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This article was originally published on April 4, 2023, and was updated on May 12, 2023, to reflect the latest information.

May 12, 2023, Update: The government of Australia introduced the 2023-2024 migration level plan on May 8, 2023. As a result, the number of places allocated to skilled migration will increase from 137,100 to 190,000. Depending on the visa type, the government will also increase visa application charges by around 6% to 40% on July 1, 2023.

Original Post From April 4, 2023:

Key Points

  • Australia intends to introduce changes to its permanent and temporary immigration pathways to attract more foreign talent


The government of Australia introduced plans to reform its permanent and temporary immigration pathways over the coming years. Several proposed changes include:

  • Extending post-study work rights to a period of two years for international students who have graduated from an Australian provider in the sectors of health, teaching, engineering, or agriculture. Existing visa holders with an expiry date before July 1, 2023, may apply for an extension by applying for a Subclass 408 COVID-19 pandemic visa
  • Developing a new approach to identify labor shortages in the country and determining the country’s occupation lists
  • Re-evaluating the country’s point allocation system for foreign nationals seeking work permissions in the country

What are the Changes?

Australia’s government continues to try to reform the country’s immigration system. According to the government, reform efforts aim to facilitate the arrival of skilled migrants to address worker shortages and allow talented international students to stay in the country for the long term.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Australia’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Australian Government, Minister for Home Affairs

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