WA Skilled Migration List now down to 18 eligible occupations

On 21 June 2017, the State Government of Western Australia released an updated version of the WA Skilled Migration List (WASMOL). The list used to have 178 occupations, including bricklayers, engineers and nurses. A total of 160 occupations were removed, and only 18 eligible occupations were left. These occupations were mainly in the health sector.

Premier Mark McGowan said that the state government would like to maximise employment opportunities for Western Australians followed by this reduction of eligible occupations. The 18 occupations which make up the WASMOL are said to be in areas where there is a genuine need, and includes midwives, psychiatrists and several classes of registered nurses.

“Our policy will ensure that, whenever possible, Western Australians will be given first preference on WA jobs. It doesn’t make sense to fast-track workers from overseas when there are unemployed Western Australians who are capable of doing the work.”, he said.

“Our economy has changed dramatically since the height of the mining boom and we need to do everything we can to get Western Australians back to work.”, he added.

From 28 March 2017 the WASMOL has been simplified into one list targeting those occupations which are of a specialist nature and have compelling evidence of unmet demand at a State level.

ANZSCO​​ code*​Skilled​ ​o​ccu​pationEligible visas (190 visa)Eligi​ble visas (489 visa)Assessing authorityStatus
251214Sonographer​​ASMIRTAvailable
​251412 ​​​Orthoptist VETASSESS Available
252711AudiologistVETASSESS Available
253111​General Practitioner Medical Board of Australia​Available
253316GastroenterologistMedical Board of Australia​Available
253323RheumatologistMedical Board of Australia​Available
253411PsychiatristMedical Board of Australia​Available
253513NeurosurgeonMedical Board of Australia​Available
253515OtorhinolaryngologistMedical Board of Australia​Available
253521Vascular SurgeonMedical Board of Australia​Available
253913Obstetrician and GynaecologistMedical Board of Australia​Available
2539​18Radiation OncologistMedical Board of Australia​Available
254111MidwifeANMACAvailable
254413Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)ANMACAvailable
254414Registered Nurse (Community Health)ANMACAvailable
254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)ANMACAvailable
254422​Registered Nurse (Mental Heal​th)ANMACAvailable
254423​Registered Nurse (Perioperative)ANMACAvailable

Note: 190 Visa = Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

489 Visa = Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

Applicants are required to provide evidence of a minimum one year full-time employment contract for all occupations on the WASMOL.

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Good news to Spanish passport holders who would like to both work and holiday in Australia

The Australian government recently announced that after 1 July 2017, the number of Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462) places for Spanish passport holders was increased from 600 to 1500 annually.

The reciprocal work and holiday arrangement allows young people from Spain and Australia, aged between 18 and 30, to holiday for up to 12 months in each other’s countries and undertake short-term work.

Note that prior applications received before 1 July 2017 may be considered invalid and not be eligible for a place in the new Work and Holiday programme. This may also apply to clients from Poland and Portugal.  Careful advice needs to be in relation to where and how valid applications should be made.

Australian Visa Law will be able to help you throughout the process of applying for a Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462).

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Australia ranked number 4 – Best Countries for Migrants

The US-based analytics and ranking organisation “US News and World Report“ recently released survey results of the best countries for migration. Survey data showed that Australia was ranked number 4 on the list. The countries were ranked according to their performance in a number of key business, economic and quality life indicators.

To rank countries, the US News and World Report team surveyed over 21,000 participants from 36 countries in four regions including the Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. These participants were engaged migrants, who are broadly representative of the global migrant population. There are nearly 250 million international migrants in the world. US News paired countries with different attributes to fully describe the country.

Each country received a score on 65 country attributes and these attributes were rolled into 9 sub-rankings.  Sub-rankings ranged from adventure, and how likely the person was to visit the country, through to how well they treat their citizens, and what types of business opportunities the country possessed. US News also studied statistics published by the World Bank and the United Nations.

The following countries made up the Top 10 best countries for international migrants:

  1. Sweden
  2. Canada
  3. Switzerland
  4. Australia
  5. Germany
  6. Norway
  7. United States
  8. Netherlands
  9. Finland
  10. Denmark

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Update on the ACT Occupation List

From 5 July 2017, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government released an updated occupation list for their skilled migration program. It identifies the skills that are currently in demand in Canberra.

The ACT Occupation List is used to determine the eligibility for ACT support of the following programs:

  • Skilled Visas: ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa.
  • Employer Nomination: Regional Certifying Body support of an Employer Nomination under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.

Applicants must meet nomination criteria and their occupation must be listed as open on the current ACT Occupation list, to be eligible to apply for ACT nomination.

