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Australian Budget 2019-20 - Changes in Australian visa fees & Analysis of Impact on Immigration

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 06, Apr 2019

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Australian government has presented the annual budget on April 2, 2019 for the year 2019-2020. As was expected, the new budget is going to have an impact on Immigration and Immigrants in Australia. Immigration has always been a key factor sand aspect for the governments and hence, it often gets affected by the economic policies of the government announced in the annual budget presentation every year.

Let's take a look at the brief analysis of annual budget 2019-20 impact on the immigration.

  • Increase in Visa Fees

With effect from July 1, 2019, Visa fees for all the visa categories (Visitor Visa subclass 600 not included) will increase by 5.4%. This increase will be on base application charges. Hence, for GSM visas, i.e. Subclass Visa 189 and 190, visa fees will increase by just over $202 with effect from 1st July 2019.

However, charges for Second Visa Application, i.e. for Parent visas and non-functional English for dependents will not be affected.

  • Changes in GSM Points table
The Australia immigration point calculator for GSM (General Skilled Migration) program is likely to undergo some changes in 1st November 2019. The changes may allocate the additional points to the skilled migration applicants, if their partner has competent English, however, doesn't meet other criteria of skilled partner points. The single applicant may also get some point's advantage, which is not revealed as of now.
  • New Regional Visas
The government is emphasizing on diverting the new migrants to the regional parts of Australia. The annual budget also has the arrangements for the same. The government has already announced 3 new regional visas. The two of these regional visas will be launched this year with effect from November 2019, i.e.
  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa: for people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia.
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa: for people who are nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by an eligible family member to live and work in regional Australia.
Also, one more new regional visa, i.e. Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa will commence in November 2022. With the launch of the new regional visas, the existing regional visas, i.e. Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa and the State Nominated temporary regional visa (subclass 489) may get discontinued.
  • Extended stay for foreign Graduates

Starting 2021, the foreign Students who complete their studies in regional Australia and continue to stay in regional part of Australia on their graduate visa, will be able to apply for a further one-year post study work visa.

Keep vising Immigration News Section on Visas Venue website for latest Australia immigration news and updates. For any clarification regarding the news above, you can e-mail to our Australia migration expert ate-mail id

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Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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