system to select migrants who will likely make the “greatest long-term economic contribution.”

Overall, these changes are aimed at making the Australian migration system more targeted and efficient, attracting highly skilled migrants and businesses, and reducing the risk of exploitation and a “permanently temporary underclass” of workers.


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