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Australia Budget 2022-23: Skilled, Parent and Study Visa Updates

Published 26 Oct 2022 / Updated 26 Oct 2022

Australia Budget 2022-23: Skilled, Parent and Study Visa Updates

Labour Government's first Federal Budget includes announcements about a significant increase in parent and skilled visas, relaxed work restrictions for international students, funding to resolve visa processing times, and more opportunities for high-skilled migrants to gain pathways to permanent residency.

Key Updates

  • Permanent migration program intake will expand by 35000 seats from 160,000 to 195,000 places

    • Over 90 per cent of new places will go to skilled migrants, and over a quarter will be targeted for regional areas.
  • Parent visa intake to increase from 4500 to 8500 places

  • Unrestricted work rights for international students to continue until 30 June 2023, allowing more than 40 hours of work per fortnight

  • Partner visas (and children) to be demand driven and have no ceiling

  • Additional funding of $476 million over 4 years to address visa backlog, expedite visa processing and promote opportunities for high skilled migrants

  • Significant focus on Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) and Skilled Work Regional Visa (subclass 491)

  • 500 places for other family visas and 100 places for special eligibility visas.

  • A Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) to allow up to 3,000 people to migrate annually from the Pacific and Timor-Leste to Australia.

Skilled visa allocation for 2022-23:

Category Allocation (number of visas)
Employer Sponsored Visas 35000
Skilled Independent Visas 32100
Regional Visas 34000
State & Territory Nominated Visas 31000
Business Innovation & Investment Visas 5000
Global Talent Visas 5000
Distinguished Talent Visas 300

The Albanese Government plans to provide clear pathways to permanent residency as per the new federal budget for 2022-23, with a strong focus on skilled migration to ease current workforce shortages.

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