The Australian government have not decided on changing the annual immigration cap of 190,000 that has been observed for eight years. Immigration minister David Coleman has told SBS News that no decision has been reached on how many migrants will be accepted by the Australian Immigration Department next year.
Under Labor and Coalition governments the annual cap for the last 7 years has been fixed at 190,000. And at almost every time, the department always meet the labour cap. However, in 2017-18, immigration intake was at its lowest with just 163,000 permanent arrivals including Skilled and family visas.
A plan was in place by the Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton to lower the formal ceiling by 30,000 places. If this therefore happens it will most likely to have the same immigration numbers as of previous year.
After contacting the offices of both Ministers, they said no agreement has been reached and the cap for 2019-20 would only be reached after a standard, annual “consultation” with states, employer groups and other stakeholders.
The minister stated that an actual decision will soon be reached by analyzing Australia’s needs by the regions in reference to the Morrison government immigration plans of diverting more skilled workers to non-metro areas.
The immigration intake number is especially for entrants under skilled and family visas who offer permanent residency in Australia. The immigration number is exclusive of humanitarian stream numbers of which is less than 20,000 places for most years and temporary entrants like students, tourists and short-term workers who constitute the majority of arrivals every year.
Migrants planning on applying for Australian Permanent Residency Visa have the best chances now to apply for permanent residency because presently the immigration numbers haven’t been reached. This year the ceiling cap has still many places open.