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  • Top occupations that received permanent residency visas in Australia for 2020-21


    • Nursing, software programming and accountancy emerged as top occupations for permanent residency grants in 2020-2021
    • 79,620 places were delivered under Skill stream in 2020-2021
    • Migration experts claim health, finance, and IT-related sectors will continue to dominate migration outcome in 2021-2022

    Skilled migration in 2020-2021 focused on visa categories and occupations that could help Australia’s economy rebound from COVID-19, with priority given to cohorts who would drive economic growth, job creation and investment into the country. 

    For the last program year, the Skill stream outcome was 79,620 places, which accounted for half of the total migration program, with the majority of visas granted to those onshore and working in critical sectors and occupations. 

    For international students and workers seeking to live and work in Australia permanently, here’s an analysis of the top five occupations that received permanent residencies in 2020-2021: 

    • Registered nurses received 3,670 places, higher than any other occupation across the Skill stream 
    • Software and applications programmers were a close second with 3,121 places 
    • Accountants received 2,065 places 
    • ICT business and system analysts received 1,106 permanent visas 
    • Civil engineer professionals got 1,106 places 

    Health and IT professionals will continue to stay in demand 

    Melbourne-based migration agent Ranbir Singh said it is crucial to understand the Department of Home Affairs’ rationale behind granting more permanent visas to select occupations. 

    “Registered nurses were given more permanent residency visas, with the highest number of places delivered in the state/territory nominated and regional categories. This trend directly responded to COVID, where more health professionals were needed to respond to the crisis.

    Source: Department of Home Affairs

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