Australia’s migration levels could become very high in the coming years, predicted Peter McDonald, a professor at the University of Melbourne. Sky News Australia reported Mr McDonald as saying that “We are replacing people who weren’t in the country over a two-year period.” According to him, the net migration level could be as high as 200000 in the coming years, in two or three years to be precise.
Australia immigration rebounding
At the same time, Australia immigration is fast rebounding to pre-pandemic levels. During the time of COVID-19, Australia immigration was severely affected and 85000 fewer people migrated to Australia during 2020-21 compared to previous years. So, Australia lost 473000 potential migrants during the COVID period. However, the country reopened its borders for immigrants in the late 2021 and it resulted in a net inflow of 150000 new immigrants during 2021-22. This is all set to be increased to 235000 in 2022-23, which are the pre-pandemic levels.
A major reason for the rebound of immigration levels last year was the return of international students to the country. In October 2022, there were 122,000 more international student compared to December 2021. Offshore student visa grants were the highest ever between January and September 2022.
Migrating to Australia as a skilled worker
Australia is facing severe skills shortage and sees migration as an effective solution. It means there are a lot of opportunities for those who wish to move to Australia permanently.
There are multiple pathways available to you to migrate to Australia. If you wish to obtain a permanent visa as a skilled worker, you must first choose an occupation from SOL (Skilled Occupation List) or CSOL (Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List) and then choose the visa category under which, you will apply.
Australia has a point-based immigration system and you must score enough points to become eligible. The points are awarded on the basis of various factors such as age, education, work experience, English language proficiency etc. The minimum score required to qualify is 60. However, the higher the score, the better will be your chance of obtaining a PR visa. Permanent Resident visa holders can live and work in Australia and also bring their family members to the country.
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