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Australian Federal Budget 2019 – What are its implications on skilled migration? | Vision Consultants Australia

April 5, 2019by Visionaus

There has been a great focus on the budget 2019 for the past couple of weeks. Last month there were also some announcements regarding changes in the overall quota and number of intakes by the government. Now various changes have also been provided by the Australian government in conjugation with the Department of Home Affairs. From November 2019, the Skilled Migration Points Test will be adjusted to award additional points to primary applicants when their partner has competent English but does not meet the existing requirements for skilled partner points’ The 2019-20 Budget Paper No. 2 includes the following passage:

From November 2019, the Skilled Migration Points Test will be adjusted to award additional points to primary applicants when their partner has competent English but does not meet the existing requirements for skilled partner points. Single applicants will also be awarded additional points to ensure they are not disadvantaged. This measure is estimated to result in an unquantifiable increase in revenue over the forward estimates period. The Department of Home Affairs will be provided with $0.3 million in 2019-20 to implement this measure.

The Skilled Migration Points Test currently awards additional points to primary applicants where their partner is under 45 years old, has competent English, and has a skilled occupation applicable for the visa subclass and stream they have been invited to apply for.

These changes will prioritize applicants who are single or whose partner can demonstrate competent English and therefore have the best potential to participate in the Australian labor market.

The budget also provided further details on the government’s migration changes. The Coalition previously announced it will reduce Australia’s annual migration intake from 190,000 to 160,000 places for four years from 2019-20.

According to the budget breakdown, there will be 108,682 places in the skilled stream and 47,732 places in the family stream, including a combined 3,586 places for child and special eligibility streams.

The budget also mentioned that ‘from November 2021, international students will be able to apply for an additional year on a second post-study work visa if they complete a higher education or postgraduate qualification in a regional area, and live in a regional area while holding a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa’ The 2019-20 Budget Paper No. 2 includes the following passage: From November 2021, international students will be able to apply for an additional year on a second post-study work visa if they complete a higher education or postgraduate qualification in a regional area, and live in a regional area while holding a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.

In order to further gain assistance regarding this new visa type and if you want free one-on-one consultations, Vision Consultants : Migration Agent & Education Consultants in Australia can provide expert education and migration consultancy and visa services. Unparalleled service standards have given us an industry feat of best education agent and migration agent in Australia. Our team of MARA registered agents is always there to guide you.

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