27 Jul 2015

An Update to Australia’s 2015-16 Migration Program

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection has revealed that as many as 190,000 permanent migration places will be accessible for the 2015-16 period. Here’s a quick breakdown of what that number encompasses:

128,550 places for skilled migrants

This includes those sponsored by employers as well as general skilled and business categories.

57,400 places for family migrants

Those who fall into this category are migrants sponsored by immediate family members.

565 places for special eligibility migrants

This category covers previous permanent residents who have kept professional, cultural or personal connections to Australia.

In addition to this, a minimum of 3485 permanent Child Visa places will also be provided. These are out-with the managed migration programme.

The main difference in the programme when compared to last year is the way that Child category and Orphan relative visas will be handled.

Child category visas are not part of the managed Migration Programme anymore. This is due to the Government’s efforts to make improvements to inter-country adoption procedures. The plan is to have a fully demand-driven model in place by 2019-20. Until then, the Government plans to keep a close eye on Child category visas.

Orphan Relative visas are now included within the Other Family category of the Migration Programme. 400 places have been provided for those seeking to apply for Orphan relative visas.

If you are planning to migrate to Perth or anywhere else in Western Australia, it’s worth finding corporate migrations agents who can help you understand the ins and outs of the application process. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about migrating to Western Australia.

For more information contact an Immigracious agent at

Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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