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2020/2021 Budget Migration Planning announced- more GTI, Partner and Family & less Skillselect 189 190 489

2020/2021 Budget Migration Planning announced- more GTI, Partner and Family & less Skillselect 189 190 489

On 06 October 2020, Australian government has handed down the federal budget 2020 which is to recover the Australian economy.  2020/2021 migration planning level has also been released shortly after the federal budget announcement.  



  • Australia’s net Migration remain the same
  • Global Talent Independent Program (GTI) allocations have been tripled
  • Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) allocations have been doubled




Australian Migration Planning Level

In 2020 – 2021, the planning level for visas will remain at 160,000 places.


Global Talent Independent Program (GTI)


The Australian government will focus on attracting highly skilled professionals to work and live permanently in Australia in this calendar year. The Global Talent Independent program (GTI) has been allocated to 15,000 places for 2020-2021.

If you believe you are eligible to apply for a GTI, take only 5 minutes to complete our free online GTI assessment form. Our lawyers and registered migration agents will assess your eligibility and get back to you soon.


Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)

Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) has increased to 13,500 places.

In 2019 - 2020, the number of BIIP was 6862.  It has increased by 6638 places in this calendar year, which has been almost doubled in comparison with the allocations in the past year.  

Business Innovation and Investment program includes:


Business innovation and Investment Program will also be targeted at Australian venture capitals and emerging small and medium size businesses to support the economic recovery. 

Try our free online business visa assessment tool to determine your business visa options: 


Family Stream & Partner Stream

The Family stream planning level has been allocated to 77,300 places in which 72,300 places are allocated for partner category which occupies 93.53% of the family stream allocations.

This leaves 5000 places for parent child and other family migration.  


General Skilled Migration - 189, 190 and 491

It is disappointing news for those that are looking to do 189, 190 and 491 visas or Employer Sponsored Permanent residency visas.

With increases to GTI, Family and Business, then there will be less places available for 189, 190 and 491 and also for employer sponsored 186. 

Australian government will increase places for above three categories Family & Partner stream, Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) & Global Talent Independent Program (GTI). This also means there are Skilled Migration Program will decrease around 30,000 places.  

We understand that a drop in GSM numbers will be very disappointing for many, who have gone to the expense and effort to get their English tested and skills assessments done. 


Migration planning level 2019/2020 Versus 2020/2021 


Visa Application Charge (VAC)

Certain visa holders who are unable to travel to Australia due to COVID 19 Pandemic, you may be eligible to:

  • Refund VAC
  • Waive VAC
  • Extend visa period

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