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Upcoming Changes to Visas in Australia from July 1, 2023

Matt Paff
May 27, 2023

The Australian government has announced a number of changes to visas that will take effect on July 1, 2023. These changes are designed to make it easier for people to come to Australia to study, work, and live.

Student Visas - Australia

One of the most significant changes is that student visa holders will be able to work for up to 48 hours per fortnight, up from the current limit of 40 hours per fortnight (which is in fact currently relanot enforced due to COVID related labour shortages). This will give students more flexibility to earn money while they are studying.

In addition, the government is introducing a new two-year post-study work visa for graduates of Australian universities. This visa will allow graduates to stay in Australia and work for two years after they complete their studies.

Australian Working Holiday Visas

The government is also making changes to working holiday visas. The current six-month limit on the number of months that a working holiday maker can work for the same employer is being removed. This will give working holiday makers more flexibility to find work in Australia.

Other Changes To Australian Visas

The government is also making a number of other changes to visas, including:

  • Raising the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) from $53,900 to $70,000. This will make it easier for skilled workers to be nominated for a visa.
  • Introducing a new points-based system for skilled visas. This system will be based on factors such as education, work experience, and language skills.
  • Increasing the number of places available for skilled migrants.

These changes are designed to make Australia more attractive to international students, workers, and skilled migrants. The government hopes that these changes will help to boost the Australian economy.

You can find more changes via this SBS article. The Home Affairs department news articles are also very helpful.

If you are considering coming to Australia, it is important to be aware of these changes. You should contact a migration agent to discuss your options and to make sure that you meet the requirements for the visa that you are applying for.

Matt Paff
May 27, 2023