Full list of Australian migration places in 2020 & 2021

by IELTS — October 11th, 2020

The Australian government has announced big changes to the migration program places for 2020 and 2021. Find out what the available places are for every visa category.

Australia’s sets a maximum number of places for its migration program every year. And, for 2020 and 2021, the total places available is capped at a ceiling of 160,000. Some of the key highlights are:

  • 79,600 places allocated in the Skill stream
  • 77,300 places have been allocated to the Family stream
  • Only 6,500 places allocated to Skilled Independent visas

 

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2020 and 2021 Places for Family Stream visas

The Australian Government allocated more places to the Family stream this year. As a result, 77,300 places are available to the Family stream. And, the majority of permanent residency places are for partner visas.

Family-stream permanent residence visas are for:

  • partners, children, parents or dependent relatives of an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia or eligible New Zealand citizens
  • children being adopted or in the process of being adopted outside of Australia
  • carers who need to move to Australia to provide long-term care for an approved relative

 

Family Stream
Partner72,300
Parent4,500
Other Family500
Family Total77,300

 

New English language rules for Australian partner visas

The Australian Government announced new English language requirements for partner visas. We’ll help you with information about English language, what ‘functional English’ is, and where you can find reliable information.

Check new English language requirements for partner visas

2020 and 2021 Places for Skilled stream visas

For 2020 and 2021, the Australian Government has made significant changes to the permanent migration program for work visas. Now, only 79,600 places allocated in the Skill stream. Compared to last year, that is a decline of almost 30,000 places. But, from the 79,600 places available under the skilled stream in 2020-21, 6,500 are reserved for Skilled Independent visas. The Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) is a points based visa. These visas allow you to settle anywhere in Australia.

So, according to this year’s list, most visa places are available for the Global Talent, the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) and Employer-Sponsored visas.

Skill stream permanent residence visas are:

  • designed to improve the productive capacity of the economy and fill skill shortages in the labour market, including those in regional Australia
  • attract highly talented individuals, with entrepreneurial ideas and cutting-edge skills

 

 

Skilled Stream
Employer-sponsored22,000
Skilled Independent6,500
Regional11,200
State/Territory nominated11,200
Business Innovation & Investment program13,500
Global Talent15,00
Distinguished Talent200
Skilled Total76,600

 

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Your IELTS options: The IELTS General Training test has been developed to test your every-day, non-academic English. It is accepted for migration purposes.

We also offer the IELTS Academic test. That’s if you wish to study at university or college as an undergraduate or postgraduate student or join or gain entry into a professional institution.

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What IELTS score do you need for a Skilled visa?

Check what IELTS score you need for your visa. You can also have a look at the full list of Australian visas and what language test you may need.

IELTS for the Skilled Independent Visa

The Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) requires an expression of interest. The higher your score on your IELTS test, the more points you can get towards your migration application. See our 5 tips to get superior English for your Points Test Visas.

IELTS and the Department of Home Affairs:
  • complete the test within 3 years from the date of submitting a valid visa application
  • achieve the required test scores in a single attempt at the test

Book your IELTS test for the Skilled Independent visa

IELTS for the Skilled Regional visa

A Skilled Regional sponsored visa (subclass 489) requires an expression of interest. The higher your score on your IELTS test, the more points you can get towards your migration application. See our 5 tips to get superior English for your Points Test Visas.

IELTS and the Department of Home Affairs:
  • complete the test within 3 years from the date of submitting a valid visa application
  • achieve the required test scores in a single attempt at the test

Book your IELTS test for the Skilled Regional visa

IELTS for the Skilled Nominated visa

Finally, the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) also requires an expression of interest. The higher your score on your IELTS test, the more points you can get towards your migration application. See our 5 tips to get superior English for your Points Test Visas.

IELTS and the Department of Home Affairs:
  • complete the test within 3 years from the date of submitting a valid visa application
  • achieve the required test scores in a single attempt at the test

Book your IELTS test for the Skilled Nominated visa

IELTS for the Employer Nomination (Subclass 186)

Are you applying for the Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482) visa? You need to demonstrate that you meet certain minimum standards of English language proficiency (unless exemptions apply). IELTS helps you prove your language proficiency.

Required IELTS results for the Direct Entry Stream
Required IELTS results for the Temporary Residence Transition stream

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IELTS for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187)

Are you applying for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) visa? You need to demonstrate that you meet certain minimum standards of English language proficiency (unless exemptions apply). IELTS helps you prove your language proficiency.

Required IELTS results for the Direct Entry Stream
Required IELTS results for the Temporary Residence Transition stream

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Distinguished Talent visa (Subclass 124)

Are you applying for the Distinguished Talent visa (Subclass 124) visa? You need to demonstrate that you meet certain minimum standards of English language proficiency (unless exemptions apply). IELTS helps you prove your language proficiency.

Required IELTS results for the this visa

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Immigration and the law

Legislation about immigration changes frequently. It’s important to check the Australian Department of Home Affairs website for changes that may apply to you. If you are interested in Australian student visas, work visas, or looking to migrate permanently, you need to lodge an application with the Australian Government. You may want to consider getting support from a lawyer or migration agent. However, you can also get free advice for student visas.