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Australian Migration Changes announced under Federal Budget 2019

Wed, Apr 03 2019

Australian Migration Changes announced under Federal Budget 2019

The Australian Immigration Department recently announced the migration changes in the Federal Budget under following categories:

  • Visa Application Charges (VAC) increases

Base VACs for visa subclasses, except the Visitor Subclass 600 will increase by 5.4 percent from 1 July 2019 and there is no increase to second installment of VAC. The expected increase in revenue by $275 million from 2018/19 to 2021/22

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  • Reduction in the Migration Program Planning Level

The immigration level for the next four years is fixed at 160,000 as opposed to 190,000 in the previous year. However, the immigration place will be easily available to the migrants willing to come and settle on permanent basis.

  • Skilled Migration Points Test- Secondary Skilled Migrants

From November 2019, the points will be adjusted to award additional points to the primary applicants where the primary applicant’s spouse has competent English but was unable to meet the requirements for skilled partner points. Single applicants will now be able to receive additional points to ensure they are not disadvantaged- how the process will occur is not mentioned.

Also readKnow more about Partner Visa Australia


  • Introduction of New Regional Visa from 1st November 2019

The new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) and Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa will be introduced from 1 November 2019. The government is trying all possible efforts to invite skilled migrants in the regional areas to live and contribute towards the Australian economy.

  • Australia Destination Study Program under regional areas

The Australian Immigration Department has announced the scholarship for International and domestic students to study in regional Australia for higher education or vocational education qualifications.

  • VAC exemptions- INAS Games and T20 World Cup

Subclass 408 VACs waived for athletes and officials for the 2019 INAS Global Games in Brisbane VACs waived for competitors and officials for the International Cricket Council T20 World Cup 2020.

  • Full cost recovery for Trades Recognition Australia

Fees for skills assessment related to migration, employment and licensing will be collected by TRA and will be fully recovered.

Australia invites migrants willing to come and settle in the country on permanent basis through different visa programs. Fill the Australian Immigration Assessment form and wait for callback from the visa and immigration experts of Aptech Global.

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