Allowing NZ residents the skilled independent visa effectively crowds out applicants from other countries

A special pathway for New Zealand citizens to apply for skilled migrant visas will see Australia’s immigration intake shrink by allowing New Zealanders already resident in Australia to apply to become permanent migrants.

The revelation comes as Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton have been caught at odds about whether the home affairs minister canvassed reducing the permanent migration intake by 20,000 from the current limit of 190,000.

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