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August 17th,2017:

DIBP Update: Occupation Ceilings & Next Invitation Rounds

DIBP has updated the occupation ceilings for the year 2017-18. Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 717 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 198 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 14 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 47 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 18 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 120 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 324 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 150 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 234 already invited 
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 930 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 195 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 38 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the August 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

23 August 2017

Visa subclass -Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)- 1000

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)-200

August 17th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261112 -Systems Analyst- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- 70 points required; -See additional instructions -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 17th,2017:

 

Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills policy details announced


Detailed information about changes to the Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills policies is now available.

The Government recently announced changes to the Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills policies, aimed at striking the right balance between ensuring New Zealanders are at the front of the queue for jobs while preserving access to the temporary migrant skills necessary for New Zealand’s continued economic growth.

The Skilled Migrant category allows for the grant of a resident visa to people with the skills and experience to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth.

Changes to this category include:

  • the introduction of remuneration thresholds as an additional means of defining skilled employment
  • the requirement for previous work experience to be skilled, with more points available for skilled work experience
  • an increase in points for age between 30 and 39
  • an increase in points for level 9 and 10 post graduate qualifications
  • points for employment, work experience and qualifications in identified future growth areas, qualifications in areas of absolute skills shortage and close family in New Zealand will be removed.
 

The Essential Skills category is a temporary work visa category designed to allow employers to recruit overseas workers where shortages mean that no suitable New Zealanders are available or trainable. Changes to this category aim to manage the settlement expectations of overseas workers by:

  • introducing skill bands based on remuneration and ANZSCO skill level
  • aligning visa conditions with the skill band assessed
  • introducing a maximum amount of time visa holders can work in lower-skilled employment
  • requiring partners and dependent children of Essential Skills visa holders in lower-skilled employment to apply for visas in their own right, rather than on the basis of their relationship to a work visa holder.
 

Changes that extend the period of accreditation under the Accredited Employer policy have also been announced.

Read about changes to the Accredited Employer policy

Detailed information about the Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills changes is now available below, including immigration instructions and frequently asked questions.

 

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/smc-and-essential-skills-policy-details/essential-skills-details

August 17th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  09/08/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 09/08/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 717 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 198 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 14 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 47 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 18 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 120 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 324 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 150 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 234 already invited 
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 930 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 195 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 38 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the August 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

23 August 2017

Visa subclass -Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)- 1000

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)-200

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

skillselect-update-9-08-2017-occupationa-ceilings

August 16th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312912- Metallurgical or Materials Technician -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 16th,2017:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: PTE(Academic) will be accepted & Pakistan Engineering Council became signatory of Washington Accord

Engineers Australia has announced from the 1st of November 2017, Engineers Australia will accept the Pearson’s Test of English Academic (PTE Academic).

The minimum acceptable score is 50 in each of the 4 modules of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

NOTE: The test result form must be less than 2 years old at the time of lodgement of the assessment application.

Another Signatory of Washington Accord:

Engineers Australia has announced that Pakistan, represented by the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) became a full signatory of the Washington accord on the 21st June 2017.

Holders of accredited qualifications from Pakistan completed in or after 2017 will be eligible for Membership of Engineers Australia as well as Migration Skills Assessment via the accredited qualifications pathways.

For the qualification to be recognised as accredited under the Washington Accord, it needs to be listed on the list of Washington Accord accredited qualifications available on the PEC website and be completed in or after 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skill assessment with Engineers Australia.

August 16th,2017:

DIBP Update: Dandenong, Victoria visa office to close

DIBP has announced that the Dandenong Regional Office at 76 Thomas St, Victoria, is closing soon ahead of the building lease expiry. The office will cease serving the public from 4 pm, Thursday 31 August 2017.

They stated that their improved website has new features and information that make their visa services easier to understand and use.

Clients who have been asked to attend an appointment with the Department will be seen at their recently refurbished front office at 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

This update is applicable for the people who have to visit the Department in above mentioned office.

