July is a very important month. It is the beginning of the Australian financial year and the time that the Australian budget is announced. Besides increases to the visa application charges, this announcement also includes the Australian Government’s annual planning levels for its migration program. This sets the benchmark for the maximum number of visas that can be allocated for each migration category by the Department of Immigration and Home Affairs (DHA) for the coming financial year. In turn, the DHA then allocate quotas for the State/Territory Governments for their skilled State nominated and business visa programs. The States are then able to publish their State migration programs for the rest of the financial year. July has also, generally, been the time that the Australian skilled migration lists are updated.
Visa application charges set to increase. The Department of Home Affairs has recently passed legislation to increase a number of visa application charges (VACs) by 1.75% (rounded to the nearest $5), to be implemented on the 1st of July 2021. We also expect Citizenship application fees to increase alongside this.
This year 190,000 permanent visas have been allocated for new migrants to make Australia their home.
In addition an uncapped number of various temporary visas are available. To obtain one of these visas in most cases involves a multi-stage application process. Further Details
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