A possie in Aussie

May 13, 2009

Budget ’09: Only independent skilled get the cut

Immigration in the Budget

  • The independent skilled migration program will be reduced to a total to 108,100 places.
  • The employer-sponsored and government-sponsored visa programs will remain uncapped
  • The Critical Skills List will remain as a guideline for assessing independent applications for Australian skilled migration.
  • Skilled trade occupation applicants who do not have a sponsor will need to score at least a 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (out of a possible high score of 9) instead of the previous level of 5
  • As already planned, the humanitarian program will be increased by 250 places to 13,750 people in 2009-10 and the special humanitarian program will be lifted by 750 to a total of 7750 places.
  • More than $75 million to improve detention administration and policy procedures includes greater access to welfare support, legal advice and health services for people held in detention
  • More than $650 million for an extra surveillance vessel and two aircraft
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