Australia announced its federal budget on 2nd April 2019. During the budget, the Govt. also announced the reduction of skilled migrant visa places for 2019-20.
In 2019-20 only 108,682 spots have been allocated to skilled migrant visas. In comparison, the allocation for 2018-19 was 128,550 which was 20,000 more than 2019-20.
Out of the 108,682 visa places for skilled migrants only 18,652 have been allocated to Skilled Independent Visas. The Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) allows migrants to live and work anywhere in Australia.
In 2019-20, 23,000 visa places have been assigned to Regional Visas. 24,968 visa places have been allocated to the State and Territory Nominated Visas. Visa holders would be required to live outside Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Gold Coast among others.
The annual intake for 2019-20 has been capped at 160,000. 47,732 visa spots have been assigned to the Family Stream. 236 places have been set aside for special eligibility. Child Visas were not subject to a ceiling earlier. However, in the current migration program, 3,350 visa places have been allocated to the same, as per SBS News.
Here is the breakup of Skilled Migrant Visas for 2019-20:
Skilled Independent 18,652
Skilled Employed-Sponsored 9,000
Skilled Work Regional 14,000
State and Territory Nominated 24,968
Business Innovation & Investment Program 6,862
Global Talent 5,000
Distinguished Talent 200
Skill Total 108,682
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