UPDATE: General Skilled Migration (GSM) program – August 2020

All eyes on 6th October 2020 

Limited GSM nominations

As we advised in early July the GSM program remains pretty much closed. The DHA aren’t inviting many individuals to apply for a Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa, nor are the states/territories nominating many applicants for a Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa or the Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional visa.

Where invites are being issued – these can vary by state/territory – they are focused on applicants who are in areas of critical skills and sectors and/or those already residing in Australia.

Australian Federal budget – 6th October 2020

It is however expected that the nomination limitations will change from the 6th October 2020. This is when the Australian government is due to release their budget. The budget will establish the number of visas applications available at both a national level – Subclass 189 visa – and for the states/territory programs – Subclass 190 & 491 visa. Once the states/territories are allocated with their visa caps we can expect confirmation of the occupations on their skilled occupation lists and other criteria applicants will need to meet.

Status of each State/Territory

An overview of the states/territories nomination status as of now is below:


“As you are all aware, the migration landscape is very different in 2020-21.  The Australian Government has directed the ACT to restrict nominations to Canberra residents with skills critical to supporting the ACT’s post pandemic economic recovery. An interim number of nomination places has been allocated until the Commonwealth Budget is announced on 6 October 2020.”


“NSW has been provided a limited number of interim nomination places for the 2020–21 financial year.

Because our nomination places are limited, we have made some temporary adjustments to our application process. These adjustments will be reviewed if more nomination places are provided to us later in the financial year.”


“The Australian Government has not yet allocated nomination quotas to the states and territories for the 2020 to 2021 program year.

At this stage, onshore General Skilled Migration (GSM) nomination applications and all Business Investment and Innovation Program nomination applications will continue to be accepted and assessed, but no nominations can be issued until the Northern Territory has been allocated quotas. Offshore GSM nomination applications remain closed. We will update as further information becomes available.”


“BSMQ has been advised by the Department of Home Affairs (HA) that it will not be in a position to open the 2020/21 migration program on 1 July 2020. As a consequence, BSMQ’s business and skilled migration program will remain closed on 1 July 2020 until further notice.”


“All new applications lodged after 1pm (AEST), Tuesday 25th August 2020 must meet the minimum requirements of their chosen nomination category and demonstrate that the applicant is critical to supporting Tasmania’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.

This requirement will be reviewed after the Federal Budget in October when full details of the 2020-21 nomination allocations and requirements are announced by the Department of Home Affairs.”


“The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs has provided a limited number of skilled and business visa nomination places to the Government of South Australia up until the Federal Budget is delivered on 6 October 2020.”


“The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs has provided a limited number of visa nomination places to the Victorian Government up until the Federal Budget is delivered on 6 October 2020.

We are preparing to re-open with new policies and nomination criteria to support Victoria’s economic recovery and the public health response.”


“The Western Australian State Nominated Migration Program is currently suspended. WA Migration Services will not issue invitations to apply for State nomination during the suspension period.

WA Migration Services appreciates your patience and looks forward to progressing the State Nominated Migration Program as soon as possible.”


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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Australian business owner, investment and venture capital visas

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If you are then assess yourself – using the guide below – and let us know if you consider you may be eligible!

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Business skills

ACT Nomination – program remains closed for overseas applicants

The ACT have confirmed today – 19th June, 2018 –  that the ACT Skilled Migration program remains closed to overseas applicants.

The ACT confirmed the reasons for the decision.

Reason for restricting applications

As is the situation in other jurisdictions, the ACT is facing a significant increase in demand for the relatively small number of nomination places allocated annually by Home Affairs. We are currently investigating options to fairly manage the increased demand for the ACT 190 nomination program. As we work through these issues and consider options to manage demand, the program will remain closed to Canberra residents with nominated occupations listed as ‘closed’ on the current ACT Occupation List. The program will also remain closed to all overseas applicants.

If this closure effects you, and you want to discuss what other opportunities you may have, 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.

Northern Territory nominations suspended until 1st July, 2017

The Northern Territory Government have made the following announcement.

Suspension of offshore General Skilled Migration nominations by the Northern Territory until 1 July 2017

The Northern Territory has temporarily suspended nomination applications for Subclass 489 and Subclass 190 visas where the applicants are not in the Northern Territory.

Where applicants are not in the Northern Territory and a Migration NT file number has not been issued (eg BSM2017/XXXX) the applications will not be processed.

Applicants are encouraged to reapply after 1 July 2017.

Applicants in the Northern Territory are unaffected by the suspension.



Live in the NT

If you would like to discuss your options, for the NT or anywhere else, or you have any questions please Contact Us.

