Victorian nomination for ICT applications re-open 1st July, 2017

Victorian Skilled Migration – ICT occupations reopening on 1 July

On the 1st July 2017, the Victorian Skilled and Business Migration Program is reopening applications for ICT occupations. Applicants who are nominated by Victoria may be eligible for:

  1. Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa OR
  2. Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) Visa

Victorian migration

The ICT occupations for nomination are below. All applicants must meet Proficient English and have at least 3 years experience.

  • 1355112  ICT Project Manager
  • 261111  ICT Business Analyst
  • 261112  Analyst Programmer
  • 261312  Developer Programmer
  • 261312  Software Engineer
  • 261314 Software Tester
  • 271399 Software and Applications Programmers nec
  • 262111 Database Administrator
  • 262112  ICT Security Specialist
  • 263111  Computer Network and Systems Engineer

Applications in the following specialisations are not currently accepted:
– Web Designer
– Help Desk Operator
– Help Desk Manager

If you would like to discuss your options for Victoria, or anywhere else, 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.

Australian visa fees to increase as of 1st July, 2017

The Australian treasure Scott Morrison, in the annual budget last week, has announced that as of 1st July, 2017 all Australian visa application fees will increase.

The fees will increase in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and be rounded to the nearest $5. The increases for the common visas that we deal with at Cargil Migration are below (all in AUD):

Business skills

  • Business Innovation Stream (Subclass 188) visa
    • Primary Applicant increase from $4,780 –> $4,875
    • Adult Dependent increase from $2,390 –> $2,440
    • Child Dependent increase from $1,195 –> $1,220
  • Investor Stream (Subclass 188) visa
    • Primary Applicant increase from $4,780 –> $4,875
    • Adult Dependent increase from $2,390 –> $2,440
    • Child Dependent increase from $1,195 –> $1,220
  • Investor Stream (Subclass 188) visa
    • Primary Applicant increase from $4,780 –> $4,875
    • Adult Dependent increase from $2,390 –> $2,440
    • Child Dependent increase from $1,195 –> $1,220
  • Investor Stream (Subclass 188) visa
    • Primary Applicant increase from $4,780 –> $4,875
    • Adult Dependent increase from $2,390 –> $2,440
    • Child Dependent increase from $1,195 –> $1,220
  • Investor E Stream (Subclass 188) visa
    • Primary Applicant increase from $4,780 –> $4,875
    • Adult Dependent increase from $2,390 –> $2,440
    • Child Dependent increase from $1,195 –> $1,220
  • Business Talent (Subclass 132) visa
    • Primary Applicant increase from $6,990 –> $7,130
    • Adult Dependent increase from $3,495 –> $3,565
    • Child Dependent increase from $1,745 –> $1,780

Work (Skilled) – Subclass 457 program (due to close in March 2018)

  • Subclass 457 visa
    • Primary Applicant increase from $1,060 –> $1,180
    • Adult Dependent increase from $1,060 –> $1,080
    • Child Dependent increase from $265 –> $270

Other temporary work visas

The temporary work visas include:

  1. Temporary Work  Short Stay Specialist (Subclass 400) visa
  2. Temporary Work Domestic Worker (Subclass 403) visa
  3. Temporary Work Foreign Government (Subclass 403) visa
  4. Temporary Work Government Agreement (Subclass 400) visa
  5. Temporary Work Seasonal Worker (Subclass 403) visa
  6. Temporary Activity Visa All Streams (Subclass 408) visa

The increase across all three listed visas are:

  • Primary Applicant increase from $275 –> $280
  • Adult Dependent where applicable increase from $275 –> $280
  • Child Dependent where applicable $70 (no change)

Student visas

  • Student visa (Subclass 500) –
    • Primary Applicant increases from $550 –> $560
    • Adult Dependent increases from $410 –> $420
    • Child Dependent increase from $135 –> $140

Partner & Prospective Spouse visas

  • Partner Visa (Subclass 309/100) – Primary Applicant increases from $6,865 –> $7,000
  • Partner Visa (Subclass 820/801) – Primary Applicant increase from $6,865 –> $7,000
  • Prospective Spouse (Subclass 300) – Primary Applicant increase from $6,865 –> $7,000
  • Partner Visa (820/801) if a holder of Subclass 300 visa – Primary Applicant increase from $1,145 –> $ 1,170

Child visa

  • Child Visa (Subclass 101 & 802) – Primary Applicant increase from $2,370 to $2,415

General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas

The GSM Visas include:

  1. Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa
  2. Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa
  3. Skilled Regional (Subclass 489) visa

The increase across all three listed visas are:

  • Primary Applicant increase from $3,600 –> $3,670
  • Adult Dependent increase from $1,800 –> $1,835
  • Child Dependent increase from $900 –> $920

Resident Return visas

  • Subclass 155 & 157 Primary Applicant increases from $360 –> $365
  • Subclass 159 Provisional Resident Return
    • Primary Applicant increases from $185 –> $190
    • Adult Dependent $95 (no change)
    • Child Dependent $45 (no change)

If you have any queries please contact us. These fees are suggested and are subject to change. If the visa you are applying for is not listed please get in touch and we can provide further information.

Western Australia Skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) – due to be updated late May 2017

As detailed in a previous post the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) is currently operating under an interim list. The list includes only medical and health care occupations.

