Queensland GSM state nomination – occupations removed

Removal of occupations for Queensland

Queensland have recently announced the removal of a number of occupations from their State nomination lists. These occupations, in addition to 233914 Engineering Technologists which was removed in early August,  have been removed due to the high numbers of Expression of Interest (EOI) lodged.

The removed occupations are:

  • 221111 Accountant (general)
  • 261311 Analyst Programmer
  • 263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer
  • 262111 Database Administrator
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261111 ICT Business Analyst
  • 313112 ICT Customer Support Officer
  • 263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
  • 262112 ICT Security Specialist
  • 263212 ICT Support Engineer
  • 263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer
  • 261313 Software Engineer
  • 261314 Software Tester
  • 262113 Systems Administrator
  • 261112 Systems Analyst
  • 313113 Web Administrator
  • 312111 Architectural Draftsperson
  • 611211 Insurance Agent
  • 232511 Interior Designer
  • 221112 Management Acct
  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer
  • 225311 Public Relations Professional
  • 251511 Hospital Pharmacists
  • 251513 Retail Pharmacist

If these changes effect your visa options, and you want to discuss what other opportunities there may be please Contact Us.

Australian skilled migration overview

Australian skilled migration overview

Migration is a part of life in every nation: people are consistently looking for something new and want to have different cultural experiences, and the opportunity to  share their knowledge and skills.

Australia is considered to be a land of unpredictable and wonderful nature, as well as a great place for job opportunities in a number of industries and professions. It is known as “the Land Down Under”. It annually attracts hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world, a significant number who want stay permanently.

In order to stay permanently applicants need to stay on top of the visa requirements and legislation. Immigration legislation is always changing and not everyone can get a visa for the Great Southern Land. Applicants primarily need to have the right education and job skills.

There are two predominant ways of getting a visa for Australia.

To apply for a Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa under the General Skilled Migration Visa program, applicants need to review the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and confirm if their occupation is available for nomination. There is also a points test, based on a number of different factors.

If you are not eligible for a Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa then you can look at alternate GSM visas. These visas are state or territory nominated visas. They include both a permanent residency option – Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa – and a temporary residency option – Skilled regional (Subclass 489) visa. You will need to confirm if your occupation is on the the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the  Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). You will then need to to check if a state or territory will nominate your occupation, and whether you fir that criteria.

If an applicant is not eligible for a GSM visa, they can look at employer sponsored visa opportunities. Applicants who are offered a job in Australia may be eligible for either a temporary or permanent residency employer sponsored visa. The most common employer sponsored visas are the Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visa and the Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Subclass 186) visa.

A job offer can also assist with a GSM visa. Either, by being able to claim additional points for skilled employment experience in Australia, or to be eligible to be nominated for a state  or territory visa such as the Subclass 190 or Subclass 489.

In practical terms, if you are skilled professional and are specific in where you want to live e.g. Architect Jobs in Brisbane, you may find a genuine opportunity that you are eligible for. With a willing employer offering you a job, you may initially be sponsored for a Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visa. Which may may then lead on to the permanent employer  sponsored  Subclass 186 visa, or a GSM option.

There are various employment websites that can help you find job in Australia, either before you migrate or once you have your visa. Rulla.com is one of those. Non Australian residents, as well as Australian visa holders, can look at websites such as Rulla to see if there are employment opportunities in the field and location that they desire.

If you can determine on the basis of your skills and education what visa you are eligible for, and where you want to do it, this will help you create the life you want in Australia.

ACT Migration Program closed to overseas applicants

ACT Nomination – closed for overseas applicants immediately

With immediate effect, as of the 23rd August, the ACT Skilled Migration program is closed to overseas applicants.

The exceptions to this are those applicants who have on occupation on this list, are applicants who have close ties to the ACT through family members, or a job offer in the ACT.

Whilst this is a disappointing outcome, unfortunately it is not unexpected. When we announced on our blog that the ACT 2017-18 occupations had been released, we also asked the question “How long will they last this year?”.

The answer is that it lasted from the 5th July, 2017 until yesterday. An improvement on the 13 days the occupation list was open for last year.

If this closure effects you, and you want to discuss what other opportunities you may have, please Contact Us.

