Australia releases migration Plan for 2020/21
The Migration program is designed to achieve a range of economic and social outcomes. The program is set annually, and a total of 160,000 places are available for 2020-21. The total program is broken down into the following streams:
- Skill – designed to fill skill shortages in the labour market, including those in regional Australia. The majority of the places in the program are in the Skill stream (79,600 places in 2020-21, 50.7 % of the program).
- Family – is mainly made up of Partner visas, enabling Australians to reunite with family members from overseas, and provide them with pathways to citizenship (77,300 places in 2020-21, 49.2 % of the program).
- Special Eligibility – this covers visas for those in special circumstances. This can include permanent residents returning to Australia after a period away (Resident Return Visas) and is the smallest stream (100 places in 2020-21).
- Child visa- 3,000 Child places will be available in 2020-21.