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What's in Store For Australian Migration in 2020/2021?

Published 16-10-2020

The release of the federal budget 2020/21 has confirmed Australia’s future objectives to prioritize the attraction of best & brightest migrants around the world.It also aims to increase business investments through the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP).


Migration Program Planning Level comparison 2020-21 & 2019-20


The current Migration Program Planning level will remain at 160,000 for the 2020-21 program year. Compared to the fiscal year 2019-20 we can see a substantial drop for all Independent and State Nominated Skilled visas, moving the program's emphasis to attracting Global Talent as well as high-value investors, business owners, and entrepreneurs.


Apart from that, partner visas are given a significant boost with almost doubling the numbers with the aim to reduce wait times and reunite families since processing times for these applications had blown out to over two years from lodgement. In all cases, onshore visa applicants will be given priority.


However for Skilled Independent visas,the actual outcome of 2019-20 is not showing significant difference from the planned amount for the new fiscal year.In addition, despite a decrease in planning numbers for Family steam visas (other than Partner visas), comparisons show that the actual outcomes were already lower than the new quota. This means that in reality, applicants for these visas should notice little to no change for the coming year.

Stream and Category

2020-21 Planned

2019-20 Planned

Difference

Skill Stream




Employer Sponsored

22,000

30,000

-8,000

Skilled Independent

6,500

18,652

-12,152

Regional

11,200

23,000

-11,800

State/Territory Nominated

11,200

24,968

-13,768

Business Innovation & Investment program

13,500

6,862

+6,638

Global Talent

15,000

5,000

+10,000

Distinguished Talent

200

200

0

Family Stream




Partner

72,300

39,799

+32,501

Parent

4,500

7,371

-2,871

Other Family

500

562

-62

Special Eligibility

100

236

-136

Child (estimate; not subject to a ceiling)

3,000

3,350

-1350

General Skilled Migration

Employer Sponsored

Temporary Skilled visa holders currently offshore will be able to have the lodgement fee for a subsequent visa waived, to enable them to return to Australia once the borders reopen. 

Global Talent

Business Investment and Innovation

In addition to the existing requirement for character clearances, Sponsors must agree to enforceable sponsorship obligations and sharing of information with the applicant before they can be approved. An approved sponsorship application will be required before a Partner visa application can be submitted. 

With a plan to support social cohesion and economic participation outcomes, Immigration will introduce English language requirements for Partner visa applicants and their permanent resident sponsors. Set at Functional English level, evidence must be provided that the requirement has been met before a permanent Partner visa can be approved. The Minister has indicated that in some cases if a genuine effort has been made to achieve the required score through completion of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), that a waiver may be available. 

In anticipation of these changes, the AMEP has been reformed to remove limits on class hours and application timeframes for new migrants. 

Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage visa holders who have been unable to enter Australia due to the border closures will be able to access a refund of the Government lodgement fees.

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