Australian visa fees to increase as of 1st July, 2017

The Australian treasure Scott Morrison, in the annual budget last week, has announced that as of 1st July, 2017 all Australian visa application fees will increase.

The fees will increase in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and be rounded to the nearest $5. The increases for the common visas that we deal with at Cargil Migration are below (all in AUD):

Business skills

  • Business Innovation Stream (Subclass 188) visa
    • Primary Applicant increase from $4,780 –> $4,875
    • Adult Dependent increase from $2,390 –> $2,440
    • Child Dependent increase from $1,195 –> $1,220
  • Investor Stream (Subclass 188) visa
    • Primary Applicant increase from $4,780 –> $4,875
    • Adult Dependent increase from $2,390 –> $2,440
    • Child Dependent increase from $1,195 –> $1,220
  • Investor Stream (Subclass 188) visa
    • Primary Applicant increase from $4,780 –> $4,875
    • Adult Dependent increase from $2,390 –> $2,440
    • Child Dependent increase from $1,195 –> $1,220
  • Investor Stream (Subclass 188) visa
    • Primary Applicant increase from $4,780 –> $4,875
    • Adult Dependent increase from $2,390 –> $2,440
    • Child Dependent increase from $1,195 –> $1,220
  • Investor E Stream (Subclass 188) visa
    • Primary Applicant increase from $4,780 –> $4,875
    • Adult Dependent increase from $2,390 –> $2,440
    • Child Dependent increase from $1,195 –> $1,220
  • Business Talent (Subclass 132) visa
    • Primary Applicant increase from $6,990 –> $7,130
    • Adult Dependent increase from $3,495 –> $3,565
    • Child Dependent increase from $1,745 –> $1,780

Work (Skilled) – Subclass 457 program (due to close in March 2018)

  • Subclass 457 visa
    • Primary Applicant increase from $1,060 –> $1,180
    • Adult Dependent increase from $1,060 –> $1,080
    • Child Dependent increase from $265 –> $270

Other temporary work visas

The temporary work visas include:

  1. Temporary Work  Short Stay Specialist (Subclass 400) visa
  2. Temporary Work Domestic Worker (Subclass 403) visa
  3. Temporary Work Foreign Government (Subclass 403) visa
  4. Temporary Work Government Agreement (Subclass 400) visa
  5. Temporary Work Seasonal Worker (Subclass 403) visa
  6. Temporary Activity Visa All Streams (Subclass 408) visa

The increase across all three listed visas are:

  • Primary Applicant increase from $275 –> $280
  • Adult Dependent where applicable increase from $275 –> $280
  • Child Dependent where applicable $70 (no change)

Student visas

  • Student visa (Subclass 500) –
    • Primary Applicant increases from $550 –> $560
    • Adult Dependent increases from $410 –> $420
    • Child Dependent increase from $135 –> $140

Partner & Prospective Spouse visas

  • Partner Visa (Subclass 309/100) – Primary Applicant increases from $6,865 –> $7,000
  • Partner Visa (Subclass 820/801) – Primary Applicant increase from $6,865 –> $7,000
  • Prospective Spouse (Subclass 300) – Primary Applicant increase from $6,865 –> $7,000
  • Partner Visa (820/801) if a holder of Subclass 300 visa – Primary Applicant increase from $1,145 –> $ 1,170

Child visa

  • Child Visa (Subclass 101 & 802) – Primary Applicant increase from $2,370 to $2,415

General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas

The GSM Visas include:

  1. Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa
  2. Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa
  3. Skilled Regional (Subclass 489) visa

The increase across all three listed visas are:

  • Primary Applicant increase from $3,600 –> $3,670
  • Adult Dependent increase from $1,800 –> $1,835
  • Child Dependent increase from $900 –> $920

Resident Return visas

  • Subclass 155 & 157 Primary Applicant increases from $360 –> $365
  • Subclass 159 Provisional Resident Return
    • Primary Applicant increases from $185 –> $190
    • Adult Dependent $95 (no change)
    • Child Dependent $45 (no change)

If you have any queries please contact us. These fees are suggested and are subject to change. If the visa you are applying for is not listed please get in touch and we can provide further information.

Immediate changes to South Australian skilled migration

The changes are coming frequently in Australian skilled migration. South Australia have today announced some significant changes to their skilled nomination list, in particular their high points nomination. The copy from the announcement is below.

South Australia – skilled migration

High points nomination

From 9am (Australian Central Standard Time) on 19 April 2017 the requirement for high points nomination will increase from 80 to 85 points.

This change is in response to the overall quota being achieved under the existing 80 points requirement.

