Newsletter 85 - Vision Overseas Group

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Temporary Skilled Visa to Permanent Residency in Australia

In response to the strong labour demand and the declining number of temporary visa holders in 2021, the Australian Government announced that measures will be introduced to improve access to permanent residence for certain holders of Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) visas (subclass 482 visa) and Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) visas (subclass 457 visa).

More skilled workers holding subclass 457 visas or subclass 482 visas can be nominated and apply for a TRT visa.

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Western Australia Update

The Department of Home Affairs has provided additional allocations for the State Nominated Migration Program for the remainder of the 2021-22 program year.

Application for State nominations is now open, and the next invitation round will likely take place in the first week of April 2022.

In order to allow adequate time to process applications prior to the end of the program year, the invitation rounds in May and June are expected to take place in the first week of each month.

South Australia

South Australia is close to meeting its quota of SC 491 visas under its GSM state nomination Skilled Migration Program for 2021-22 and demand is expected to exceed places.

SA Skilled & Business Migration are taking the following measures:

  • Prioritising the assessment of Subclass 190 applications
  • Prioritising the assessment of applications for candidates with a Subclass 485 visa expiry date within this 2021-22 program year
  • Prioritising highly skilled onshore applicants with demonstrable work experience who are working full-time hours in their nominated occupation for a South Australian employer
  • Encouraging candidates seeking a subclass 491 nomination to submit Registration of Interest (ROI) applications for consideration through their Talent & Innovators Program.

Immigration and Citizenship Forms

Electronic signatures are NOT acceptable on official migration forms such as visa applications. Applicants may physically sign an application form and then scan a copy of that form to their RMA or lawyer but they cannot enter an electronic signature on that form.

Electronic signatures may be acceptable on documents such as service agreements, employment contract and other supporting documents for migration applications.

Support for Ukrainians fleeing

The Australian Government will make available a temporary humanitarian (subclass 786) visa to all Ukrainian temporary visa holders currently in Australia and those who arrive in the coming months.

This visa will allow people to work and access Medicare and appropriate associated support services and will be valid for three years. School-aged children will also be able to continue their education.

The Government will work closely with the Ukrainian-Australian community to ensure appropriate permanent visa options are made available to this cohort at an appropriate time.

Supporting Regional economies

‚ÄčThe Australian Government is supporting Northern Territory businesses to fill critical skill shortages by making important changes to the Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) and providing more dedicated migration places for the NT.

The updates to the NT DAMA increase the number of eligible occupations and provide additional concessions to standard visa eligibility. 

Permanent residency pathways remain available for skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers in a wide range of occupations, providing greater certainty for sponsoring businesses as well as longer-term economic benefits to the NT.  

Since the landmark NT DAMA was introduced eight more DAMAs are now in effect across Australia.