According to the Department of Industry of
New South Wales (NSW), applications for New South Wales (NSW) nomination for business and
investor visas are closed until further notice.
Since July 1, 2012, the day when the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) was
launched, six and a half years have passed. 2018 was once predicted to be the year of policy
change. However, the Australian immigration department did not make any
adjustment on its immigration policies. When most people believed that there
would not be any change taking place in Australian immigration policies, on
December 18, 2018, NSW suddenly announced that applications for 188 Visa and
132 Visa in NSW would be completely shut down. In other words, now, Victoria
and Queensland are the final choice for immigration through 188 Visa
Immigration Quota Decreased
In this October, Gladys Berejiklian, the
Premier of NSW, said that the immigration quota of NSW was expected to be
decreased by 50%.
According to Berejiklian, this decision
was made under full consideration. The number of immigrants has increased from
45,000 to 100,000 in the past ten years, and the development of infrastructure
could not keep up with the growth of immigrants. Therefore, in order to guarantee
sustainable development of NSW, the pace of immigration should be slowed down.
Unsurprisingly, two months later, NSW
suddenly declared the cessation of applications for 188 Visa and 132 Visa. The
reason for shutting down these programs in NSW is that there is no immigration quota
left for NSW. Such sudden cessation, which took place in the middle of a fiscal
year, has never happened in the past. No one knows when these immigration
programs will be open again or even whether they will be open again. It is
possible that such situation occurs in other provinces.
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