State nominations for skilled visas lagging behind expectations

State and territory governments will be reliant on the boom in student, visitor, working holiday maker and skilled temporary entry arrivals in 2022 to meet their 2022-23 skilled visa allocations. At the end of December 2022, state and territory government skilled migrant nominations were still running well behind pro-rata against their record allocations for 2022-23.…

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Australia Planning to Issue Work Visas for Foreigners Based on Demand

The Australian authorities have said that they are planning to switch the skills-based visa program to a demand-driven immigration system, which would allow businesses to have a role in deciding what job positions should be filled. Commenting on the idea, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Clare O’Neil said that despite the country dealing…

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Australia to review visa and immigration policies: What you should know

Like many developed nations, Australia too faces the problems brought forth by an ageing population and is dependent on overseas migrants to contribute to its population growth since 2005-06. At the start of 2023, Australia announced that it would be reviewing its visa and immigration policies to address the growing shortage of workers, especially in…

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Australian unis “inundated” with int’l students

Australian universities have been “inundated” with applications from international students as demand exceeds pre-covid levels at some institutions, with Indian students driving the rebound. Applications from international students were 40% higher than in 2019 at the University of Wollongong and 27% higher at the University of Queensland, according to Australian press. Much of the demand…

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Andrews calls for higher skilled migration cap and universally free early learning

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has called for Australia’s skilled migration cap to be lifted and advocated for free and universal access to early childhood learning to plug critical workforce gaps in a post-pandemic population boom. In a 1½-hour candid interview with the Socially Democratic podcast, the premier reflected on the “nasty” 2022 state election campaign,…

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Where can Australians travel in 2023 without a visa?

The Australian passport is one of the world’s most desirable when it comes to visa-free travel. Australian passport holders can travel to 185 international destinations without needing to first apply for a visa, according to the latest Henley Passport Index. KEY POINTS Japan has again topped the Henley Passport Index, with its citizens having visa-free…

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China students set to return to Australia

Australia’s lucrative international student sector appears set for a huge boost due to improving relations with China. Government data shows Chinese student visa holders more than halved between 2019 and 2022, falling from 165,149 to 78,234 during the pandemic period. China’s ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian said on Tuesday “bad political relations” had contributed to…

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