Media Release by The Hon Alex Hawke MP

The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs has published a Media Release about Visa changes to support the reopening of Australia and our economic recovery on 25/11/21 


Highlight of this Media Release as follows:  

Note: This is only an announcement from Media Release, when official website mentions the changes we will send an update. 


  1. Eligible Skilled workers who are already in Australia (who remained here during Covid) working particularly in Health, Hospitality and Regional Area can access to PR  


  • Existing Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) visa holders in the short-term stream 

  • Legacy Temporary Work Skilled (subclass 457) visa holders who no longer meet the age requirement. 


There are currently about 20,000 primary Temporary Skill Shortage and 457 visa holders in Australia who may benefit from these arrangements 


  1. Extension of 489,491 and 494 Visa  


  • Current and expired skilled regional provisional visas will be extended, providing additional time to meet regional work requirements for permanent residence 


There are currently around 9,000 skilled regional provisional visa holders overseas. These visa holders can enter Australia from 1 December 2021, and they will also be eligible for an extension of their visa 


  1. Visitor Visa Application Charge waiver by a further of 6 months  


  • In recognition of ongoing border arrangements, the Government will also extend by a further six-months Visa Application Charge waivers for new Visitor visa applicants overseas where their visa expired, or will expire, between 1 January 2022 and 30 June 2022. 


  1. Support the return of international students and graduates, bolstering the international education industry by 


  • Allowing Temporary Graduate visa holders, who have been unable to travel to Australia as a result of COVID-19 international border restrictions, to apply for a replacement visa; 

  • Increasing the length of stay on Temporary Graduate visas in the Masters by Coursework and Vocation Education and Training (VET) streams; 

  • Simplifying the requirements for Temporary Graduate visa applicants for VET sector graduates; and 

  • Extending the existing measure for student and temporary graduates to recognise time spent offshore studying online to count towards qualifying for a Temporary Graduate visa application. 









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