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Migration Update : 22 Apr 2022

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1. Working Holiday Visas has a 30% capacity increase for the 2022-23 program year

For 2022-23 only, there will be a 30 per cent cap increase to the number of places available to working holiday makers from countries with which Australia has a capped Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement. This one-off cap increase will commence from 1 July 2022.

2. Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) Update

Now, you can upload Business Innovation and Investment Program visa documents online through ImmiAccount.

For applications lodged on or after 13 November 2021, all documents for Business Innovation and Investment Program visas should now be submitted online through ImmiAccount across all streams and for all locations. Failure to upload documents via ImmiAccount may result in delays in processing.

3. Delays with onshore Bupa health examinations

The Department has recognised that COVID-19 continues to affect arranging visa medical appointments with Bupa in Australia. They will take this into consideration when assessing visa applications and encourage applicants to upload evidence of bookings via ImmiAccount.

4. Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa

On 18 March 2022, the Department implemented legislative changes to the Temporary Skills Shortage visa. From 1 July 2022, existing TSS visa holders in the short-term stream will be able to apply for permanent residence through the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa – in line with the Minister’s 25 November announcement.

To be eligible to apply as a short-term stream TSS visa holder,

  • Applicants must have been in Australia between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 for at least one year.
  • Applicants must meet all other nomination and visa requirements for the TRT stream of the ENS visa. The pathway will be accessible for two years from its commencement on 1 July 2022.

The above arrangements also apply to subclass 457 visa holders with an occupation on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). This complements the pathway to permanent residency for TSS visa holders in the short-term stream, by allowing eligible subclass 457 visa holders to apply for the TRT stream of the ENS, without first applying for a TSS visa.

5. Definition of De Facto Relationship and Implications for GSM Points

The SkillSelect system will allocate points for partner relationship status as follows (item 6D112):

  • Single – SkillSelect will award 10 points
  • Engaged – SkillSelect will award 10 points
  • Married – SkillSelect will award 0 points
  • De Facto – SkillSelect will award 0 points

GSM visa applicants’ marital status will sometimes change between lodging the EOI, lodging the visa application, and when a decision is made on points. This change of status may result in the loss or gain of points at visa assessment. For example, a person assigned 10 points (as single) at EOI, may lose these 10 points at the visa application stage if they have subsequently married or entered a de facto relationship.

Where intending applicants are both in a de facto relationship and engaged simultaneously at time of EOI, they may consider selecting “De Facto” rather than “Engaged” when calculating their point score irrespective of the length of the de facto relationship.   This will avoid being invited at a higher point score than what the visa applicant will be able to meet.

6. Want to Study in Australia but have no idea how to prepare? | Tin’s Migration Show

Our Registered Migration Agent Tin will explore Australian Student Visa with you on our Youtube Channel

  • Want to study in Australia but have no idea what to prepare?
  • What’s the current Student Visa Processing time and when should I start preparation?
  • How much I need to prepare for tuition fees and visa application fees?

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