Australian Federal budget offers more for skilled immigrants in 2014-15 migration program

May 24, 2014

Australian Federal budget offers more for skilled immigrants in 2014-15 migration program

Australian Federal Budget, revealed by the Commonwealth Treasurer, Joe Hockey, includes 2014-15 migration program offering 190,000 places for immigrants and mainly focuses on skilled category as it is a major resource for highly skilled migrants.

The total figure is shared for three categories which include allocation of 565 places for migration through the stream of special eligibility, 60,885 places for family migration class and 128,550 places for skilled migration class.

These numbers also encourage family category, as an extra 335 places have been allotted for children and spouses and 500 places are allocated for parent group.

In order to drive up the efficient student visa processing arrangements via eligible education providers, the government is likely to invest $1.3 million over a period of four years. The announcement also includes the removal of 4000 places under family stream which are allotted to asylum seekers previously.

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