Australia Immigration- The Best Time to Apply Is Now
If you have been planning to immigrate to Australia, for a better life and career, this is the best time to initiate your PR visa application process. Since Australia immigration is vast and subjected to often changes in its criteria or process, we have listed a few major reasons for you to start your visa process without any further delay.
Feb & July are major intake periods: It is stated that Australia accepts PR applications majorly during the month of February and July. Applying for a PR visa application now, in the month of May which is two months prior is always helpful. All the initial Skills Assessment formalities, initial application formalities etc will be completed when Australia immigration opens for fresh intake. This way, the first submitted applications will be reviewed at a first level and this increases chances of a quicker intake/visa success.
Ceilings for 2017-2018 have been announced: Australia has announced the skilled migration ceiling for 2017-2018. This announcement was made by Department of Immigration & Border Protection on the budget day. As per the statement, Australia’s permanent migration program for 2017-2018 will remain at a ceiling of 190,000.
Skilled Occupation List has renewed: On April 19, 2017 Australian Government replaced the Skilled Occupation List with a new list. This list is called Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). This list features all the occupations that are in demand in Australia for the coming year. All these occupations have a specific quota for this year. Hence, to be a part of the Australian labor market without any hindrance it is best that applicants submit their application within the quota.
Rule changes in June-July every year: Australia immigration rules changes each year in the month of June-July each year. Often, these rule changes become an obstacle to the immigration process. For example, if your points meet the current requirement for Australia immigration and in case the points requirement immediately increases in July, applicants with the eligible score now too will be unable to file for a visa application then due to ineligibility.
Job opens in February for major sectors: Many prominent sectors of Australia like IT, Engineering finance etc. open up many vacancies during the month of February. Applicants who are in the process or with the visa by then will have higher chances to be selected as they have long term work rights in the country over temporary workers.
Visa fee will increase by 1.9%: According to the Australia Common wealth Budget 2017-2018, all visa fees would experience an increase from July 1, 2017, onwards. With respect to Skilled Migration Visas, the visa fee would increase by 1.9%. Applicants who apply now will have to bear a visa fee of $3600 while the ones who apply after July 1, 2017 will be applicable for a fee of $3670.
Hence, it is best suggested to start the visa application now. For any details on Australia Immigration register for a free counselling by Australia Visa Expert.