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The latest Australian Immigration Updates, shedding light on crucial aspects that impact both applicants and employers.

Current Visa Processing Times:

So, how long will it take to get my 482 visa processed? This perennial question echoes in the minds of applicants and employers alike. The department of Home Affairs generally provide us with broad estimates, but what are we actually seeing come across our desks?

The 482 visa, a cornerstone in our immigration framework, is showcasing consistency in processing times for both the short-term and the medium to long-term streams. There is no longer a discrepancy in processing times between the two streams. With preparation, lodgement, and processing stages well-defined, expect a turnaround within two to six weeks from the date of lodgement.

The 186 visa, a pathway to permanent residency usually working alongside the 482 visa program is split into two main streams – The Temporary Resident Transition (TRT) Stream and the Direct Entry (DE) Stream. The Direct Entry path emerges as the slightly swifter option, especially for applicants with accredited sponsors. Applications lodged through an accredited sponsor can anticipate a timeline of approximately six months from lodgement. Conversely, those without accredited sponsors encounter a lengthier wait, extending to around twelve months from the date of lodgement.

COVID Visa (408) Update: Interesting Insights

The 408 visa also known as the ‘COVID visa’, providing refuge for those with limited options has seen a surge in holders over the past years (around 66,000 current 408 visa holders). Speculation continues to surround its potential discontinuation. While the government assures sufficient notice when enforcing this redundancy, planning ahead and making consideration for longer term pathways might be crucial. The speculation in the industry is that by the time this is discontinued, COVID visa holders should possess the experience required for a 482 visa. Keeping in mind we are expecting to receive an official update around the Pathways to Permanent Residency for Short-term visa holders after two years.

485 Visa Extension: New Post-Study Work Rights

The Department’s recent move to extend post-study work rights under the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) brings good news. Eligible graduates in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, healthcare, and education fields benefit. There are a total of 3,264 courses eligible for extension.

Notably, the visa extension aligns with Australia’s drive towards innovation and progress in an attempt to stimulate tehe economic recovery post-COVID.

Clearing Up Confusion: 417 Working Holiday Visa

UK passport holders, rejoice! The Working Holiday Maker Visa remains an attractive option. As of July 1, 2023, the eligibility age for the first working holiday visa increases to 35. Moreover, the second and third visas no longer require specified work (farm work), offering flexibility to explore Australia without this restriction. Noting, you will still need to apply for 3 seperate visas (1st, 2nd and 3rd working holiday visa).

Migration Quota for 2023/2024: Key Highlights

The migration quota’s unveiling for the upcoming year showcases a continuation of strategic planning and a focus on skilled visas. The majority of alloted places remain the same for the upcoming financial year. An area to spotlight is Western Australia. The state’s efforts to attract graduates through streamlined processes and prioritised invitations reveal new opportunities.

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