VETASSESS – Skills assessment changes as of 1st August, 2017

PRIORITY PROCESSING 

As of August 1st, 2017  VETASSESS will introduce a priority processing service for General Professional occupation applicants.

Applicants will be able to have their application fast tracked for an additional fee. The expected processing time will be 10 days. Full details will be provided on 1st August, 2017.

 ASSESSMENT FEE INCREASE

A number of fee increases have been announced for VETASSSES services. For the majority of applicants, the most notable increase is in the Full Skills Assessment for GSM applicants. The fees increases are as below:

  • Online (offshore) applicants: $810 AUD to $880 AUD – if you are onshore 10% GST applies.
  • Paper based (offshore) applications: $870 AUD to $945 AUD – if you are onshore 10% GST applies.

If you would like to discuss how the changes effect your application please get in touch.

We will clarify the priority processing changes when released next week.

Queensland: 2017-18 state nomination list

Queensland skilled occupations

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland have released their 2017-18 state nomination list. These have taken effective immediately. The full list of occupations that have sponsorship options are detailed below.

Subclass 190 or Subclass 489 visa nomination

There is a mix of occupations – some which are available for the Subclass 190 visa only, some for the Subclass 489 visa and some available for nomination under both visa subclasses.

Queensland

Eligible occupations

The list of eligible QLD occupations are below.

OccupationANZCO
Actuary224111
Aeronautical Engineer233911
Agricultural Engineer233912
Airconditioning & Mechanical Services Plumber334112
Airconditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic342111
Anaesthetist253211
Analyst Programmer261311
Architectural Draftsperson312111
Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians nec312199
Automotive Electrician321111
Biomedical Engineer233913
Bricklayer331111
Building Associate312112
Building Inspector312113
Cabinetmaker394111
Cardiologist253312
Chef351311
Civil Engineer233211
Clinical Haematologist253313
Construction Project Manager133111
Cook351411
Dental Specialist252311
Dentist252312
Developer Programmer261312
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist253917
Diesel Motor Mechanic321212
Drainer334113
Electrical Engineer233311
Endocrinologist253315
Engineering Professionals nec233999
Engineering Technologist – See Update233914
Environmental Engineer233915
Fibrous Plasterer333211
Fitter (General)323211
Fitter & Turner323212
Gasfitter334114
Gastroenterologist253316
General Practitioner253111
Geotechnical Engineer233212
Hardware Technician313111
Health Promotion Officer251911
Hospital Pharmacist251511
ICT Business Analyst261111
ICT Customer Support Officer313112
ICT Quality Assurance Engineer263211
ICT Security Specialist262112
ICT Support Engineer263212
ICT Systems Test Engineer263213
Insurance Agent611211
Insurance Loss Adjuster599612
Intensive Care Specialist253317
Interior Designer232511
Interpreter272412
Mathematician224112
Mechanical Engineer233512
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer251211
Medical Oncologist253314
Medical Radiation Therapist251212
Midwife254111
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)233611
Motor Mechanic (General)321211
Motorcycle Mechanic321213
Multimedia Specialist261211
Neurologist253318
Nuclear Medicine Technologist251213
Nurse Practitioner254411
Occupational Therapist252411
Optometrist251411
Orthotist or Prosthesist251912
Paediatrician253321
Painting Trades Worker332211
Panelbeater324111
Pathologist253915
Physiotherapist252511
Plumber (General)334111
Podiatrist252611
Psychiatrist253411
Public Relations Professional225311
Quantity Surveyor233213
Recreation Officer272612
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)254412
Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)254413
Registered Nurse (Community Health)254414
Registered Nurse (Critical and Emergency Care)254415
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)254416
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)154417
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)254421
Registered Nurse (Medical)254418
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)254422
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)254425
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)254423
Registered Nurse (Surgical)254424
Registered Nurses nec254499
Renal Medicine Specialist253322
Resident Medical Officer253112
Retail Pharmacist251513
Rheumatologist253323
Roof Plumber334115
Sheetmetal Trades Worker322211
Small Engine Mechanic321214
Social Professionals nec272499
Social Worker272511
Software & Applications  Programmers nec261399
Software Engineer261313
Software Tester261314
Solicitor271311
Sonographer251214
Specialist Physician (General Medicine)253311
Specialist Physicians nec253399
Statistician224113
Structural Engineer233214
Surgeon (General)253511
Surveyor232212
Systems Analyst261112
Thoracic Medicine Specialist253324
Transport Engineer233215
Veterinarian234711
Web Administrator313113
Welfare Worker272613

Are you eligible?

