Pathways to apply Permanent Residency of Australia

Permanent Migration can be done by following pathways:

  • Skill stream – which is designed to fill the skill shortages in the labor market and improve the productive capacity of the economy.
  • Family stream – which is mainly made up of Partner visas that enables Australians to reunite with family members from overseas and provide them with pathways to citizenship.
  • Special Eligibility stream – which covers visas for those in special circumstances that do not fit into other streams.

Below is the table of the 2018 – 19 Migration Program Planning levels which is set annually with the total places available capped at a ceiling of 190, 000 that is the same from 2017-18. Skill stream represents most places offered which has 128, 550 places in 2018-19 and family stream which has 57, 400 places offered in 2018-19 while the special Eligibility is the smallest stream which has 565 places in 2018-19.

Stream and Category
2017-18
2018-19
Skill stream
Employer Sponsored 48,250 48,250
Skilled Independent 43,990 43,990
State & Territory & Regional Sponsored 28,850 28,850
Business Innovation & Investment Program 7,260 7,260
Distinguished Talent 200 200
Skill Total 128,550 128,550
Skill % of Program 68.9%* 68.9%*
Family Stream
Partner 47,825 47,825
Parent 8,675 8,675
Other Family 900 900
Family Total 57,400 57,400
Family % of Program 30.8%* 30.8%*
Special Eligibility 565 565
Total 186,515 186,515

The above table shows that Skilled Migration continues to remain Australia’s priority that represents 68.9% of the total migration intake.


Source:

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/corporate/information/fact-sheets/20planning