There is no doubt that the COVID 19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the 2019-20 Skilled Migration program. However, the Coronavirus pandemic was not the only major event of 2019-20 as we also saw the development and implementation of the new skilled regional visas and other significant changes in the Australian Skilled Migration program.
Total invitations Skilled Migration 2019-20
The Department of Home Affairs has provided the total number of invitations issued in 2019-20 for different visa subclasses:
• Skilled Independent 189: 7,720
• Skilled Work Regional 491 (Family-sponsored): 1,480
• Skilled Nominated 190: 11,499
• Skilled Work Regional 491 & Skilled Regional 489: 9,685
• Business Innovation & Investment 188: 3,612
• Business Talent visa 132: 793
SkillSelect points test - Minimum score
In April 2020, the minimum points score to apply for Skilled Independent 189 visa and Skilled Work Regional 491 (Family-sponsored) visas were set to 95 points. However, on the last invitation round occurred on the 11th June 2020, the minimum points score went down to 85 points for the Skilled Independent 189 visa, and 70 points for visa subclass 491 (Family stream). Source: Officials
Canada, a better Immigration opportunity!
Now is the perfect time to apply for Canadian Immigration! Due to Coronavirus policies can change anytime. It is time for you to act proactively & jump into the pool so that your application decision is made earlier and you will be standing ahead of many. Just days before it was hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, Canada announced it would be targeting the arrival of 340,000 permanent residents in 2020 (which on a per capita basis, is 0.9 percent of its population) and even higher levels in 2021 and 2022. Canada was previously averaging around 260,000 permanent resident arrivals per year until 2016 when it decided it would be aiming for at least 300,000 annual arrivals.
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