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Immigration to Australia

MIGRATION PROGRAM FOR 2022-23:  Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has planned the 2022-23 Migration Program to boost Australia’s economic recovery and drive social strength outcomes in the post-pandemic environment. 

The 2022-23 Migration Program have a planning level of 160,000 places with the following composition:

ALLOCATION UNDER SKILL CATEGORY - 109,900 PLACES: This category is designed to improve the creative volume of the economy and fill skill shortages in the labour market, including those in regional Australia.

ALLOCATION UNDER FAMILY CATEGORY - 50,000 PLACES: This category is predominantly made up of Partner visas, enabling Australians to reunite with family members from overseas and provide them with pathways to citizenship.

  • From 2022-23, Partner visas will be granted on a demand driven basis to facilitate family reunification. This will help reduce the Partner visa pipeline and processing times for many applicants.
  • 40,500 Partner visas are estimated for 2022-23 for planning purposes, noting this estimate is not subject to a ceiling.
  • 3000 Child visas are estimated for 2022-23 for planning purposes, noting this category is demand driven and not subject to a ceiling.

ALLOCATION UNDER SPECIAL ELIGIBILITY - 100 PLACES:  This category covers visas for those in special circumstances, with permanent residents returning to Australia after a period overseas. The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs can reallocate places between Skill stream visa categories on an ongoing basis to respond to changing economic conditions as they happen.  Migration Program planning levels as announced as part of the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Federal Budgets

Australia is the popular destination favouring applicants with high skills and are having a desire to start a new life in Australia. Australia with its culturally different society & fast developing economy extends openings to all those who wish to progress and reside in the Country. The Australian economy is strong and is actively encouraging the skilled young people to lodge immigration application. Skilled candidates wishing to work in Australia will be assessed based on points set by the immigration department.

The country is outstandingly attractive with a migrant friendly society. Australia has the best education and health systems. The educational amenities and the health services presented by Australia to its people are very good. Australia is certified by The World Health Organization (WHO) for having a very low crime rate, as compared to most other nations.

Australia is politically stable and is one of the world’s beautiful destinations for good quality of life. The country also offer many social benefits to its people. The standard of living in Australia is comparatively higher in comparison with other countries. Also, Australia is blooming in economy wise and its growth is well reflected in it’s people’s lifestyle.

Bilimoria & Associate are Immigration Consultants and specialist in visa processing based in Chennai has been providing Immigration services for Australia to many people every year from different parts of the country. As an Immigration Consultant Bilimoria & Associate offers the clients full range of immigration services that suits the requirement towards obtaining their visas.

NEW CHANGES IN POINTS SYSTEM FOR AUSTRALIAN MIGRATION PROGRAM:  The Government of Australia introduced  new changes in immigration point system effective 16th November 2019. The government announced some first-time point allocation in the system, orelse 10 points awarded for applicants who are single / not married / not have a spouse / de facto partner.  This change will benefit the principal applicants who are single.  

The main Changes will assist a prospective applicant to be eligible to Australia’s under the current immigration point system.

These changes will come into effect from 16th November 2019, following changes will be implemented in Australia’s Immigration point Calculator 2019:

  • 15 Points will be awarded for applicants nominated by a State or Territory Government or sponsored by a family member residing in regional Australia
  • 10 points will be awarded for having certain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) qualifications
  • 10 points will be awarded for applicants who do not have a spouse or de facto partner
  • 10 points will be awarded for having a skilled spouse or de facto partner,  skills assessed by the Skills assessment body
  • 5 Points will be awarded for applicants with a spouse or de facto partner who has competent English



  • A new skilled work Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 491 will also be introduced which will come into effect from 16th November 2019 with some of the following changes:
  • The Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491) is a new and improved points-tested visa that will benefit the regional parts of Australia.  Prospective applicants can be nominated by a state or territory Government agency or Sponsored by an eligible family member living in a designated regional area.
  • The Subclass 489 (Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 489) to primary applicants seeking to fulfil the requirements to be granted with Subclass 489 visa to the applicant in the first Provisional Visa stream. Subclass 489 is outdated or superseded by Subclass 491.



