Australian Agriculture Visa Offers Pathway to Permanent Residency
Last June 2021, the Australian Federal Government announced a new visa called Australian Agriculture Visa. The announcement is exciting news to many people from across ASEAN region as the Australian Federal Government mentioned that the visa will be available for them.
Two months after the initial announcement, the Australian Federal Government updated the visa last Monday, 23rd of August 2021.
What are the updates?
Australian Agriculture Visa offers a permanent residency pathway
The Australian Federal Government planned to operate the Australian Agriculture Visa from the 21st of September 2021. The visa will come in addition to the existing Seasonal Worker Program and Pacific Labour Scheme.
The Australian Agriculture Visa is dedicated to farming, fisheries and forestry sectors that have been affected by the pandemic. The Australian Federal Government also includes pathways towards permanent residency and regional resettlement to this visa.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said that some features to the Australian Agriculture Visa would be mainly focused on the structural change that the agricultural industry has been asking for so long.
Targeted countries for the new visa
The Australian Federal Government is targeting the Australian agriculture visa for Pacific and Southeast Asian workers.
As we know, the COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting Australia heavily, leading the country to close its international borders. It has greatly affected the agriculture sector, which now faces a 30,000 worker shortage. The situation also caused the government to decline any working holiday visa applications.
Australian Agriculture visa in COVID-19 pandemic
In July 2021, the Australian Federal Government implemented a passenger cap to limit the number of international travellers to Australia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the condition, the Australian Federal Government and the Australian states and territories government are still ensuring workforce needs can be met while abiding by the strict caps on international arrivals.
It is possible for the agriculture workers to be required to complete on-farm or in-country quarantine as a safe way to bring them to Australia.
What does it mean to you?
The new update from the Australian Federal Government is surely great news for you who have been waiting for this visa!
Now we have an exact date of when the Australian Federal Government will commence this visa. Hopefully, the release of the visa will not be postponed as the COVID-19 pandemic might affect anything.
In addition, the fact that this visa offers a permanent residency pathway meaning the pathway is getting broader now.
Let’s prepare yourself for this awesome visa!
The release of the Australian Agriculture Visa is coming! Let’s prepare yourself to get this visa!
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