Key Changes Recommended in Australia’s Skilled Migration Program

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The Productivity Commission of Australia has proposed some key changes to Skilled Migration Program of Australia. The changes may likely focus on the selection criteria or process of selection of Migrants in Australia.

The recommended key changes include reduction in the age limit, allocating extra points to adult secondary applicants’ credentials, etc. Here is the overview of key changes.

Major changes recommended for Skilled Migration Program in Australia

The Productivity Commission has sent an inclusive report named ‘Migrant Intake into Australia’. This detailed report is likely to restructure the process of Permanent Skilled Migration in the country. Here are the key recommendations.

Reduction of Age Limit

The Productivity Commission has suggested the government of Australia to reduce the age limit for permanent residence under skilled migration stream. The age limit at now is 50 years. However, the report recommends the exemptions for the highly skilled candidates. The report also recommends the higher points to the young skilled immigration applicants as per the point system.

Make SOL A Key Yardstick

The report from the commission has advised considering Skilled Occupation List (SOL) of Australia as a key benchmark for deciding the skill needs for different categories of the permanent skilled migration programs. The SOL should also work as the yardstick for TRT (Temporary Residence Transition) visa.

Maximum points for Single Applicants

The applicants with no dependents should be given the highest level of additional points as per the commission’s recommendations.

More points for Secondary applicants’ credentials (i.e. traits/skills)

As per the commission report, the government of Australia should increase points for adult secondary applicant’s skills and traits in order to considerably increase points of the primary applicant.

Reorganize the ‘Points System’ for all the Permanent Skilled Migration Programs or Visas in Australia

The Productivity Commission Report recommends the ‘Point System’ for all type or categories of Permanent Skilled Migration in Australia. However, the applicants with ‘employer sponsorship’ from Australia should be given additional points. As of now, the parameters of selections for employer-sponsored applicants are different.

Evaluate the adult children and partner for English language ability

As per the commission, half of the total skilled migration visas are issued to secondary applicants. Hence, the adult secondary applicants should also be assessed based on their age, English skills, education, work skills, apart from the review criteria in practice for primary applicant.

The DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) has received the report of Productivity Commission and it is expected to respond regarding the same in due period.

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