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Changes 1st July, 2018 – higher points required for GSM visas

Higher points required – GSM points test to increase by 5 points 

As usual at this time of the year, there have been some changes announced to the GSM visa programme by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). 

From 1 July 2018, applicants will need to score 65 points to eligible to be considered for a GSM visa. This is an increase of 5 points. The effected GSM visa subclasses are:

  • Skilled-Independent (Permanent) Subclass 189;
  • Skilled-Nominated (Permanent) (Subclass 190; and
  • Skilled-Regional Sponsored (Provisional) Subclass 489

The increase is in response to the high demand for GSM visas. It also reflects the high scores that current applicants in the Skill Select Expression of Interest (EOI) pool are claiming. 

For applicants who are invited to apply for a GSM visa prior to 1st July 2018, they won’t be effected by the increase in points. These invited individuals can continue to prepare and submit their application. As is stands currently, any invited applicants will need to ensure that they lodge their applications within the required 60 days. 

If you could like to discuss how this will effect you please Contact Us.

Updated – Australian Skilled Occupation Lists (April 2018)

Occupation lists change … again … 

2018 has already seen a number of changes to Australian immigration. Some of these were detailed in our most recent post.

Following on from these changes, last week the Northern Territory have updated the occupations that they will consider nominating for the Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa or the Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) Visa.

If you would like to look at whether you may be eligible for a General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa, be a state or territory nominated visa – such as the Subclass 190 or Subclass 489 visa – or the Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa please check out the list below.

Skilled Occupations – April 2018

If you would like a detailed assessment of your Australian visa options, please  CONTACT US .

Australian immigration changes – new visas and their impact on Australian immigration

The Temporary Skilled Shortage (TSS) visa (Subclass 482), the effect on GSM visas and the Global Talent Visa scheme

A lot has been happening in Australian immigration in 2018. It has started with the skilled list for the Subclass 189 being amended. Some of the states & territories followed and their Subclass 190 & 489 visas have consequently been effected.

Most significant of all is that as fo 18th March, 2018 the Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visa has been replaced by the  Temporary Skilled Shortage (TSS) visa (Subclass 482).

The changes and differences between the Subclass 457 & Subclass 482 are significant. We wont attempt to address them all here but will highlight some key points and how these changes may effect your plans and reinforce the importance of the General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa program.

GSM Visa program

The GSM program has remained intact. It significance is shown by the figures below:

  1.  Subclass 189: 176 occupations remain eligible for this visa
  2. Subclass 190: 416 skilled occupations remain eligible for this visa program
  3.  Subclass 489:
    • 475 skilled occupations remain eligible for the State Territory nominated 489 visa program OR
    • 176 occupations remain eligible for the Family Nominated 489 visa programme

Temporary Employer sponsored visas – new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) 

As mentioned the temporary Employer Sponsored visa (Subclass 457) has been replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482).

Whilst the Subclass 457 could be granted up to 4 years, the Subclass 482 visas can vary:

  1. Short term – up to 2 years if the occupation is on Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
  2. Medium term – up to 4 years if on Medium Long Term Skilled Shortages List (MLTSSL) and a new Regional Occupation List (ROL)
  3. Labour Agreement Stream – this is where an employer has negotiated visa arrangements with the Department of Home Affairs (formerly the DIBP Department of Immigration & B0order Patrol).

Applicant requirements:

  • Work experience – Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years
  • English Language – Applicants must meet minimum english language requirements. e.g For an IELTS test they must score 5 overall, but have a minimum score of at least 4.5 on each component
  • Police clearances – Mandatory police clearances.

Sponsor/Employers:

  • Labour-market testing is required (e.g prescribed advertising standards must be met by the employer)
  • Applicant must be nominated in one of the 509 skilled occupations, unless the negotiated Labour Agreement allows otherwise.

Transitional arrangements – Individuals who are already in Australia on a Subclass 457 visa and need to renew this visa or apply for another visa (such as the Subclass 482 or a permanent visa – see below) will need to check with their employer or Migration Agent what their options are. 

Permanent Employer Sponsored visa – Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 visa & Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS) Subclass 187 visa

  • Applicants must be under 45
  • Applicants must have worked in Australia for 3 years (it was 2 years) on a 457 visa or 482 visa OR have undertaken a skills assessment under the Direct Entry Scheme
  • Applicants must have at least 3 years work experience
  • Applicants occupation must be on the:
    • MLTSSL for Subclass 186 visas (208 occupations)
    • MLTSSL or ROL list for Subclass 187 (673 occupations)

What are the key takeaways about these changes?

  •  It is more difficult to obtain a visa for Australia under both employer nomination schemes –  temporary and permanent residence. e.g Labour Market testing is required for almost all applications under the TSS visa. This wasn’t the case previously.
  • Students hoping to transfer onto an employer sponsored visa must have at least 2 years experience in the occupation for a temporary visa, or 3 years for a permanent employer visa.
  • Skilled applicants wanting to obtain permanent residency need to be under 45 years – unless some very limited exemptions are met.
  • If an applicant or their spouse is eligible for a GSM visa – 189/190/489 – then it is likely to be their best long term option to migrate to Australia permanently

Final comments

These changes have been a long time coming and even before the details were laid out, they have been widely criticised by the business community. They see this as as a significant disadvantage to recruiting, employing and incentivising skilled migrants to fill positions in Australia.

