July month is a very crucial month for Australian Immigration Department as the government plans most crucial changes in this month that is followed for the rest of the year. Some of the most significant changes to Australia’s Immigration system in recent years will be continued this year as well.
The Federal Government announced in March this year that it will cut back Australia’s annual permanent immigration intake from 190,000 since 2011 to 160,000. The actual intake fell to just over 162,000 in 2017-18 for the first time in over a decade.
The impact of the overall cut will be absorbed by Skilled Independent visas that allowed people to live and work in Australia. The annual intake has been slashed from over 43,000 to nearly 18,000. This immigration gap will be maintained for the next four years.
The immigration government announced an increase in the number of visa places for Australia’s regional areas with 23,000 skilled visas reserved for skilled and qualified workers willing to settle in the regional areas.
The introduction of two new regional visas in November this year- Skilled Employer Sponsored Visa and Skilled Work Regional Visa will have 9,000 and 14,000 places respectively within the annual immigration cap of 160,000.
Visa holders of these subclasses will be required to spend at least three years in regional areas in order to come eligible to apply for permanent residency instead of two years. A new regional permanent visa will be introduced in 2022.
Also, the international students will be able to access an additional year of post-study visa if they study in an educational institute in the regions, outside of Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and southeast Queensland.
The Australian immigration department has also introduced the new additional Australia points system to benefit applicants who are married, single and even STEM qualifiers.
The new temporary Sponsored Parent visa applications started accepting application from 1 July 2019. The new visa is programmed in such a manner that the Australian Citizen or permanent resident have to first apply to become approved sponsors. After approval, their parents will be able to apply for the visa that allows them to stay in Australia for a continuous period of up to five years with a single opportunity for renewal. The total number of total visas is capped at 15,000 per year.
The Federal Government has abandoned the legislation that would have made migrants to wait longer and prove they have competent English proficiency before they could apply for Australian citizenship.
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