The Administration of the Immigration and Citizenship Programs Paper – Part 4: Skilled Visa Trends

Home Affairs have released their latest paper on the Administration of the Immigration and Citizenship Programs and Crystal Press is covering this via summary below.

PART 4: Skilled Visa Trends

Skilled Visa Trends:

  • Skilled visa lodgements witnessed a significant 84.3% increase in 2022-23, but this trend reversed in 2023-24 with a 52.7% decrease.
  • This decline is attributed to stricter controls on nomination allocations and invitation rounds, particularly in categories like State and Territory Nominated and Regional visas, as well as the Skilled Independent Category.

Regional Migration:

  • Migration to regional areas is emphasised for its pivotal role in addressing workforce needs, revitalising communities, and fostering economic growth.
  • COVID-19 concessions for certain visas, including the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) and Skilled Regional (subclass 887) visas, ended in November 2023.

Skilled Regional Visas:

  • The Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) subclass 191 visa, launched in November 2022, garnered over 5,000 applications between July and December 2023.
  • This visa is becoming increasingly popular as more applicants meet the required three-year regional residency and other eligibility criteria.

Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs):

  • Currently, there are twelve DAMAs in place.
  • The utilisation of DAMA labour agreements by employers is growing, with a more than 90% increase in DAMA Labour Agreements from the previous year.
  • Demand for DAMA labour agreements remained steady in the 2023-24 program year compared to the previous year.

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

13 Feb, 2024

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