1 May 2018

Visa merge decreases Australia’s skilled migrant intake by 10,000

There are now 10,000 fewer visas available to overseas skilled migrants due to the Government’s decision to merge a visa for New Zealanders with the existing skilled migration program without increasing the placements offered.

New Zealanders who are already living and working in Australia on a Subclass 444 Visa will have access to the 44,000 places usually allocated to overseas skilled migrants through the General Skilled Migration program. The merge has been criticised in the media as it effectively reduces Australia’s intake of skilled migrants from overseas without a formal submission being made through the Cabinet.

If you are interested in migrating to Australia permanently through the General Skilled Migration program, we encourage you to apply without delay due to the effective decrease in the number of skilled visa placements.

Immigracious can assist you to understand if you are eligible for a skilled visa. Contact our registered migration agents for a complimentary visa assessment on 08 9221 3388 or email

Source: ABC News

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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