Australia’s federal government has announced a massive restructuring of its migration program for 2020-21. Under the new program, priority will be given to onshore applicants. Also, the places for skilled migrants will be reduced significantly. The new changes are made for immigration Australia due to the recession and border closures owing to COVID-19.
The total places made available for immigration will remain limited to 160,000 for 2020-21. But the allocation for Skilled and Family streams are much lesser.
In 2020-21 79,600 places have been allocated to the permanent migration program in the Skill stream. This is a major dip from an allocation of 108,682 places in 2019-20. In the 79,600 places allocated, an allocation of only 6,500 places has been made to Skilled Independent visas. With the Skilled Independent visa, migrants can settle anywhere in Australia.
The priority within the Skill stream will goto:
- Global talent
- Employer-sponsored visas
Skilled visas will be targeted at investors, innovators, and job creators who can grow Australian businesses and charge up the country’s economy.
15,000 places have been allocated to the Global Talent visa. Business investors have been allocated 13,000 places.
Employer-sponsored visas have been allocated 22,000 places. They will get priority over non-sponsored visas. The focus will be on the Priority Migration Skills occupations list.
Here’s a summary of visa allocations as per skill stream:
- Employer (Sponsored) – 22,000
- Skilled Independent – 6,500
- Regional – 11,200
- State/Territory (Nominated) – 11,200
- Business Innovation & Investment program – 13,500
- Global Talent – 15,000
- Distinguished Talent – 200
77,300 places have been allocated for the Family stream. A majority of PR places have been allocated to partner visas with 72,300 places. This is an increase from 37,118 places in 2019.
Here’s a summary of visa allocations for family stream:
- Partner – 72,300
- Parent- 4,500
- Other Family – 500
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BIIP – Business Innovation and Investment Program
PR – Permanent Residency