Immigration is slowly beginning to pick up post-pandemic and the migration bodies have begun re-processing and even introducing new regulations to some of the programs in Australia. Let’s take a look at the most significant updates to immigration for October:
1. Australia released migration plan for 2020/21.
The migration program designed to achieve a range of economic and social outcomes. This time, a total of 160,000 places are available for 2020/21. The programs are categorized into Skill, Family, Special eligibility and child visas.
2. Business visa places have increased to 13,500. The Government has taken steps to increase the Business Innovation Program (BIP) allocations by an additional 11.3%.
3. Partner visa allocation has increased from 47,732 to 77,300. From the overall quota for 2020/21, Spouse Visa takes priority (this quota amounts to 49.2% of the entire program) which will enable Australian to reunite with their family members from overseas.
4. VAC refunds and waivers introduced for the following visas:
– Prospective marriage visa holders (offshore)
– Seasonal and Pacific Island workers
– Visitor visa holders (offshore)
– Working holiday maker visa holders
– Temporary skilled visa holders