Victorian state nominated program

Victoria to re-open state nominated visa program in coming weeks

Victoria have confirmed – July, 2024 –  that their state nomination program will re-open in the coming weeks. The state nomination visas includes the:

  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

They have also announced the numbers for the 2024-25 program. As well, that they are open to nominated Subclass 888 applicants for permanent residency.

At the time of closing the state nomination program for the 2023-24 financial year, Victoria were targeting applicants in the following sectors.

  • Health
  • Social services
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Early childhood, primary, secondary, and special education teachers
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Infrastructure
  • Renewable energy
  • Hospitality and tourism – for the 491 visa

We will need to wait to confirm if there will be any changes to the above for the 2024-25 program.

The full Victorian announcement is below.

” Update of Victoria’s 2024-25 Skilled and Business Migration Program

Skilled program

The Australian Government has allocated 5,000 skilled visa nomination places to Victoria for the 2024-25 program.

Victoria’s allocation consists of:

  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) – 3,000 places
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – 2,000 places

More information on the 2024-25 program, including eligibility requirements and program dates, will be published on the Live in Melbourne website when available.

Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)

The Australian Government has permanently ceased the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) (subclass 188) visa program from July 2024.

We remain open to nomination applications for:

  • Permanent visa nominations (subclass 888), and
  • extensions for the Business Innovation and Significant Investor streams.”

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your options for 2024 to 25 please Contact Us.

This includes WA, who have just re-opened their program. Other states will open in the coming weeks.

#Australia #Victoria #visas #SNMP


Western Australia to double state nominated visas for 2024 to 2025

WA  doubles it’s State Nominated Migration Program (SNMP) for new financial year  

WA State/Territory nominated visas

WA have announced that they will have 5,000 places in the 2024 to 2025 financial year for their  state nominated visa program. These visas are the Subclass 190 & Subclass 491 visas.

This is a significant increase from the 2,350 they had last year – 2023 to 2024.

The SNMP program that year was closed early, in February 2024, as the places had been exhausted. At the time WA made it clear that they needed more visa numbers.

“The State Government continues to advocate for nomination allocation numbers that meet the needs of the State.”

The doubling of numbers reflects the critical skills shortages in construction and healthcare.

2024 to 2025 – WA occupation lists to be finalised

The WA Skilled migration occupation lists (WASMOL) for 2024 to 2025 are yet to finalised. We will publish them when they are.

DAMA Agreements

There has also been an increase in the number of places, and occupations, made available under a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA).

Applicants for a visa under a DAMA need to be sponsored by an employer operating in a designated region, and for an occupation that is specified in the DAMA agreement.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your options for 2024 to 25 please Contact Us.

#Australia #WA #visas #SNMP #construction #healthcare #DAMA

Skilled Migration - 2024 to 2024

Australian skilled visa invitations – June 2024

GSM (General Skilled Migration) visa invitations issued – June 2024

The DHA issued their final EOI invitations for the 2023 to 2024 financial year.

They  issued 5,292 invites for the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189).

Invited occupations & points

There was a range of occupations invited.There were also a range of points required for an invite as well. From trades with 65 to professionals.

An overview of the occupations invited and the points required are detailed below.


The following trades were invited at 65 points.

  • Air-conditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
  • Bricklayer
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Carpenter
  • Drainer
  • Electrician (General)
  • Fibrous Plasterers
  • Gasfitter
  • Glazier
  • Joiner
  • Lift Mechanic
  • Painting Trades Worker
  • Plumber (General)
  • Roof Plumber
  • Solid Plasterer
  • Stonemason
  • Wall & Floor Tiler
Other invited trades included the following:
  • Electrician (Special class)
  • Chef
  • Forester
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Shipwright
  • Welder (First Class)

Additional occupations 

A range of other occupations were invited. These included.

  • Business professionals – accountants, consultants
  • Scientists
  • Healthcare
  • Engineers
  • Construction
  • Education

Western Australia have today – 1st July, 2024 –  announced a doubling of their skilled nomination program . It is expected that other states, such as South Australia.  will follow.

Given the focus on trades in this invitation round, as well as both the WA and SA governments public position on the need for Construction trades and professions there will be opportunities.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your options for 2024-25 please Contact Us.

#Australia #visas #construction #trades #engineers #healthcare

South Australia skilled occupation priority list

South Australia priority occupations for 2024-2025

What occupations are South Australia looking to nominate? 

The South Australian government were recently in the UK.

Representatives from the SA government held a ‘Move to South Australia’ information and networking session on 3 June 2024 in London.

They also met with us in person in Edinburgh.

The aim of the information session, and our meeting, was to reinforce the UK market as a priority for their sponsored skilled migration program for the 2024 to 2025 financial year.

They also shared the virtues of the state. It’s vibrant economy, enviable lifestyle and as a great work place for applicants with the right expertise, experience and skills.

