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Budget 2022-23 Australia forecast to increase net migration by 40,000

Since Australia has started to re-open its borders on 1st November 2021 over one million people have already entered. Aside from Australians returning home, students, skilled visa holders and skilled workers have started to ease the skills shortage employers have been facing.

Building on this need for skilled migrants, with the new financial year starting 1st July 2022, Australia has forecast their fastest rebound in net migration in history. This will be driven by an increase of 40,000 places across the skilled migration programs from the 2021-22 financial year.

Consequently net overseas migration has been revised for 2021-22 from about minus 40,000 to plus 41,000 for the 2022-2023 financial year.

These net migration numbers are forecast to continue rising. To 80,000 in 2022-23 and 213,000 in 2023-24. It will ultimately return to pre-pandemic numbers of 235,000 in the years following this.

The main beneficiaries of this increase are likely be seen in employer sponsored applications, the skilled independent program and the State/Territory Nominated visas.

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Australia’s plan to reopen borders will boost migration market …. Uglobal Immigration magazine

Uglobal Immigration magazine

It’s always great to be able to contribute to leading industry magazines & forums.

We were recently asked to provide comment on Australia re-opening their borders to all visa holders. Our responses were recently published in an ARTICLE on the Uglobal Immigration website.

Australian migration agent Mark Welch, founder of Cargil Migration, welcomed the Australian government’s decision to reopen the borders that has been shut to nonresidents since March 2020.

“The reopening will certainly assist investor and business migrants, as well as advisers like myself,” he said.

Welch said he was already seeing an increase in queries from people looking for their investment immigration options in Australia since the announcement was made.

“I have received new queries, and had old queries that have been re-visited in the past 24 to 36 hours,” he said, adding: “The strengthening of certain currencies against the AUD (Australian dollar) has also assisted.”

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South Australia open up skilled migration program further – February 2022

South Australia add another 259 occupations to offshore program 

In a sign that Australia is opening up its borders, and skilled migration, South Australia (SA) have added a further 259 occupations to its state nomination program.

South Australian migration

This follows SA making over 90 occupations available to offshore applicants in September & November 2021.

The announcement means that applicants who have obtained a skills assessment and lodged an Expression of Interest (EOI) can Register their Interest to be nominated by SA for the following visas:

  • Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 491) Visa

Depending on the occupation there may be other requirements that need to be met –  such as years of experience & english language ability.

The 259 occupations cover health care, trades, construction, IT and business. This is in addition to engineering occupations that were previously added.

If you could like to discuss your eligibility for SA visas then please Contact Us.

Australia’s international borders to reopen to fully vaccinated travellers from 21 February

Australia has announced that it’s borders will re-open to fully vaccinated travellers on 21st February, 2022.

This is ahead of the April 2022 opening of borders  that was recently suggested.

It’s been almost 2 years – March 2020 – since tourists, aside from the odd exemption, have been able to travel.

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Australia to re-open 21st February, 2022

Visa holders who are not fully vaccinated will still require a valid travel exemption to enter Australia, and will be subject to state and territory quarantine requirements. These details are to be confirmed.

If you have any questions please Contact Us.

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Ten key benefits of the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Significant changes to visa outcomes

Australia & the UK recently announced they had signed a FTA . This was shared on our Twitter feed .

The Uk Department for International Trade have provided details about what they see as the 10 Key benefits of the FTA.

10 key benefits of FTA

FTA outcomes relevant to visas 

Whilst the FTA is in its early stages of implementation, there are a few key points that may effect, or are relevant to visa matters.

  • Professional mobility – professional qualifications 

There is support for recognition of professional qualifications between Australia and the UK and increased collaboration between UK and Australian accreditation and regulatory bodies

  • A new visa pathway to Australia for innovators from the UK

An Innovation and Early Careers Skills Exchange Pilot is being piloted for UK nationals involved in innovation to enter Australia through a workplace exchange. Numbers will be capped at 1000 in the first year, rising by 1000 for the second year. The visa will be implemented within one year of entry-into-force of the A-UKFTA.

  • Labour Market testing (LMT) 

UK Citizens will be waived from the LMT requirements in visas that require this e.g. Subclass 482 . 

  • Youth mobility  

The working holiday visa (WHV) age limit will be lifted from 31 to 35 . The vis length will also be extended to up to 3 years,  from a maximum of 2 years at present. 

These changes will be implemented within 2 years of the agreement coming into effect.

