December 27th, 2017
The Australian government is planning to make significant changes to the visa system probably over the next 12 months.
As part of that they have held consultation in regards simplifying the visa structure down to possibly 10 visa categories (note this does not reduce the number of people who can be granted a visa, it is just making the rules simpler). And also they have suggested a provisional visa be granted for a period of time (possibly 2 years) before people can attain permanent residence.
The latest December 2017 update on these submissions/consultations are here –
There are also some Q&As here
This is all we know about these proposed changes at this stage. We do not know what will be adopted or when the changes may come in. It is just for your information
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