Australia would focus on offering Australian permanent residency (PR) pathways for international students who have remained loyal to Australia despite two years of uncertainty, according to Ben Watt, a migration lawyer at VisaEnvoy. Australian borders opened on Dec. 15, 2021, and welcomed fully vaccinated international students who had waited for their chance to study abroad for far too long. Key Takeaways: Australia will concentrate on delivering Australian PR pathways to international students who have remained loyal to the country despite the uncertainties. The Migration Programme was formed by the Australian government’s Department of Home Affairs to achieve a number of economic and social goals. After completing a program at an Australian university, many persons transferred from their study visa to the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa. The Migration Programme was formed by the Australian government’s Department of Home Affairs to achieve a number of economic and social goals, anticipated to have a total planning level of 160,000 places in 2021-2022. Watt said that the Department of Home Affairs appears to want to fill those 160,000 slots with a large number of persons who are in the country on temporary visas, attempting to recruit permanent migrants from the Australian population. According to the department, throughout the pandemic, the government has implemented a number of visa adjustments and will continue to do so to aid Australia’s economic recovery. Currently, 79,600 spots are set aside for experts in the Skill stream, each of whom will play a key role in increasing the country’s economic productivity and addressing skill shortages in the labor market, including those in regional Australia. Those who qualify for the Family Stream, which allows Australians to reunite with abroad family members competing for citizenship, will be given 77,300 spots. Meanwhile, 100 Special Eligibility spots will be available to cover visas for persons with exceptional situations. Children will be allocated 3,000 spots, but this stream is demand-driven and does not have a cap. The route has always been straightforward for international students who never dropped out of their dream Australian university, transferred to another country, or just gave up. After completing a program at an Australian university, many persons transferred from their study visa to the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa. The visa allows them to continue their studies and work in Australia after graduation and even invite members of their close family.