Australian Migration Changes – 2019 explained by a migration specialist

Australian Migration Changes - 2019 explained by a migration specialist 1

How migration is changing in 2019/20?

One thing that is certain when it comes to migration in Australia is that there is always change on the horizon.

In the month of March, changes were announced across a number of visas and skilled migration lists.

Some of these changes were great in that more occupations were added to the Medium to Long Term Skilled Strategic List as well as other announcements like the reduction in overall places for migration that were not so good.

Similarly, there was also the introduction of new regional based visas.

Let’s breakdown some of the migration changes for you!

36 new occupations were added to the Medium to Long Term Skilled Occupation List (MLTSSL)

This was great news as many of these occupations were not available on the MLTSSL or the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). See new list here.

Many of these occupations are in the area of science and provide a lot more hope for PHD students in the area of science to take advantage of state sponsorship places for migration.

It also means having a greater variety of occupations that less places will be allocated for each occupation and getting more points or even better, state sponsorship will be more important!

New regional visas have been announced that will be introduced in November

Regional Visa

These new visas, the 491 (Skilled Work Regional) will replace the 489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) and will have 14000 places allocated.

Similarly, the 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa will take the place fo the 187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme subclass. This visa, will have 9000 places allocated.

The aim of the 2 new regional visas is to increase the amount migrants that move to regional areas of Australia and also extend the amount of time that people need to work to get permanent residency.

It’s anticipated under the new visas, that the pathway to residency will involve working in the regional for 3 years earning a specific amount of money per year and then be able to pathway to permanent residency through a new visa to be introduced in November 2022, the 191 Permanent Residency (Skilled Regional) visa.

While the changes may seem a little confusing, the biggest change that we can see are a big reduction in the skilled independent visas with a lot more focus placed on regional areas and power given to states to sponsor the occupations they need.

For more information on what these changes mean for you, please book a consultation with a member of the Education and Migration Services migration team today!

Stream2019-20*2017-18
Skilled
Employer Sponsored30,00035,528
Skilled Independent18,65239,137
State / Territory Nominated24,96827,400
Skilled Regionaln/a1, 574
Skilled Employer Sponsored (Provisional) new9,000n/a
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) new14,000n/a
Business Innovation and Investment program6,8627,260
Global Talent5,000n/a
Distinguished Talent200200
Skilled total108,682111,099
Family
Partner39,79939,799
Parent7,3717,371
Other Family562562
Family total47,73247,732
Other
Special eligibility236236
Child3,3503,350
Program total160,000162,417

Red areas mark the biggest changes in numbers.

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