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In his statements at the Business Council of Australia on 7 Aug 2018 the Minister for
Citizenship and Multi cultural Affairs, Hon Alan Tudge shared his views on Australia’s
skilled migration program.
It was emphatically stated that Australia is built on migrants and the quest to seek the
brightest from the world over remains vital to Australia. Some of the strategies and
key reasons highlighted in his speech on why Australia needs skilled migrants were
-Skilled Migration brings in a talent pool and innovation from overseas.
-Skilled Migration leads to economic and population growth which is currently at about 70%.
-The GDP per capita grows with migrants coming into Australia
-Skilled Migrants contribute to the tax considerations, about 80% higher than the Australians
-Younger migrants bring more value to Australia in terms of tax paying, thus the upper age limit was lowered from
49 to 45 om July 1, 2018.
-While Skilled Migrants are extremely important to the development and economy, policies have been amended to
ensure that migrants contribute when they first arrive and not go onto welfare. Extending the waiting period to
access welfare benefits from two years to four years. Perhaps, an undertone to this also reflects in more occupations
becoming eligible for 489 sponsorship.
-Regional migration set for a clear boost to fill the labor gaps in order to optimize the services and curb inflation.
-Skilled Migration to be evenly distributed throughout Australia and removing pressure from the overpopulated
Sydney and Melbourne with a mere 13% of the 111,000 skilled migrants arriving in the year, settling outside these
two major cities.
-South Australia, presumably, to continue as a state absorbing skilled migrants with an additional 15,000 skilled
migrants required every year.
A strong message about the quality skilled migrants being welcomed to Australia was sent by the Minister in
his parting remarks, “Australia has been built on migration. Successive waves of migrants have come to our
shores, help build our economy and made Australia the greatest multicultural nation on earth.”
Speech synopsis by Diamond Sodhi, Source: Department of Home affairs, Australia
INDIA A TOP SOURCE FOR SKILLED MIGRANTS TO AUSTRALIA
With the new census data released on 18 July ’18 a startling revelation is brought to public light with a whopping figure of almost 300,000 permanent migrants arriving in Australia from India between 2000 and 2016. Undeniably, India ranks as the No.1 country for sending in migrants to Australia.
In my personal opinion Australia, for years, has been a country popular for its resettlement and employment avenues for Indians with Point based Skilled Migration being more popular as than the family stream visa. What this means is that people choose Australia for the benefit the country has to offer to a migrant with no family ties and support system in Australia, unlike it is in Canada.
A notable fact is that Indians who migrated to Australia on Skilled Migration had good English proficiency and fared well enough in Australia to buy their own homes, something which could have been a far stretched dreams for them in India.
In addition to the skills and expertise Indians brought with them to Australia, more than 95 percent of Indian immigrants spoke English exclusively, well or very well.
The figures released reveal that out of the Indian migrants to Australia, a total of 234,395 – were on skilled visas [Subclass 189, 190, 489 etc], followed by 56,402 on family visas and 1,097 on humanitarian visas. A strapping figure of Skilled Migration to Australia is a clear evidence of the increasing popularity of Skilled Migration to Australia amongst Indians and an evincing evidence of Australia welcoming Indian migrants.
In an announcement by the Department of Home Affairs [DHA] today, the Pass points for General Skilled Migration Program for subclasses 189 [Skilled- Independent Permanent], 190 [Skilled- Nominated Permanent] and 489 [Skilled- Regional Sponsored (Provisional] have been increased from 60 to 65, with effect from 1 July 2018.
The implications of the increase in the pass points would be as follows:
• Those waiting for an ‘invitation to apply’ under subclass 189 [Skilled- Independent Permanent], typically Engineering Professionals and Accountants [to name a couple] would be in for a major disappointment as they would now need to either increase their cumulative point score or route their applications through state nomination or sponsorship.
• Regional areas of Australia will get a flip as many applicants would need additional points to reach the 65-point mark. A sponsorship for subclass 489 would give the applicant the much needed 10 points in order to make it to the 65- points pass mark.
• The DHA clearly seems to direct the inflow of migrants to spread out into the low population regional areas that would ensure a balance of migration population evenly as opposed to the current cluttering in Sydney, Melbourne and other metropolitan cities of Australia.
In a broader sense, the decision to increase the pass points to 65 is good as the DHA’s stand on ensuring the quality of migrants coming into Australia is affirmed.
This change in policy does not affect the visa applications that have either been lodged and the applicants who have already received invitations to apply for visas.