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Victorian state nominated program

Victoria to re-open state nominated visa program in coming weeks

Victoria have confirmed – July, 2024 –  that their state nomination program will re-open in the coming weeks. The state nomination visas includes the:

  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

They have also announced the numbers for the 2024-25 program. As well, that they are open to nominated Subclass 888 applicants for permanent residency.

At the time of closing the state nomination program for the 2023-24 financial year, Victoria were targeting applicants in the following sectors.

  • Health
  • Social services
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Early childhood, primary, secondary, and special education teachers
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Infrastructure
  • Renewable energy
  • Hospitality and tourism – for the 491 visa

We will need to wait to confirm if there will be any changes to the above for the 2024-25 program.

The full Victorian announcement is below.

” Update of Victoria’s 2024-25 Skilled and Business Migration Program

Skilled program

The Australian Government has allocated 5,000 skilled visa nomination places to Victoria for the 2024-25 program.

Victoria’s allocation consists of:

  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) – 3,000 places
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – 2,000 places

More information on the 2024-25 program, including eligibility requirements and program dates, will be published on the Live in Melbourne website when available.

Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)

The Australian Government has permanently ceased the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) (subclass 188) visa program from July 2024.

We remain open to nomination applications for:

  • Permanent visa nominations (subclass 888), and
  • extensions for the Business Innovation and Significant Investor streams.”

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your options for 2024 to 25 please Contact Us.

This includes WA, who have just re-opened their program. Other states will open in the coming weeks.

#Australia #Victoria #visas #SNMP

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

 

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.

South Australia open up to offshore engineers

South Australia (SA) add 24 engineering occupations to their offshore nomination list 

Following SA opening up 70 occupations to offshore applicants in September, they are now opening up further.

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From 10am, local time, Tuesday 2 November 2021 the following engineers can also apply to be nominated by SA.

  • 133211 – Engineering Manager
  • 233111 – Chemical Engineer
  • 233112 – Materials Engineer
  • 233212 – Civil Engineer
  • 233112 – Geotechnical Engineer
  • 233213 – Quantity Surveyor
  • 233214 – Structural Engineer
  • 233215 – Transport Engineer
  • 233311 – Electrical Engineer
  • 233411 – Electronics Engineer
  • 233511 – Industrial Engineer
  • 233512 – Mechanical Engineer
  • 233513 – Production or Plant Engineer
  • 233611 – Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
  • 233912 – Agricultural Engineer
  • 233913 – Biomedical Engineer
  • 233915 – Environmental Engineer
  • 233999 – Engineering Professional nec
  • 312211 – Civil Engineering Draftsperson
  • 312312 – Civil Engineering Technician
  • 312311 – Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
  • 312312 -Electrical Engineering Technician
  • 312511 – Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
  • 312512 – Mechanical Engineering Technician

If you have any questions about a visa application and/or a 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

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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

SkillSelect EOI invitations – 26 July 2021

Invitation Round: 26 July 2021

The number of invitations issued:

  • Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa: 500 invitations
  • Skilled Work Regional Subclass 491 visa-Family sponsored: 250 invitations

Minimum points score:

  • Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa: 80
  • Skilled Work Regional Subclass 491 visa – Family sponsored: 65

Invitations issued during 2021-22 program year

Visa subclass Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 250 250
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored 500 500
Total 750

 

If you want to discuss the above, your current visa application or your visa options going forward please Contact Us.

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  • Email:  mark@cargilmigration.com

 

 

Update: GSM visas update as at January 2021

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 

Update: Australian visa program changes – announcement due 6th October 2020

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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  • Email: mark@cargilmigration.com

 

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:

ACT

“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.”

NEW SOUTH WALES

“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.”

NORTHERN TERRITORY

“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.”

QUEENSLAND

“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.”

TASMANIA

“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.”

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

“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.”

VICTORIA 

“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.”

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

“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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  • Email: mark@cargilmigration.com