It is not very clear how committed or serious are the incumbent Australian Premier Malcolm Turnbull and the Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton regarding their declared views on the issue of Australia immigration, but it is being silently decreased even while the main sufferers happen to be none other than the visa candidates from India.
In case the present drift in the manner Dutton’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA) offers visas continues, immigration is being decreased by close-to 20,000 – the number Dutton either did or didn’t talk over with his Cabinet associates.
The figure of the Permanent Non-humanitarian Visas 2016-17 came in nearly 6,400 short of the administration’s goal 190,000 even as the last fiscal year’s shortfall is allegedly 400% of the entire shortfall over the preceding 10 years.
And the present year’s chasm is turning out to be considerably greater. The “Invitations” to take up the main independent points-based permanent visa over the starting 9 months of the year are down by nearly 50% on the preceding parallel time-frame.
During 2016-17, the administration planned to offer 43,990 of these 189 Visas and it did provide 42,422. While “Invitations” aren’t precisely “visas”, they’re a rather good alternative.
Reportedly, the administration is offering visas that previously mainly went to the candidates from overseas from Asian to those people from New Zealand who already happen to be the residents of Oz (Please check the news titled “Australian Visa Tweak Expected to Impact Migrants from India the Most” shared below, for a better insight on the subject!)
In case the dive in invitations holds for the year’s last quarter, permanent movement will have been reduced by approximately 20,000.
Majority of these subcategory 189 visa migrants arrive straight from abroad, as against those who change in Australia from Temporary Visas, and thus the decreased figures will appear in the headline net overseas migration (NOM) figures.
An additional impact on the NOM is working its way through the structure from both the rhetoric and actions by the administration in making it tougher and less necessary to get the Temporary Work Visas. As formerly reported, petitions for 457 visas were down by a third in the initial half of the year – and that was prior to the more preventive two-tier Temporary Work Visa arrangement began during the preceding month.
The newest NOM figures are for the year to the end of September. They totaled 250,100 – representing nearly 1% of the populace of Down Under. In case the trend of subcategory 189 Visa invitations and temporary visa applications continue even as International Student Visas are either stable or drop, the NOM may be on its way down to roughly 200,000.
At that stage, the NOM would be running at nearly 0.8% of the populace – not very away from the average over the whole post-war time-frame. And NOM includes the humanitarian part at a time when the view for honest refugees – incapable to reside anywhere in their home nation, unlike the white farmers from South Africa – continues to be miserable.
Australian Visa Squeeze Expected to Impact Migrants from India the Most
The change, which was first declared in 2016, offers a corridor to the prized Permanent Residency (PR) to a maximum of 10,000 of those nationals of the neighbouring New Zealand every year who have been residing in Down Under, for a minimum period of 5 years.
However, anxieties exist that the development will lead to lesser number of the overseas candidates getting visas under the Skilled Independent Scheme.
As mentioned before, Canberra decided to open the new visa pathway to the Australian-based New Zealanders, minus improving the total figure of visas under the plan.
Candidates from India obtained the highest figure of the visas under the Skilled Independent Scheme during 2016-17.
During 2017, out of 42,422 spots, migrants born in India received 14,484 of those visas. As per some experts on migration, with the new Kiwi Visa being fused into the scheme, candidates from India stand to suffer the most.
Reportedly, several would-be Indian migrants are already feeling the heat, courtesy of the reduced figure of professions for Independent and State Nominated Visas.
Though numerous Indians submit an application in IT & Accountancy, allegedly, the DHA isn’t proffering invitations to such people. What’s more: in some specific situations, the needed points balloon to as high as 80-85.
Candidates may submit an application for Skilled Permanent Visas in case they possess not less than 60 points for their educational qualifications, job skills, and English skills, among others. The DHA provides invitations to the aspirants on the basis of merit.
India is an important immigration source nation for Australia, and Canberra issued close-to 25% of the 457 Temporary Skilled Visas to the manpower from India prior to the same was stopped sometime back.
During the year gone by, candidates from India occupied the first position in the list of the nationalities with 38,854 Visas (21.2%), out of total 183,608 visas proffered under the nation’s immigration scheme. During 2015-16, Australia Immigration reportedly issued a combined total of 40,145 visas to the candidates from India.