The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) has now provided states and territories with reduced nomination allocations for the 2023/24 program year. The allocations across all jurisdictions are significantly less than we have seen previously. This will mean that these visa programs will be highly competitive.
The state and territory nominated visa are:
- Skilled Nominated (190)
- Skilled Work Regional (491)
- Business Innovation and Investment (188).
The State nomination numbers allocated are:
No new allocations have been given for the BIIP visas. The DoHA has advised that this is because there are enough lodged applications to meet the 2023–24 planning level. It is anticipated that 1900 applications will be finalised this financial year. It is hoped that by finalising these applications, the processing times for these visas will reduce as they are currently seeing a processing time of up to 3 years.
Due to the decreased numbers under the state and territory nominated visas, potential applicants will need to closely examine any alternative options that may be available to them. This may include the Skilled Independent (189), Temporary Skill Shortage (482) and Employer Nomination Scheme (186) visas.
If you would like any assistance with your skilled nominated, skilled work regional or business innovation and investment visa, please contact our team of immigration lawyers today. We have assisted many with the State nomination, so don’t delay.