If you have any questions about this, then please Contact Us.

 

 

NSW to open Subclass 190 Nomination to offshore applicants

Experienced offshore applicants to be considered for NSW nomination

NSW have announced today (21 December, 2021) that they will consider nominating offshore applicants for their Subclass 190 visa program in invitation rounds.

The 50+ occupation groups they will consider are detailed below. The applicants must have a positive skills assessment, have three years of work experience in their nominated, or closely related, occupation and have submitted an EOI.

 

Occupations that will be considered 

1. Managers

  • 1332 – Engineering Managers
  • 1335 – Production Managers
  • 1341 – Child Care Centre Managers
  • 1342 – Health and Welfare Service Managers

2. Professionals

  • 2246 – Librarians
  • 2332 – Civil Engineering Professional
  • 2333 – Electrical Engineer
  • 2334 – Electronics Engineers
  • 2335 – Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • 2336 – Mining Engineers
  • 2339 – Other Engineering Professionals
  • 2342 – Food Scientists
  • 2347 – Veterinarians
  • 2411 – Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers
  • 2414 –  Primary School Teachers
  • 2415 – Secondary School Teachers
  • 2515 – Special Education Teachers
  • 2523 – Pharmacists
  • 2541 – Dental Practitioners
  • 2542 – Midwives
  • 2543 – Nurse Educators and Researchers
  • 2544 – Registered Nurses
  • 2633 – Telecommunications Engineering Professionals
  • 2723 – Psychologists
  • 2724 – Social Professionals
  • 2725 – Social Workers
  • 2726 – Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers

3. Technicians and Trades Workers

  • 3111 – Agricultural Technicians
  • 3122 – Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
  • 3123 – Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
  • 3125 – Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
  • 3223 – Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers
  • 3232 – Metal Fitters and Machinists
  • 3241 – Panelbeaters
  • 3311 – Bricklayers and Stonemasons
  • 3312 – Carpenters and Joiners
  • 3322 – Painting Trades Workers
  • 3331 – Glaziers
  • 3333- Roof Tilers
  • 3334 – Wall and Floor Tilers
  • 3341 – Plumbers
  • 3411 – Electricians
  • 3421 – Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics
  • 3422 -Electrical Distribution Trades Workers
  • 3423 – Electronics Trades Workers
  • 3511 – Bakers and Pastry Cooks
  • 3512 – Butchers and Smallgoods Makers
  • 3613 – Veterinary Nurses
  • 3911 – Hairdressers
  • 3941 – Cabinetmakers

4. Community and Personal Service Workers

  • 4112 – Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapist
  • 4113 – Diversional Therapist
  • 4117 – Welfare Support Workers

If you have any questions about either a visa application or NSW nomination then please Contact Us.

 

Australian Government has announced a doubling of migration numbers for 2022-23

Australian visa grants to increase 

The Australian treasury’s mid year economic plan has shown that migration levels in 2022-23 are expected to almost double from 96,000 to 180,000.

The earlier than expected reopening of the borders to a number of different visa holders –  almost 6 months earlier than planned – is one of the reasons.  In addition migration is seen as a key policy to drive economic growth and fill skilled shortages post COVID.

Migration expected to return to pre-COVID levels next financial year, Treasury predicts

However the emergence of the omicron variant, and the demand they place on health resources, may mean these plans are shelved or revised.

The DHA will reveal more details of their planning in due course.

If you have any questions please Contact Us.

 

Australia reopens to international travellers on 15 December, 2021

The DHA have confirmed that have reopened to vaccinated travellers as of 15 December, 2021. See the DHA announcement below.

” Reopening to international travel

Australia is reopening its border to vaccinated travellers. This is part of our step-by-step and safe reopening to the world. From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated visa holders from the following cohorts will be able to travel to Australia without an exemption:

  • international students
  • skilled migrants
  • refugee/humanitarian, and
  • temporary and provisional family visa holders.

This was to begin from 1 December 2021, however the reopening was paused due to the emergence of the ‘Omicron’ COVID-19 variant.

As part of Australia’s reopening to fully vaccinated travellers, international safe travel zones have been introduced for New Zealand and Singapore. International safe travel zones with Japan and Korea will begin from 15 December 2021.

For up-to-date information on travel requirements, visit the international safe travel zone and COVID-19 and the border webpages.”

If you have any questions about a visa application and/or exemptions then please Contact Us.