During the 2020-21 Migration Program, the Government delivered 160,052 places for couples seeking to reunite against the planning level of 160,000 places. This has increased from 140,366 places delivered in 2019-20, despite the challenges faced with COVID-19 and border restrictions.
Visa processing focused on onshore applicants and applicants in critical sectors and occupations. 71.2 per cent of applicants finalised in the Skill Stream and 64.8 per cent of Family places were delivered to applicants onshore.
For skilled visas, the focus was on supporting Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by enabling Australian employers to hire the workers needed to maintain their businesses and drive Australia’s recovery from the pandemic.
The focus of the Migration Program in 2021-22 will continue to be on visa categories that help Australia’s economic rebound and stabilise net overseas migration and ongoing flexibility will be given to the Program to respond to changing health, border and economic conditions arising from COVID-19.
To read the Government’s full Migration Report 2020-21, click here.
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