New Australian Budget announced today – how it affects AUSTRALIAN MIGRATION.

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New Australian Budget 2019 – how it affects AUSTRALIAN MIGRATION.

Following information has come from MIA.

  1. Dept of Home Affairs fees will go up by approx. 5.4% on 1 July 2019.
  2. There is no change announced for “Second VAC” fees e.g. 2nd VAC for Contributory Parent Visa $43,600, etc.
  3. General Skilled Migration planning levels reduced from 190,000 to 160,000 for the next four years
  4. From Nov 2019 for Points-tested General skilled migration: Extra points will be granted if the spouse has good “English” language test results.
  5. Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) and Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visas will be introduced from 1 November 2019. They will replace the current RSMS (Subclass 187) and Skilled Regional (Subclass 489). These two visas will be discontinued.
  6. For Subclass 485 Graduates studying at REGIONAL universities (Bachelors or Post-Grad level) – An additional 12-month second post-study work visa for international graduates providing a total of three years, if they continued to live in the regional area for first two years. Commences in 2021.
  7. Destination Australia Program – Scholarships for international and domestic students to study in regional Australia for higher education or vocational education qualifications
  8. Trade Recognition Australia (TRA) fees are likely to go up – Fees for skills assessments related to migration, employment and licensing will be collected by TRA and be fully recovered.
  9. Annual cap for WHV (Subclass 462) for Indonesian citizens will be increased from 2,500 to 5,000 over the six years to 2014/25

If you would like to find out more about Australian visas our migration agents will be happy to check your eligibility. If you would like advice from our team of Registered Migration Agents, book in for a consultation now.