WASMOL

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.

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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.

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

Queensland Migration program update

Queensland

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.

WASMOL

Closure of the WA State Nominated Migration Program applications for 2023-24

WA closes program  for 2023/24 

On the 2nd February 2024, effective immediately, WA have closed their state nomination program for the Subclass 190 & Subclass 491 visas.

Full details are available on their website – migration.wa.gov.au

There is no indication at present what occupations will be on the WA occupations lists for 2024-25. However the recent  WA list  may provide some guidance.

To be considered for nomination WA 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) .

If you are considering applying for a state/territory nomination visa you should consider your options now.

Applicants will need to have evidence of their skills assessment, english language tests and work experience at a minimum.

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

UPDATE – 1st July 2024: WA visa numbers 2024-25 

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.

  • Office: +44  (0)800772 0570
  • Mobile: + 44  (0)7710 649194
  • Email:  mark@cargilmigration.com

South Australia open up skilled migration program further – February 2022

South Australia add another 259 occupations to offshore program 

In a sign that Australia is opening up its borders, and skilled migration, South Australia (SA) have added a further 259 occupations to its state nomination program.

South Australian migration

This follows SA making over 90 occupations available to offshore applicants in September & November 2021.

The announcement means that applicants who have obtained a skills assessment and lodged an Expression of Interest (EOI) can Register their Interest to be nominated by SA for the following visas:

  • Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 491) Visa

Depending on the occupation there may be other requirements that need to be met –  such as years of experience & english language ability.

The 259 occupations cover health care, trades, construction, IT and business. This is in addition to engineering occupations that were previously added.

If you could like to discuss your eligibility for SA visas 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.

 

Queensland opens skilled nomination program …

Skilled Migration to Queensland 

Queensland has finally opened its skilled nomination program to skilled workers living in Queensland.

The skilled visa program is currently  closed to offshore applicants. This will be reviewed in December 2021.

Eligible applicants can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be nominated by Queensland for either the

  • Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa
  • Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa
Queensland

Migrate to Queensland

Eligibility criteria  

DHA Criteria

To be eligible for Queensland Nomination an applicant must meet the DHA criteria:

  • Meet the points-test of 65 or higher
  • have a postive skills assessment
  • be under 45 years of age
  • meet the English language requirements for the points test, or skills assessment authority

Migration Queensland criteria requires;

  • a points test result of 80 for Subclass 190 visas or 65 points for the Subclass 491
  • an occupation* on the DHA list of eligible skilled occupations
  • have proficient english
  • Subclass 190 applicants to provide evidence of 6 months work experience  (minimum 35 hours per week) in your nominated occupation in Queensland immediately prior to submitting your EOI
  • Subclass 491 applicants to provide evidence 3 months full-time work experience in your nominated occupation in Regional** Queensland immediately prior to submitting your EOI
  • provide evidence the work is ongoing for a further 12 months
  • commit to living and working in Queensland for
    • 2 years for a Subclass 190 visa
    • 3 years for a Subclass 491 visa

* Some occupations are subject to quotas:

  • Finance
    • Accountant, Finance Manager, Management Accountant
  • Engineers
    • Civil, Mechanical. Electrical & Engineering Technologist
  • ICT
    • Software Engineer, Developer Programmer, ICT Business Analyst, Software & Application Programmers NEC
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Nurses
    • Aged Care, Critical Care & Emergency, NEC nurses
  • Trades
    • Motor Mechanic, Cook

** Applicable regions – You must live and work within one of the following post codes to be eligible for the Subclass 491 visa:

4124–4125, 4133, 4183–4184, 4207–4275, 4280–4287, 4306–4498, 4507, 4517–4519, 4550–4575, 4580–4895.

If you have any questions please Contact Us.

 

GSM visas – State/Territory nomination update