Changes for international students:
1. Higher visa prices
2. Limits on work hours
3. More post-study work rights
Australia has changed its immigration system to attract more skilled workers and international students. The changes include making it easier to become a permanent resident and raising the income threshold for temporary skilled workers.
These changes are meant to make the immigration system more fair and to boost Australia's economy by bringing in more talent.
Here are some more details about the changes:
1. Visa Application Charges
Starting from July 1st, 2023, visa application charges will go up between 6% and 40% for most visa categories. This will help the government earn more money, but some visas, like the Pacific Engagement Visa and Pacific Australia Labour Mobility visas, will be exempt from the increase.
2. Student Visa Work Limitations
Starting from July 1st, most Student Visa holders will be allowed to work a maximum of 48 hours per fortnight.
Working part-time can also help students improve their language skills and gain a better understanding of the local culture. Moreover, having a part-time job can enhance a student's CV and increase their chances of finding employment after graduation. It is important to note, however, that students must ensure that their studies remain their top priority and that their work hours do not interfere with their academic responsibilities. Therefore, it is advisable for students to plan their work schedules in advance and to communicate with their employers and their education consultant about their rights and academic requirements.
3. Post-Study Work Rights
Temporary Graduate Visa holders with select degrees will be able to work for an additional 2 years. Eligible foreign students who study, live, and work in regional parts of Australia will also get an additional 1 to 2 years of work rights.
Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) The income threshold for temporary skilled workers has been raised to $70,000 from $53,900 to attract more skilled workers to Australia.
Increased Immigration Target
Australia has increased its annual immigration target from 160,000 to 190,000. Around 70% of the places will be allocated to skilled migrants in the 2023-24 permanent migration program.
The skilled migrants who will be given priority for these positions will contribute to the development of the country's workforce. They will bring in their unique skills and knowledge to help grow the economy and create job opportunities for Australians. Additionally, the increase in immigration will lead to a more diverse and multicultural society, which can bring countless benefits to the country.