Australia’s 2022-23 Migration Cap Will Stay the Same

Skilled migration is a hot topic at the moment, particularly since Victoria, the ACT and the NT have announced their Skilled Migration Program nomination allocations for 2022-23 in the last few days. These announcements came amid reports that the Australian Government was considering increasing its migration cap in 2022-23. However, data from the Department of…

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Who are employers sponsoring from overseas?

The skills shortage in Australia has led to a surge in Temporary Skilled visa grants WHENEVER THERE ARE major skills shortages in Australia, we see increased use of the Temporary Employer Sponsored visa in particular — the former subclass 457 and now subclass 482. The number of such visa holders in Australia, both the primary…

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Clearing visa backlog is key to delivering workers

Clearing a backlog of visa applications is an urgent priority for the new Federal Government, and a direction has been issued for more staff to be deployed to process applications. Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister Andrew Giles issued the direction, with officers previously focused on travel exemptions already redirected to visa processing. A surge…

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Skilled worker visa applicants lose hope while waiting to be assessed

Skilled migrant workers waiting two years or more for their visa applications to be processed have “lost hope” they will be assessed before fast-approaching expiry dates. Key points: There was a backlog of more than 16,400 on-hand 887 visa applications as of the end of March this year The Department of Home Affairs is recruiting…

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