India Overtakes New Zealand to Become the 3rd Largest Migrant Population Group in Australia


Indian contingent in Australia is now a force to reckon with. This is supported by the fact that the number of Indian migrants in Australia have been increasing rapidly over the past years.


As per preliminary figures released by Australian Bureau of Statistics, India has recently overtaken New Zealand to become 3rd largest migrant group in Australia. As of June 2018, 592,000 Indians call Australia their home which is approximately 2.4% of the overall Australian Population. This figure has seen a 30% rise since 2016.


Below table represents the list of countries with the largest migrant population in Australia in 2018:




(a) Estimates are preliminary

(b) With top 10 overseas-born countries listed for 2018.

(c) Proportion of the total population of Australia.


Source: abs.gov.au


Although Indians are ranked third in terms of overall migrant population, however, in terms of countries with largest source of migrants on a yearly basis India has been ranked number one as per the “2018 – 19 Migration Program Report” by Department of Home Affairs. Below graph depicts the numbers for top 10 countries.

India has been maintaining its top rank and is currently the largest source country for migrants in Australia since 2016.


If we delve further deep, then skilled visa is the category that leads in terms of numbers. Below table shows distribution of visa by different visa streams for each of the top 10 source countries.


2018-19 Migration Program Outcome: Top ten countries of citizenship – By Different Visa Streams:

Note 1: Includes primary and secondary applicants.

Note 2: New Zealand grants were not counted towards migration program outcome prior to 2017-18

Source: 2018 – 19 Migration Program Report, Department of Home Affairs


A major source of increasing numbers of Indian migrants in Australia is their ability to get grants for many different type of visa classifications. In Australia, there are multiple visa types through which one can enter Australia and gain access to Australian Citizenship. The prominent visa types are as follows:


1) Student Visa

2) Work Visa

3) Sponsored Visa

Skilled Migration Visa


Out of the above visa categories, skilled migration visa is essentially a category of visa type wherein those migrants who have skills and qualifications to improve the Australian society and economy can apply.


When we have a look at the skilled migration visa numbers then, India has been leading the way w.r.t number of visa grants for this category. As of 2018-19, out of a total of 60,240 visa granted India accounted for 21,440 visas (more than 1/3rd share out of total visa grant under the skilled migration category) and at least four times more than the next country i.e. People’s Republic of China.


The India growth story is expected to continue to move ahead further in Australia as Indians increasingly are looking to apply for skilled migration visa to pursue their dream of a pathway to enter Australia. This means that Indians continue to top the charts in terms of visa grants for skilled migration category. The below table presents the data for number of Skilled Migration Visa for the year 2018-19.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australian Migration Statistics, 2018-19


Within the skilled migration category there are two most popular type of Skilled migration visa which are as follows:


· Sub Class 189 Visa (Independent)

· Sub Class 190 Visa (State Nomination Dependent)


To get the visa grant, the Australian government requires applicants to follow a point-based immigration system. The point-based immigration system is based on several factors i.e. age, education, work experience, language proficiency among a host of other factors.


Getting a visa grant based on the points-based migration system requires meticulous planning and preparation of the visa application. In addition to this it requires in-depth knowledge of Australian migration laws and visa conditions. At this stage Valet Migration steps in and helps you navigate through and succeed in getting a Permanent residency for Australia.


Valet Migration offers a wide variety of visa services that includes General skilled migration – Subclass 189 /190/489 with RMA review, General skilled migration – Subclass 189 /190/489, Work Visa for Australia, Family Visa and Business Visa for Australia.


We are a team of professionals who look at each case individually and provide you with the best professional advice with the help of our certified MARA agents who work with us round the clock. If you are looking to Visit, Study, Work, Invest or Migrate to Australia, talk to Valet Migration, Australia’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Consultant.


Need help and guidance with your Australia Migration Visa Application? We have offices in India and Australia with Registered Australian Migration Agents. Talk to the experts today and get it right the first time.



List of Current Australian Immigration Visa Application Types

Australian Visitor Visa Types

>> Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)

>> Visitor (subclass 600)

>> eVisitor (subclass 651)

>> Transit Visa (subclass 771)

Australian Family & Partner Visa Types

>> Adoption visa (subclass 102)
>> Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114) 
>> Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 838) 
>> Aged Parent visa (subclass 804)
>> Carer visa (subclass 836)
>> Carer visa (subclass 116)
>> Child visa (subclass 101)
>> Child visa (subclass 802)
>> Contributory Aged Parent (Temp) visa (subclass 884)
>> Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864)
>> Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)
>> Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143)
>> Dependent Child visa (subclass 445)
>> NZ Citizen Family Relationship (temporary) visa (subclass 461)
>> Orphan Relative (subclass 117)
>> Orphan Relative (subclass 837)
>> Parent visa (subclass 103) 
>> Partner (Provisional & Migrant) visa (subclass 309 100)
>> Partner visa (subclass 820 801)
>> Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300)
>> Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)
>> Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835)
>> Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

Australian Working Holiday Visa Types

>> Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462)

>> Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417)

Australian Study & Training Visa Types

>> Student visa (subclass 500)
>> Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)
>> Training visa (subclass 407)

Australian Working & Skilled Visa Types

>> Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 124)
>> Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858)
>> Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
>> Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191)
>> Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) 
>> Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 494)
>> Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 
>> Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)  
>> Skilled-Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476)
>> Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) 
>> Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887) 
>> Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)
>> State or Territory Sponsored Business Owner visa (subclass 892)
>> State or Territory Sponsored Investor visa (subclass 893)
>> Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408)
>> Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)
>> Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403)
>> Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (subclass 400)
>> Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

Australian Business Investments Visa Types

>> Business Innovation and Investment (permanent) visa (subclass 888)

>> Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188)

>> Business Owner (subclass 890) 

>> Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132)

>> Investor visa (subclass 891) 

Other Australian Immigration Visa Types

>> Bridging visa A – BVA - (subclass 010)
>> Bridging visa B – BVB – (subclass 020)
>> Bridging visa C – BVC – (subclass 030)
>> Bridging visa E – BVE – (subclass 050 and 051)
>> Crew Travel Authority visa (subclass 942)
>> Former Resident visa (subclass 151)
>> Maritime Crew visa (subclass 988)
>> Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602)

>> Resident Return visa (subclass 155 157)
>> Special Category visa (subclass 444)
>> Special Purpose visa
>> Investor Retirement visa (subclass 405)
>> Confirmatory (Residence) visa (subclass 808)
>> Global Special Humanitarian (subclass 202)
>> Protection visa (subclass 866)
>> Refugee visas (subclass 200, 201, 203 and 204)
>> Temporary Protection visa (subclass 785)
>> Safe Haven Enterprise visa (subclass 790)

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