Australia’s 2015-16 Migration Programme is good news for Filipinos

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Australia’s 2015-16 Migration Programme is good news for Filipinos


Up to 190,000 permanent migration places will be available in 2015-16 as announced by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  as part of the Budget on 12 May 2015.

The number of permanent places available will remain the same as last year.   This is great news for aspiring professional Filipinos who would like to migrate to Australia under the SkillSelect programme and for those Australians who have an ongoing relationships with their Filipino partners.

This includes up to:

  • 128,550 places for skilled migrants, including employer sponsored, general skilled migration (SkillSelect) and business categories;
  • 57,400 places for family migrants sponsored by immediate family members (Partner Visas); and
  • 565 places for special eligibility migrants, who include former permanent residents who have maintained close business, cultural or personal ties with Australia.

Additionally, at least 3,485 permanent Child visa places will be available outside the managed Migration Programme which is a pleasant surprise as many Filipino family applications that involve children are taking into and exceeding the 14 month visa application processing periods.

What has changed for potential Filipino applicants?

Whilst the overall size and composition of the programme remain the same as last year there are changes in how the programme will be managed affecting the Child category visa and Orphan relative visas.

Child category visas (excluding Orphan Relative) will no longer be counted under the managed Migration Programme.

This is in response to the Government’s commitment to reform and improve the processes relating to inter-country adoption.

The Child category will continue to be carefully monitored while it transitions to a fully demand-driven model by 2019-20.

Orphan Relative visas will now form part of the Other Family category within the Migration Programme with 400 places allocated to Orphan Relative visas.

Here is a breakdown of the planning levels for each visa category:

2015-16 Migration Programme
  Planning level
Employer Sponsored 48,250
Skilled Independent 43,990
State/Territory & Regional Nominated 28,850
Business Innovation & Investment Programme 7,260
Distinguished Talent 200
Total Skill Stream 128,550



Parent 8,675
Other Family


·         Orphan Relative




Total Family Stream 57,400
Special Eligibility Stream 565
Total managed Migration Programme 186,515
Child (outside the managed Migration Programme) 3,485
Total permanent migration places 190,000


So, if you are interested in looking for a job, a good job, a better job and a great career in Australia and are currently employed in the Philippines or in other countries that Filipino’s work in then there has never been a better time than NOW.

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And if you are in a relationship, a good relationship, a genuine relationship and you want to join your Australia partner in Australia in the next 60 days then there has never been a better time than NOW to apply for a Partner visa from the Philippines in Australia.

June 24, 2015