Update: GSM visas update
Whilst Australia has continued to confirm its previously stated commitment to skilled migration, it is still yet to re-open fully.
Now we have entered a New Year we are hopefully we will start to see some subclass 189 visa invites issued this month.
If invites are issued it is likely to be for those in occupations on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). The 18 PMSOL occupations (ANZSCO code) are:
- Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
- Construction Project Manager (133111)
- Mechanical Engineer (233512)
- General Practitioner (253111)
- Resident Medical Officer (253112)
- Psychiatrist (253411)
- Medical Practitioner nec (253999)
- Midwife (254111)
- Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
- Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
- Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
- Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
- Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
- Registered Nurses nec (254499)
- Developer Programmer (261312)
- Software Engineer (261313)
- Social Worker (272511)
- Maintenance Planner (312911)
For applicants hoping to be invited for either the Subclass 190 & 491 visas state/territory nominated visa , the focus remains very much on applicants already in Australia. Unfortunately at present the options for offshore applicants are very limited. A current status for each state/territory is below.
- ACT – Remains closed to overseas applicants.
- QLD – Remains closed at present.
- NSW – The specific occupations referred to below will be posted on this blog shortly.
- Eligible applicants for the Subclass 190 must be invited to apply for NSW Nomination. They have to be onshore.
- Eligible applicants, including those offshore, for the Subclass 491 can apply to be nominated for NSW Nomination.
- NT – The program is suspended until further notice for all new applications.
- SA – Applications for state nominations for skilled migration are closed until further notice.
- TAS – Tasmanian Nominated Skilled Migration Program will reopen with updated requirements to general applications on 29 January 2021. There are some limited interim arrangements in place.
- VIC – The skilled visa program remains closed for offshore applicants.
- WA – The skilled visa program remains closed for offshore applicants.
If you would to discuss your options and/or register your interest for updates, please Contact Us.
Australian visa 2020/2021
As mentioned previously in this blog, changes to the Australian visa program are due to be announced from 6th October, 2020. This date marks the day the delayed 2020 budget is to be released.
While the details haven’t been confirmed it is expected that the Australian visa program numbers will be greatly reduced, and focused on skills that assist Australia’s economic recovery.
It is expected that the states/territories will also announce their nomination programs shortly too.
If you want to discuss how you are effected, your current visa application or your visa options going forward please Contact Us.
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Business and Skilled Migration Queensland have announced the following:
“Skilled visa nominations are now closed
BSMQ is now closed to receive EOI’s for the General Skilled Migration Program (GSM). The program will open again in the new financial year in July 2019. We will provide new QSOL lists and eligibility criteria prior to the program being re-opened in July will published on the BSMQ website.”
If you have any queries about what your visa options are please Contact Us.
Victorian government announcement – 19th February, 2019
After closing down their business migration program in January, Victoria have announced that they will reopen their business migration program as of Tuesday 19th February, 2019.
” Business Innovation & Investment Program Update
Your interest in Victoria’s Business Innovation and Investment Program is highly valued and we thank you for your patience while select visa nomination applications have been on pause.
We are pleased to advise that Victoria will begin issuing invitations and assessing nomination applications for affected business and investor visas subclasses from
18 February 2019.
Please note that an Expression of Interest (EOI) process will be introduced for the following visas:
- 188 – Business Innovation Stream
- 188 – Investor Stream
- 188 – Entrepreneur Stream
- 132 – Business Talent (Permanent) visa – Significant Business History stream
- 132 – Business Talent (Permanent) visa – Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream
Applicants will now need to submit an EOI for the relevant visa subclass in the Department of Home Affairs’ SkillSelect and indicate their interest for Victorian nomination.
Applicants do not need to notify Victoria’s Skilled & Business Migration Program that they have submitted an EOI.
Please note that EOIs submitted before 18 February 2019 in the SkillSelect system will not be considered. You will need to resubmit to be considered for Victorian nomination.”
If you have lodged, or are considering lodging a business nomination application for Victoria please Contact Us to discuss this further.
Victorian government announcement – January 7th, 2019
“Victoria has temporarily closed applications for nomination of certain business and investor visas.
Victoria is currently experiencing a high volume of applications for nomination for select business and investor visas. To help manage this demand, and meet our service commitments to you, we are temporarily not accepting new applications for the following visa sub-classes:
• 188 – Business Innovation stream
• 188 – Significant Investor stream
• 188 – Investor stream
• 188 – Entrepreneur stream
• 132 – Business Talent (Permanent) – Significant Business History stream
• 132 – Business Talent (Permanent) – Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream
We will continue to assess all nomination applications received prior to 5 January 2019, however please be advised delays may occur in providing outcomes for these applications.
Your interest in the Business Innovation & Investment Program is highly valued and we hope to reopen the program shortly. We cannot provide a specific date or timeframe at this point, however encourage you to visit the Live in Melbourne website regularly for program updates.”
If you have any questions regarding Victorian business migration, either now or in the future, please Contact Us.
Business & Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) temporarily suspends new invitations for business migration – will open again at a date to be advised https://t.co/nLPMWTsS2n— Australian visas (@CargilMigration) January 2, 2019
If you want to discuss how this will effect you, or plan for an application once the program opens again please Contact Us
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
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.
The information on this website is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on relevant matters. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute immigration or legal advice. You are advised to seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content contained in this website