The Department of Home Affairs has advised State and Territory Government’s they would not be receiving nomination allocations for skilled visa subclasses 491 and 190 on 1 July 2020. As a result, most States and Territories have announced that their skilled migration programs will remain closed until further notice.
Due to the COVID-19, the date for Federal Budget 2020-2021 has been delayed by the Federal Government – it will be handed down in Parliament on 6 October 2020.
Australia is expecting to record a significant drop in net migration levels due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Australia’s overseas migration intake is expected to shrink by more than 85 percent this financial year (2020-2021) due to widespread travel bans brought on by the coronavirus.
Source: Home Office
While Australia Visa intakes decline, Canada continues to Welcome Immigrants
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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