News Hot Off The Press – You Don’t Want To Miss This!

Posted on 10 November 2023

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So we’ve all been hearing about these upcoming changes with sponsored visas and how it’s going to make it easier for people to get to permanent residency. When is it actually happening? Find out after this day. Welcome back to the channel, guys. It’s really good to have you here.

This is a special session here today because there’s some news hot off the press. It’s the last month of spring. The weather’s getting great. Christmas is coming up, 25 December. But there’s an even better date to have in your calendar, which is the 25 November.

I have right here some news hot off the press that we received on the 3 November all about the new employer-sponsored pathways to permanent residency. 

Now, we were lucky enough to have the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, and Multicultural Affairs, the Honorable Andrew Giles, open up the annual Migration Institute of Australia conference down in Hobart in October last year. I was privy to be there and it was very interesting because he did float the idea saying they are working on a framework to make it so that everyone will have a pathway to permanent residency no matter what kind of occupation they’re on. And we all kind of sat there thinking, wow, this is really interesting. Is this another minister who promises the world but delivers nothing?

Apparently not. There was a further press conference earlier this year that floated some more ideas about it, but it is now official. D Day is 25 November, which is going to be Christmas, one month early for a lot of you. Now, in short, what they have proposed here and what actually will be happening is there will be some changes to the TSS visa. There will be no limitations on people applying for the short-term stream, which is good.

It’s no longer going to be capped to two if you’re onshore. In addition to that, the most important thing I think people are going to enjoy is the fact that pretty much everyone who has been holding a 457 or a 482 will be able to apply for a 186 no matter what their nominated occupation is, doesn’t need to be on the MLTSSL, can be on the STSOL according to this as well. It could also be people who are nominated under the DAMA arrangements under the labor agreement stream. This is really, really good news. And in addition to that occupation flexibility that’s been released, we are also having a reduction on the time that you must be on those sponsored visas to two years instead of three years.

So, wow, I can think of so many people who are going to be eligible now, and I think this is only the tip of the iceberg. So thank you very much for tuning into this. Those of you who were disheartened by the GSM state-nominated ceilings that were released in September which was a third of what it was in the previous program year. 

No need to worry anymore. It looks like business-sponsored visas are the way of the future, so stay tuned.

We are going to be providing you with more detailed updates as we receive the news in real-time. Hope to see you soon.


Antony Wallace – Migration Maverick

Chief Migration Officer (CMO) – MARN 0965140

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