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Published on May 8th, 2012 | by john.weir

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Australia announces more places for migrants from the UK

The number of permanent visa places made available by the Australian Government is being increased by 5000 from this year to 190,000 in 2012/13.

Of these 129 250 places are for the skilled stream (comprising skilled migration visas, employer sponsored visas and business skills visas) – up 3400 places from 2011/12.60 185 of the 2012/13 places are for family visas – up 1585 from this year.

These announced 2012/13 permanent visa place figures can be found in the Minister of Immigration’s press release -http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/cb/2012/cb186408.htm. The visa places for this 2011/12 financial year (for comparison) can be found at - http://www.immi.gov.au/media/fact-sheets/20planning.htm.

John Adams, of Immigration2Oz, says “ The announcement in the Australian budget that the immigration program is being increased to 190,000 places is great news for prospective migrants. This means that 5,000 more people will be able to migrate to Australia than in this current year ending 30thJune 2012.  Skilled migration visas will have 3,400 more places and family visas an extra 1,585 places. This is very encouraging in view of the new SkillSelect program which is due to be implemented on 1 July 2012, and demonstrates that Australia still needs skilled migrants.”

This is great news for anyone thginking of emigrating from the UK to Australia. If you would like further information on emigrating downunder then come to Down Under Live in Birmingham on the 26th & 27th May.

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