The Key Outcomes for Migration from the 2022 Federal Budget are:
- An extra $576 million over four years will be provided to the Department of Home Affairs towards visa processing, to cover a shortfall in funding for the maintenance of offshore processing centres and to support refugees.
- An increase of Parent visa allocations from 4,500 to 8,500.
- An increase in the number of places for skilled and family visas from 160,000 to 195,000.
- The number of skilled visas available will increase significantly from 79,600 to 142,400. This will include employer sponsored, skilled independent, regional, as well as state and territory nominated visas.
- Introduction of a new Pacific Engagement Visa with up to 3,000 places available each year for nationals of Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste.
- Priority for skilled visas will be given to people living overseas, and to New Zealanders who have lived in Australia for many years.
- Humanitarian, Partner and Child visa allocations will remain the same.
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