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Migration Newsletter – Edition 13

Hello, my fellow migrants!

This month, I’d like to start our newsletter with a BIG THANK YOU!

We have reached 10,000 followers on our Instagram account, and we just can’t thank you all enough. From everyone at Seven Migration, thank you so much for your support. =)

Migration Planning Levels 2021-22

After the Budget, we were all a little disappointed that the skilled migration program kept only 79,600 places, while it was expected for it to return to the nearly 100,000 spots as in previous years. But there was still one thing to be confirmed: how these nearly 80,000 places would be spread in all skilled visas categories… and that did finally come as good news.

The number of spots for popular programs such as skilled independent visas, employer-sponsored and regional visas increased. The business & innovation program or the global talent, that had respectively doubled and tripled in size on the last budget, this time have suffered cuts. 

Final numbers will be available soon, but so far we know there are 1,000 extra places for subclass 189, another 1,500 visas to the employer-sponsored category and the regional program had had a 17% increase on its spots.

Major Overhaul to DAMA in Far North Queensland

Speaking about regional visas, the Cairns Chamber of Commerce has finalised discussions with the Department of Home Affairs to promote a major update to its Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) of Far North Queensland. The revised program will include Cape York and non-indigenous Torres Strait areas, and it will feature age concessions up to 55 years old for some occupations, among other concessions. 

A total of 164 occupations will be available in the new program (list to be available soon), but don’t forget: DAMA is an employer-sponsored program, so make sure you find a company willing to sponsor you when you get there. Given how much these small businesses are struggling to attract staff, I am sure many of you should have no problem in proving to be worth it.

The Best Cities To Live Are Here

We all know WHY we want to live in Australia, but it’s great to be reaffirmed that our dream makes sense, isn’t it?

Every year, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index chooses the best cities in the world to live in, and this year Australia has reached a milestone: no less than 4 Australian cities have featured in the top 10! Our beloved Adelaide and Perth are respectively the 3rd and 6th best cities in the world. Meanwhile, Melburnians might not have liked the news: the city has plummeted to the 8th spot, after 7 years featuring as the best city in the world and a 2nd place last year.

Brisbane has reached the top 10 for the first time (10th place), and Sydney did not make the top 10 this year =(. Still, the city comes in 11th, so we can also say that Australia has 5 of the 11 best cities in the world to live in – an impressive 45% dominance of the ranking. We all agree, don’t we?

Our New Office in Sydney

Seven Migration will soon have a home in Sydney too!! Stay tuned, as in the next month or so you will be able to book in-person consultations with our Sydney-based Migration Agent Juliana Stockinger in our brand new office in Dee Why. If you can’t wait until then, she’s already available via video conference, as so are we all =)

See you next time!

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