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Australian Visa Changes: Expectations in 2018

January 2018, 30
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Several changes are likely to happen in Australian visas during the present year. A few of them stand confirmed and others will be decided soon.

Replacing the 457 visa

A change which was confirmed and will apply from March is replacing the 457 visa with the introduction of Temporary Skill Shortage visa.

This visa will have two parts; the short-term stream, which will allow the applicant to stay for two years and give an option of renewal for one time. The other part is the medium-term stream which will allow the applicant to stay for four years. This stream leads to attaining permanent residency, but the short-term stream does not permit it.

These streams are subject to strict regulations, primarily regarding requirements for work experience and proficiency in English.

A few professions stand removed and some others have been added to the Skilled Occupations List.

Partner visa

Australia plans to have a process of two-steps in which the sponsor will be approved prior to the partner submitting an application. Some immigration Experts appear worried because this may create a few problems. There will be a delay for someone, in submitting a valid application, as it has to overcome the primary threshold, to get an application for sponsorship approved, for the sponsoring process.

It will serve the sponsor well because the partner would be aware of any criminal deeds of the sponsor in the past.

There is a huge migration to Australia through the partner visas, but the government is strict with those who abuse the system

Temporary parent sponsored visa

In 2017, the government had announced regarding introducing a new temporary sponsored parent visa, but a bill to implement is yet to get the approval of the Senate.

The holders of such visa would be permitted a stay of ten years, but they cannot reapply after that time. Moreover, there will be no path to attain permanent residency.

The cost of the three-year-visa will be $5000, for five-year-visa it will be $10,000.  The ten-year-visa would be available at $20,000.

The way to bring parents to Australia

When migrant persons have a good life in Australia, they wish that their parents live close to them more so when they have children.


The government plans to introduce a modified version of the citizenship bill, which aims to make the conditions to get citizenship very strict.

Presently, people must stay in Australia for four years and remain permanent residents for one year to gain the eligibility for citizenship. With the changes proposed, people will be required to be permanent residents for four years for gaining the eligibility.

Moreover, there would also be a new test in English.

Cancellations and deportations

The criminals who are convicted of committing serious offenses will face visa cancellations and deportations in a big way. Peter Dutton, Minister for Home Affairs favours strict measures for them.

The applicants must view the website of Department of Home Affairs’ to know the visa changes.

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