The Australian government recently announced plans to welcome 190,000 permanent migrants in the 2023-24 fiscal year.

Key Points:

  • Under current plans, the 190,000 places will be allocated as follows:
    • Skilled (137,100 places). This stream is designed to improve the economy and reduce skill shortages in the Australian labor market.
    • Family (52,500 places). This stream consists of mainly Partner visas, helping Australians to reunite with family members and provide them with pathways to citizenship.
    • Special Eligibility (400 places). This stream covers visas for those in special circumstances, including permanent residents returning to Australia after time spent in another country.
  • Australian authorities can redistribute places between Skill stream visa categories on an ongoing basis to respond to changing economic conditions as they occur.

Additional Information: A complete breakdown of the Migration Program planning levels announced as part of the 2022-23 and 2023-24 budgets is available here.

BAL Analysis: ​​The government said the 2023-24 migration plan was “designed to boost Australia’s economic recovery and drive social cohesion outcomes in the post-pandemic environment.” Compared to the 2022-23 plan, Australian authorities increased the total number of places for Skilled visa categories by over 27,000.

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