August 14th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139914 -Quality Assurance Manager -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 11th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

 

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261311- Analyst Programmer -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; -See additional instructions – ACS

 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

 

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 11th,2017:

New Zealand Update: Canterbury Skill Shortage List review

Friday, 11 August 2017

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has reviewed the Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL) to ensure that the policy settings remain appropriate for the current stage of the Canterbury rebuild and economic recovery.

No changes have been made to the occupations on the list.  Although labour demand continues to trend downwards, migrants are needed to continue the rebuild. The CSSL facilitates work visas, mainly for migrants already in New Zealand, and will not affect New Zealanders’ opportunities for jobs.

Some changes have been made to the criteria for using the CSSL by making the requirements more generic and including a higher level of qualification in that focus area, where relevant. These changes take effect from 14 August. 

Please find attached the revised Canterbury Skill Shortage.

Where an occupation is on the CSSL, employers do not need to satisfy the labour market test to support a work visa for a migrant, as it has already been accepted that there is a significant shortage.

If an occupation is not on the CSSL, the Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub can facilitate employment of New Zealanders in Canterbury, and if there are no suitable applicants, can facilitate visa applications for migrant workers.

Opportunity Canterbury

The CSSL is reviewed and updated regularly in order to ensure that the Ministry’s policy is flexible and responsive to changing economic and labour market conditions in Canterbury. Reviews include information from labour demand modelling for the Canterbury rebuild, alongside jobseeker numbers and other labour market data. It is important that the list reflects genuine skill shortages so New Zealanders are not disadvantaged in seeking employment and training. 

You can test whether an occupation is on any of the shortage lists, or on the list of occupations recognised for residence applications under the Skilled Migrant Category, by using the Skill Shortage List Checker. This provides information and the requirements for each of the lists.

The next review of the CSSL is expected to be finalised in early 2018.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

canterbury-skill-shortage-list

August 11th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST (GMT+10):

* 6:30am until 7:30am Wednesday 16 August 2017

* 2pm until 5pm Saturday 19 August 2017

* midnight until 4am Monday 21 August 2017

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

August 10th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312211- Civil Engineering Draftsperson- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English;- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-Engineers Australia/ VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 8th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312912 -Metallurgical or Materials Technician- Low Availability -Competent English -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 8th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  26/07/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 26/07/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 478 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 132 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 7 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 29 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 13 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 100 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 216 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 100 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 156 already invited 
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 620 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 130 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 30 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the August 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

9 August 2017

Visa subclass- Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) – 1000

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)- 200

23 August 2017

Visa subclass -Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)- 1000

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)-200

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

skillselect-invitation-round-26-7-2017-occupation-ceilings

August 3rd,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment of General Occupations – Priority Processing launched

VETASSESS has announced that their Priority Processing is available only for a new, Full Skills Assessment application for General Professional occupations.

The Priority Processing service provides applicants/agents with the option to fast-track the assessment of their application, for an additional fee. VETASSESS commits to completing the Priority Processing skills assessment within 10 business days for applications that meet the Eligibility Criteria.

The 10 Business Days will commence after:

  • VETASSESS has confirmed that the application meets the Eligibility Criteria for Priority Processing; and
  • Fee payment including the appropriate GST (if applicable) is received.

Additional Priority Processing Fee:

Priority Processing Fee (available for online applications only)AUD $660.00 for applicants within in Australia,  AUD $600.00 for applicants outside Australia.

The above mentioned Priority Processing fee is in addition to the full skills assessment fee of AUD880 & AUD968 as applicable.

How it works:

  • VETASSESS has stated that they require up to 2 business days upon receipt of an application to review for suitability
  • An email status update will be communicated to the applicant once this process is complete
  • Applications that are confirmed as eligible will be assessed within 10 business days. 
  • For applications that do not meet the Eligibility Criteria, or eligible applications that cannot be completed within the nominated timeframe, the Priority Processing fee will be refunded.

Eligibility Criteria:

When applying for Priority Processing, you must have sufficient evidence supporting correct fee payment, proof of identity, qualification and employment claims ready to upload to the online form.

