MATES – Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early Professionals Scheme

On 23 May 2023, Australia and India entered into a Migration and Mobility PartnershipArrangement (MMPA). The MMPA is a bilateral framework that supports and promotes two-waymigration and mobility between our two countries while addressing issues pertaining to illegal andirregular migration.The Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme or ‘MATES’ is a new scheme,established under the MMPA, […]

Graduate visa program – change of age limit proposed 1 July 2024

Graduate Work stream The Graduate Work stream will be renamed to the Post-Vocational Education Work stream. The maximum eligible age for Post-Vocational Education Work stream applicants will reduce to 35 years of age or under. Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders will continue to be eligible provided they are under 50 years of […]

Increased level of English for student and graduate visas

The minimum test score for the for the English proficiency requirement increases from International English language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5. to 6.0 (or equivalent) The minimum score to undertake a packaged English Language Intenstive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) course increases from IELTS 4.5 to 5.0 (or equivalent) Students undertaking recognised university foundation or pathway programs that deliver […]

Migration Program Planning Levels 2023 – 24

2023­–24 Permanent Migration Program ​ On 9 May 2023, the Australian Government announced that the planning level for the 2023–24 permanent Migration Program will be set at 190,000 places. The Government has designed the 2023–24 permanent Migration Program to address persistent and emerging skills shortages and to attract people with specialist skillsets that are difficult […]

Closure of Subclass 408 COVID Pandemic Event Visa

The Subclass 408 COVID Pandemic event visa was closed to new applicants on 2 September 2023. From 2 September, only existing Subclass 408 visa holders would be able to apply for another 408 visa, but this too will end when the stream closes completely in February 2024. A Subclass 408 visa ‘renewal’ will now cost AU$405.00 […]

Nominations update – States and Territories Subclasses 190 and 491

The program places for the States and Territories nomination programs have been drastically reduced for the 2023-24 program year.  There are variations in the way each state or territory authority is handling its allocation. The following table should show how. One should check the application criteria on the specific state or territory website before lodging applications.  […]

Increased Student and Student Guardian financial capacity requirements 

Migration LIN 23/070 – F2023L01349 – Evidence of financial capacity—Subclass 500 Visa and Subclass 590 Visa Amendment Specification 2023 This Instrument amends LIN 19/198 to increase the evidence of financial capacity required for applicants for Subclasses 500 and 590 visa  in line with the CPI to for Regs 500.214 and 590.216 Primary applicant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AUD 24,505 + spouse or […]

Reduced Allocation of Places for WA State Nominated Skilled Migrants

Article from West Australian newspaperPremier Roger Cook to urge Federal Government to reverse cuts to WA’s skilled migrant allocationThe Premier is calling on the Federal Government to reverse a decision to slash WA’s nominated skilledmigrant intake by 70 percent — saying the workers are “desperately” needed to build new homes and filla range of jobs. […]