Last week when the 2014-2015 Australian Federal Budget was announced there were cuts in spending, new taxes implemented, government departments axed and quite a few tears. However, there was some good news amongst the bad with the government detailing in the 2014-2015 migration program that a total of 190,000 Australian visas will be available, 70 per cent of which will be allocated to Skilled Visa applicants.
Through amending the composition and size of the 2014-2015 Migration Program, the Government will not only achieve savings of $305.2 million over the next five years but also help to secure Australia as an attractive destination to Skilled Visa applicants from around the world and encourage people to immigrate to Australia.
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison believes that the emphasis on skilled migrants will benefit Australia and its economy. “The Budget allocates almost 68 per cent of Australia’s migration places to skilled migration, and re prioritizes employer-sponsored visas.” The Minister also made mention that the increase in availability for visas for Australia will hopefully encourage people to apply through the proper migration channels. “This change will provide yet another disincentive for people considering the dangerous boat journey to Australia.”
In addition to the increase of Skilled Visas for Australia through the skills select pathway, the Government will be extending the streamlined visa processing arrangements over the next four years providing $1.3 million towards the continuation which is currently available to:
– Students enrolled in Advanced Diploma level Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses at eligible education providers; and
– Students enrolled in bachelor, masters or doctoral degrees at participating universities.
Speak to one of our qualified and registered migration agents in Brisbane in regards to any of the changes and contact us for specialized advice.