Migration News

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May 2023: The Albanese Government announced that by the end of 2023, Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) short stream visa holders will have a pathway to permanent residency within the existing capped permanent program.

May 2023: Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) from $53,900 to $70,000 from 1st July 2023.

April 2023: Direct pathway to Australian citizenship for some New Zealand citizens (residence eligibility criteria to be met) from 1 July 2023.

Dec 2022: Expedited citizenship pathway for New Zealand stream Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa holders

July 2022: Permanent residence pathway for Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa holders with an occupation on the Regional Occupation List

July 2018: Skilled Independent Visas - Points Increase: As of the 1st July 2018 the points score required to apply for a Skilled Independent Visas increases from 60 to 65 points.

July 2017: New Zealand Citizens: new visa 1st July. Open to eligible New Zealand citizens, holding a Special Category (subclass 444) visa, who were usually resident in Australia on 19 February 2016 and have shown commitment and contribution to Australia in the previous 5 years

Nov 2017: Temporary Sponsored Parent visa will be introduced in November 2017 (quota 15,000 visas ). This visa will allow the temporary stay of sponsored parents in Australia for periods of up to three or five years. The visa may be renewed from outside Australia to allow a cumulative stay of up to ten years. further details

July 2017: Skilled Independent Visas: Age Change to the 189 visa as of 1st July. The government have amended the legislation for the 189 visa as of 1st July the maximum age at time of application will reduce from <50 to less than 45 years of age.

May 2017: The DIBP have advised that all Pro-rata occupations have reached their quota for this year and no further invitations will be made for these occupations until July 2017

April 2017: The DIBP announce significant changes to the Skilled Occupation Lists, 216 occupations removed and two new lists created

  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaced the previous ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL) and is available in Schedule 1 of the relevant legislative instrument
  • Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) replaced the previous ‘Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List’ (CSOL) and is available in Schedule 2 of the relevant legislative instrument.

April 2017: On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the 457 visa was to be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.