If you want to see the full list of skilled occupations please read our recent Blog post.

If you would like to discuss whether you are eligible for Queensland nomination please Contact Us.

Australia skilled visas – ACT occupations from July 2017

ACT skilled occupation list – how long will they last this year?

The ACT have announced their skilled occupation list for 2017-2018. The ACT occupation list is only for the Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa.

Unlike other states or territories The ACT do not nominate applicants for the alternate state/territory nominated Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) Visa.  This visa is a temporary residents visa. It is commonly acknowledged to be an inferior visa to the Subclass 190 visa.

 

ACT Migration

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Some surprise occupations 

Added to the ACT list, and not seen on any other state/territory lists, are the following:

  • Copywriter
  • Newspaper or Periodical Editor
  • Print Journalist
  • Technical Writer
  • Television Journalist
  • Journalists and other writers

In addition the following can also be nominated:

  • Public Relations Professionals

Is time ticking…..

If your occupation is listed, and you are keen to apply, then the advice is to get onto it. In the last financial year, 2016 to 2017, the occupation list was only open for a few weeks before it was closed.

What occupations are on the 2017-18 list?

OCCUPATIONS
Architect
Audiologist
Careers Counsellor
Chef
Civil Engineer
Clinical Psychologist
Copywriter
Corporate Services Manager
Counsellors (nec)
Diesel Motor Mechanic
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor
Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
Educational Psychologist
Electrical Engineer
Electronics Engineer
Family & Marriage Counsellor
General Practitioner
Geotechnical Engineer
Graphic Designer
Hairdresser
Illustrator
Industrial Engineer
Journalist & other writers (nec)
Landscape Architect
Mechanical Engineer
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
Medical Radiation Therapist
Motor Mechanic (General)
Motorcycle Mechanic
Newspaper or Periodical Editor
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Nurse Manager
Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Clinical Director
Occupational Therapist
Optometrist
Organisational Psychologist
Orthopist
Physiotherapist
Primary Health Organisation Manager
Print Journalist
Psychologists (nec)
Public Relations Professional
Quantity Surveyor
Recreation Officer
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)
Registered Nurse (Community Health)
Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency)
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation)
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
Registered Nurse (Medical)
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
Registered Nurse (Surgical)
Registered Nurses (nec)
Rehabilitation Counsellor
Resident Medical Officer
Retail Pharmacist
Small Engine Mechanic
Social Professionals (nec)
Social Worker
Solicitor
Sonographer
Speech Pathologist
Structural Engineer
Student Counsellor
Technical Writer
Television Journalist
Transport Engineer
Web Designer
Welfare Centre Manager
Welfare Worker

If you would like to discuss your options then please Contact Us.

Australian skilled visas – Removed occupations from 1st July 2017

List of removed occupations

In the first of a number of blogs posts discussing the 1st July 2017 changes, please see below details of the occupations removed as an eligible skilled occupation.

Skilled Migration

Occupations entirely removed from the list of eligible skilled occupations on 1 July 2017 are listed below. Nine of these were eligible for 457 and 186 visas on 19 April 2017.

Equipment Hire Manager^149915
Fleet Manager^149411
Picture Framer^394212
Property Manager^612112
Psychotherapist^272314
Real Estate Agent Principal^612113
Real Estate Agent^612114
Real Estate Agent Representative^612115
Ship’s Engineer231212
Ship’s Master231213
Ship’s Officer231214
University Tutor^242112

If this affects your eligibility, and you would like to discuss if have alternative options then please Contact Us.

 

Announcement – Limited options for Western Australia skilled migration

Limited Options for Western Australia state nominated skilled visas

Western Australia have announced their skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL).

As of 21 June, 2017  only 18 occupations can be applied for under the Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa and the Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) state/territory nominated visa.

This is a significant reduction from previous WASMOL’s, where more than 100 occupations could be applied for.

Strict Criteria – including a 12 month contract of employment

Amongst various requirements, all applicants will be required to have a contract of employment for full-time employment for at least 12 months in the nominated or a closely related occupation.