Before applying for an ACT nomination, you must read the ‘Guidelines for applying for ACT nomination’ and make sure that you meet the nomination criteria. Applicants must also meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa criteria.

The ACT Occupation List will be updated on a regular basis to reflect the current demand in the ACT for each occupation. Once it is determined that the demand for an occupation has been met, the occupation will be closed without further notice. The demand for all occupations will be reassessed in February 2018.

The ACT Migration Program will reopen to overseas applicants on Monday 10 July 2017.

The following occupations are currently open under the ACT Occupation List:

ANZSCOOccupationStatus
132111Corporate Services ManagerOpen
134212Nursing Clinical DirectorOpen
134213Primary Health Organisation ManagerOpen
134214Welfare Centre ManagerOpen
212411CopywriterOpen
212412Newspaper or Periodical EditorOpen
212413Print JournalistOpen
212415Technical WriterOpen
212416Television JournalistOpen
212499Journalist & other writers (nec)Open
225311Public Relations ProfessionalOpen
232111ArchitectOpen
232112Landscape ArchitectOpen
232411Graphic DesignerOpen
232412IllustratorOpen
232414Web DesignerOpen
233211Civil EngineerOpen
233212Geotechnical EngineerOpen
233213Quantity SurveyorOpen
233214Structural EngineerOpen
233215Transport EngineerOpen
233311Electrical EngineerOpen
233411Electronics EngineerOpen
233511Industrial EngineerOpen
233512Mechanical EngineerOpen
241111Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) TeacherOpen
251211Medical Diagnostic RadiographerOpen
251212Medical Radiation TherapistOpen
251213Nuclear Medicine TechnologistOpen
251214SonographerOpen
251411OptometristOpen
251412OrthopistOpen
251513Retail PharmacistOpen
252411Occupational TherapistOpen
252511PhysiotherapistOpen
252711AudiologistOpen
252712Speech PathologistOpen
253111General PractitionerOpen
253112Resident Medical OfficerOpen
254311Nurse ManagerOpen
254411Nurse PractitionerOpen
254412Registered Nurse (Aged Care)Open
254413Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)Open
254414Registered Nurse (Community Health)Open
254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency)Open
254416Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)Open
254417Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation)Open
254418Registered Nurse (Medical)Open
254421Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)Open
254422Registered Nurse (Mental Health)Open
254423Registered Nurse (Perioperative)Open
254424Registered Nurse (Surgical)Open
254425Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)Open
254499Registered Nurses ( nec )Open
271311SolicitorOpen
272111Careers CounsellorOpen
272112Drug & Alcohol CounsellorOpen
272113Family & Marriage CounsellorOpen
272114Rehabilitation CounsellorOpen
272115Student CounsellorOpen
272199Counsellors ( nec )Open
272311Clinical PsychologistOpen
272312Educational PsychologistOpen
272313Organisational PsychologistOpen
272399Psychologists ( nec )Open
272499Social Professionals ( nec )Open
272511Social WorkerOpen
272612Recreation OfficerOpen
272613Welfare WorkerOpen
321211Motor Mechanic (General)Open
321212Diesel Motor MechanicOpen
321213Motorcycle MechanicOpen
321214Small Engine MechanicOpen
351311ChefOpen
391111HairdresserOpen

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Queensland Skilled Visa Nomination has re-opened

From 3 June 2017, the Business & Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) announced that they have re-opened their skilled visa nomination program for visa subclass 190 and 489. In line with that, a new Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL) has been released on their website.

The QSOL reflects the current labour demand for qualified positions throughout Queensland. Applicants must obtain a positive Skills Assessment from the relevant assessing authority and registration (where necessary), prior to lodging their Expression of Interest (EOI).

In the event that you may have already submitted an EOI with SkillSelect which has not been considered prior to the Queensland program re-opening, your EOI will be considered invalid and you will be required to resubmit an EOI which meets the new criteria.

There are currently 3 categories for skilled nominated migration through BSMQ:

To be eligible for Queensland nomination, the applicant must meet both the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) criteria and BSMQ criteria for the chosen category.

In order to be considered, you must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Please make sure you read the information about Queensland skilled visa nomination, in particular:

  1. About state nomination for skilled migrants
  2. Skilled Visa Options
  3. Important information for all applicants
  4. Fees

Australian Visa Law would be glad to assist you with all your visa options.

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Update on the Victoria Skilled Visa Nomination program

From 30 June 2017, a new list of qualified occupations for skilled nominated visas (Subclasses 190 and 489) was released by the state of Victoria. Their skilled migration program targets highly skilled professionals who are difficult to find within the local labour market.

