The government has not decided whether it will change the annual immigration cap of 190,000 that has been in place for eight years.
No decision has been made on how many migrants will be accepted by the Australian Immigration Department next year, immigration minister David Coleman has told SBS News.
The annual cap for the last 7 years has been fixed at 190,000 under Labor and Coalition governments. And almost every time, the department is able to meet the labour cap. Though, in 2017-18, immigration intake was at its lowest with just 163,000 permanent arrivals inclusive Skilled and family visas.
The Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was working on plan to lower the formal ceiling by 30,000 places, so if this happens it will most likely to have the same immigration numbers as of previous year.
When contacted the offices of both Ministers, they said no decision has been made and the cap for 2019-20 would only be set after a standard, annual “consultation” with states, employer groups and other stakeholders.
The minister says that final decision will be soon taken by analyzing the Australia’s needs and needs of the Australian regions in reference to the Morrison government immigration plans to divert more skilled workers to non-metro areas.
The immigration intake number is exclusively for entrants under skilled and family visas that offer permanent residency in Australia. The immigration number is exclusive of humanitarian stream numbers that are anyway less than 20,000 places for most years and temporary entrants like students, tourists and short-term workers that also constitute the majority of arrivals each year.
The migrants planning to apply for Australian Permanent Residency Visa have the perfect time now to apply for permanent residency because up till now the immigration numbers have not been finalized. This year the ceiling cap has still many places left.
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