Australia eases visa rules for qualified foreigners

Australia eases visa rules to address unprecedented labor shortage

By Jeph Ajobaju, Editor-in-Chief

Australia has eased visa rules to attract skilled foreign workers, joining Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore and other countries in seeking more immigrants to fill vacancies as as the global economy recovers from the pandemic.

Australian states and territories have relaxed some requirements for visa applications to encourage the influx of migrants to help tackle skills shortages.

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Typically, migrants are sponsored by employers for a visa to stay in Australia, but sometimes state and territory authorities can also nominate skilled workers for visas.

Lately, they have relaxed some of the requirements for obtaining state-sponsored visas.

By declaration by minthere’s what you need to know:

Australian state-sponsored visas

State and territory authorities may nominate qualified individuals for visas under the state-appointed migration program

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Individuals on state-sponsored visas do not have to be tied to a particular employer, but there is an age requirement. The person must be under the age of 45.

But there is no job guarantee in the category, so they have to find their own position.

Successful applicants either receive a permanent visa allowing them to live in the country indefinitely in the case of the Subclass 190 qualified visa, or are offered a pathway to become a permanent resident after working in regional areas under the regional program skilled labor (provisional). ) (subclass 491) endorsement.

A small number of visas are also available for those who own their own business.

There are nearly 50,000 state-designated visas available this year. New South Wales is assigned the highest number.


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States push for more places

Some states have been pushing hard to secure more spots this year due to high demand for skilled workers.

Western Australia (WA) is doubling its number of visas after lobbying the federal government for an additional allowance. It will now offer 8,140 places this year.

“WA’s strong economic growth, very low unemployment rate and strong demand for skilled workers means there is a need to attract in-demand workers through a variety of channels to help sustain our economy,” said WA Premier Mark McGowan quoted by SBS news.

Occupation lists have been relaxed for almost all industries in WA, as well as other states. Candidates with the right kind of qualifications are then invited to apply for state nomination.

Allocation of visas by state

Below are the visa allocations for each state.

Western Australia

Western Australia now has the third largest allocation of state-designated places in the country with 5,350 Subclass 190 visas and 2,790 regional visas available.

More than 100 additional jobs have been added to its skilled occupations list this year


Victoria has the second highest number of state-designated visas available with a quota of 11,570 places for 2022/2023.

It has the largest number of subclass 190 visas (9,000), as well as 2,400 regional visas and 170 business visas.


The list of eligible professions in Queensland has been expanded to include 114 professions in 2022/2023.

This year, it will have 3,000 subclass 190 visas, as well as 1,200 regional visas and 235 business visas.

southern australia

South Australia has already opened applications for its sponsorship scheme, with over 500 eligible professions.

The region is allocated 2,700 subclass 190 visas, as well as 3,180 regional visas and 70 business visas.

North territory

The Northern Territory (NT) is one of the few jurisdictions that does not accept applications from people living overseas.

It also requires that successful applicants agree to live and work in the Northern Territories for at least three years.

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