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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.

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 

General Skilled Migration (GSM) EOI invite round – 18 Dec 2023

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

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 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.

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.

 

Cryptocurrency in the investor & business visas world … Uglobal Immigration magazine

Uglobal Immigration magazine 

Recently we shared some comments we made to Uglobal Immigration magazine about visa options for same sex partners.

We have again been asked to provide comments. This time with regards to cryptocurrency in investor visas. Our response was recently published in an article on the Uglobal Immigration website.

Mark Welch, who is the founder of Australian law firm Cargil Migration, said that based on his recent conversations with the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) officials, he can confirm that digital currencies are excluded as a source of funds or assets, and therefore, could not be used for investment immigration.

“The DHA is unable to track digital currencies and, therefore, verify that the funds are lawful. Any funds which cannot be confirmed as lawful, can’t be considered in the Business Innovation and Investment visas,” Welch said.

If you would like to discuss cryptocurrency and what assets are eligible for Australian investor or business visas please Contact Us

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  • Email:  mark@cargilmigration.com

 

Global visa options for same-sex couples … 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’s recognition of same sex partners for investor visas. Our response was recently published in an ARTICLE on the Uglobal Immigration website.

Mark Welch, another Registered Migration Agent from Australia who founded the law firm Cargil Migration, added that same-sex applicants have to provide “evidence that the relationship is mutually exclusive, and is genuine and continuing. Evidence can include financial aspects, nature of the household, social aspects of the relationship and the nature of your commitment.”

If you would like to discuss the recognition of your same-sex relationship for Australian visas, investor or otherwise, please Contact Us

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

Australian visa program update – October 2020

Australia confirms commitment to permanent migration for the 2020 to 2021 financial year

In early October the Australian government announced their federal budget for the 2020-2021 financial year. 

On the back of the budget the DHA (Department of Home Affairs) outlined details for their permanent migration program. The below is an overview of these changes.

Migration program focus 

The government announced, due to the COVID pandemic, that the focus of the migration program for 2020-2021 is “on supporting our economic recovery, growing Australian businesses and creating jobs for Australians”.  

Migration program numbers 

The DHA confirmed the permanent migration program numbers will remain at a cap of 160,000. This includes: 

  • 79,600 places in the Skilled stream 
  • 77,300 places in the Family stream. 
  • 3,100 in the Child and Special Eligibility visas

The government anticipate that two thirds of the visas will be allocated to people in Australia.

The remaining visas will then likely be split between the skill stream (two thirds) and the family Stream (one third). 

Migration program – Skilled visas 

A key target of the skilled visa program will be innovators, investors and job creators. They will be encouraged to apply through the Global Talent, Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) and Employer Sponsored Visas. 

Global Talent Visa – places tripled 

A particular focus will be the Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa. The program for the new financial year will triple from 5,000 to 15,000 places. The target of this visa will be individuals in industries such as:

  • AgTech
  • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
  • FinTech
  • Energy and Mining Technology
  • MedTech
  • Cyber Security
  • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT
Business Investors – places almost doubled 

The DHA have confirmed that they will double the number of places available for business investors to 13,500 places. The BIIP program will be streamlined and there will be changes to investment and residency requirements, ensuring the program is targeted at Australian venture capitals and emerging small and medium size businesses to support the economic recovery. 

As of publishing this update, we are still awaiting on further details of the changes to be announced. 

GSM Program – skilled migration remains open 

Individuals and their family members can still look to submit an EOI for the GSM program. This includes the Skilled Independent visa  (Subclass 189) and the two State/territory nominated (Subclass 190 & 491) visas . 

Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent visa

At present the DHA have announced that the focus on the Subclass 189 invitations  will be on those occupations listed on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List  (PMSOL). 

It is expected that the required points are likely to remain high. However the 11th October invitation details are yet be released.

State/Territory nominated visas – Subclass 190 & Subclass 491 

The opportunity to be nominated for either of the state/territory nominated GSM visas will remain. At the time of writing, the majority of the states/territories have programs in place to allocate nominations to eligible onshore applicants.  

For offshore applicants, we are still waiting on the states to confirm their program. These are likely to be released in the weeks and months leading up to Christmas. For example:

  • South Australia have pushed back the release of their lists from mid-October to November.
  • NSW  have also confirmed that they will announce changes to the management of the Skilled Work Regional Visa (subclass 491) in due course.
  • Queensland have stated that they plan to re-open the program in December 2020.

Migration Program – Family stream

The majority of visas within the Family stream will go to partners, with almost double the places (72.300) compared to the previous financial year. The aim to give more certainty to those wanting to settle in Australia with their partners and plan for their futures. 

Humanitarian Program

The DHA have confirmed their commitment to a Humanitarian Program. A cap of  13,750 places, similar to last year. In numbers, Australia remains the third most generous humanitarian resettlement country in the world.

 

If you want to discuss how you are effected, your current visa application or your visa options going forward please Contact Us

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