Australian government laid down a migration program for the year 2014/2015 that will have 190,000 places in total under different streams. Skilled immigrants will constitute total of 128,550 places including business, general skilled and employer sponsored immigrants. In addition, family immigrants will constitute 60,885 places and special eligibility migrants will account for 565 places. Australian government sets immigration program and plan for permanent immigration to Australia every year. This program will help Australia to grow economically by attending to the skill shortages, according to a spokesperson of Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The program is designed after consulting stakeholders across Australia and considering factors like economic, labor market trends, demographic and net overseas migration. Though the program remains same on the whole, certain changes are made within each category. More numbers of places are considered under employer sponsored category. Besides, the places for skilled independent category have come down. Places for Partner and child categories have increased to support family reunion, he added.
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