2019 – 2020 Year Migration Program – General Skilled Migration Visa

The 2019-2020 financial year saw many changes to the migration program. Not only did the government announce the new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491), the effect of coronavirus brought about several changes to 2019-2020 migration program.

Skilled Migration Program Planning Level

The government planned that in the 2019-2020 financial year, total places available for skilled visa were 108,682. This is 69.5 per cent of the total migration program of the 2020 fiscal year. The purpose of the skilled migration program is to improve the productivity of the economy and fill the skill shortages in our labour market.

Below we will compare the skilled migration program planning level to the actual figure.

Skilled Independent

The government allocated 16,652 places for skilled independent visas. However, due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the number of applicants who received a skilled independent visa is lower than the predicted amount. In the 2020 financial year, the number of invitations issued was 9,500. The intake number declined drastically starting from the April period, which coincided with the travel restriction put in place by the government.

State and Territory Nominations

States and territories were allocated 24,968 places for the 2019-2020 year migration program. Data from the Department of Home Affairs revealed the number of allocations for each state and territories.

However, the invitation given out during the year is less than the predicted figure. This may also be because of the outbreak of coronavirus. Only 21,184 applicants received an invitation.

ACT

ACT reached their migration planned level for both subclass 190 visa and subclass 489/491 visa.

NSW

NSW reached their migration planned level for subclass 190 visa, but only invited 1671 applicants for the subclass 489/491 visa.

NT

NT reached their migration planned level for subclass 190 visa, but only invited 536 applicants for the subclass 489/491 visa.

QLD

QLD reached their migration planned level for subclass 190 visa, but only invited 1090 applicants for the subclass 489/491 visa.

SA

SA reached their migration planned level for subclass 190 visa, but only invited 3078 applicants for the subclass 489/491 visa.

TAS

TAS invited 1,117 applicants for Subclass 190 visa but reached their migration planned level for subclass 489/491 visa.

VIC

VIC reached their migration planned level for both subclass 190 visa and subclass 489/491 visa.

WA

WA invited 1,290 applicants for subclass 190 visa and 267 applicants for subclass 489/491 visa. Compare to other states, WA only issued 57.3% of its allocated quota for subclass 190 visa. Only 26.7% of the subclass 489/491 visas were issued.

Related: 1 July 2020 Migration update for Skilled and Business visas

Minimum Points Score

As seen below, the changes to the point system saw an increase in the minimum points score. In the October – November period, the minimum points were 80 and 85 respectively, but when the government introduced the new point test on 16 November 2019, the minimum score went up to 90-95.

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2019 – 2020 Year Migration Program – General Skilled Migration