  • A new subclass has been introduced Subclass 494 (Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) visa (Subclass 494), a new and improved employer-sponsored visa will benefit new applicants for the Regional Australia, with 2 key streams orelse Employer Sponsored and Labour Agreement.
  • Prospective employers can employ foreign workers on this Subclass 494 visa under the sponsorship regime for employers in the Migration Act (Division 3A of Part 2 of the Migration Act); and the removal of the Subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) visa, except for certain transitional cohorts. Subclass 187 is outdated or superseded by Subclass 494



  • A new Subclass has been introduced for PR visa Subclass 191 (Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional)) visa (Subclass 191) and this subclass will come into effect from 16 NOVEMBER 2022.  
  • This new Subclass 191 may only be applied for by holders of the new Subclass 491 and Subclass 494 visa.



  • Also, there has been new changes announced for applicants sponsoring their Parents.   With this new changes brought in by the Australian Government introducing the new Parent visa will benefit many prospective applicants to sponsor their parents as there is no more requirement of balance of family test requirement. The applications to sponsor a parent for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa will be open. 
  • The Government of Australia will assess the sponsorship applications received from the applicant and the parents to make a decision based on the supporting documents that has been provided on the parents application.


VISA OPTIONS:  There are four main visa options through which an applicant can obtain Permanent Residence visa to Australia.

  • Skilled Migration 
  • Family Sponsorship 
  • Business 
  • Humanitarian


SKILLED MIGRATION:  Each application is assessed based on the points system set by the Immigration department for Skilled Migration visa. Points are awarded for Age, Qualification, Work experience and Language proficiency. There are different visa categories on which an applicant can be eligible to lodge his Immigration application to Australia under Skilled Migration visa.

a) Skilled Independent visa: Applicants with skills in demand in the Australian Labour market as per the Skilled Occupation List( SOL) can apply on a Skilled Independent visa. In this visa category applicants must pass a points test to qualify. Applicants who are unable to meet the Skilled – Independent requirements can also opt for other visa options for which they must be either sponsored by an eligible relative living in Australia or nominated by a participating state or territory government.

b) Skilled – Nominated visa: Applicants who are nominated by a participating state or territory government can apply for Skilled – Nominated visa. In this visa category also applicants must pass a points test. Each state or territory has a list of occupations that guides the types of skills they are looking for. Accordingly the state and territory government agencies can view your expression of interest in SkillSelect and decide whether to nominate you for a visa. The applicant should live in the nominating state or territory for a particular minimum time

c) Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa: Applicants nominated by a participating Australian state or territory government (OR) Sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia. The above visa class is subject to the Cap and Cease arrangement that took effect on 22 September 2015. Any visa application that was not decided before 22 September 2015 will be taken not to have been made.


NEW POINTS TEST FOR SKILLED MIGRATION:  Australia announces new points test and criteria – Expression of Interest (EOI). The new pass mark has been set as 60 points as minimum pass mark and all applications will be assessed on the new points test. The new pass mark is applicable to all applications lodged after 1 July 2012.

Every application with the minimum 60 point pass mark may not be invited to lodge an application, whereas the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) computer system will select the best of the Expression Of Interest (EOI) application and invite them to apply for lodging an Immigration application.

The minimum pass mark for the new Skill Select visa subclasses 189, 190 and 489 will be 60 points. Applicants will first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and then be invited to make an application for these visas.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) advised the change to the pass mark was in the situation of the series of reforms to the skilled migration program undertaken by the Australian Government since 2008. These reforms have ensured the skilled migration program is a responsive and demand driven program and the cornerstone of this migration reform package will be the introduction of SkillSelect from 1 July 2012.


SKILLSELECT:  SkillSelect will work and benefit applicants whose applications will be lodged through an online service that will help skilled workers who are interested in migrating to Australia. Interested candidates need to provide their details which will be taken into consideration for a skilled visa through the new system of an Expression of Interest (EOI). Eligible migrants could be nominated for skilled visas through Australian employers or state and territory governments, or can be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a successful visa application.

SkillSelect is a big change to how Australia wishes to monitor its skilled migration program. SkillSelect will make sure the skilled migration program is based on the economic needs of Australia. The Australian Government will monitor who is able to apply for skilled migration, if they are able to apply and in what numbers, on the basis of this requirement. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship wants to considerably reduce on the time process of an application.

SkillSelect will advise on regional skill shortages. SkillSelect will also allow intending migrants to indicate their willingness to live and work in regional Australia. Benefit to employers experiencing regional skill shortages and state and territory government is attempting to settle migrants in regional areas of Australia.

