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Australia Immigration Changes Applicable from 1 July 2023

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Australia continues to grapple with a skills shortage even after the Covid-19 pandemic. To address this issue, the Australian Government has devised a range of strategies aimed at enabling extended temporary stays for international students while also providing pathways for migrants in key sectors to obtain permanent residence. Starting from July 1, 2023, several significant changes will come into effect for Australian visas. Let’s explore these changes to Australian Immigration in detail.

More Skilled Migration

Compared to two years ago, the Australian Government has made over 30,000 more permanent visas available for Australian migrants in the coming year. Among these, 70% of the allocated places are reserved for skilled migrants, offering opportunities for candidates seeking both employer-sponsored and general skilled migration visas.

On May 9, 2023, the Australian Government unveiled the 2023-24 Permanent Migration Program, setting the planning level at 190,000 places. This program has been carefully designed to tackle persistent and emerging skills shortages and attract individuals with specialised skillsets that are challenging to find or develop within Australia.

The Skill Stream, comprising approximately 72% of the program (137,100 places), focuses on improving the economy’s productive capacity and addressing skill shortages, including those in regional areas. This stream plays a pivotal role in meeting the demands of the labour market.

The Family Stream, accounting for approximately 28% of the program (52,500 places), primarily consists of Partner visas. It enables Australians to reunite with their overseas family members and provides pathways to citizenship. Notably, the estimation for 2023-24 includes 40,500 Partner visas and 3,000 Child visas. It is important to note that these categories are demand-driven and not subject to a ceiling.

The table below outlines the 2023-2024 planning levels for the visa program, which includes a total of 190,000 visas:

Visa Stream

Visa Category

2022-23 Planning levels

2023-24 Planning levels

Skill

Employer Sponsored

35,000

36,825

 

Skilled Independent

32,100

30,375

 

Regional

34,000

32,300

 

State/Territory Nominated

31,000

30,400

 

Business Innovation & Investment

5,000

1,900

 

Global Talent (Independent)

5,000

5,000

 

Distinguished Talent

300

300<