Federal Budget 2019 changes to the Migration Program
The 2019 Federal Budget announced the following information regarding changes to the Department of Home Affairs migration program.
Visa application charges to increase
Visa application charges are to be increased by 5.4% from 1 July 2019 (not include Visitor Visas – Subclass 600). Second installment visa application charges however, will not increase.
Skilled Migration Points Test – Secondary Skilled Migrants
From November 2019 the points test will be adjusted to award additional points, to the primary applicants, where their partner has competent English, but cannot meet the requirements for skilled partner points. Single applicants will also be awarded additional points to ensure they are not disadvantaged – how this will occur has not been detailed.
New Regional Visas introduced and Subclass 187 & 489 to discontinue
The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) and Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visas will be introduced from 1 November 2019.
The RSMS (Subclass 187) and Skilled Regional (Subclass 489) will no longer be continued.
Extension of Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa and Destination Australia Program
The temporary graduate visa for regional graduates will now allow for an additional 12 month second post-study work visa for international graduates, totalling three years.
Destination Australia Program will offer Scholarships for international and domestic students to study in regional Australia for higher education or vocational education qualifications.
Please contact us at Four Corners to discuss how these changes may affect you.