Australia Migration Program 2020-21

The Australia Federal Budget for 2020-21 has been announced, and the following are the information related to the Department of Home Affairs and the migration program.

CATEGORIES2019-202020-21Difference (#)Difference (%)
Migration Program Planning Level160,000160,00000
Family Stream47,73277,30029,568 increase61.9% increase
Family Stream – Partner Visa39,79972,30032,501 increase81.7% increase
Business, Investment and Innovation Program6,86213,5006,638 increase96.7% increase
Global Talent Independent Program5,00015,00010,000 increase200% increase

In addition to the above numbers, there will be processing priority given to a number of visa programs.

CATEGORIES2020-21 CHANGES
Skilled Stream – Business Innovation and Investment ProgramGiven Prioritized Processing
Skilled Stream – Global TalentGiven Prioritized Processing
Skilled Stream – Employer SponsoredGiven Prioritized Processing
Sponsored Visas (for Onshore visa applicants and Partner visa applicants) where the sponsor is residing in a designated regional areaGiven Prioritized Processing

There are a number of notable changes and announcements below.

  • The Business, Investment and Innovation Program will focus on higher value investors, business owners and entrepreneurs and improve the economic outcomes of the program, and there will be an increase of 11.3% (above regular CPI indexation) for the visa application charges on 1 July 2021.
  • A new whole-of-government Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce will be established.
  • English language requirements will be introduced for Partner visa applicants AND the sponsor.

Finally, you can visit the full Federal Budget papers here, and the joint media release by Minister Dutton and Acting Minister Tudge here. There are a number of other announcements made within the migration program for your reference.

Please visit our web pages below for information relating to the visas and programs mentioned above, and contact us at Tanson Migration for further information.



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