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Immigration to Australia: What's new in Australia's 2022 budget

This year's Australian budget (2022-2023) includes some immigration-related announcements for Australian permanent visa classes. There is good news for skilled migrants wishing to apply for Australian permanent residence status.

The Australian Government will increase the planning level of Australia's visa program to 160,000 visas between 2022 and 2023. Immigration, and subsequently the number of visa applications for a permanent residence, is expected to increase to 180,000 in 2022-2023.

In the following year 2024-2025, applications for Australian visas are expected to increase to 213,000.

Here is an overview of the most important changes for migrants:


Visas for Skilled Professionals

Skilled migrants who are eligible to apply for a “Skilled Stream” visa will account for 70% of the current planning level. A total of 109,900 applicants are expected to receive their visa grants from this program between 2022-2023. This represents an increase of about 30,000 visa applicants compared to the previous year.

Here are the details for selected visas within the skilled migration program:

  • Employer Sponsored visas: 30,000
  • Skilled Independent visas: 16,652
  • State and Territory Nominated visas: 20,000
  • Regional visas: 25,000

Read more about Skilled Migration and Sponsoring Workers

Here are the details for some business visa classes:

  • Business and Innovation and Investment visas: 9,500
  • Global Talent visas: 8,488
  • Distinguished Talent visas: 300

At a glance: Global Talent Visa Australia


Visas for family members

Family visas (within the sponsored family stream) are allocated the remaining 30% of places within the program. The following planning information was given for 2022-2023:

  • Partner visa: 40,500
  • Parent visa: 6,000

Read more about partner visa and parent visa in Australia


Working Holiday Visa (WHM)

Working Holiday Visa applications will increase by 11,000 (30%) in 2022-23.

Australia is currently trying to lure working holiday makers with attractive offers: Working Holiday Visa Australia


Migration Agent Melbourne


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