This change will not affect applications lodged prior to this time. Applications for high points nomination received after this time will be refused if they do not meet the 85 points requirement.

High points and chain migration exclusions

Effective immediately the following occupations on the Supplementary Skilled List are no longer available for high points or chain migration nomination:

221111 Accountant (General)
223111 Human Resource Adviser (not available for high points since 02/09/2016)
225113 Marketing Specialist
225412 Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)
242111 University Lecturer
242112 University Tutor
251511 Hospital Pharmacist
251513 Retail Pharmacist

This change does not affect applications lodged prior to 1pm on 5 April 2017. Applications for these occupations lodged after this time will be refused if applying for high points or chain migration nomination.

If you could like to discuss these changes and how it may effect you please Contact Us.

Interim Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL)

Western Australia have announced a interim skilled occupation list. This will be in place until the WASMOL is released on May, 2017.

The relevant statement from Skilled Migration Western Australia is detailed below:

“New applications for the State Nominated Migration Program are being accepted with an interim Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) targeting those occupations which are of a specialist nature and have compelling evidence of unmet demand at a State level.

The State Government will be consulting with industry to develop a new list which is expected to be complete and operational in late May 2017.”

The interim WASMOL occupations are below:

  • 251214 – Sonographer
  • 253312 – Cardiologist
  • 253315 – Endocrinologist
  • 253316 – Gastroenterologist
  • 253318 – Neurologist
  • 253322 – Renal Medicine Specialist
  • 253323 – Rheumatologist
  • 253411 – Psychiatrist
  • 253511 – Surgeon (general)
  • 253512 – Cardiothoracic Surgeon
  • 253513 – Neurosurgeon
  • 253514 – Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • 253515 – Otorhinolaryngologist
  • 253518  – Urologist
  • 253521 – Vascular Surgeon
  • 253911 – Dermatologist
  • 253913 – Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • 253914 – Ophthalmologist
  • 253915 – Pathologist
  • 253917 – Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
  • 2539 18 – Radiation Oncologist

If you would like to discuss your options, for Western Australia or anywhere else, or you have any questions please get in touch.

NSW skilled migration list: 2016 to 2017

NSW have announced that there are no changes to their 2016-2017 state nomination list and that they will start offering places from late July 2016. For more information please see the details below. 

The focus is on occupations in a  a number of key industries:

  • Health care
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Trades
  • Accounting
  • Land Economy
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Telecommunications

    NSW Skilled occupations

    NSW – The Premier State

To discuss your options please get in touch. You can also check the occupations here. 

The times they are a changing – in Australia, the UK & the EU

The EU referendum for #Brexit has led to a huge interest for visas for Australia. With the July 2016 changes it may be a god time to look at your options

UK Referendums and Australian Elections

The news out of the UK last week was obviously significant for all, whether you supported Remain or Leave or were unsure or indifferent or couldn’t vote. What #Brexit does represent though is a period of uncertainty for everyone in the UK, and Europe, regardless of the when or if (as some people have suggested) the official divorce proceedings commence.

There are also important (though not as globally relevant) political matters taking place in Australia this week, with a Federal election on Saturday July, 2nd. This will be the fourth election since 2007, and for most people in Australia hopefully the last until the elected government’s term runs out in 2019 (3 years).

The Australian Republic question ….. again 

The #Brexit vote though has stirred up the republican debate in Australia further. The Australian republican Movement (ARM) feels that although if is different circumstances, if it is good for the UK to choose to leave the EU, then it is good enough for Australia to revisit the Republican debate and a potential referendum in the future to decide this.

This subject was last visited in 1999. However the 1999 referendum decision was unanimous however you slice and dice it. 95% of registered voters (once you are registered voting is compulsory in Australia)  turned out and there was a clear majority of  55% to 45%.

Increased interest in UK to Australian immigration

Whilst no one knows what the future holds for the UK & their place in EU, what we are certain of is that people are really looking at their immigration options to Australia.

Brexit: Surge in Britons keen to move abroad

In the days following the EU referendum online searches for Moving to Australia and visas for Australia increased greatly.

Migrating to Australia

Brexit & Australia

Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) Visa options – July 1st, 2016 onwards

Over the next few months there will be some changes and announcements made about immigration pathways and visas to Australia.

Starting with 1st July, the new financial year in Australia, there will be changes implemented by the by the Department of Immigration & Border Patrol (DIBP). Some of these changes will include:

  • Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – some changes to the have already been announced.
  • State/Territory occupation lists – theses will be announced as the new financial year progresses. Some states have made their announcements already.
  • Visa application fees and skills assessment fees .

If you want an assessment of your options please get in touch or keep an eye out on our blog where we will detail these changes and let you know about our immigration services.