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Australia Unveils a Three-Tiered Pathway to Permanent Residency

Australia is revamping its immigration system to attract and retain skilled workers more efficiently. This “Skilled Visa Revolution” introduces a brand new visa called the Skills In-Demand Visa. This visa replaces the current Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (Subclass 482 TSS Visa) and offers a more streamlined process for both businesses and skilled migrants.

Three Pathways to Call Australia Home:

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The Skills In-Demand Visa introduces a three-tiered system to categorize skilled migrants based on their profession and salary. This system aims to attract highly skilled workers while also addressing labor shortages in specific sectors.

  • Specialist Skills Pathway: This is the top tier, designed for highly skilled professionals across various occupations (except tradespeople, drivers, laborers, and machine operators). To qualify, you’ll need to earn at least $135,000 annually and benefit from a much faster visa processing time – around 7 days.
  • Core Skills Pathway: This caters to skilled workers whose professions are on a new, simplified “core skills” occupation list. This list will be based on real-time data on workforce needs. To be eligible, you’ll need to make at least $70,000 per year.
  • Essential Skills Pathway: This targets workers with in-demand skills but lower salaries. This will likely be a capped pathway, meaning a limited number of visas will be available, possibly focusing on specific industries with persistent skill shortages. Currently, the care and support sector is being considered for this pathway.

Important Note: Regardless of the chosen pathway, all applicants will need to meet general eligibility requirements such as having an employer sponsor and passing health and character checks.

More Flexibility for Everyone:

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The Skills In-Demand Visa offers significant advantages for both businesses and visa holders:

  • Businesses: Employers sponsoring skilled migrants will have more flexibility in terms of finding the right talent.
  • Visa Holders: The biggest benefit for skilled migrants is the increased chance of obtaining permanent residency.

Processing Times and Comparisons:

The Australian government aims to make the Skills In-Demand Visa process faster than the current Subclass 482 TSS Visa.

What This Means for You:

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If you’re a skilled worker considering migrating to Australia, the Skills In-Demand Visa offers exciting possibilities.

For businesses in Australia, the Skills In-Demand Visa presents an opportunity to access a wider pool of skilled talent.

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Overall, the Skills In-Demand Visa signifies a significant shift in Australia’s immigration strategy. It aims to create a more streamlined and flexible system that benefits both skilled workers seeking new opportunities and businesses seeking to fill crucial skill gaps.

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