[Updated] Australia: Program Expanding Immigration Introduced

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

This article was originally published on 11 August 2022 and was updated on 9 September 2022 to reflect new information.  

9 September 2022 Update: The government of Australia updated the 2022-2023 Migration Program. According to the update, the government will increase the number of immigration slots opened to migrants from 2022 to 2023 from 160,000 places to 195,000 places.  

The government also shared that it would increase the number of immigration officers to 500 and direct AUD 36.1 million in funds toward other measures aimed at reducing the backlog.  

Key Points  

  •  Australia introduced a program plan that aims to attract migrants and boost the Australian economy  


The government of Australia introduced the 2022-2023 Migration Program. Through the program, the following numbers of migrants will be permitted entrance into the country: 

  • Skilled: 109,900 spots to open. According to the announcement, this stream will improve the productive capacity of the economy and fill skill shortages in the labor market throughout the country.  
  • Family: 50,000 spots to open. This stream will predominantly be made up of Partner visas. This stream is intended to reunite overseas foreign national family members with their Australian family members, while providing a pathway to citizenship.  
  • Special Eligibility: 100 spots to open. This stream will cover visas for foreign nationals in special circumstances, including permanent residents returning to Australia after a period overseas. 

For additional information on the breakdown of visa types allocated to each stream, check here.  

What are the Changes?  

The government of Australia introduced a new immigration program for 2022 and 2023. According to the government, the program has been created to boost Australia's economic recovery in the post-pandemic environment.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Australia’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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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. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.