2017 Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL)
  1.  Sonographer – (251214)
  2. Orthoptist – (251412)
  3. Audiologist – (252711) 
  4. General Practitioner – (253111)
  5. Gastroenterologist – (253316)
  6. Rheumatologist​ – (253323) 
  7. Psychiatrist – (253411)
  8. Neurosurgeon – (253513)
  9. Otorhinolaryngologist – (253515)
  10. Vascular Surgeon – (253521)
  11. Obstetrician and Gynaecologist – (253013)
  12. Radiation Oncologist – (253918)
  13. ​Midwife – (254111)
  14. ​Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) – (254413)
  15. Registered Nurse (Community Health) – (254414)
  16. ​Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) – (254415)
  17. Registered Nurse (Mental Health) – (254422) 
  18. Registered Nurse (Perioperative) – (254423)

Restricted opportunities for WA – What are your options?

The changes severely strict skilled migration opportunities for applicants who wish to migrate to Western Australia, and who aren’t eligible for a Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa.

If you would like to discuss your options, for Western Australia or anywhere else, or you have any questions please Contact Us.

Announcement – South Australian State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL) 2017/18

The following is an announcement from Immigration South Australia.

Immigration SA’s application system will close at 3pm (ACST) on Thursday 29 June 2017 and will re-open at 12pm (ACST) on Tuesday 4 July 2017.

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This closure affects all existing or new applications for Skilled, Employer Sponsored and Business migration.  

Skilled Migration 
The re-opening of the application system on Tuesday 4 July will coincide with the release of the updated State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL) for 2017/18. The update of the SNOL is an annual process undertaken by Immigration SA to manage participation in the national migration program.

As per the current SNOL, certain occupations will not be able to access state nomination for the subclass 190 visa and are therefore restricted to the subclass 489 visa. This reflects both restrictions put in place by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) in defining ‘regional occupations’ and further considerations by Immigration SA. Immigration SA will also restrict offshore applicants for certain additional occupations to state nomination for the subclass 489 visa.

DIBP has also advised that the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) will be revised on 1 July. As the STSOL forms the basis for the SNOL, Immigration SA will need to take into consideration any changes that may occur. Depending on when DIBP advise of any changes, the SNOL (and Supplementary Skilled List) may need to be further amended following its release on 4 July.

Applications submitted before 3pm (ACST) on Thursday 29 June will be assessed according to the current SNOL, and Immigration SA will endeavour to finalise these applications in SkillSelect so that they are not affected by any subsequent DIBP changes. The ability to do this will depend on volumes received and we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible to facilitate processing prior to 1 July.

Note: Any Skilled Migration application that has not been submitted before 3pm (ACST) on Thursday 29 June will be deleted from the system and will not be able to be accessed again.

Employer Sponsored
From 1 July the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will require that nominees meet new English language and age requirements. These requirements, as well as others planned for March 2018, are available in Fact sheet two: Reforms to Australia’s permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programme. Advice from DIBP is that changes to the permanent Employer Sponsored program apply at time of lodgement and not decision.

There are no changes to Immigration SA requirements and applications for RCB advice will continue to be assessed during the system closure as per normal.

Business Migration
There are no changes to Immigration SA requirements and applications will continue to be assessed during the system closure as per normal. Please note that no nominations will be provided until after 1 July 2017 (this includes renomination requests) when Immigration SA’s allocation is reset.

Kind regards
Immigration SA

 

If you would like to discuss this with us please Contact Us.

Northern Territory nominations suspended until 1st July, 2017

The Northern Territory Government have made the following announcement.

Suspension of offshore General Skilled Migration nominations by the Northern Territory until 1 July 2017

The Northern Territory has temporarily suspended nomination applications for Subclass 489 and Subclass 190 visas where the applicants are not in the Northern Territory.

Where applicants are not in the Northern Territory and a Migration NT file number has not been issued (eg BSM2017/XXXX) the applications will not be processed.

Applicants are encouraged to reapply after 1 July 2017.

Applicants in the Northern Territory are unaffected by the suspension.

http://www.australiasnorthernterritory.com.au/Working/bsm/nt-nominated-general/Pages/default.aspx

 

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If you would like to discuss your options, for the NT or anywhere else, or you have any questions please Contact Us.