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In a significant move, the Australian Government recently unveiled its plans for the 2024–25 permanent Migration Program, shaping the landscape for prospective migrants. Here’s a breakdown of the key highlights:

  1. Setting the Stage: With a total of 185,000 places allocated, the 2024–25 Migration Program maintains a 70:30 split between the Skill and Family streams, signaling a strategic balance between economic priorities and family reunification.
  2. Employer Sponsored Visas: Job seekers have reason to rejoice as the planning level for Employer Sponsored visas sees a notable increase from 36,825 to 44,000, providing enhanced opportunities for skilled professionals seeking employment in Australia.
  3. State/Territory Nominated and Regional Categories: Reflecting a commitment to regional growth, both categories witness a significant boost with 33,000 visas allocated to each, emphasizing the importance of regional development in Australia’s migration strategy.
  4. Skilled Independent Visas: With 16,900 places earmarked for skilled independent professionals, the program continues to attract individuals with valuable skills and expertise.
  5. BIIP and Global Talent Visa Program: While the planning level for the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) sees a reduction to 1,000 visas, the Global Talent Visa Program remains a beacon for exceptional talent, offering 4,000 visas in the 2024–25 program.
  6. Family Reunification: The Parent visa program retains its allocation at 8,500 places, reaffirming Australia’s commitment to keeping families together. Similarly, the Other Family category, encompassing programs for Aged Dependent Relatives, Remaining Relatives, and Carers, maintains 500 places.
  7. Child Visa Program: Australian residents seeking to sponsor their dependent or adopted child or orphaned relative can leverage the Child visa program, which remains demand-driven and retains 3,000 places for planning purposes.

In addition, state and territory nomination allocations for 2023–24 further illustrate opportunities for skilled migrants, with Western Australia (WA) setting aside 1,500 places for Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visas and 850 for Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visas.

As Australia navigates its migration landscape, these updates reflect a strategic approach to managing migration flows, ensuring alignment with economic priorities while prioritizing family unity and regional development. Stay tuned for further updates as the 2024–25 Migration Program unfolds.

For more information, please visit Australia’s 2024-24 Migration Program.