Quota Cut in Immigration to Australia 2020


Australian Immigration quota cut

Recently, the Australian government has launched a series of immigration reform plans. Among them, the immigration quota has been greatly reduced, which has become the focus of everyone's attention. 

What impact will the reduction in immigration quota have on international students intending to immigrate to Australia? 

Experts studying abroad pointed out that although the total immigration quota has been reduced from 190,000 to 160,000, in fact, because the quotas in the past years are not used up, international students do not have to worry about the reduction in immigration opportunities. 

Regarding the specific reduction in quotas that everyone is most concerned about, Australian Prime Minister Morrison gave a very clear answer: This time the substantial reduction is the "independent skilled immigrant visa".

The quota for independent skilled immigrants in fiscal year 2019 - 2020 is 57.6% lower than that in fiscal year 2018 - 2019, and 52.3% lower than the actual amount issued in fiscal year 2017 - 2018.


Text / Photo: Li Qiong, a media reporter from Guangzhou Daily


The reduction of immigration quota is mainly 189 independent skilled immigrants

On March 20, the Australian Immigration Bureau announced the specific allocation plan for immigrant visas for the fiscal year 2019 ~ 2020, and the new quota was adjusted to 160,000. Although this immigration quota has significantly reduced 30,000 places compared to the 190,000 people announced since 2015, the actual number of people approved before has not reached the standard. Therefore, after the reduction of places, it will be compared with the actual 162,417 cases in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The number of visa approvals is roughly the same.


Skilled immigrants chose to settle in Sydney and Melbourne

The new immigrant visa distribution plan will be implemented from July this year. It is reported that the reduction in the number of immigrants is mainly due to population pressure. According to data from the previous fiscal year, 87% of Australia’s more than 111,000 skilled immigrants chose to settle in Sydney and Melbourne, which caused severe local congestion and uneven development between cities. 

In order to alleviate the population pressure of Sydney and Melbourne and shorten the development gap between cities and remote areas, the Australian Cabinet Committee has also signed a policy on skilled immigrants, or will require some new technology immigrants to live in non-two major cities for at least 5 years.


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The focus of the reduction of immigration quotas in this new fiscal year is mainly on 189 independent skilled immigrants, with plans to allocate 18,652 places, which is a reduction of 52.3% compared with the actual number issued in 2017-2018; followed by employer-sponsored immigrant visas, which is reduced by about 15.56 %. While business immigration visas have little effect, the new quota is 6,862, a reduction of 5.5%. In addition, 5,000 global talent visas have been added to the new plan.


Encourage international students to study and develop in "non-metropolitan areas"

In addition, the immigration reform plan clearly stated that the Australian government plans to provide 15,000 Australian scholarships to more than 1,000 domestic and international students every year to encourage everyone to travel to "non-metropolitan areas". 

Two new "non-metropolitan areas" have been added to the New Deal (these two areas are not yet announced). Students in "non-metropolitan areas" can obtain an additional one-year temporary visa for international students after graduation ( (Referred to as the 485 visa), that is, you can get a 3-year graduation temporary visa.


"Non-Metropolitan Area" refers to a remote or low-growth urban area in Australia. A region whose birth rate has fallen for two consecutive years will be defined as "Non-Metropolitan Area". The whole of South Australia, including the capital Adelaide, is divided into "non-metropolitan areas" that need to introduce more immigrants, and Adelaide is also the only city in Australia with a population of more than 1 million who enjoys this policy. 

As of the end of June 2018, the population growth rate in South Australia is about 0.7%, while the national population growth rate is 1.6%. Therefore, there is a lot of work in South Australia that needs people to do, but also a large number of immigrants to do.


In the context of low population growth and a large number of job vacancies, South Australia urgently needs more talents to fill the gap in the labor market, thereby stimulating local economic development. Therefore, in addition to the official extension of the 485 visa, the South Australian Immigration Department has continuously issued reforms in favor of international students in recent months, such as expanding the state sponsorship list, relaxing the requirements for nominating outstanding graduates, and awarding long-term residence in South Australia.

 International students, etc. It is not difficult to see that the South Australian Government very much welcomes the arrival of international students and actively seeks more opportunities for international students to develop in South Australia.


It is reported that international students who have completed a degree in a "non-metropolitan area" meet the following two conditions and will be eligible to apply for an additional one-year 485 visa. One is holding a higher education issued by a "non-metropolitan area" university or educational institution Or a graduate degree certificate; the second is currently holding the first 485 visa and living in a "non-metropolitan area".


Jing Hong, General Manager of Jinghong Education in Asian region, said that if students can accumulate work experience abroad after graduation, they will have obvious advantages in terms of vision and employment opportunities after returning home, and the Australian 485 visa provides graduates with a 485 visa. More possibilities to accumulate overseas work experience. At the same time, the extended time limit for 485 visas also gives students a more ample employment buffer time.


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