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8 Australian Visa changes affecting Immigration [2022]

Last Updated on November 12, 2021 by Christie McEnzie

Business and Investment Visa

The Australian Government headed by its Prime Minister Mr. Scott Morrison is very keen on increasing the investment thresholds, with key priority these investments to be made in regional areas, required for investment and business visas to migrate to Australia as Permanent Resident.

There are even chances of streamlining the three main visas and nine visa streams falling under the migrate to Australia under business and investment visa scheme.

Skilled Occupations flagged to be removed from the STSOL

There are chances of following skilled occupations to be removed from the Short Term Skilled Occupation List:-

  • Careers Counsellor
  • Vehicle Trimmer
  • Business Machine Mechanic
  • Animal Attendants and Trainers nec
  • Gardener (General)
  • Hairdresser
  • Wood Machinist
  • Massage Therapist
  • Community Worker
  • Diving Instructor (Open Water)
  • Gymnastics Coach or Instructor

Skilled Occupations flagged to be moved from STSOL to MLTSSL

There are chances of following skilled occupations to be shifted from the Short Term Skilled Occupation List to the Medium Long Term Strategic Skills List:-

  • Automotive Electrician
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Locksmith
  • Painting Trades Worker
  • Glazier
  • Wall and Floor Tiler
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Post Office Manager
  • Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
  • Real Estate Representative
  • Geologist
  • Sales and Marketing Manager
  • ICT Project Manager (includes Blockchain Planner/Manager)
  • Information and Organisation Professionals nec (includes Data Scientist)
  • Insurance Loss Adjuster
  • Procurement Manager
  • Ship’s Master

Skilled Occupations flagged to be added to STSOL

  • Corporate Treasurer
  • Aged or Disabled Carer
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Personal Care Assistant

Introduction of two New Regional Visas with a pathway to Permanent Residency

Skilled Migrant Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa – Subclass 494

This visa enables regional employers to address identified labour shortages within their region by sponsoring skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa – Subclass 491

This visa is for skilled workers or people nominated by an Australian state or territory government to live and work in regional Australia. The subclass 491 Visa is a provisional or temporary visa allowing you to stay in regional Australia for 5 years. It is only for those skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia.

Once you get these visas approved then you can apply for permanent residence, if eligible, through the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191) – which commences on 16 November 2022.

Provision of extra Temporary Graduate Visa post-study

This new initiative has been announced by DOHA (Department of Home Affairs) under which any graduate, with both undergrad and postgrad higher education streams, from the regional campus of any registered university or institution can get a second Temporary Graduate Visa under which he/she can work full-time after finishing his/her studies provided:-

  • graduated with a higher degree
  • intends to stay back and work in a regional area

Australian Government has classified all areas as regional areas that are not part of Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. In 2019, Perth and Gold Coast were also classified as regional areas.

Permanent status of Global Talent – Employer-Sponsored Program

The announcement has been made by DOHA (Department of Home Affairs) that Global Talent Program – Employer Sponsored (GTES) where it mentioned making GTES permanent to attract global talent.

Business and startups in Australia will have access to best and intelligent talent across the world under this permanent structure of GTES.

Relaxation of English requirements for skilled migrants intending to work in farms

Concession in English language requirements for skilled farm worker migrants will resolve labour shortages in this sector and thus boost the Australian Agri economy.

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