To boost Australia's economic recovery, the Government has eased the rules and regulations for highly skilled migrants to stay in Australia and to continue working in critical sectors, especially in health, hospitality and other essential industries.
The statement from Immigration, Citizenship, Migration Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke indicates that the new measures recognise the contribution of skilled migrants who stayed and worked in Australia during the pandemic.
From 1st December 2021, fully vaccinated and eligible temporary and provisional visa holders can enter the country without a travel exemption.
The changes will improve access to permanent residence for:
Currently, there are around 20,000 primary Temporary Skill Shortage and 457 visa holders in the country who may benefit from it.
The Government will also extend the current and expired skilled provisional visas (subclass 489, 491 and 494), providing the visa holders additional time to meet regional work requirements for PR. Currently, there are around 9,000 skilled regional provisional visa holders overseas waiting to enter Australia.
If your visa is expired or will expire between 1st January 2022 and 30th June 2022, you can get an extension. To support the tourism industry, the Government will extend a further six-month Visa Application Charge waiver for new visitor visa applicants overseas.
The Government has also introduced new measures for international students and graduates, including the following:
These are some of the significant changes that the Australian Government has made for migrants and international students to boost economic recovery after COVID-19.
If you are looking for more information or need guidance for visa application or renewal, please contact an experienced consultant at PFEC Global.
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