August 6, 2015 Up to 190,000 permanent migration places will be available in Australia in 2015-16 as announced by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. This includes up to 128,550 places for skilled migrants, including the employer sponsored, general skilled and business categories, and 57,400 places for family migrants sponsored by immediate family members. Some 565 places will be open to special eligibility migrants, which include former permanent residents who have maintained close business, cultural or personal ties with Australia and at least 3,485 permanent child visa places will be available outside the managed Migration Programme.
What has changed?
Whilst the overall size and composition of the programme remain the same as last year there are changes in how the programme will be managed affecting the Child category visa and Orphan relative visas.
Child category visas (excluding Orphan Relative) will no longer be counted under the managed Migration Programme. This is in response to the Governmentâ€™s commitment to reform and improve the processes relating to inter-country adoption. The Child category will continue to be carefully monitored while it transitions to a fully demand-driven model by 2019-20.
Orphan Relative visas will now form part of the Other Family category within the Migration Programme with 400 places allocated to Orphan Relative visas.
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