The migration program planning level for 2021-2022 will remain at 160,000 overall with 77,300 places alocated to family visas.
The main focus will be onshore visa applications in particular partner visas, which means that processing times will continue to be quicker than usual. The humanitarian program will be maintaned at 13,750 places.
Support For Migrant and Refugee Woman
Funding is being allocated to improve the safety of migrant and refugee woman who are the victims of family violence. This should increase the capacity for early intervention, as well as provide social and economic support. A pilot program will be launched to support temporary visa holders in exploring visa options where they are not reliant on an abusive partner.
Parent Visa Validity
The validity period for the subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa will be extended by 18 months for persons who are unable to use the visa due to travel restrictions.
Visa Application Fees
There have been no announcements regarding changes to visa application fees. Stay tuned to this blog for further updates.
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