Australia’s Migration Program July 2021 – June 2022
The global pandemic continues to impact Australia’s Migration Program. Things are slowly and gradually improving and we expect this to continue even more so in the coming year. The governments focus for the Migration Program is to drive Australia’s economic recovery coming out of the pandemic. With this in mind there will be a focus on the following visa options:
- Business Innovation and Investor Visas
- Global Talent Visas
- Employer Sponsored Visas
These visas attract investment, talent and critical skills to Australia. Global Talent and Business Visas already receive a travel exemption and can come to Australia.
The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)
The PMSOL was more than doubled in late June 2021. This is relevant for two reasons for Employer Sponsored Visas:
- If your occupation is on the PMSOL you will receive priority processing for your visa.
- You will be able to apply for a travel exemption and come to Australia.
This is a real boost for Australian business as they can get more of the skills they need from the global market when they are unable to source the skills locally in Australia.
Skilled Migration Program
The Skilled Migration Program will still be part of the mix in the coming year. It is our belief that there will be more focus on the regional visas and subclass 491. But the 189 and 190 visas subclasses will still be available. We have heard that state and territory governments are going to potentially start nominating applicants who are outside of Australia. But we still need to see if this will happen and what it is going to look like. Please see below the numbers that have been allocated to the states and territories.
|State & Territory nominated visa allocations 2021-22|
|The Department of Home Affairs has made available the number of nominated visa allocations to States & Territories for the 2021-22 migration program:|
Migration Planning Levels
The overall planning levels for 2021-22 remain the same as the previous year:
- Skill Stream: 79,600
- Employer Sponsored: 22,000
- Skilled Independent: 6,500
- State/Territory Nominated: 11,200
- Regional: 11,200
- Business Innovation (BIIP): 13,500
- Global Talent: 15,000
- Distinguished Talent: 200
- Family Stream: 77,300
- Partner: 72,300
- Parent: 4,500
Other Family: 500
Australia is keen to return to being one of the most wanted immigrant destinations and attract the right people to grow the economy and build the country.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your specific situation please contact us.