With this is mind, employers will be forced to look closer at the Australia employment market to fill their workforce needs. This will advantage applicants who hold a GSM visa or intend to apply for a GSM visa.

Global Talent Scheme 

In addition to the above there will be further changes to the Australian immigration program. The Department of Home Affairs have flagged a new scheme known as the Global Talent Scheme. This is a  pilot programme aimed at attracting high-income employees and tech specialists.  It is hoped it will alleviate some of the concerns from employers in Australia that they will miss out of skills need to grow their business due to the restrictions in the new Subclass 482 visa.

It will allow eligible established business and start-up companies seeking talent in STEM fields like biomedicine and agricultural technology to sponsor foreign nationals on a temporary residency basis, as well as offering a pathway to permanent residency. The scheme is due to commence on 1st July. As details emerge we will release them here.

 

If you would like to discuss your options – whether you would be eligible –  then please  Contact Us.

 

NSW Skilled Occupation List (SOL) update

The NSW Department of Industry have updated their Skilled Occupation Lists (SOL) effective immediately (25th September, 2017). This update includes both the addition and removal of some occupations.

Applicants seeking to nominated by NSW for a Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa or Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) visa will need to have an occupation on their skilled occupations lists.

NSW – The Premier state

Some of these occupations are able to be nominated under both visa programs, whilst many are also listed for nomination in specific regions of NSW for the Subclass 489 visa.

Occupations added:

  • Chemical Engineer (233111)
  • Electronics Engineer (233411)
  • Industrial Engineer (233511)
  • Production or Plant Engineer (233513)
  • ICT Security Specialist (262112)
  • Architectural Draftsperson (312111)
  • Stonemason (331112)

Occupations removed:

  • Occupational Health & Safety Adviser (251312)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon (253512)
  • Neurosurgeon (252513)

The full list of occupations can be found here – Skilled Occupations (2017-18).

If you would like to discuss your options for a NSW nominated visa – whether you would be eligible for the Subclass 190 or 489 visa. then please  Contact Us.

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.

Update to Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL)

Queensland have quickly revised the occupations they nominate for 2017-18. Details of the announced change are copied below.

BSMQ Update to QSOL: Engineering Technologist

Engineering Technologist (233914) was taken off our Queensland Skilled Occupations Lists (QSOL) on 11 July 2017 – please note we will not be accepting any new EOIs under this occupation from the 12 July 2017 at this stage. We have received a very large number of EOIs for this occupation.

We are currently not issuing any more invitations to lodge an application with BSMQ. However, if some of the current invitees do not respond in the requested time frame, we will issue further invitations to some of those in the current queue.

If this affects you, or you want to discuss if there are any other options for this occupation, then please Contact Us.

General Skilled Migration (GSM): 2017-18 skilled occupations lists

Northern Territory – skilled nomination visas re-open

Northern Territory: Re-opened for skilled nomination

As announced last month the Northern Territory have re-opened their skilled nomination visas from July 1st, 2017.

Eligible Occupations – NT Skilled visas

Applicants can seek to be nominated for either a Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa or Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) visa if they meet the NT nomination criteria. The nomination criteria includes meeting the points test for a GSM visa, but also with having an eligible occupation on the NT list.

There have been some changes from the NT’s 2016-2017 occupation list. It is important to confirm that if you were eligible previously, that you may still be now.

Live in the NT

The eligible occupations for  NT nomination are detailed below.

ANZSCOOCCUPATION
232111Architect
252711Audiologist
272111Careers Counsellor
351311Chef
233211Civil Engineer
272311Clinical Psychologist
212411Copywriter
132111Corporate Services Manager
272199Counsellors (nec)
321212Diesel Motor Mechanic
272112Drug & Alcohol Counsellor
241111Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
272312Educational Psychologist
233311Electrical Engineer
233411Electronics Engineer
272113Family & Marriage Counsellor
253111General Practitioner
233212Geotechnical Engineer
232411Graphic Designer
391111Hairdresser
232412Illustrator
233511Industrial Engineer
212419Journalist & other writers (nec)
232112Landscape Architect
233512Mechanical Engineer
251211Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
251212Medical Radiation Therapist
321211Motor Mechanic (General)
312113Motorcycle Mechanic
212412Newspaper or Periodical Editor
251213Nuclear Medicine Technologist
254311Nurse Manager
254411Nurse Practitioner
134212Nursing Clinical Director
252411Occupational Therapist
251411Optometrist
272313Organisational Psychologist
251412Orthopist
252511Physiotherapist
134213Primary Health Organisation Manager
212413Print Journalist
272399Psychologists (nec)
225311Public Relations Professional
233213Quantity Surveyor
272612Recreation Officer
254412Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
254413Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)
254414Registered Nurse (Community Health)
254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency)
254416Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
254417Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation)
254421Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
254418Registered Nurse (Medical)
254422Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
254425Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
254423Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
254424Registered Nurse (Surgical)
254499Registered Nurses (nec)
272114Rehabilitation Counsellor
253112Resident Medical Officer
251513Retail Pharmacist
321214Small Engine Mechanic
272499Social Professionals (nec)
272511Social Worker
271311Solicitor
251214Sonographer
252712Speech Pathologist
233214Structural Engineer
272115Student Counsellor
212415Technical Writer
212416Television Journalist
233215Transport Engineer
232414Web Designer
134214Welfare Centre Manager
272613Welfare Worker

Are you eligible?

If you would like to discuss whether you are eligible for NT 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.