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Top 5 Changes to Australian Migration: 2023

2023 has been a pivotal year for those looking to migrate to Australia, with several significant policy changes. This blog post explores the top 5 changes that have taken place and delves into what they mean for prospective migrants. Whether it's the easing of work restrictions for students or the new visa application charges, each change brings with it a new set of opportunities and considerations for individuals looking to make a life in Australia.

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1. Australia and UK Free Trade Agreement:

  • The Free Trade Agreement between Australia and the UK introduced new arrangements under the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program and Youth Mobility Scheme, which commenced on 1 July 2023​​. This agreement not only strengthens the economic ties between the two nations but also provides increased opportunities for young individuals from both countries to live and work in the other country​. One significant change is the increase in the age limit for UK citizens applying for Australia's Working Holiday Visa to 35, up from 30.

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2. Increase in Visa Application Charges:

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3. New Zealand Citizens Australian Citizenship Eligibility:

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4. More Pathways to Permanent Residency:

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5. Student Visa Work Limitations:

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