In a joint press release, the Minister for Home Affairs and the Minister for Immigration have announced that from 2 September 2023, the Pandemic Event visa pathway will be closed to new applicants who do not currently hold a Pandemic Event visa.
Further detail has been released ahead of the budget aimed at providing more certainty to Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa holders and their employers – the ultimate goal is to alleviate skills shortages by ensuring a permanent employer sponsored pathway is available for a wider range of occupations.
On 21 February 2023, the Australian Government announced a a two-year extension to post-study work rights for international graduates with eligible Australian qualifications. This is welcome news for Australia’s international students that have graduated from an Australian higher education provider, as well as their Australian employers.
Recently, as Australia takes on a different strategy in dealing with the pandemic, there have been multiple announcements around borders opening. The headlines refer to open borders and freedom of international travel, but this is not entirely accurate for all, in particular for temporary visa holders.