With the passing of 2019, the Australian government has brought some tremendous changes in the ever-shifting Immigration system. These changes will be applicable from 16th November 2019. The individuals who will suffer from these changes are: –
· Australian Skilled (GSM)
· Employer-Sponsored visas (ENS)
· Family Visa Program
Australia had opened two new Visas called skilled regional visas which will be applicable from 16th November 2019. It will be replaced by the existing two visas- specialized regional visa subclass 489 and regional sponsored migration scheme visa 187 subclasses.
Apart from this, the government of Australia has also announced the first changes in the points system.
The key features of the new regional visas are: –
1. The individual who has a visa can easily apply for permanent residence after clearing the eligibility criteria
2. Subclass 491 will get additional points
3. A new plethora of occupation opportunities
4. The individual who has applied for regional visas can get priority processing
5. People can stay for a more extended time in parts of Oz.
The students who have done graduation will get an extra one-year visa from the regional institutes.
The students will get an additional one-year benefit, who will complete their graduation from a registered university. These students will hold a temporary graduate visa under subclass 485.
The regional areas are Perth, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Lake Macquarie, Illawarra, Geelong, Wollongong, Adelaide, Hobart, and Canberra.
Five years sponsored Temporary Parent Visa
With this introduction, the overseas parents of Australian citizens and permanent citizens will get 3 to 5 years visa at the cost of $5,000 to $10,000. This visa is renewable and can be extended for another ten years.
In this, the sponsors can only sponsor two parents at one go and must have an annual income of $83,454.80 without any debt.
South Australia Entrepreneur Visa
The Australian government in the coming future will support innovation in South Australia. It means the individuals who have creative and innovative ideas or want to do business, ideally will be supported by the government.
Firstly, these businessmen will get endorsed by the South Australian Government, and after that, apply to the Department of Home Affairs based on Temporary activities for the participation. This is a three years program. On the other hand, the overall length of the visa will entirely depend upon when it is given.
The essential point is international students are not eligible for this.
Western Australia will attract international students for skilled labour
With the changes in the immigration system, the Australian government has also introduced the Graduate qualified migration list which will gradually attract best global talent who have an advance qualification, traits, experience, and other features to develop their economy.
Extra points for skilled migration
The visa applicants who are sponsored or nominated from the above regional areas will get the added benefit of five points in terms of their points tests. On the other hand, the Australian government also announced other 10 points for those applicants whose spouse is skilled and who don’t have a spouse. Whereas, there is an extra point on the STEM subjects.
More occupation added to medium- and long-term skilled trade
This was the excellent news for the individuals who are under medium- and long-term qualified list. In this list, 36 more occupations are added, and most of these occupations are in the field of science, which is delivering new hope to the doctorate students. By this, they can earn more points.
Some changes in health conditions and disability for PR
The applicant who has some permanent health conditions and disability can no longer be evaluated on lifetime cost. Before this change, the government has also surged the overall cost from $40000 from $49000. It means any of the individuals who have a permanent medical illness can successfully get an Australian Visa.
Occupation ceilings for 2019 -20
In the occupation ceilings, it will be a significant boost to skilled migration. In this, Australia wants other 17,000 registered nurses. Moreover, ceilings for different departments like electricians, carpenters, secondary school teachers, etc will be around 8,000. Whereas, other professions percentage is fixed, i.e. 1000.
Increase in show money for foreign students
From the next year, international students have to show extra cash and evidence of funds of around $20,290. If the student is bringing a partner, then an additional $7,100 will be charged, and for each child, the cost is $3,040.
Matching ATO tax records to salaries of employer-sponsored migrants
The Australian government has cracked down on those companies who are underpaying employer-sponsored migrants.
Partnering with ATO, the Australian department will see into the tax file of those applicants who are holding 457/482 TSS visa so that their income is matched with the current tax to ensure they will be paid the right amount of salary according to work.
Cap lowered for skilled metropolitan migration to Australia
The population of Australia is increasing in major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Gold Coast. Because of this, the government is promoting these skilled workers to regional areas.
Longer processing time for a partner visa
Last November, the Australian government has passed the Family Violence Bill because of which the sponsorships must be first approved before the application is lodged. It means the partners have to undergo a strict process for assessing the character and history of both.
After reading these points, you would have come to know about the significant changes done by the Australian government in their immigration.