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SkillSelect Update March 2017

19Mar
2017

Results for the March 2017 SkillSelect invitation rounds have been released, we summarised the recent trends for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Skilled Regional Provisional subclass 489 applicants. Invitations Issued for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visas The minimum score required for applicants to receive an invitation for a Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa remains at 60 points for occupations which are not "pro-rata".   The table below summarises the current situation for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Skilled Regional Provisional (Family Sponsored) subclass 489.   Occupation/Subclass Min Points   Waiting             Total           More »

SkillSelect Update December 2016

04Jan
2017

Results for the December 2016 SkillSelect invitation rounds have been released, we summarised the recent trends for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Skilled Regional Provisional subclass 489 applicants. Invitations Issued for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visas The minimum score required for applicants to receive an invitation for a Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa remains at 60 points for occupations which are not "pro-rata". The 21 December round saw a increase to 1859 invitations - this was up from only 606 for the 7 December round. The current planning level is 1600 invitations for 189 applicants per round. Pro Rata Occupations There are some Pro Rata Occupations - where more eligible EOIs are being lodged than there are places for the occupation. Waiting times and/or points scores for these will be   More »

Changes to Skilled Occupations List Flagged

01Dec
2016

There have been news reports recently about occupations possibly being removed from the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL). The Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training reviews the skilled migration program’s Skilled Occupation List each year based on certain criteria e.g., demand and supply or the amount of training needed etc., and flags certain occupations for future removal. The final list will take affect from 1st July next year. Common occupations on the list of occupations for potential removal include:   Engineers in most specialisations Accountants and Auditors Chefs Surveyors and Cartographers Medical Laboratory Scientists Various Medical Practitioner Specialisations Allied health professionals - such as Radiographers,   More »

Introducing a temporary visa for parents

30Sep
2016

Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on Friday announced the process of public consultations for the new five-year temporary parent visa. Here are the highlights of this proposed visa. Who can apply? - Parents of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens will be able to apply. A concurrent migration application is not necessary.   Sponsorship - The parents must be sponsored and the sponsor must have been living in and contributing to Australia for a number of years. A longer period of contribution in Australia would provide a higher priority in eligibility. The sponsor will be required to show they can support their parents, if necessary. This will include income and asset assessments. The sponsorship assessment will be a separate process, and will be completed before a visa   More »

ACT - Subclass 190 nominations closed for overseas applicants

12Sep
2016

Only 10 days after releasing new state sponsorship list, the ACT Government has advised that the Skilled Nomination Subclass 190 program has been closed to overseas applicants until 2017.  The closure is effective immediately. Applicants living overseas cannot commence an application for ACT nomination until the program reopens next year. Applications that have been lodged and paid for will continue to be processed.  The application must be complete with all supporting documents attached. Additional documentation will not be accepted after lodgement. This closure does not affect Canberra based applicants who are still able to lodge applications if they meet the current required criteria.   More »

New ACT Occupation List

31Aug
2016

A new ACT Occupation List has been published today. With respect to the previous list, the following 11 occupations are now OPEN for nomination: 132111    Corporate Services Manager 223111    Human Resource Adviser 223112    Recruitment Consultant 223113    Workplace Relations Adviser 232411    Graphic Designer 232412    Illustrator 232413    Multimedia Designer 232414    Web Designer 233511    Industrial Engineer 233512    Mechanical Engineer 233513    Production or Plant Engineer On the other hand, 12 occupations are now CLOSED: 131112    Sales and Marketing Manager 131113    Advertising Manager 131114     More »

Revised South Australian State Nominated Occupation List from 4 July 2016

24Jun
2016

Immigration SA will publish a revised State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL) on 4 July 2016, after which new applications can be submitted. Please note that some occupations will have revised English and work experience requirements. From 4 July 2016, Immigration SA will require offshore applicants for ICT occupations that appear on the State Nominated Occupation List to meet a higher points requirement on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) points test. This will apply to any occupation involving a skills assessment from the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Please refer to the State Nominated Occupation List for details of the current minimum points requirement for your ICT occupation. The minimum points requirement will initially be set at 70 points (including state nomination points) and then may be   More »

Chnages in Skilled Occupations List for 2016-17

16May
2016

The Minister of Immigration and Border Protection has announced the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) which will come into effect 1 July 2016. The good news is that Accountants, IT and most of the Engineering occupations remain on the new SOL list. There have been no changes to the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) which applies to employer and state sponsored visas. Occupations Removed from the SOL There are 9 occupations removed from the Skilled Occupation List, they are as follows: Mining Engineers ANZSCO 233611 Petroleum Engineers ANZSCO 233612 Metallurgist ANZSCO 234912 Environmental Health Officer ANZSCO 251311 Occupational Health and Safety Adviser ANZSCO 251312 Dental Hygienist ANZSCO 411211 Dental Prosthetist ANZSCO 411212 Dental Technician ANZSCO 411213 Dental Therapist ANZSCO   More »

ACT Subclass 190 Skilled Nominations closed to overseas applicants

17Mar
2016

Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa – Closure of ACT nomination program to overseas applicants for 2015/16 Effective immediately - The ACT Migration program is closed to all overseas residents. If you are not in Australia, you will not be able to apply for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa until the program reopens on 1 July 2016. Applications for ACT nomination submitted before 4pm today will still be processed in queue order. Please note, the current processing time is 3 - 4 months due to the large number of applications received post publication of the February 23 Occupation List. CANBERRA RESIDENTS This action does not affect Canberra based applicants. If you are living in Canberra the 190 ACT nomination program is still open if you meet the nomination criteria. The average processing time of   More »

Self Sponsorship for 457 Visas Disallowed

22Dec
2015

Changes have been made to the policy document for 457 nominations which means that self-sponsorship is now very difficult. The changes are in relation to the "genuine position" requirement for the nomination. As a result, the nomination would be refused on the basis that the position has been created just to facilitate a visa application. Immigration has set out the following "risk factors" which could indicate the position is not genuine Visa applicant is a director or owner of the sponsoring business Visa applicant is a relative or personal associate of an officer of the sponsoring business Immigration will wish to see an ASIC historical extract with the application - this would give information on the company owners and directors, and so assist in establishing whether the visa applicant is associated   More »

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