The new Australian migration program year was due to start a week ago with the Federal Government releasing 189, 190 and 491 visa quotas for the 2020-21 year. However, at the time of typing, the Department of Home Affairs has not given the state governments their new General Skilled Migration (GSM) quotas for the new migration year. This means that the GSM program will not open from 1 July 2020 as planned.
A knock-on effect is that the Australian State and Territories cannot open their program until the Federal Government quotas are allocated. The GSM 2020/21 program year is scheduled to re-open from early August, however, changes to the composition of the Australian Migration program might be made in October under the new budget.
Due to the Coronavirus, the date for Federal Budget 2020-2021 has been delayed by the Federal Government – it will be handed down in Parliament on 6 October. The Federal Treasurer has advised that he will provide an update on the economic and fiscal outlook on 23 July.
Migration Program Australia – Will I be Impacted?
There are no impacts on those who already hold 189, 190 and 491 visas. Applicants who have previously received invitations will also not be affected.Applicants who have lodged EOIs and have not been invited may be affected by the delays.
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