Visa and migration changes for Australia

Visa and migration changes for Australia

Visa and migration changes for Australia

Visa and migration changes for Australia

Visa and migration changes for Australia

New Zealand pathway

An additional pathway to permanent residence for New Zealand Special Category visa holders has been introduced and is available to certain New Zealand citizens. This pathway is included in the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa as a new stream.

Changes to the Eligible New Zealand Citizen definition

The definition of Eligible New Zealand Citizen has been amended to align with Australian social security law. Consequential changes have also been made to the New Zealand Family Relationship (Subclass 461) visa.

Online Visitor visa lodgement for Indian nationals

Indian passport holders can now lodge Visitor (subclass 600) visa applications online.

Online lodgement of Visitor Visa Priority consideration service requests

Eligible countries (Visa, India, and United Arab Emirates) will be able to apply online for the Priority consideration service for Visitor visa applications.

Skilled visas

A number of changes are being made to the temporary and permanent skilled visa programmes.

Medical Treatment visa

Amendments have been made to the Medical Treatment (subclass 602) visa. Applicants who are in Australia and do not hold a substantive visa need to provide additional documentation from 1 July regarding their proposed medical treatment in order to lodge a valid application.

Visa application charges

As part of the 2017–18 Budget, the Australian Government announced a number of changes to existing visa application charges, including the introduction of a number of new products.

Refugee and humanitarian changes

Lodgement of Protection visa available online 

If you are seeking a protection visa in Australia, you can now apply online for a Temporary Protection visa, Safe Haven Enterprise visa or Permanent Protection visa. If you are lodging a paper application, you can now only apply by post.

Community Support Programme

The Department is providing more information for prospective approved proposing organisations on the Community Support Programme (CSP) from 1 July. The CSP enables communities and businesses—as well as families and individuals—to propose humanitarian visa applicants and support new humanitarian arrivals in their settlement journey to Australia.

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