BREAKING NEWS-IMPORTANT CHANGES OF MIGRATION PROGRAM FROM NOV 2019-(BUDGET 2019-2020)
1) PARTNER ENGLISH FOR INCREASING SKILLED POINTS
From November 2019, the Skilled Migration Points Test will be adjusted to award additional points to primary Applicants when their partner has competent English but does not meet the existing requirements for skilled partner points. Single applicants will also be awarded additional points to ensure they are not disadvantaged.
The Skilled Migration Points Test currently awards additional points to primary applicants where their partner is under 45 years old, has competent English, and has a skilled occupation applicable for the visa subclass and stream they have been invited to apply for.
These changes will prioritise applicants who are single or whose partner can demonstrate competent English and therefore have the best potential to participate in the Australian labour market.
2) EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY GRADUATE VISA PERIOD FOR REGIONAL GRADUATES
From November 2021, international students will be able to apply for an additional year on a second post-study work visa if they complete a higher education or postgraduate qualification in a regional area, and live in a regional area while holding a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.
3) HONG KONG AND INDONESIA SIGNED TRADE AGREEMENT WITH AUSTRALIA
On 26 March 2019, the governments of Australia and Hong Kong signed the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (A-HKFTA).
On 4 March 2019, the governments of Australia and Indonesia signed the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).
4) INCREASE WORK AND HOLIDAY VISA CAP FOR INDONESIA
The Government will seek to increase the annual cap for Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visas available to Indonesian citizens from 2,500 to 5,000 over a six year period from 2019-20 to 2024-25.
5)MIGRATION PROGRAM-REDUCING THE PLANNING LEVEL
The Government will reduce the planning level of the Migration Program from 190,000 to 160,000 places for four years from 2019-20.
6) VISA APPLICATION CHARGE- UPLIFT
The Government is increasing the base visa application charge (VAC) for all visa subclasses, with the exception of the Visitor (subclass 600) visa from 1 July 2019.