Australia Skilled Migration update
State and Territory nomination allocations have been released for the 2021-22 migration program year for the following skilled visas:
- Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa
- Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional visa
- Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP).
Here is a summary of opening dates:
- SA – GSM and BIIP to open week commencing 19 July 2021;
- QLD – business & skilled nominations to open end of July;
- NSW –Skilled Occupation Lists for subclass 190 and 491 visas to be announced in the next few weeks. The BIIP is closed to new applications (except for permanent BIIP nominations which are open);
- ACT – applications are open for subclass 190 and 491 visas, with the next round of invitations to be issued on 14 July 2021. No announcement has been made re BIIP applications;
- VIC – skilled nomination program opens 7 July 2021. No announcement has been made regarding BIIP applications;
- TAS – applications for skilled nominations are closed. BIIP program is under review;
- WA – no announcements made re opening of state nominations. The BIIP is closed to new applications, while permanent BIIP applications are open;
- NT – skilled nominations are open to onshore applicants only. BIIP applications are also open.
The Migration Program is designed to achieve a range of economic and social outcomes. In 2021-22, the Migration Program will have an overall planning level of 160,000 places, consisting of the following streams:
- Skill (79,600 places) – this stream is designed to improve the productive capacity of the economy and fill skill shortages in the labour market, including those in regional Australia.
- Family (77,300 places) – this stream is predominantly made up of Partner visas, enabling Australians to reunite with family members from overseas and provide them with pathways to citizenship.
- Special Eligibility (100 places) – this stream covers visas for those in special circumstances, including permanent residents returning to Australia after a period overseas.
- Child (3,000 places) – this stream is managed outside the Migration Program as it is demand driven and not subject to a ceiling.
For more information on the Migration Planning levels check this link
For advice on your state options, to discuss whether you may be eligible for apply for 190/491 nomination, or any visa to Australia including student, partner or global talent visas, contact a registered migration agent today.