Mandatory Documents required & should be uploaded with the application:

1) Application fee for full assessment plus Priority Processing fee should be paid

2) Passport size Photograph

3) Passport or Birth Certificate

4) Resume

5) Change of name document if applicable

6) Qualifications documents right from 10th Standard till the highest qualification all the convocation certificates & mark sheets for each year.

7) Experience letters with roles & responsibilities for each designation, duration, tools & technologies, departments etc.

8) Reference declarations from Supervisor or Manager & Self declaration 

9) Payment Evidence:

  • Pay slips (ideally your first and last payslip);
  • Taxation Records of Assessment (bearing company and applicant name)
  • Bank Statements 
  • PF Statements showing the employer name & applicant’s name

10) Organisation Chart in case of Managerial occupations

11) In case of self employment all the documents as specified on website

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess under General Occupations.

July 28th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST (GMT+10):

* 2pm until 2:30pm Saturday 29 July 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

July 27th,2017:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: IELTS or TOEFL requirements

Engineers Australia has announced that all the applicants applying to have their skills assessed by Engineers Australia are required to provide an evidence of their English language competency in their application unless they are eligible for an exemption.

From 1 October 2017, if a suitable English Test result is not provided in the application at the time of lodgement, it will be requested by the assessor.

Failure to provide a suitable English Test Result within the imparted time frame (usually 1 month) will result in the application being closed as unsuccessful.

Please include your English language test result in your application.

Please keep in mind the following:

  • Suitable English Language Tests are TOEFL iBT, IELTS General, IELTS Academic
  • Minimum scores in each modules are 6 in each band of IELTS or equivalent in TOEFL

NOTE: The test result must be less than 2 years old at the time of applications.

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

July 27th,2017:

NewZealand Update: Essential Skills work visa changes -Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Government has made decisions on proposals announced in April to change the settings for temporary migrant workers under the Essential Skills policy.

The changes will support already announced changes to the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) residence policy and strike the right balance between ensuring New Zealanders are at the front of the queue for jobs and preserving access to the temporary migrant labour necessary for New Zealand’s continued economic growth.

The changes follow a consultation exercise and include:

  • The introduction of remuneration bands to assess the skill level of roles offered to Essential Skills visa applicants
  • The introduction of a maximum duration of three years for lower-skilled Essential Skills visa holders, after which they will need to spend 12 months outside New Zealand before they can be granted an Essential Skills visa to work in another lower-skilled role, and
  • Requiring the partners and children of lower-skilled Essential Skills visa holders to meet the requirements for a visa in their own right (they will still have access to short-term visitor visas).

The changes are designed to continue to enable employers to employ temporary migrant workers where there are genuine shortages while ensuring that lower-skilled migrants are clear about their future prospects in New Zealand.

The changes will be introduced on 28 August this year, at the same time as the changes to the SMC.

Detailed information about the application of these policy changes will be available within the next fortnight. That information will be published on the INZ website and will include how the remuneration threshold will be calculated, implications for family members of workers in lower-skilled roles, and how the stand-down period will be applied.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

July 25th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232311- Fashion Designer- Special Conditions Apply-Competent English; -Offshore applicants-Provisional 489 visa only; -Preparedness to self-employ-

VETASSESS

312211 -Civil Engineering Draftsperson -Low Availability- Competent English; -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-Engineers Australia/ VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 25th,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Introduction Priority Processing and Change in Skills Assessment Fee effective 1 August 2017

Priority Processing Service:

Vetassess has announced that they are launching Priority Processing service for the  General Professional Occupation applicants. This premium service will offer applicants the option to fast track their application for an additional fee.

Priority Processing will ensure that the application is finalised within 10 business days. Consideration for Priority Processing will only be given to new ONLINE applications lodged after 1 August 2017. Full details about this service including the eligibility criteria to be considered will be available on the website from Tuesday 1 August 2017.

This service will not have an impact on our usual skills assessments services, which will continue to be provided in line with our standard processing times.

Change in Skills Assessment Fee effective 1 August 2017:

Vetassess has announced that to continue to provide with efficient and high-quality skills assessment services, there will be a modest increase to our skills assessments fees for General Professional Occupations from 1 August 2017

Please find attached the details of the new fee effective 1 August 2017.

