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Australia Immigration: Light Amidst Uncertainties

Australia, over the years, has been continuously accepting thousands of migrants. However, with the goal to grant “exceptionally skilled” migrants and to ease the pressure on big cities such as Sydney and Melbourne, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) slashed 2019-20 immigration intakes from 190,000 to 160,000 slots.

For this fiscal year, visas for Skilled Independent (Subclass189) has been reduced also from last year’s 43,000 to 18,500, but 23,000 places will be given to high-caliber migrants who are willing to relocate to regional areas such as Adelaide, Darwin, or outskirts of Sydney. These movements have really caused fears that many people who want to migrate to Australia from Singapore or elsewhere may never become permanent in Australia. But for NTRUST, we will definitely help you to put your application in the best possible way forward.

Take Advantage of the Revised Points System

Come 16th November 2019, new points system will be implemented. Part of the revisions is that:

  • Single applicant can claim additional 10 points now
  • Applicant with spouse who has a positive skills assessment, below 45 years old, and can get at least Competent English can claim additional 10 points (previously 5 points)also
  • Applicant with spouse who is not skilled, but can demonstrate at least Competent English can claim additional 5 points
  • Applicants who are nominated by a state or territory government through the new Subclass 491 – Regional Provisional visa can claim 15 points (previously 10 points with Subclass489)
  • Applicants with Australian Masters by research or Doctorate of at least 2 academic years in a relevant field of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or specified Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can claim additional 10 points

Not sure how you can maximize the above revisions? Give us a call and we will thoroughly assess your family’s criteria against the new regulations.

The Permanent Pathway is Still Available

Despite the implementation of the new temporary visas: Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) and Subclass 187 – Regional Sponsored Migration, these visas can allow you to obtain permanent residency status. However, you need to fulfill their requirements to live and work in a regional area for three years before they can roll it over to a permanent residency visa in which will be named Subclass 191 – Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional).

While it is getting tougher now to get a PR in Australia – truth be told – there’s still light amidst immigration uncertainties. Here at NTRUST, we provide solutions for all your doubts with regards to your intention of migrating to Australia. Call us at +65 62990245 to book a professional appointment with one of our experienced immigration consultants.