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What are the current processing priorities for skilled migration visa applications in Australia?

Australia has prioritised both permanent and temporary work visas during the pandemic period to assist in its economic recovery. All skilled visa processing priorities are determined by the current government policy and outlined in the various Ministerial Directions. Currently this relates to the following visas:​ Subclass 124 (Distinguished Talent)Subclass 186…

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What does Australia’s Immigration program look like in 2021?

There is no doubt immigration plays a vital role in Australia’s economic plan in normal times. I believe it will be even more important in a post COVID-19 world which we are all hoping for in 2021. The Federal government and the State and Territories have always focused on attracting…

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The new regional skilled visas and the pathway to permanent residency in Australia

Two new regional visas will be introduced from 16 November 2019.  These visas will lead to permanent residency after a period of 3 years. The visas are applicable to regional Australia and everywhere except for Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa…

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Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) Update

In recent immigration news, visa applicants who have an occupation that is listed on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL), could be eligible to apply for Western Australian State nomination using either: Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190); or Skilled Regional (Provision) visa (subclass 489). The status for the…

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Skilled visas – Increase in points pass mark

From 1 July 2018, there will be an increase in the pass mark for a variety of skilled visas. Skilled Independent (Permanent) (Class SI) Subclass 189, Skilled Nominated (Permanent) (Class SN) Subclass 190; and Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (Class SP) Subclass 489 applicants wishing to apply for those visas will…

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Updated NSW Skilled Occupations List

Are you a skilled worker that wants to live and work within Australia as a permanent resident on a visa subclass 190? Read more as New South Wales (NSW) have recently updated their Priority Skilled Occupation list for 2017-18. The Priority Skilled Occupation list is reviewed and revised on the…

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WA State Government slashes jobs on skilled migration list

The State Government has released an updated version of the Western Australian (WA) skilled migration list, slashing it to just 18 eligible occupations. The Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL), which used to carry 178 occupations including bricklayers, electricians, refrigeration mechanics, teachers, cafe managers, psychologists and others are also…

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Australian Capital Territory updated Skilled Occupation List

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has released its updated skilled occupation list (SOL), and several occupations that were closed previously, have now been opened for state nomination. This updated list proves that Canberra is opening up its doors to skilled migrants. Before lodging an application for nomination, it is highly…

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Important Announcement for NSW Nominations (sc190)

We have recently received notification from the Migration Institute of Australia that New South Wales (NSW) has stopped accepting nominations for subclass 190 Skilled Visas as of the 24th of December 2013 and will not start accepting them again until July 2014. This has a massive impact on all NSW…

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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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URGENT WARNING – DIAC Visa Fee Increases as of 1 September 2013

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship have announced that as of 1 September 2013 visa application charges will be significantly increased. The majority of visa application charges have been increased - the list below is a few examples of the fee changes. Visa Fee Increases: Partner Visas (subclass 820/801) Main…

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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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