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July 25th,2017:

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Launch of new website & application forms

AITSL has launched a new website on 25 July 2017. They have stated that with this launch Assessment for Migration has improved their web pages and updated their application forms for skills assessment.

The updated forms include information to assist applicants in preparing their application. They have stated new features include refreshed assessment criteria language to improve clarity. Please note that there has been NO change to the requirements of criteria.

There are changes for submitting an application:

1. A photograph of the applicant is NO longer required.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AITSL.

July 24th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261112 -Systems Analyst -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus

overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- 70 points required; -See

additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 24th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Technical Difficulties

SkillSelect has announced that it is currently experiencing technical difficulties when intending migrants try to submit an EOI or log into SkillSelect.

Their technical team are working to resolve this issue and notification of a resolution will be posted.

They will provide updates on this issue as information becomes available.  Do not try to login to SkillSelect until the issue has been resolved.

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for EOI & Visa.

July 21st,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232311 -Fashion Designer- Low Availability- Competent English; -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- Preparedness to self-employ -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 20th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 19 July, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 19 July, 2017.

 

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. -1,504 (2,813 registrants)

 The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

July 20th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263111- Computer Network and Systems Engineer- Special Conditions Apply

-Proficient English (or Proficient Plusoverall);- Offshore applicants Provisional

489 visa only; -70 points required;- See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 15th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261313- Software Engineer- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 15th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST (GMT+10):

* 5pm until 7pm Saturday 15 July 2017

* midnight until 4am Monday 17 July 2017

* 6:30am until 8am Wednesday 19 July 2017

Recent Changes

DIBP has stated that the department performed a major update to its online application forms on 30 June 2017.  Applications that were not submitted by 30 June 2017 have been set to a status of ‘incomplete’ in ImmiAccount as part of the systems maintenance process.

From 1 July 2017, applicants will need to review the answers within their application form to ensure that any updated questions have been answered.

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

July 14th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)Thursday, 14 July 2017

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 13 July 2017.

5 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 50 & 105 points.

The next draw will be on 27 July 2017.Up to 25 applications with the highest points value will be selected from that draw and each fortnightly draw thereafter until further notice.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

July 13th,2017:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Change in the Occupations List

Queensland authorities have announced that Engineering Technologist (233914) was taken off our Queensland Skilled Occupations Lists (QSOL) on 11 July 2017 – please note they will not be accepting any new EOIs under this occupation from the 12 July 2017 at this stage. They have received a very large number of EOIs for this occupation.

They further stated that they are currently not issuing any more invitations to lodge an application with BSMQ. However, if some of the current invitees do not respond in the requested time frame, they will issue further invitations to some of those in the current queue.

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 13th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update
 
South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :
 
Current Status of the occupation(s):
 
261313- Software Engineer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS
 
263111-Computer Network and Systems Engineer-Low Availability-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS
 
We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 11th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

224712- Organisation and Methods Analyst- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 11th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST (GMT+10):

* 5pm until 7pm Saturday 15 July 2017

* midnight until 4am Monday 17 July 2017

Recent Changes

The department performed a major update to its online application forms on 30 June 2017.  Applications that were not submitted by 30 June 2017 have been set to a status of ‘incomplete’ in ImmiAccount as part of the systems maintenance process.

From 1 July 2017, applicants will need to review the answers within their application form to ensure that any updated questions have been answered.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

July 11th,2017:

New Zealand Update: Samoan Quota ballot results released

New Zealand authorities have released the ballot draws that occurred on 30 June 2017, all successful registration numbers for the Samoan Quota are now available.

If your registration number appears in the list in the below link your registration was successful and you will be contacted directly by Immigration New Zealand within the next two weeks with information about the next steps and how to apply for residence in New Zealand.

Successful applicants selected from the ballot process have until 28 March 2018 to lodge their formal residence visa applications and the principal applicant or their partner must also have an acceptable job offer from a New Zealand employer.

