November 20th, 2023 at 05:20 am
Australian Visa with No Sponsor & English Requirement to END!
Subclass 408: Temporary Activity Visa Closing. Now, what happens? We will discuss the subclass 408 Visa closure in Australia in this update, but before we get started, let’s take a quick look at subclass 408.
The Australian government created the temporary activity Visa subclass 408, often known as the COVID Visa, in reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak. This was established in 2020, and the visa holders were allowed to stay in Australia for a full year. This was a stopgap arrangement that permitted those Visa holders impacted by the COVID-19 travel limitations to engage in only specific short-term activities.
Those working in vital sectors like agriculture, healthcare, elderly care, disability, child care, and hospitality and tourism were among those who were granted visas worth up to 12 months
On August 31, 2023, the Australian government discontinued granting visas. Therefore, only current holders of pandemic event visas would be eligible to apply for an additional visa beginning on September 2, 2023, valid for one and a half years, or until January 31, 2024. This is in contrast to the prior free Visa, which is now subject to a $45 application fee.
Those who now possess a subclass 408 visa in Australia must either leave the country before their visa expires, apply for another subclass 408 visa if they are eligible, or look for alternative visa options.
Reasons for Closure
The transient undertaking of Australia’s free borders is credited with the cancellation of visas, rendering them unnecessary. Additionally, there were worries about Visa abuse. It was stated that dishonest immigration officials and foreign students misused the one-year visa, which allowed for unlimited work time.
In a sense, this backdoored the labor market. By the end of July 2023, it was discovered that a large number of students on student visas had switched to the subclass 408 visa, which permits full-time employment. After the COVID-19 era, Australia’s immigration laws have undergone a significant adjustment that will result in a very secure visa process.
Australian 482 Visa to PR in Just 2 Years Starting November 2023
News on immigration to Australia and changes to 482 visas. We provide you with information on the most recent Visa processing timeframes, the Minister’s new Northern Territory Dharma announcements, updates on the ENS and 482 Visa modifications, and insights into how Australia’s population is changing based on where they were born.
482 Visa Changes
Significant modifications to the 482 Visa, specifically for holders of the Short-Term Stream (TSS) Visa, have been announced by the Australian government. The start date of the amendments is November 25. Employers and talented workers will benefit from these changes, which are intended to give TSS Visa holders a clearer and easier path to permanent residency.
Some of these changes’ most notable features include;
Removal of limit
A visa holder will be able to apply for as many Short-Term Stream (TSS) visas as they like while they are in Australia, with effect from November 25. This gives holders of temporary visa streams more options.
Temporary Stream (TSS) Before the change takes effect, holders of visas whose visas expire on or before November 25 will need to leave Australia to apply for a third short-term stream (TSS).
Changes to ENS 186 Visas in the TRT Stream
To make the Temporary Residents Transition (TRT) stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) 186 visas more accessible, changes are planned. Among these adjustments are
- Nominations for all streams: Employers may propose TSS visa holders from any stream, including the labor agreement and short-term streams.
- Requirements for occupations: The TRT stream will no longer be evaluated following the skill migration occupation list, which eliminates the need for nominated occupations. Nominated workers must continue to work in their nominated occupation, and the nominated occupation must be recorded in the ANSCO.
- Decreased waiting period: A TSS Visa holder will only need to work in their nominated occupation for two of the three years before nomination to be eligible for TRT stream nomination. Beginning on November 25, 2023, these modifications will apply to both newly submitted and pending ENS and RSMS nomination applications.
- Age requirements for permanent residency: These criteria now also revised for pathways leading to permanent residency. A two-year track will be available to applicants who are 45 years of age or older and who are regional medical practitioners or high earners. For every other candidate, the customary 45-year-old cutoff age shall abide.
- COVID-19 age exemptions: Due to the 2-year pathway impact on 482 visa holders, the age exemptions relating to COVID-19 will terminate.
While many people welcome these changes, it often seems disheartening for individuals with two Visas in the short-term stream as mostly remain affected.
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