The Australia's new skilled worker program, SkillSelect, allows applicants to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) before the visa can be processed. The SkillSelect system will work as an electronic two-stage process where potential applicants first submit a request for skilled migration through an online EOI. Subsequently, SkillSelect system will select the best applicants on the basis of their EOI and then may be invited to submit an Australian visa application.

Applicants will be selected to submit an application based on the points they score in a number of selection criteria. Applicants will be given points for the age, English language ability, work experience, and education. All potential applicants will be required to meet the relevant English language requirements and obtain the necessary skills assessment prior to their EOI submission. The lowering of the pass mark will enable more immigrants to be eligible to apply for an Australian visa.

Once the new SkillSelect system in implemented, SkillSelect will begin issuing invitations to eligible applicants in August 2012. Invitations will be issued to the applicants with highest ranking EOIs in descending order. The date and time of submission of the completed EOI may be a determining factor when considering visa applications from people who score an equal number of points; Priority will be given for applications which are received earlier.

Also, there will be a CAP on each occupation to limit how many people are selected from a certain occupation group. This makes it sure that the migration program is not dominated by a narrow range of occupations.

The change is encouraging for applicants in view of state sponsorship as when an applicant’s application is lodged through Expression of Interest (EOI) under subclass 190 or 489, may also help some applicants that will now qualify for state sponsorship who previously wouldn't have had the eligibility. This notice would be of particular importance for applicants who require additional points due to having less points for IELTS, age and or work experience.

Also, there has been a change in the update of Business Skills Program Reforms effective from 1 July 2012.


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  The new points test is designed to select the best and brilliant skilled migrants who will make the most favorable economic contribution to Australia. To apply for one of the above visas, applicants need to satisfy the following threshold requirements:

  • Better aimed age ranges to obtain maximum points under age
  • To obtain good English levels score to gain maximum points to qualify
  • More importance is given on the skilled employment
  • Higher level qualifications obtained in Australia and overseas

Interested applicants who wish to process their application for any one of the above visa categories and meet the requirements, can contact Bilimoria & Associate. We will be happy to assist you on the Immigration process towards obtaining your Residence visa to Australia for you and your family. Please call our office or write to us to assess your eligibility.


MLTSSL /  STSOL OCCUPATION LISTS:  The Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) was introduced in 2017, which was earlier known as Skilled Occupation List (SOL).

The Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) was introduced on 19th April 2017, previously known as Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL).


MIGRATE TO AUSTRALIA THROUGH REGISTERED MIGRATION AGENTS:  Bilimoria & Associate liaises with a company which is one of the oldest migration agencies in Australia and has 4 Registered Representatives / Agents plus support staff towards preparation of a successful application. The Principal is a Registered MARA agent and has many years of experience, including with the Australian Government.

The representatives / agents are all members of the Migration Institute of Australia and strive to achieve the highest possible standards of professional service.

Bilimoria & Associate’s mission is to enable prospective immigrants to take advantage of Australia's strong economy and urgent need for skilled and business migrants who can expect to enjoy a high standard of living, excellent educational facilities and real Quality of Life.

We specialise in the following visa categories:

  • Partner - Spouse, Fiance (Prospective Spouse)
  • General Skilled Migration - Skilled Independent, Family Sponsored
  • Family - Parents, Aged Dependant Relatives, Carers, Dependent, Orphaned or Adopted children, Last Remaining relatives.
  • Regional Skilled Migration
  • Onshore Student Skilled
  • Distinguished Talent
  • Business Skills - Business Owner, Senior Executive and Investment Linked.
  • Employer Sponsored - Employer Nominations & Labour Agreements
  • Temporary Resident (Work) Visas - Employer Sponsored or Retirement Investor
  • Overseas Student Visas
  • Visitors - Tourist and business visitors
  • Resident Return Visa Renewal
  • Australian Citizenship
  • Appeals - Applications for review

If you are interested in migrating to Australia, please fill out the Assessment form which is found in our website and we will assess your eligibility and advise you how to proceed further.

We work with members who are members of Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) and Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) Representative and strive to achieve the highest possible standards of professional service.

Kindly forward us your detailed resume to for us to assess and advise on your eligibility, or call our office on +91 44 2823 9229 / 4350 8191 during Business Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm (Lunch: 1.00- 2.00 pm) for consultation or for an appointment.


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