As detailed on the attached invite, the in-demand occupations & trades are in the following:

  • Construction
  • Medical
  • Education
  • ICT and
  • Engineering

In particular candidates with construction or trades experience were of critical need!

They shared some projects that were of particular focus for SA, and the need for the above skilled migrants. These projects were the:

  • Osborne Naval Shipyard
  • Major Projects in Whyalla
    • Hydrogen Jobs plan
    • GFG Alliance (“Green steel”)
    • Northern Water Supply (desalination plant)
    • Alligator Energy
  • New Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Whilst the 2024-25 South Australia skills list hasn’t been published as of yet, it will in the new financial year. In addition to the above occupations, we were advised there should be some other occupations too.

If you would like to discuss what opportunities there may be in South Australia for you and your family, or to register your interest for us to get in touch when these details are released, then please Contact Us.

The National Innovation visa – A new immigration program

The new National Innovation visa to be launched in late 2024 

The Australian government confirmed in the May 2024 budget that a new National Innovation visa will be launched in late 2024.

The launch date and criteria hasn’t been confirmed.

The National Innovation Visa

National Innovation visa – coming in 2024

Visa to replace the BIIP & Global Talent visa programs

The National Innovation visa will replace the Business Innovation and Investor Provisional (Subclass 188) visa program. As well as the Global Talent (Subclass 858) visa.

The BIIP program will now be officially  closed. Although it has been effectively closed since 1st July 2023, when the states/territories weren’t allocated any 188 visa places.

This follows the closure of the permanent residency Subclass 132 Business Talent (Permanent) visa on 1st July, 2021.

Who is the National Innovation visa for?  

It is expected

What type of visa? 

Unlike the BIIP program, the National Innovation visa is likely to be a permanent residency visa.  It will however, like the Subclass 132 visa,  be monitored to ensure applicants comply with their intentions.

Under the BIIP applicants were initially granted temporary residency,  with a pathway to apply for permanent residency after at least 4 years of business/investment activity.

Why is the visa being introduced? 

The government in recent years has undertaken a review of the Migration Strategy.

The findings of the review included, that the BIIP temporary residency visa holders, especially the Business Innovation Stream,  weren’t providing the economic benefit they should and could have.

Alternately, there is a recognition that applicants who have held, or hold, the Subclass  the Significant Investor Stream do provide economic benefit. A significant investment is an in investment of at least AUD $5m into complying investments.

Are you interested?

It is expected that the visa will be in high demand. Applicants will need to be ready to submit their interest, potentially seek state/territory nomination and then submit an application as soon as they can.

While we all wait for the details of the National Innovation visa to be released, potential applicants can register their interest.

We will discuss your credentials as a entrepreneur, major investor or research history. We will make introductions to professional service providers that can assist in preparing for the application.

Got any questions?

If you want to know more about the visas, and whether you are eligible please Contact Us

National Innovation Visa

Australian 2024-25 budget update – What’s relevant for immigration? 

The 2024-25 budget & immigration measures 

The Australian treasurer has delivered the budget for the 2024-25 financial year (FY). The FY runs from 1 July to 30 June. 

A whole raft of changes have been announced. With a focus on actions to ease the cost of living and a housing shortage. 

Key immigration measures outlined in the budget include the following. 

Net Overseas Migration 

As part of addressing this the government have plans to reduce net overseas migration by half  in 2024-25 — from 528,000 to 260,000.

Permanent Migration program –  Skilled stream numbers  

The permanent migration cap for 2024-25 will be 185,000. Of these places 132,200 places will be allocated to the skilled stream.

National Innovation Visa to replace the Global Talent & BIIP program

The Global Talent (Subclass 858) & Business Innovation and Investment (BIIP) visa (Subclass 188) programs are to be replaced by the National Innovation visa.

The National Innovation Visa will be introduced in late 2024. This visa will target talented migrants – such as entrepreneurs & major investors – in key sectors. The details of the visa are yet to be confirmed.

Subclass 482 changes  – required work experience reduced 

Work experience requirements for the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (Subclass 482) will be reduced from two years to one year from 23 November 2024. 

Student Visas

The government will propose a numbers of legislation changes for international students. These include:

  • capping the number of international students that can be enrolled by the education providers (colleges & universities)
  • allowing education providers to go over these caps  if they invest in student-specific accommodation
  • significant application fees increases  

Theses changes are in addition to  recent announcements that applicants will also have to meet higher English language requirements, as well as financial capacity evidence.

Our view

It appears clear that there will be  opportunities for talented people, business & investors  who can contribute to Australia in key skill shortage areas and target sectors. 

It’s likely that those that work in healthcare and STEM will  have more opportunities than others. Education and trade/construction workers too.

It doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be opportunities for others. However you will have to be ready to act. These will likely be through state/territory nominated visas – Subclass 190 & 491. Or employer sponsored visas such as the Subclass 482.

