Australia granted the lowest permanent residency in a decade


The number of permanent residency visa granted during the 2018-2019 program year was the lowest in a decade. The Department of Home Affairs figure shows altogether 160,323 visas were granted during the Permanent Migration Program year 2018-19. Previously in 2017-2018, it was 162,417 places. Though, the cap for the permanent migration place was 190,000 for both years. Last year Australia reduced the cap to 160,000 from 190,000.

Since 2017, Australian permanent residency seekers living in major cities experience difficulties to become a permanent resident as the government shifts its focus toward regional Australia. During the financial year 2018-2019, Australia granted 8987 number of Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa which is a 44 percent increase from 6,221 in 2017-18. Australian government planning to send new migrants into regional Australia to balance population growth as well as infrastructural development thought the country. In recent, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said government’s population plan will ease the pressure on the big capitals while supporting the growth of those smaller cities and regions that want more people.

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 In the year 2018-2019, Australia granted 8987 number of Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa which is a 44 percent more than the previous year.


The Australian government is dedicating 23,000 places for regional skilled migration. The government also announced two new regional visas to send new migrants seeking permanent residency to help fill the skill gap in regional Australia. Minister Coleman said, “We’re directing migration to those smaller cities and regional areas that are crying out for more people and those regional economies that simply cannot fill jobs with local workers.”

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2018-19 Migration Program – Outcome

Skill Stream

Category Stream Outcome
Employer-Sponsored 42,012
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme 8,987
Employer Nomination Scheme 33,025
General Skilled Migration 60,240
Skilled Independent 34,247
State/Territory Nominated 25,993
Distinguished Talent 200
Business Innovation and Investment 7,261
Total 109,713

Family Stream

Category Outcome
Partner 39,918
Parent 6,805
Other Family 524
Family Total 47,247
Special Eligibility 115
Child 3,248
Total 160,323
Source: Department of Home Affairs

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