If your occupation is on this list you may be considered for the Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa and the Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) Visa. As a starting point however, you should look at whether you are eligible for a Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa.

As soon as we become aware of these changes we will publish them here and share them via Twitter.

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

 

Changes to Subclass 457 visas, occupation lists and GSM visas

Immediate changes to South Australian skilled migration

The changes are coming frequently in Australian skilled migration. South Australia have today announced some significant changes to their skilled nomination list, in particular their high points nomination. The copy from the announcement is below.

South Australia – skilled migration

High points nomination

From 9am (Australian Central Standard Time) on 19 April 2017 the requirement for high points nomination will increase from 80 to 85 points.

This change is in response to the overall quota being achieved under the existing 80 points requirement.

This change will not affect applications lodged prior to this time. Applications for high points nomination received after this time will be refused if they do not meet the 85 points requirement.

High points and chain migration exclusions

Effective immediately the following occupations on the Supplementary Skilled List are no longer available for high points or chain migration nomination:

221111 Accountant (General)
223111 Human Resource Adviser (not available for high points since 02/09/2016)
225113 Marketing Specialist
225412 Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)
242111 University Lecturer
242112 University Tutor
251511 Hospital Pharmacist
251513 Retail Pharmacist

This change does not affect applications lodged prior to 1pm on 5 April 2017. Applications for these occupations lodged after this time will be refused if applying for high points or chain migration nomination.

If you could like to discuss these changes and how it may effect you please Contact Us.

Interim Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL)

Western Australia have announced a interim skilled occupation list. This will be in place until the WASMOL is released on May, 2017.

The relevant statement from Skilled Migration Western Australia is detailed below:

“New applications for the State Nominated Migration Program are being accepted with an interim Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) targeting those occupations which are of a specialist nature and have compelling evidence of unmet demand at a State level.

The State Government will be consulting with industry to develop a new list which is expected to be complete and operational in late May 2017.”

The interim WASMOL occupations are below:

  • 251214 – Sonographer
  • 253312 – Cardiologist
  • 253315 – Endocrinologist
  • 253316 – Gastroenterologist
  • 253318 – Neurologist
  • 253322 – Renal Medicine Specialist
  • 253323 – Rheumatologist
  • 253411 – Psychiatrist
  • 253511 – Surgeon (general)
  • 253512 – Cardiothoracic Surgeon
  • 253513 – Neurosurgeon
  • 253514 – Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • 253515 – Otorhinolaryngologist
  • 253518  – Urologist
  • 253521 – Vascular Surgeon
  • 253911 – Dermatologist
  • 253913 – Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • 253914 – Ophthalmologist
  • 253915 – Pathologist
  • 253917 – Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
  • 2539 18 – Radiation Oncologist

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

Current Australian Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – as @March 2017

We are coming into the time of year where the Australia Skilled Occupation (SOL) List and the State/Territory nomination lists are being reviewed. These lists form the basis for whether applicants can apply for a visa under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program. These visas are predominantly

  1. Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) Visa
  2. Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa
  3. Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) Visa

Skilled Occupation List (SOL) 

The SOL is usually updated on the 1st July of each year, in line with the new financial year (FY) in Australia. If you have a positive skills assessment in an occupation on the SOL list, and you can meet the points test of 60, you can apply for a Subclass 189 visa.

The SOL has not changed in the 2016-17 FY. There has however been a number of occupations have been affected by occupation ceilings that have been introduced throughout the FY. These ceilings have meant that some occupations have a higher points test that must be met before you are eligible for a visa. The ANZSCO codes groups, occupations and points required for these are below.

  • 2211 Accountants (70)
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (70)
  • 2334 Electronics Engineer (60)
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (65)
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals (65)
  • 2611 ICT Business and System Analysts (65)
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers (65)
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals (65)

State/Territory skilled occupations 

If individuals are unable to meet the criteria for the Subclass 189 visa they can look at state/territory nominated visas. Under the Subclass 190 & 489 visas if you can be nominated by a state or territory of Australia you could be eligible to obtain a residency visa. Further information about the conditions of the visas can be found here.

The key to these visas is usually (but not always) having an occupation that they will nominate you for. The current status of the states/territories is below:

  1. Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – Currently not accepting any onshore application for the Subclass 190 or 489 visas. To be reviewed as at 1 July 2017.
  2. New South Wales (NSW) – Currently accepting nomination for specific occupations, for both the Subclass 190 or 489 visa.
  3. Queensland (QLD) – Currently accepting nominations for specific occupations.
  4. Northern Territory (NT) – Currently accepting nominations for specific occupations or any skilled occupation if you can evidence appropriate job opportunities. The occupation list is usually updated annually in April.
  5. South Australia (SA) – Currently accepting nominations for specific occupations, or if you can meet a points score of 80 in a skilled occupation.
  6. Tasmania – Currently accepting nominations for specific occupations.
  7. Victoria – Currently accepting nominations for specific occupations
  8. Western Australia (WA) – The WA list is currently being reviewed. Currently WA are not accepting nominations for any occupation.

For details of the current nominated occupations on the SOL and state/territories please see the attached. If your occupation is not on this list, but you believe you have a skilled occupation that has strong employment prospects or you score highly under the points test please get in touch.

2016-2017 Skilled Occupations (March 2017)

If you would like to discuss your options, or you have any questions, please get in touch.