Exciting developments in Migration!

Recent Media releases from Minister Alex Hawke shows exciting developments in the area of migration to support the reopening of Australia after the Covid pandemic. Some of the changes that are about to happen are:

Skilled migration visas

  • Pathways to permanent residence for eligible skilled visa holders who are already in Australia and primarily working in health, hospitality and the regions and who are existing 482 visa holders in the Short term stream and 457 holders who can no longer meet the age requirement.
  • SC 489, 491 and 494 visa holders will have current visas and expired visas extended to allow extra time to meet PR requirements
  • Regional provisional visa holders offshore will be also be eligible for an extension of their visas

Temporary Graduate visas

  • 485 visa holders who have been unable to travel to Australia will be able to apply for a replacement visa
  • length of stay for SC 485 visa holders in Masters by Coursework and Vocation Educational and Training (VET) streams will be increased
  • requirements of VET graduates will be simplified
  • there will be increased recognition of time spent studying offshore to qualify for a SC 485

Visitor visas

  • Nil VAC for new Visitor visa applicants overseas where their visa expired or will expire between 1 Jan 2022 and 30 June 2022.


We await legislation on the above to get a clearer picture of the way forward, so watch this space!

ANZSCO Update: There has also been an update of ANZSCO with a review of occupations in the following four areas:

1. agriculture, forestry and fisheries
2. cyber security
3. naval ship building, and
4. emerging occupations identified by the National Skills Commission which are as follows. There are 25 emerging occupations in the following areas

However, the skills lists would need to be updated before these occupations can be used. We will advise you as soon as this happens!

We can help you

At Sellanes Clark, we are always ready to offer qualified assistance. We understand the complexities of evolving immigration and legal issues and we recognise the many advantages of prompt action.

For more information on this or on any relating issues, contact the friendly migration lawyers at Sellanes Clark – specialising in all immigration matters.

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