Almost 200,000 Australian visas available for next financial year
Up to 190,000 permanent migration places will be available in Australia in the 2015/2016 financial year, the same as the previous year, it has been confirmed.
This includes up to 128,550 places for skilled migrants, including the employer sponsored, general skilled and business categories, and 57,400 places for family migrants sponsored by immediate family members.
Some 565 places will be open to special eligibility migrants, which include former permanent residents who have maintained close business, cultural or personal ties with Australia and at least 3,485 permanent child visa places will be available outside the managed Migration Programme.
Child category visas, excluding Orphan Relative, will no longer be counted under the managed Migration Programme. ‘This is in response to the Government's commitment to reform and improve the processes relating to inter country adoption,’ said a spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Border Control (DIBP).
He added that the child category will continue to be carefully monitored while it transitions to a fully demand driven model by the 2019/2020 financial year.
Orphan Relative visas will now form part of the Other Family category within the Migration Programme with 400 places allocated to Orphan Relative visas.
A full breakdown of the figures show that in the skilled stream there will be 48,250 employer sponsored visas available, 43,990 skilled independent visas, 28,850 state and territory nominated visas, 7,260 business innovation and investment visas and 200 distinguished talent visas.
In the family visa stream there will be 47,825 partner visas, 8,675 parent visas and 900 other family visas of which 400 will be orphan relative visas. There will also be 565 special eligibility stream visas.