Reforming updates for Migration in Australia, form July 1st, 2023, to note:
- From 1st July 2023, the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) has increased from $53,900 to $70,000.
- From 1st July 2023, most Student Visa holders will be subject to the work limitation of 48 hours per fortnight, unless you are a student working in the aged care sector, then you can continue to work unrestricted hours until 31st December 2023.
- From 1st July 2023, UK passport holders can apply for a Working Holiday visa between the ages of 18 and 35 years inclusive
- In accordance with the Australia and UK Free Trade Agreement, U.K Passport Holders are:
- Exempt from Labour Market Testing,
- Able to apply for a Working Holiday visa between the ages of 18 and 35 years inclusive from 1st July 2023 and
- Able to be granted up to three Working Holiday visas without having to meet any specified work requirements from 1 July 2024.
- From 1st July 2023, Working Holiday Visa holders may work for the same employer and/or organisation for a further 6 months, and if you worked for an employer prior to 1st July 2023, any work performed prior to his will not be counted towards the six-month limitation period.
- From 1st July 2023, New Zealand citizens who have been living in Australia for more than four years will be eligible to apply directly for Australian citizenship without having to apply for a permanent visa. These changes apply to New Zealand citizens holding a Special Category (subclass 444) visa (SCV) who arrived in Australia after 26 February 2001.
- Starting from 1 July 2023, certain holders of subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visas will have the opportunity to extend their stay in Australia. The new legislative updates include the following extended stay periods:
- Bachelor’s degree graduates can stay for up to four years, compared to the previous duration of two years.
- Master’s degree graduates can stay for up to five years, increased from the previous three-year limit.
- Doctoral graduates can now stay for up to six years, an extension from the previous four-year duration.
Please note: The extension of one or two years for eligible students who reside, work, and study in regional areas remains unchanged and to be eligible for the extension, international bachelor and master’s students must hold a qualification listed on the eligible qualifications list. However, all doctoral graduates are eligible for the two-year extension regardless of their qualification.
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