How the 2019 Federal Budget affects Migration in Australia


On 2 April 2019, the Federal Government released the budget for this year.  A number of changes have been announced relating to immigration with many migrant communities looking to benefit from such changes.

Here are the some of the important changes to immigration:

  1. $64.2 million has been reserved for ‘social cohesion’ measures.   The aim of this is to assist migrants in becoming established and integrated into their communities by way of funding for local sport and community languages whilst also encouraging acceptance of diversity.
  2. Nearly $50 million is allocated to new regional visas over the next five years in an effort to combat the high growth of urban congestion by encouraging migrants to work and live in regional Australia
  3. 5.4% increase to visa application fees from July 2019.  This is estimated to generate an additional $275 million over the next four years.
  4. Government to cut permanent migration target by 30,000.
  5. Two new regional visas will be introduced from November 2019 that allow skilled migrants to live and work in regional Australia for five years with a pathway to permanent residency.
  6. Additional points may be available to primary applications of General Skilled Migration if their partners have competent English but are unable to meet the requirements for skilled partner points.

If you wish to discuss the changes to migration or have any queries in relation to a visa, please contact one of our friendly staff at Bambrick Legal today.


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