Australian Immigration figures announced
19 May 2014
Australia's budget has come around yet again and the announcement by the Minister of Immigration of the number of permanent visas to be made available during Australia's 2014-15 financial year has just been made.
Australia's permanent migration program is to again remain steady for the third year in a row with 190,000 permanent visas to be granted in the period 1 July 2014 to 31 June 2015. This figure of 190,000 (equal with the last 2 years) remains the highest annual migrant intake in Australian history. This demonstrates that despite the recent change of government and a tough stance by Australian authorities in relation to illegal migration, Australia very much remains open to skilled individuals and families looking to go through the proper visa processes and make a new life for themselves in Australia. Of these 190,000 permanent visas to be made available, 128,550 of these places are for skilled migration (eg. General Skilled Migration, permanent Employer Sponsorship and Business Skills), 60,885 are for family migration and 565 in the special eligibility stream. This is the same distribution as for the current 2013-14 program year.
Also, the temporary employer sponsored subclass 457 visa program continues to remain uncapped. The Australian Minister of Immigration's media release with these figures can be accessed here.
With Australia's economic growth forecast by the World Bank at 2.6% in 2014 and 2.7% in 2015, the economic conditions that enabled Australia to escape the global recession continue with excellent job opportunities and an unmatched quality of life available for the 190,000 new people Australia is looking to permanently welcome in 2014-15. Indeed, as the Economist Intelligence Unit's world's most liveable city rankings determined in August 2013, Australia has 4 of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world - with Melbourne coming out 1st again for the 3rd year in a row.