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Curtailing Visa Hopping for Students & Temporary Visa Holders

Curtailing Visa Hopping for Students and Other Temporary Visa Holders

The Australian government has further tightened  our migration system, which it says has been plagued by a practice known as “visa hopping.” This term refers to individuals repeatedly applying for short-term visas as a means to stay in Australia indefinitely without a clear pathway to citizenship or residency.

This practice, claims the government, not only strains our resources but also undermines the integrity of our immigration system. It creates uncertainty for those seeking to migrate to Australia through legitimate channels and can lead to exploitation and abuse of vulnerable migrants.

To address this issue, the Australian government is implementing significant reforms aimed at ending visa hopping once and for all. These reforms will provide clarity and fairness to both migrants and the broader Australian community.

Under the new system, individuals who have held one or more temporary visas for a cumulative period of 12 months or more will be required to depart Australia and apply for a new visa from outside the country. This measure aims to discourage individuals from exploiting temporary visas to circumvent our immigration laws.

Additionally, the government will introduce a streamlined pathway to permanent residency for those who have demonstrated their commitment to Australia through their contributions to the economy and society. This pathway will prioritise individuals who have skills in high demand, as well as those who have made significant investments in the Australian economy.

Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security Clare O’Neil said, “The migration system we inherited was completely broken, and our goal is to build a smaller, better planned, more strategic migration system that works for Australia.

“Our Migration Strategy outlines a clear plan to close the loopholes in international education and this is the next step in delivering that plan.

“We need a migration system which delivers the skills we need, but doesn’t trade in rorts, loopholes and exploitation.”

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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. Australian immigration law is complex and its policies and visa eligibility criteria are changing regularly. For additional and current information on the issues discussed, please book a consultation with one of our immigration lawyers.

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