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South Australia releases new State Nominated Occupation List

Are you wanting to migrate to Australia? It seems South Australia may be a realistic option now with the State Government releasing a new State Nominated Occupation List (SOL). The occupations are chosen based on detailed workforce analysis of current skill shortages and the likely demand of those skills in…

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IMPORTANT – July 1 Changes to Occupation Lists

As per our blog on 11 June 2014, July 1 has seen some changes to both the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). You’ll need to check the new SOL if you’re looking at lodging any of the following visas: Independent points-based skilled migration who…

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Are you applying for a General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa?

The General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas include the subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa, subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa and the subclass 489 Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) visa. This blog is focused on the first stage of applying for one of these visas - to find out more about the general…

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Occupations Removed for General Skilled Migration Visas

State and Territory Governments have been advised that they will no longer be able to nominate the occupations listed below for General Skilled Migration points tested visas. This includes subclasses 190 and 489. These occupations are: Chemical and Materials Engineers; [ANZSCO Group 2331] ICT Business  and Systems Analysts; [ANZSCO Group…

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New Processing Arrangements for Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visas

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has advised that effective from 1 July 2013 the processing of all 485 visa applications that have already been lodged and undecided by their current case officers will be transferred from the General Skilled Migration team in Brisbane and Adelaide to the Temporary…

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Are you finding the General Skilled Migration (GSM) process overwhelming?

Here is an overview of the General Skilled Migration process and its impacts on applicants If you are looking to migrate to Australia and have skills that are in demand in Australia, you may be able to gain permanent residency through the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program. The GSM program…

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January 1 Changes Now in Place!

Our team at Ferguson Cannon wishes you a very Happy New Year! If you’re looking to lodge a visa application, you should be aware that the New Year has brought in a number of changes to visa application charges and the closure of certain visa subclasses. Increased Visa Application Charges…

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