Australia Immigration Rule Changes in 2022


If you are applying for an Australian visa this year, you should be aware of the process requirements and changes to the applicable rules. Australia has a fairly simple point-based immigration system for allocating permanent residency to skilled and talented immigrants.

Over the past few months, the Australian Government has made some significant changes to visa rules and processing requirements, which will be crucial for individuals applying for a visa in Australia this year.

Australian Visa Change 2022: Opportunities for Immigrants This Year

As part of its economic recovery from the Covid-19 epidemic Australia seeks to increase migration, here is a round-up of some of the major immigration changes that have been announced.

Migration to Australia has dropped sharply since the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic due to widespread travel restrictions and border closures, but is expected to bounce back in 2022.

Here is a list of the latest Australia immigration rule changes and updates to take effect in 2022:

WA territory enters DAMA – WA’s southwestern region enters DAMA agreement to fill labor shortages. The federal government is building the DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement) with the Shire of Darnap. It will be the eighth Australian territory to sign a five-year agreement with the Commonwealth.

New South Wales will consider offshore candidates – NSW is now considering offshore candidates who specialize in some of the major businesses in some ANZSCO unit groups in the periodic invitation round. These unit groups are already marked in the NSW Skilled Business List.

Australia reopens its borders – The Australian Government has opened its borders to all fully vaccinated eligible visa holders, i.e. skilled professionals and international students, from 15 December 2021.

Announcements for International Students – The Australian Government has announced major measures for foreign students. The new agreement will extend measures to protect the post-study work rights of foreign students as well as extending temporary graduate visas for masters by coursework graduates from 2 to 3 years.

Section 48 bar no longer a hurdle – From November 13, 2021, onshore candidates affected by section 48 bar will be able to apply for the following three skilled visas, namely Skilled Work Regional Visa (Subclass 491), Skilled Nominee Visa (Subclass 190).  And skilled employer sponsored regional visa (subclass 494).

Changes to WA State Nomination Rankings – Western Australia (WA) has implemented some major changes to the ranking system used to issue ITAs for state nominations. The idea of these changes is to focus more on applicants, i.e. skilled workers and international students who currently reside in WA.

Which visa holders can currently enter Australia?

Fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible visa holders can travel to and from Australia without applying for a travel exemption.

Australian citizens and permanent residents can also enter Australia, and close family members can apply for a waiver for admission.

To know more details or clarification about the rule changes above, you can contact to our Australia immigration expert at: info@rapidmigration.com.au or give us a call at: +61 03 96630944, 0120-6618011, 61 405-903-744. 

Disclaimer: Due to the circumstances, there are frequent changes. To keep up to date with all the latest updates on our site from time to time so stay connected with us for more updates.

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