Budget 2020-21 Migration News

Australian Visa Updates

On 6 October 2020 the Treasurer delivered Australian Federal Budget for 2020-21.

Below are IMPORTANT NEWS for migrants and their families:

  • The Government will refund or waive the visa application charge (VAC) for temporary visa holders affected by the COVID-19 travel ban.

    Prospective Marriage, Pacific Labour Scheme and Seasonal Worker Programme visa holders will be able to access a VAC refund. Temporary skilled workers and Visitor visa holders will be be able to have the VAC for a subsequent visa application waived, to allow them to return to Australia once travel restrictions are lifted. Working holiday makers will be able to have the VAC for a subsequent visa application waived, to allow them to return to Australia once travel restrictions are lifted or to access a VAC refund.

  • The Government will maintain the 2020-21 Migration Program planning level at 160,000.

    Family Stream places will increase from 47,732 to 77,300 places.

  • Employer Sponsored, Global Talent, Business Innovation and Investment Program visas will be prioritised within the Skilled Stream.

  • Onshore visa applicants and Partner visa applicants where the sponsor lives in a designated regional area will also be prioritised for the 2020-21 Migration Program.

  • From 1 July 2021, the Government will streamline and improve the operation of the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)

    The Government will introduce changes to improve the quality of investments and applicants. In addition, visa application charges for these visas will be increased by more than 11%.

  • The Government will apply the family sponsorship framework to Partner visas.

    It will mandate character checks and the sharing of personal information as  part of a mandatory sponsorship application. Additionally, it will subject the sponsor to enforceable sponsorship obligations. These changes will complement existing family violence provisions within the Partner visa program.

  • The Government will introduce English language requirements for Partner visa applicants AND their permanent resident sponsors. 

    These changes are meant to support English ability levels and understanding, and improve social unity and economic outcomes.

You can read a media release here: https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/alantudge/Pages/Securing-and-Uniting-Australia-as-part-of-the-Government%E2%80%99s-economic-recovery-plan-.aspx

We are here to answer any questions. And if you need assistance with your Partner Visa before the changes take place – Contact Us Now!

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