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This document is about how many skilled graduate visas can be given in Australia for a specific year. The Australian government decides on the maximum number of visas it will grant to skilled graduates each year. For the 2023-2024 year, they've set the maximum number at 3,735 visas.

When that many visas are given out, the government won't consider any more applications. This decision affects a specific type of visa called the Subclass 476 (Skilled – Recognised Graduate) visa. If you applied for this visa and it's not granted because the limit is reached, you'll get your application fee back.

This type of visa was originally made to support the mining and minerals sector by attracting engineering graduates. However, there are other ways for internationally trained engineers to work in Australia, so they're thinking of changing this visa program. They're starting by limiting how many visas can be granted in a year, and they plan to review and maybe stop this visa program in the future.

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The Migration Act 1958 is a set of rules about who can come to, stay in, or leave Australia, especially non-citizens. It says the government can create more detailed rules (regulations) to follow the Act properly.

Now, the Migration Amendment (Resolution of Status Visa Additional Cohort) Regulations 2023 changes some of these detailed rules. It helps people affected by a court case called Love v Commonwealth; Thoms v Commonwealth. These changes allow certain non-citizens who are recognized differently under the law because they're Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander to get a permanent visa (Subclass 851 - Resolution of Status). This visa also helps them access government support.

The court said that some people who aren't citizens or regular non-citizens can't be detained or removed from Australia under these rules. So, the new regulations create a way for these people to apply for a special visa if they've been offered permanent stay in Australia and meet certain conditions.

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Please find a link below which contains the revised communications toolkit (and resources) from Transport for NSW, with additional information on the 1 July 2023 policy changes for overseas drivers. 

Here are the summarized key points from the provided information about the changes in the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Regulation 2017, effective from July 1, 2023:

  1. Changes Impacting Overseas Drivers:

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The Australian Government has implemented Ministerial Direction No. 107 to establish priority guidelines for processing student and student guardian visa applications, signed on December 14, 2023.

This directive formalizes processing priorities based on different education sectors and institutes' evidence levels. It prioritizes certain applicant categories, like those applying from outside Australia in specific sectors or studying at institutes with Evidence Level 1.

Additionally, it emphasizes unmarried family members under 18 in subsequent entrant applications and gives high priority to Student Guardian visa applications.

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The Migration (Class of persons for Visitor (Class FA) visa nil VAC) Repeal (LIN 23/069) Instrument 2023 is a legal directive that nullifies and revokes the previous provisions related to the Visitor (Class FA) visa application fee waivers.

This instrument essentially removes the exemption for specific individuals from paying the visa application charge for the Visitor visa subclass FA. As a result, individuals who were previously exempted from this fee will now be required to pay the stipulated visa application charge when applying for the Visitor visa.

This repeal marks a change in the visa application process and fee requirements for certain individuals applying for the Visitor visa subclass FA.

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