Relevant research and industry consultation was undertaken by the Victorian state government to identify suitable occupations for their visa nomination program. The new list of Visa Nomination Occupations can be found on their website.

There is strong competition in obtaining a Victorian visa nomination. Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements will not guarantee applicants of an offer for nomination. All applicants of Victorian visa nomination are assessed based from the following criteria:

  • ability to meet the minimum nomination requirements;
  • suitability and transferability of qualifications, skills, and experiences, including any specialist capabilities;
  • ability and commitment to establish themselves, and any of their dependents, in Victoria for long-term settlement in the state;
  • demand for particular skills and expertise, and ability to find work in Victoria;
  • demand for occupation in relation to the annual nomination places allocated for that industry.

Our team at Australian Visa Law would be glad to help you with your visa application.

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More and more Filipinos are chasing the ‘Australian Dream’

Data gained by the 2016 Australian census gathered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), shows that the Philippines is now the fifth biggest source of immigration to Australia. The census data also revealed that between 2011 – 2016, about 1.3 million migrants have arrived to Australia and for the first time, mostly came from Asia, not Europe.

Two-thirds of the Australian population were born in Australia, followed by United Kingdom and New Zealand. Chinese nationals increased from 6 per cent to 8.3 per cent from 2011, now making them the third largest foreign-born citizens. India comes next, with an increase from 5.6 per cent to 7.4 per cent, while the Philippines has swapped places with Italy and is now in the fifth spot. Aboriginals or Torres Strait Islander are now accounting for 2.8 per cent of the population.

New South Wales remains to be the densely populated state, with nearly 7.5 million residents. Victoria and Queensland followed.

ABS data based upon the Country of Birth, revealed that about 232,386 immigrants had been born in the Philippines.

Median weekly rent has risen by 2016 to $335, while median personal income was $662, compared to a family income of $1,734.

An updated census will be released by ABS during October 2017.

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VETASSESS responses to Australian Government Visa Reforms

The Australian Government has recently announced that the Subclass 457 visa program will be abolished and will in turn create new visa streams. These new temporary visas are restricted to critical skills shortages across a revised list of eligible occupations per State or Territory. This reform began from 19 April 2017, with full implementation to be completed during March 2018.

As a summary, effective from 19 April 2017 a reduction of 216 occupations from the previous 651 total occupations have been made. The updated occupation list now only has 435 occupations.

VETASSES continues to be an approved assessing authority for the purposes of migration. A certain number of the nominated occupations that was previously assessed by VETASSES were removed as an eligible occupation under this Reform.

  • For VETASSES applicants whose nominated occupation is not affected by this reform, there will be no need to do anything, as VETASSESS will continue processing your Skills Assessment application.
  • VETASSES will be sending an email to applicants whose pending Skills Assessment application is significantly affected by the reform. This includes all occupations removed from the list of eligible occupations.
  • Potential applicants waiting to lodge a Skills Assessment application through VETASSES are advised to refer to the most current list of eligible occupations at: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists
  • Applicants need to ensure that the nominated occupation is on list prior to lodging their application.

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Good news for Indian nationals who wish to visit Australia

With the significant demand for Australian Visitor visas in India, Indian nationals will now have the option to lodge their Visitor visa applications online from 1 July 2017. This has been part of the continued expansion of online access to Australian Visitor visas globally.

In the first quarter of 2017, it has been reported that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has granted more than 65,000 Visitor visas to Indian passport holders alone.

“Online lodgement for Visitor visa applications is a significant enhancement that will benefit Indian applicants seeking to visit Australia as tourists or business visitors, or those wanting to reconnect with family and friends.”

This will offer 24/7 accessibility, easy electronic payment of the visa application charge and quick checking of the status of applications lodged online – all through the DIBP ImmiAccount portal.

This increased ease of access to the filing and status of an online application will greatly assist Indian applicants to confidently approach the process of obtaining the visa that they will need, for their visit to Australia.

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Administrative Appeals Tribunal – Migration and Refugee Division – fee to increase come 1 July 2017

An upcoming increase to the Migration and Refugee Division (MRD) fee has been prescribed by the Migration Regulations. The new fee will be reflected in updated application forms from 1 July 2017.

An increased fee of $1,731 will be payable for all new applications for a review by the MRD. The fee will increase to $1,731 for all new applications for a review of a migration or refugee decision by the Migration and Refugee Division where such a fee is payable.

The fee payable after an unfavourable review decision is made by the Migration & Refugee Division in relation to a protection visa will also be $1,731.

In cases where a 50% fee reduction is granted the reduced fee will be $865.50.

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