After the new regional visas were introduced in November 2019, there has been a significant increase in the number of regional visas being issued for the 2019-20 year.
Statistics from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) reveal that in 2018-19, 120 invites were issued for the Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) compared to 1780 invites which were issued in 2019-20 for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).
There has also been a drastic increase in State and Territory Government nominated visa invites in 2019-20.
Compared to 17,350 in 2018-19, 25,589 visa invites were issued by the State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2019 to the end of June 2020 (in June 2020 alone, 3,481 invites were issued).
2020-21 Migration Program
While the government is yet to reveal details of the 2020-21 migration program, the DHA has indicated that the existing migration program 2019-20 settings will be retained for the year 2020-21.
According to migration experts, the focus of the migration program over the next 2-3 years should be focused onshore and on demand-driven migration programs, targeting regional employer-sponsored visa programs and pathways to permanent residency.
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