You might be wondering what to expect from Australian Immigration lawyers in 2022 as the year begins. To assist you, we've put together a recap blog post with all you need to know about Skilled visa immigration, Regional Visas, and the immigration developments we expect to see this year.
To begin, it's worth noting that the government reopened the border to select visa holders in December, including those with student visas, visitor visa, working holiday visas, and sponsored 482 TSS visas. Visitors are still not permitted to cross the border.
This is one of a number of steps taken by the government to solve skill and labor shortages that firms across Australia are experiencing across all industries, as we haven't received any temporary employees in almost two years.
With this in mind, we anticipate a rise in Graduate Visa and Training Visa applications in 2022. Many Working Holiday visa holders and students will return to Australia, and there will hopefully be more avenues to permanent residency.
However, because this is only a temporary solution, the Subclass 482 TSS Sponsorship Visa and the Subclass 494 Regional Employer-Sponsored Visa are excellent options for employers looking to hire international workers, as well as a great visa pathway for international students, backpackers, and ex-pats already in Australia who want to stay longer, possibly permanently.
???????The borders are not blocked to international applicants, however, in order to apply for a Skilled Visa, such as the 189, you must first be invited by the government.
This hasn't been an issue in the past, but since 2018, the government has drastically limited the number of available spots, turning the Skilled Visa program into a highly competitive and, in many circumstances, unviable migration/visa alternative.
To give you an indication, instead of two monthly invitation rounds with about 5000 invitations, we've only seen two invitation rounds since the start of the fiscal year 2021-2022 in July, with only 450 persons invited throughout six months.
With this in mind, we strongly advise people planning to relocate to Australia in 2022 to have a backup plan: entering the country on a temporary visa with work rights can open up a slew of new options.
Please contact us if you wish to carefully organize this journey, as we have an in-house education agency.