2023 Changes to the Migration System

You may be wondering what migration changes are in place in 2023 if any.

The Albanese government has finally made it easier for families to reunite.

They have introduced demand-driven Partner Visas in 2022 and 2023.

Essentially this means there is no limit to the number of these visas issued. The department is estimating it will issue around 40,500 Partner Visas this financial year. Which makes me very excited!

Also, the Parkinson review of the migration system is to be delivered this year.

People have criticised the huge backlogs and complexity of Australia’s migration system which has seen some people waiting months and months or even years to get visas approved.

If you’re reading this and have lodged a visa in recent years, you’ll know exactly what I mean and just how frustrating this can be.

In 2023, experts are expected to deliver a comprehensive review of Australia’s migration system with an interim report expected by the end of February, and a final strategy by late March or April.

The government has also hired extra staff to help with visa processing. This has brought Australia’s visa backlog, which was once at almost 1,000,000 applications, down to 600,000.

There will also be a focus on ongoing work to improve Skilled Visa processing times.

These new changes should result in efficiency and assist in reducing the processing times of visas. This is fantastic given how galactically slow visas are currently taking to process.


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IMPORTANT: Please note, this does not constitute Immigration advice. Always seek advice from a Registered Migration Agent before applying for an Australian Visa. Migration Law is constantly changing. This information is accurate only at the time of publication.

About the Author Pearl Frankis MARN2015921

Pearl is a lawyer and Freedom Migration's Business Development Manager. She's a Registered Migration Agent who studied law and has vast experience in the legal industry. Her expertise in Partner Visa's bloomed from her fondness of a good love story and desire to help people and make a difference in people's lives.