Australia’s immigration laws have recently seen some changes that affect persons currently in the country and those looking to enter it. Immigration is always a hot topic in Australia. The country has strict immigration laws driven by popular sentiment and practical need. That they do not always engender the same types of policies is evident in the changes we are seeing or may see, this year.
Many businesses will have visa applications that fill temporary skills shortages approved within five business days. A government scheme to fast-track visa applications that fill temporary skills shortages will be expanded, after businesses complained the system is no longer fit for purpose.
Those who wish to grow their innovative business idea in Australia without having to show proof of capital could find themselves and their families benefitting from a new business visa.
The Australian Government has been trying to introduce changes to the Australian citizenship law that would require permanent residents to wait longer and provide evidence of their English proficiency before applying for citizenship.
Promised in 2016, but stalled until related legislation was passed, the temporary sponsored parent visa is now available to migrants. Although hugely welcomed, some opposition and migrant groups are unhappy the visa is different from what was initially promised.