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As we are fully aware, the migration landscape in Australia is ever-changing and it can be a challenge to keep on top of the latest amendments.

So here’s a recap on what’s happening in the world of Australian Immigration Law.

1) Timeframes for applying for Permanent Residency from a Short-term 482 visa after 2 years

This has been a widely discussed topic as of late and thankfully we have received clarification regarding policy around these provisions.

For those of you that are not aware, the department have reduced the time in which you need to hold a 482 visa in order to meet the eligibility criteria to apply for PR through the Subclass 186 Temporary Resident Transition stream – FULL ARTICLE.

From a top line perspective, this sounds great. When you take a look at the finer details, that’s where you’ll find minor discrepancies. Let’s take a look at this in the ‘real world’.

You work for Employer X while holding a Working Holiday Visa. You then transition to a 2-year (short-term stream) 482 visa with the same employer. After two years working for the same employer while holding a 482 visa, you become eligible to apply for PR through the Subclass 186 TRT stream. This is where the confusion lies. If only after you hit that two year mark do you become eligible to apply, then essentially your visa will expire and you’d become unlawful.

We have good news– the department have agreed that (on a case by case basis) they will allow 482 visa holders to apply for the Subclass 186 visa in the TRT stream ‘a few days’ prior to meeting the two year requirement.

2) State nominated invitation rounds for NSW, QLD and WA (Subclass 190 and 491)

NSW and QLD have received allocations for state nominated visa subclasses in excess of 30,000 for the 2023/2024. And with this significant increase in numbers, we are seeing consistent invitation rounds being issued on a quarterly basis.

For most tech occupations, we are still only seeing invitations being issued for Expressions of Interest above 100 points.

Western Australia have exhausted their allocation for the 2023/2024 financial year so if you were hoping for an invite you will need to wait until the allocations are refreshed in the new financial year.

3) Occupations receiving priority processing

Currently, the department are prioritising Teaching and Healthcare occupations:

These include:

  • Health Professionals
  • School Teachers
  • Health and Welfare Support Workers
  • Child Care Centre Managers
  • Medical Scientists
  • Counsellors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Medical Technicians
  • School Principal
  • Child Care Worker
  • Aged or Disabled Carer
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Personal Care Assistant.

4) Global Talent Visa updates

With the introduction of the new Ministerial Direction 105, we have seen a shift away from Global Talent and towards Regional Visa Applications.

This doesn’t mean that Global Talent Visa’s are no longer being processed, it just means that you will experience longer processing times (From between 3 > 6 months to around 6 > 12 months)

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