2019-20 Migration Program Outcomes

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There have been 140,366 permanent migration places granted and 13,171 humanitarian places granted in 2019-2020, according to the Department of Immigration.

Seventy percent of visas were granted through the skilled stream with 95,843 places in total, including 4,109 places under the Global Talent – Independent program which launched in November 2019.

There were 41,961 places granted in the Family program and 37,118 Partner visas.

81 places were granted in the Special Eligibility stream and 2,481 in the Child stream.

Two-thirds of permanent visas were granted to individuals already in Australia transitioning from a temporary visa to permanent residency.

23,372 regional places were granted, well below the ceiling of 25,000 set by the federal government. 

174,170 people lodged in 2019-2020 down from 198,710 the previous year.

The places granted (140,366) was below the 160,000 places set by the federal government in the 2019-2020 federal budget.

Covid-19 affected the numbers of the 2019–20 Migration Program significantly due to disruptions in English Language testing, biometrics and health and character checking amongst other processes.

The 2019-2020 Migration Program Outcomes will affect the 2020-2021 Migration Program with details to be announced in the federal budget in October.