In yesterday’s Kitchen Catchup information session, I indicated that the MIA had received information from several sources that the Department of Home Affairs had advised the State/Territory Government’s they would not be receiving nomination allocations for skilled visa subclasses 491 & 190 on 1 July 2020. While the program settings for the skilled migration program remain unaltered ahead of the 2020-21 Budget, the State & Territory governments’ have no ability to nominate either existing or intending applicants in those two visa subclasses.
We understand that the Department of Home Affairs may make further announcements to the State and Territory governments about nomination allocations ahead of the 2020-21 Budget being handed down on 6 October 2020.
The MIA is not able to confirm, at this time, if State and Territory governments have received nomination allocations in the Business Innovation and Investment Program for 2020-21.
This is not the first time the Department has delayed releasing nomination allocations on 1 July. We will provide further updates to members as information is received.
With subclass 189 invitations being very low at present and now with what amounts to be a temporary suspension of the 491 and 190 visas and possibility with the BIIP program, the Board is fully aware the additional strain this places on members and clients.
The Board and National Office continue to support members through these difficult times and continue to advocate on your behalf.
John Hourigan FMIAMIA National President