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Introduction Of Major Changes In The Australian Visas From 1st July 2019

July 2019, 01
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Australian Visas

The immigration level in Australia was a major topic last year. The Government announced a few important changes and decreased the permanent intake in a decade. These recent changes to the immigration system are going to take effect in the present year.

Lowering the Immigration cap

The issue of increasing congestion in Melbourne and Sydney was aggravating, and there was the announcement of the Federal Government in March 2019, regarding cutting back the annual intake in Australian permanent immigration to 160,000. There was a cap on intake at 190,000 from 2011 but the intake declined to 162,000 in 2017-18 in over a decade.

There will be an impact of this overall cut, on the Skilled Independent visas which allow people for living and working at any place in Australia. The annual quota of in this class was decreased from 43,000 to 18,000.  After this measure there was a worry among the temporary residents in the country that there will be a long temporary residency for them.

The government will continue to maintain the cap for four years.

New regional visas in Australia

The government has announced regarding increasing the number of places for regional Australia visas. It has reserved 23,000 skilled visas for the people agreeing to live or work in the regions. It will also introduce provisional regional visas in November 2019 with the Skilled Employer Sponsor having 9,000 quota and Skilled Work Regional having 14,000 places within the annual cap of 160,000.

The overall migration rate is not easing, but the government is providing 23,000 visas in geographically restricted areas outside the large cities.

Visa holders will have to spend three years in the regions to gain eligibility in applying for Australia permanent residency. Earlier this period was two years. A new permanent visa regional will be set up in 2022. Global students can access the extra year of post-study visa in case they pursue their studies in an institute located outside Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and southeast Queensland.

Additional points for skilled migration

Sponsored/nominated Visa applicants for the regional visas will get five additional points in the points test.

The government will also give 10 additional points for applicants having the skilled spouse or those persons who do not have a spouse. Also extra points exist for candidates with the STEM qualifications.

New parent visa

Australia will accept applications in the Temporary Sponsored Parent visa from 1st July 2019. This visa is available from this year after the passing of legislation in the federal parliament in October 2018.

Parent visa, Indian family, Parent visa to Australia

There is also a new visa linked to sponsorship in which an Australian citizen or PR can initially apply to become a sponsor. On approval as a sponsor, the parents can apply for the visa allowing them a stay in the country for five years continuously. It can be renewed for a single time and has an annual cap of 15,000.

Discarding the Citizenship changes

Also, the Federal Government has discarded the legislation through which migrants had to wait for a long period to prove their competence in English before applying for citizenship. Moreover, the Bill was struck of the Senate in October 2017 after a stiff opposition.

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