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The Number of People on Temporary Visas in Australia Remains High, Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic

Temporary Visas in Australia Remains High

The numbers of overseas migrants on temporary visas in Australia has remained high despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Data sourced from the Department of Home Affairs shows there were 1,470,899 people in Australia on temporary visas.

The data also shows an increase in people on bridging visas, a trend indicating that our visa system is not working as efficiently or effectively as it should. This is an issue that requires urgent attention and resolution.

A clear and viable solution to alleviate this backlog of bridging visas would be to increase the current level of Permanent Residency (PR) places available.

Number of Temporary primary visa holders in Australia as at 31 August 2021, by Visa Category and Visa Subclass

Visa Category

Visa Subclass

31/8/21

Bridging010 Bridging A          257,381
 020 Bridging B            20,273
 030 Bridging C            37,342
Bridging Total           314,996
Special Category444 Special Category          659,115
Special Category Total           659,115
Student500 Student          285,497
 560 Student                     8
 570 Independent ELICOS Sector <5
 571 Schools Sector                 336
 572 Vocational Education and Training Sector                   28
 573 Higher Education Sector                 522
 574 Postgraduate Research Sector                   41
 575 Non-Award Sector <5

Student Total

 

          286,434

Temporary Protection785 Temporary Protection              3,980
 790 Safe Haven Enterprise              9,304
Temporary Protection Total             13,284
Temporary Resident (Other Employment)400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity)              1,137
 403 Temporary Work (International Relations)            11,421
 408 Temporary Activity            13,958
 461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary)              4,779
 476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate                 153
 485 Temporary Graduate            77,341
 995 Diplomatic (Temporary)              2,188
Temporary Resident (Other Employment) Total           110,977
Temporary Resident (Skilled Employment)457 Temporary Work (Skilled)              7,761
 482 Temporary Skill Shortage            45,324
Temporary Resident (Skilled Employment) Total             53,085
Working Holiday Maker417 Working Holiday            26,009
 462 Work and Holiday              6,999
Working Holiday Maker Total             33,008
Grand Total        1,470,899

Number of Temporary Resident (Skilled Employment) primary visa holders in Australia as at 31 August 2021, by visa subclass

Visa CategoryVisa Subclass31/8/21
Temporary Resident (Skilled Employment)457 Temporary Work (Skilled)              7,761
 482 Temporary Skill Shortage            45,324
Temporary Resident (Skilled Employment) Total             53,085

Source: Department of Home Affairs, BP0012

Visa CategoryVisa Subclass31/8/21
Bridging010 Bridging A          257,381
 020 Bridging B            20,273
 030 Bridging C            37,342
Bridging Total           314,996
Special Category444 Special Category          659,115
Special Category Total           659,115
Student500 Student          285,497
 560 Student                     8
 570 Independent ELICOS Sector <5 
 571 Schools Sector                 336
 572 Vocational Education and Training Sector                   28
 573 Higher Education Sector                 522
 574 Postgraduate Research Sector                   41
 575 Non-Award Sector <5 
Student Total           286,434
Temporary Protection785 Temporary Protection              3,980
 790 Safe Haven Enterprise              9,304
Temporary Protection Total             13,284
Temporary Resident (Other Employment)400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity)              1,137
 403 Temporary Work (International Relations)            11,421
 408 Temporary Activity            13,958
 461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary)              4,779
 476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate                 153
 485 Temporary Graduate            77,341
 995 Diplomatic (Temporary)              2,188
Temporary Resident (Other Employment) Total           110,977
Working Holiday Maker417 Working Holiday            26,009
 462 Work and Holiday              6,999
Working Holiday Maker Total             33,008
Grand Total        1,417,814

Source: Department of Home Affairs, BP0012
Note: Excludes Temporary Resident (Skilled Employment) visa subclasses.

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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