Migration Update Budget 2021


On 11 May 2021, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced the Government’s Federal Budget for the 2021/22 year and here are some of the key migration policies that may affect you.


Number of Places for the 2021/22 Migration Program


The Government will maintain the 2021/22 Migration Program planning level at 160,000 places which is the same as it was in the 2020/21 year.

Onshore visa applications will be prioritised with a focus on onshore Partner visas. It is expected that the number of places for Partner visas will remain unchanged at 72,300.  This will come as good news to those who are thinking of lodging an onshore partner visa application. While the official current processing time for the grant of the temporary stage of the partner visa is between 23 and 28 months, we have seen some of our clients receive their grant within a much shorter time for partner visa applications lodged during the covid-19 pandemic. Find out more about Partner Visas here.

Skilled visas will also remain unchanged at 79,600.

Highly skilled migrants in the employer sponsored (subclasses 482, 494 & 186 visas), Business Innovation and Investor Program (subclasses 188 and 888), as well as the Global Talent visa categories, will be prioritised.


Student Visa Holders


Student visa holders employed in the tourism or hospitality sectors can now work more than 40 hours per fortnight.


Temporary Activity (Subclass 408) Visa


Temporary Activity visa applicants no longer need to show their attempts to leave Australia if they intend to undertake agricultural work.

The time period for a temporary visa holder to apply for a Temporary Activity visa has now been extended from 28 days to 90 days before the expiry date of their visa.


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You can also view more information about our Visa and Migration services here.

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