As some of the the states/territories have exhausted their 2023-34 allocations,  they will be eagerly waiting their 2024-25 cap. Applicants should look out for these state/territory announcements as we get closer to the 1st July 2024. 

Business owners & investors have had reduced visa opportunities in recent years. Culminating in the formal closure of the BIIP program.  Whilst the details are yet to be released, the National Innovation visa will be warmly welcomed. 

In particular the target sectors will be eagerly awaited. Whether these will mirror the recent target sectors under the Global Talent visa remains to be seen.  

Whether there is a pathway for investors also be keenly watched. Especially as the recent  Australia migration review suggested that the BIIP  pathway for major investors, e.g. $5m AUD+, provided a favourable outcome for Australia. A continuation of an investment pathway would be warmly welcomed. It would also allow Australia to continue to offer a pathway that competing migrant countries provide.  

If you would like would like to discuss the budget, or any matter raised, please Contact Us. 



Queensland Migration program update


Migrate to Queensland 2024-25

QLD closes program for 2023/24 

As of today, 10 May 2024, Migration Queensland has closed its state nominated skilled visa program for the 2023-24 financial year (FY).

Applicants will need to submit a new Expression of Interest (EOI) once the Queensland program opens up for the 2024-25 program year. The new Australian financial year starts 1st July, 2024.

There is no indication at present what occupations will be on the Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL) for 2024-25. However the recent  QSOL may provide some guidance.

The QSOL is divided into two. Applicants in Australia . As well as applicants outside Australia.

To be considered for nomination Queensland will require applicants to have an occupation on the appropriate list, meet any specific occupation requirements (e.g. years of experience, english language ability, registration) as well as meet the required settlement funds.

Offshore applicants that meet the Queensland requirements, and who have listed Queensland as their preferred state in their GSM EOI  will need to be invited to apply for state nomination. They will then have 14 days to prove they meet the requirements to be formally nominated.

This includes evidence of their skills assessment, English language tests. settlement finds and work experience.

Please Contact Us if you have any questions or want to Register your interest to apply for nomination when it opens.

Priority processing of Australian visas for Nurses & Teachers

DHA changes visa processing priorities

The Australia Department of Home Affairs (DHA) have again changed their processing priorities.

In September 2020 , during the COVID pandemic, the DHA prioritised 44 occupations from the Skilled Migration occupation List (SMOL).  Amongst others. the  included healthcare workers such as Nurses. This was in place until 28 October 2022.

As reported below,  week the processing priorities for skilled visa applications of the DHA,  has now changed again.

‘Visas in three days’ for teachers and nurses who want to come to Australia

This includes a change to the order of priority where the number one priority is “Visa applications in relation to a healthcare or teaching occupation”.  With priority given to visa application where the primary applicant is outside Australia at the time of visa application.

The Healthcare or Teaching Occupations this relates to:

  • ANZSCO Sub-major Group 25 – Health Professionals
  • ANZSCO Minor Group 241 – School Teachers
  • ANZSCO Minor Group 411 – Health and Welfare Support Workers
  • ANZSCO Unit Group 1341 – Child Care Centre Managers
  • ANZSCO Unit Group 2346 – Medical Scientists
  • ANZSCO Unit Group 2721 – Counsellors
  • ANZSCO Unit Group 2723 – Psychologists
  • ANZSCO Unit Group 2725 – Social Workers
  • ANZSCO Unit Group 3112 – Medical Technicians
  • ANZSCO occupations:
    • 134311 – School Principal
    • 42111 – Child Care Worker
    • 423111 – Aged or Disabled Carer
    • 423312 – Nursing Support Worker
    • 423313 – Personal Care Assistant

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how this affects you please Contact Us.

#Australia #visas #nurses #teachers

Experienced Floor Finishers/Carpet Layers required for work in Australia

Experienced Floor Finishers/Carpet Layers are required for work in Australia…

If you are an experienced Floor Finisher / Carpet Layer as below, we want to hear from you!

Australian employers are looking for individuals with at least 2 years experience and/or qualifications in flooring trades. The flooring streams that they are interested in include:

  • Carpet Laying
    • Broadloom carpet
    • Dual bond carpet
    • Carpet tiles
  • Resilient flooring 
    • Vinyl tiles or planks
    • Sheet vinyl (wall or floor)
    • Hybrid vinyl flooring
  • Hard flooring / floating floors
    • Timber
    • Laminate
    • Bamboo
    • Cork
    • Sanding and finishing

If this is you, then please Contact Us

#FloorFinishers #CarpetLayers #Australia #visas

State/Territory nominated visas are reopening

Australian visas update – August 2022

The states & territories have been provided some of 2022-23 visa allocations and are opening up nomination for the following visas: 

  • Skilled – Nominated (Subclass 190)
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 491)
  • Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) (Subclass 188)

    Migration Program planning levels

As a consequence a number of state/territory governments have either released their nomination requirements, or will do so very soon.

For further information for each state/territory please check our blog in the coming days & weeks, or get in Contact.

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