The Australian Federal Government have announced that Australia’s annual permanent immigration intake will be brought down to 160,000 instead of the current capped 190,000. The government has said the new cap will be maintained for the next four years and will aid to stop the growing congestion in Metropolitan cities.

However, the Australian Government is also planning to ease the application for immigrants who are willing to move to Regional areas in Australia.

Planning levels are shown below:

2019-20 Migration Program planning levels
Stream and Category 2019-20
Skill stream
Employer-Sponsored 30,000
Skilled Independent 18,652
Regional 23,000
Skilled Employer Sponsored 9,000
Skilled Work Regional 14,000
State/Territory Nominated 24,968
Business Innovation & Investment program 6,862
Global Talent 5,000
Distinguished Talent 200
Skill Total 108,682
Family Stream
Partner 39,799
Parent 7,371
Other Family 562
Family Total 47,732
Special Eligibility 236
Child (estimate; not subject to a ceiling) 3,350
Total 160,000



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