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5 Major Migration Changes in 2023

Here are the top five Australian visa opportunities for 2023.

1. New visa requirements for some nations

In July 2023, a new visa will be established, offering 3,000 spots for qualified immigrants from the Pacific region and Timor Leste. Each year, vacancies for the Pacific Engagement visa (PEV) will be distributed by ballot. In addition to the openings in Australia’s permanent migration program, these visas will be made available.

2. Priority service for citizens of New Zealand

Australian residents of New Zealand will receive priority processing for their applications for Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visas. The department no longer requires applicants to have lived in Australia for at least five years, achieve specific taxable income thresholds, or meet certain health conditions in order to be granted a visa. To clear the backlog in the system, the department will not be accepting new visa applications from 10 December 2022 until 1 July 2023. Individuals who are granted visas will have quicker access to the perks of permanent residency, such as immediate enrollment in the National Disability Insurance Program and automatic citizenship for their Australian-born children. Beginning on January 1, 2023, those who receive a New Zealand stream visa will also have their citizenship pathway expedited.

3. Available visas sponsored by states

The number of visas available through the states and territories is expected to drastically expand as a result of the bigger regional allocation, according to former Department of Immigration Secretary Abul Rivzi. A representative for the Department of Home Affairs stated that the department has established a planning level of 31,000 spots for regional category (subclass 491) and 34,000 additional places in the regional category (subclass 190), the majority of which are nominated by state and territory administrations. There will be another 5,000 visas for the business innovation and investment program (subclass 188). One of the biggest advantages of a state-sponsored visa is not being tied to a particular employer – although applicants have to be younger than 45 years old and have to also find their own jobs.

4. Easy family reunion

By implementing demand-driven partner visas in 2022–2023, the Albanese government has made it easy for families to reunite. Therefore, there is no cap on the total number of these visas that can be given. This fiscal year, the government expects to provide about 40,500 partner visas. Demand also determines the number of child visas given, which is projected to be about 3,000.

5. Modifications to visa processing

Once the government ceased utilising the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) to rank applications, skilled visa applications for teachers and healthcare professionals are now being evaluated in just three days. On October 28, 2022, Ministerial Directive No. 100 was released, setting new guidelines for application prioritization. Now, decisions on applications are made in the following priority order:

– Healthcare or teaching occupation applications;

– For employer-sponsored visas, applicants nominated by an Approved sponsor with Accredited Status;

– Those for a designated regional area;
– For permanent and provisional visa subclasses, visa applications that count towards the migration program, excluding the Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)) visa;

– All other visa applications.

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