The Department of Home Affairs has put an end to speculation on the Migration Program 2021-22. DHA has given the confirmation that the program will carry forward the program’s composition and planning levels of 2020-21 in 2022. There will be no change in the number of places for the skill stream either. This means that there won’t be dramatic changes in Australian migration policy regarding the Migration Program for 2021-22.
The Migration Program of the financial year 2021- 2022 is slated to have a total planning level of 160,000 places. This includes 77,300 places for the family stream and 79,600 places for the skill stream.
The planning level for Business Innovation & Investment Program planning remains at 13,500. The planning level for the Global Talent Visa Program is 15,000. The Employer-Sponsored visa will maintain its planning level at 22,000.
The Minister of Immigration of Australia had reallocated places in some skilled visa categories recently as part of the government’s Australian migration policy. This was done in response to border, health, economic conditions resulting from the COVID-19. However, those changes only applied to the current program.
In 2021-22, the skill stream will maintain its focus on such categories of visas that will contribute to the rebound of the economy in Australia after the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the Australian migration policy, priority will be given to visas that drive job creation, economic growth, and investment in Australia.
The government has increased places for categories that are sponsored by employers in Australia. This move indicates an increase in demand.
The importance of planning levels
When it comes to DHA’s planning levels ceiling for every stream is critical to the Migration Program. But practically, they serve the purpose as mere numbers. They are never treated as targets.
Importance of the skill stream
The skill stream contributes close to 50% of the Migration Program and has a prominent place in Australian migration policy. The stream is focused on migrants who are highly skilled. They belong to the streams of Business Innovation & Investor Program, Employer-Sponsored immigration program, and Global Talent stream.
There’s a very critical need of calibrating the skilled pathways made available for immigration candidates. Only by addressing this need can the requirements of the Australian businesses can be met. That way, Australia’s economy will be rejuvenated as it revives itself from the COVID-19 pandemic period.
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