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2020-21 Australia Migration Program Year Visa Grants: 160,052 Places Has Been Given


2020-21 Australia Migration Program Year Visa Grants: 160,052 Places Has Been Given

On 21 September 2021, the Department of Home Affairs released the number of visa grants for the Australia migration program year 2020-21. The data shows the Department of Home Affairs has granted 160,052 visas, exceeding the expectation of only 160,000 places.

Find more details of what and to whom the visa was granted below.

Australia Migration Plan for 2020-21 Program year

Let’s look back to the Australia Migration plan for the 2020-21 program year as a light reminder.

The Department of Home Affairs set a number of 160,000 places for 2020-21 Australia migration program year, with the detail as follow:

  • 108,682 places for the Skill stream.
  • 47,732 places for the Family stream.
  • 236 places for the Special Eligibility stream.
  • 3,350 places for Child visas.

Detailed Number of Visa Grants for Australia Migration Program in 2020-21

Below is the detailed number of visa grants for the Australia Migration program in 2020-21. It includes the numbers of visa grants for family visa, skilled visa and other types of visas.

Detailed Number of Visa Grants for Australia Migration Program in 2020-21

Outcome Stream
Citizenship Country Skill Family Special Eligibility Child Total
China, People’s Republic of (excl SARs) 11,430 10,297 0 480 22,207
India 15,462 6,012 9 308 21,791
United Kingdom 5,660 6,942 <5 97 12,703
Philippines 4,185 6,296 5 572 11,058
Vietnam 2,742 5,158 0 220 8,120
United States of America 1,323 3,372 <5 81 4,780
Nepal 3,845 855 0 14 4,714
Hong Kong (SAR or the PRC) 3,265 1,009 0 38 4,312
Pakistan 2,248 1,843 0 30 4,121
Thailand 229 3,563 <5 209 4,002
Other 29,231 32,025 31 957 62,244
Total 79,620 77,372 54 3,006 169,052

Comparison between Number of Visa Granted and Earlier Australia Migration Plan

We can see from the table that the Department of Home Affairs has granted 160,052 visas for the 2020-21 Australia migration program year.

The 2020-21 Australia Migration Program provided 77,372 slots for the Family visa. Nearly 72,000 partner visa applications were granted, with most onshore applications, marking the most significant increase in the number of persons relocated under this category in 25 years. Under the Skilled visa stream, the Government provided 79,620 places or 50.7 percent of the overall outcome, with at least 71% of candidates present onshore.

Applicants who submitted under the Australia Employer-Sponsored skilled visa received the most visas in this stream, with over 23,000 visas awarded, followed by those who applied under the Australia State and Territory Nominated skilled visa, which received nearly 14,000 visas. Meanwhile, 9,584 visas were granted for the Global Talent (Independent) program.

What does it mean for you?

Looking at the number of visa grants for the Australia migration 2020-21 program year, we can see clearly that the Australian Government focuses on onshore applications. It is in line with all information and announcement that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Australian Government will prioritize all onshore visa applications.

Additionally, considering the total of visa grants, the Australian Government did not entirely stick with their original plan of granting only 160,000 visas, shown by the fact they granted 160,052 visas.

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