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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

If you are considering applying for a state/territory nomination visa you should consider your options now. Especially as 2024 will see a revamp of Australia’s migration program.

Please Contact Us to assess your options.

General Skilled Migration (GSM) EOI invite round – 18 Dec 2024

GSM invitations issued

The DHA have issued their first invitation round for the 2023 to 2024 financial year. It is also the first invitation round since May 2023.

Invited occupations

The majority of of invites were issues to healthcare, education, social work and child care  occupations. These include the following:

Healthcare

Audiologist
Chiropractor
Clinical Haematologist
Clinical Psychologist
Dermatologist
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
Emergency Medicine Specialist
Endocrinologist
General Practitioner
Intensive Care Specialist
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
Medical Laboratory Scientist
Medical Oncologist
Medical Practitioners nec
Medical Radiation Therapist
Midwife
Neurosurgeon
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Nurse Practitioner
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Occupational Therapist
Ophthalmologist
Optometrist
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Orthotist or Prosthetist
Osteopath
Paediatrician
Pathologist
Physiotherapist
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Podiatrist
Podiatrist
Psychologists nec
Secondary School Teacher
Special Education Teachers nec
Special Needs Teacher
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
Registered Nurse (Community Health)
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
Registered Nurse (Medical)
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
Registered Nurse (Surgical)
Registered Nurses nec
Sonographer
Specialist Physician (General Medicine)
Specialist Physicians nec
Speech Pathologist
Surgeon (General)

Education, social work and child care 

Child Card Centre Manager
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher
Educational Psychologist
Secondary School Teacher
Social Worker

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

#Australia #visas #nurses #teachers #healthcare #education #socialwork #childcare

 

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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  • Email:  mark@cargilmigration.com

Budget 2022-23 Australia forecast to increase net migration by 40,000

Since Australia has started to re-open its borders on 1st November 2021 over one million people have already entered. Aside from Australians returning home, students, skilled visa holders and skilled workers have started to ease the skills shortage employers have been facing.

Building on this need for skilled migrants, with the new financial year starting 1st July 2022, Australia has forecast their fastest rebound in net migration in history. This will be driven by an increase of 40,000 places across the skilled migration programs from the 2021-22 financial year.

Consequently net overseas migration has been revised for 2021-22 from about minus 40,000 to plus 41,000 for the 2022-2023 financial year.

These net migration numbers are forecast to continue rising. To 80,000 in 2022-23 and 213,000 in 2023-24. It will ultimately return to pre-pandemic numbers of 235,000 in the years following this.

The main beneficiaries of this increase are likely be seen in employer sponsored applications, the skilled independent program and the State/Territory Nominated visas.

#Australia #immigration #Budget2022

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.”

If you would like to discuss  Australian business and investor visas, please Contact Us

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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.

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.

If you have any questions please Contact Us.

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Email: mark@cargilmigration.com