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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Australia’s plan to reopen borders will boost migration market …. Uglobal Immigration magazine

Uglobal Immigration magazine

It’s always great to be able to contribute to leading industry magazines & forums.

We were recently asked to provide comment on Australia re-opening their borders to all visa holders. Our responses were recently published in an ARTICLE on the Uglobal Immigration website.

Australian migration agent Mark Welch, founder of Cargil Migration, welcomed the Australian government’s decision to reopen the borders that has been shut to nonresidents since March 2020.

“The reopening will certainly assist investor and business migrants, as well as advisers like myself,” he said.

Welch said he was already seeing an increase in queries from people looking for their investment immigration options in Australia since the announcement was made.

“I have received new queries, and had old queries that have been re-visited in the past 24 to 36 hours,” he said, adding: “The strengthening of certain currencies against the AUD (Australian dollar) has also assisted.”

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Australia’s international borders to reopen to fully vaccinated travellers from 21 February

Australia has announced that it’s borders will re-open to fully vaccinated travellers on 21st February, 2022.

This is ahead of the April 2022 opening of borders  that was recently suggested.

It’s been almost 2 years – March 2020 – since tourists, aside from the odd exemption, have been able to travel.

Australia reopening

Australia to re-open 21st February, 2022

Visa holders who are not fully vaccinated will still require a valid travel exemption to enter Australia, and will be subject to state and territory quarantine requirements. These details are to be confirmed.

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Ten key benefits of the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Significant changes to visa outcomes

Australia & the UK recently announced they had signed a FTA . This was shared on our Twitter feed .

The Uk Department for International Trade have provided details about what they see as the 10 Key benefits of the FTA.

10 key benefits of FTA

FTA outcomes relevant to visas 

Whilst the FTA is in its early stages of implementation, there are a few key points that may effect, or are relevant to visa matters.

  • Professional mobility – professional qualifications 

There is support for recognition of professional qualifications between Australia and the UK and increased collaboration between UK and Australian accreditation and regulatory bodies

  • A new visa pathway to Australia for innovators from the UK

An Innovation and Early Careers Skills Exchange Pilot is being piloted for UK nationals involved in innovation to enter Australia through a workplace exchange. Numbers will be capped at 1000 in the first year, rising by 1000 for the second year. The visa will be implemented within one year of entry-into-force of the A-UKFTA.

  • Labour Market testing (LMT) 

UK Citizens will be waived from the LMT requirements in visas that require this e.g. Subclass 482 . 

  • Youth mobility  

The working holiday visa (WHV) age limit will be lifted from 31 to 35 . The vis length will also be extended to up to 3 years,  from a maximum of 2 years at present. 

These changes will be implemented within 2 years of the agreement coming into effect.

If you have any questions about this, then please Contact Us.



NSW to open Subclass 190 Nomination to offshore applicants

Experienced offshore applicants to be considered for NSW nomination

NSW have announced today (21 December, 2021) that they will consider nominating offshore applicants for their Subclass 190 visa program in invitation rounds.

The 50+ occupation groups they will consider are detailed below. The applicants must have a positive skills assessment, have three years of work experience in their nominated, or closely related, occupation and have submitted an EOI.


Occupations that will be considered 

1. Managers

  • 1332 – Engineering Managers
  • 1335 – Production Managers
  • 1341 – Child Care Centre Managers
  • 1342 – Health and Welfare Service Managers

2. Professionals

  • 2246 – Librarians
  • 2332 – Civil Engineering Professional
  • 2333 – Electrical Engineer
  • 2334 – Electronics Engineers
  • 2335 – Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • 2336 – Mining Engineers
  • 2339 – Other Engineering Professionals
  • 2342 – Food Scientists
  • 2347 – Veterinarians
  • 2411 – Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers
  • 2414 –  Primary School Teachers
  • 2415 – Secondary School Teachers
  • 2515 – Special Education Teachers
  • 2523 – Pharmacists
  • 2541 – Dental Practitioners
  • 2542 – Midwives
  • 2543 – Nurse Educators and Researchers
  • 2544 – Registered Nurses
  • 2633 – Telecommunications Engineering Professionals
  • 2723 – Psychologists
  • 2724 – Social Professionals
  • 2725 – Social Workers
  • 2726 – Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers

3. Technicians and Trades Workers

  • 3111 – Agricultural Technicians
  • 3122 – Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
  • 3123 – Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
  • 3125 – Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
  • 3223 – Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers
  • 3232 – Metal Fitters and Machinists
  • 3241 – Panelbeaters
  • 3311 – Bricklayers and Stonemasons
  • 3312 – Carpenters and Joiners
  • 3322 – Painting Trades Workers
  • 3331 – Glaziers
  • 3333- Roof Tilers
  • 3334 – Wall and Floor Tilers
  • 3341 – Plumbers
  • 3411 – Electricians
  • 3421 – Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics
  • 3422 -Electrical Distribution Trades Workers
  • 3423 – Electronics Trades Workers
  • 3511 – Bakers and Pastry Cooks
  • 3512 – Butchers and Smallgoods Makers
  • 3613 – Veterinary Nurses
  • 3911 – Hairdressers
  • 3941 – Cabinetmakers

4. Community and Personal Service Workers

  • 4112 – Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapist
  • 4113 – Diversional Therapist
  • 4117 – Welfare Support Workers

If you have any questions about either a visa application or NSW nomination then please Contact Us.


Australian Government has announced a doubling of migration numbers for 2022-23

Australian visa grants to increase 

The Australian treasury’s mid year economic plan has shown that migration levels in 2022-23 are expected to almost double from 96,000 to 180,000.

The earlier than expected reopening of the borders to a number of different visa holders –  almost 6 months earlier than planned – is one of the reasons.  In addition migration is seen as a key policy to drive economic growth and fill skilled shortages post COVID.

Migration expected to return to pre-COVID levels next financial year, Treasury predicts

However the emergence of the omicron variant, and the demand they place on health resources, may mean these plans are shelved or revised.

The DHA will reveal more details of their planning in due course.

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Australia to re-open borders mid December?

Media speculation is that Australia will finally re-open to some travellers

Reports are coming out that Australia will finally take the next step to re-open its borders.

They were due to open on the 1st December, 2021 to some visa holder. This was however quickly postponed for 2 weeks with the spread of the Omicron variant.

News Limited – 9 December, 2021

Biggest hint yet that Australia’s international borders will reopen as planned on December 15

The Guardian – 10 December, 2021

Australia likely to reopen to international students and skilled workers next week

If you have any questions about a visa application and/or exemptions then please Contact Us.

Amendments to recently announced 1st December 2021 changes

Omnicron COVID variant leads to 14 day delay in border reopening

Last week the DHA announced changes to open up the border to eligible visa holders as of 1st December, 2021. The visa holders list included students,  prospective marriage and temporary skill shortage visa holders amongst others.

Given the spread of the new COVID variant the Australian government have announced today that these changes have been temporarily pushed back until 15th December, 2021.

This delay also applies to reopening borders to travellers from Japan & South Korea. Thes were also due to re-open on 1st December.

It follows an announcement on Saturday (27 November, 2021) that the border was closed to any non Australian Citizen, permanent resident or their immediate families, if they have been in a number of African countries where the variant had been detected and spread in the past 14 days.

These countries include South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi and Mozambique.

If you have any questions about a visa application and/or exemptions then please Contact Us.