2020-21 Immigration Program Update

Summary of the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on 2020-21 migration program.

The Department of Internal Affairs (Department of Immigration) recently published a document addressing the impacts of the pandemic caused by COVID 19 on the planning and delivery of the immigration program for 2020-21. We will try to analyze below the fundamental points of analysis of the Department.

  1. Impact of border closure: Closing borders has had a significant impact on net migration abroad. Compared to net overseas migration (NOM) for the year 2018-19, the NOM is expected to drop by 30% in 2019-2020 and even further in 2020-21.
  2. Immigration program and economic recovery: The Department confirms that protecting Australian health during COVID 19 pandemic is the government’s priority. Certainly, carefully calibrated immigration program will play an important role in Australia’s economic recovery. It will create jobs and bring investment to help Australia’s recovery from the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Immigration will be a key component of Australia’s economic recovery. Carefully targeted immigration for skilled workers who create jobs will contribute to Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

Dimensions and composition of the 2020-21 migration program

Otherwise indicated, the existing settings of the 2019-20 immigration program will continue to remain in force. This means that the 2020-21 planning limit will be maintained at 160,000 places (total visa numbers), a level already set for the 2019-2020 immigration program.

The visas will be divided as follows:

  • 108,682 seats for the Skill Stream
  • 47,732 places for family flow – Family Stream
  • 236 places for the Special Eligibility Stream
  • 3,350 places for child visas – Child Visa

State Nomination Programs – State Nomination for the 2020-21 migration year

The places available and consequently the number of visas that can be granted for the following categories will be made available directly to the nominating authorities of the state and territory for the 2020-21 migration year:

  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).
  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) regional sponsored employer (provisional) (subclass 491).
  • Innovation and business investment program.

189 and 491 visa invitation rounds (family sponsored)

The government is closely monitoring the immigration program to ensure that job opportunities for Australians do not decrease, so that Australians can manage COVID 19 post-recovery measures. Since March 2020 on a monthly basis, they have continued to circulate targeted calls to address critical sectors and assist post-Australia COVID recovery 19.

Migrants entering Australia

I also remind you that at the moment only Australian citizens, permanent residents, immediate family members of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or New Zealand citizens habitually resident in Australia can enter Australia. Immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents holding a temporary visa will need to provide evidence of their relationship. Applicants who do not hold a temporary visa will not be considered for travel exemption.

For more information, see: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/

For more information please do not hesitate to contact me Alessia Comandini 0499600707 or comandinimigration@gmail.com

Lawyer Alessia Comandini

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