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/samoan-quota-ballot-results

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

July 11th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263111 -Computer Network and Systems Engineer- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants -Provisional

489 visa only; -70 points required; See additional instructions -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 10th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 5 July, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 5 July, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

 

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 908 (1,675 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

July 10th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

224712- Organisation and Methods Analyst- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 10th,2017:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Systems Maintenance

Engineers Australia has announced that myPortal and associated systems will be unavailable from 7:00pm to 11:00pm, 11 July 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

July 6th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST (GMT+10):

* 2pm until 5pm Saturday 8 July 2017

* 2pm until 5pm Saturday 15 July 2017

It has stated that the department performed a major update to its online application forms on 30 June 2017.  Applications that were not submitted by 30 June 2017 have been set to a status of ‘incomplete’ in ImmiAccount as part of the systems maintenance process.

From 1 July 2017, applicants will need to review the answers within their application form to ensure that any updated questions have been answered.

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

July 6th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261111 -ICT Business Analyst- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required;- See additional instructions

ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship under 489 sub class.

July 5th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261111 -ICT Business Analyst- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required;- See additional instructions

ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 5th,2017:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Change in date of reopening the sponsorship process.

ACT has announced that ACT migration program will reopen to overseas applicants on MONDAY 10 JULY 2017.

Further they have updated the ACT skilled occupations list today. However there are no changes made to the open occupations. Please find attached the list.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

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July 4th,2017:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Occupations List Released for 2017-18

ACT has announced the new skilled occupations list for 2017-18.

Open Occupations

Applicants are eligible to apply for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass190) visa if occupation is in demand (listed as open on the current ACT Occupation List) and applicant meets the nomination criteria.

Closed Occupations:

Canberra residents: If applicants living in Canberra are eligible to apply for ACT nomination of a closed occupation if they are working in a skilled occupation and  meet the nomination criteria.

Overseas residents: Applicants may be eligible to apply for ACT nomination if they have close ties (job offer or close family) in Canberra and meet the nomination criteria.

Please find attached the Skilled Occupations List of ACT.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

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July 4th,2017:

Tasmania State Sponsorship Update: Sponsorship for Overseas Applicants under 489 sub class without job offer

489 sub class – Category 3A – Overseas Applicant

To be considered for this category applicant must be living overseas and meet the following criteria:

  • Nominated occupation is listed on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupations List (TSOL)
  • Applicant, or any of your dependents have not lived in another Australian state or territory within the last twelve months
  • Achieved at least ‘Proficient English’ in a recognised English language test or hold a passport of the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada or New Zealand
  • Researched the Tasmanian labour market and provide evidence (see Document Checklist) that there are sufficient employment opportunities (at least five and not more than eight opportunities) in your nominated occupation in Tasmania; and that you have:
  • skills and recent experience relevant to the researched employment opportunities
  • skills and experience relevant to the Tasmanian economy
  • access to sufficient financial assets to fund your migration and settlement in Tasmania while you seek employment

If the application is one of high calibre, and the Tasmanian Government is satisfied that applicant will be able to secure employment with ease due to your skills and previous work experience applicant may be invited to apply for the Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated visa.

Please find attached the Revised Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List 2016-17 effective 3 July 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Tasmania under 489 sub class.

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July 4th,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Regarding TradeSET & 457 Skills Assessment

Vetassess has announced that after 1 July 2017, trade applicants:

  • do not have to complete a TradeSet or provide a TradeSet number to VETASSESS
  • cannot apply for the Optional Skills Assessment Service. Applicants requiring a skills assessment for licensing purposes (i.e. not for migration) should apply to be assessed under the Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP).

Cooks and Chefs from Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan

VETASSESS also stated that, they can now provide skills assessments for Cooks and Chefs from Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan who apply under the 457 skills assessment program.

To participate in a skills assessment, applicants who hold a passport from these countries, will be required to travel to a VETASSESS assessment venue in Dubai or India.

July 4th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Release of South Australia Occupations List for 2017-18.

 South Australia authorities have released the lists for state sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class. There are two lists – 1) State Nomination Occupations 2) Supplementary Skilled List as earlier. Requirements for state sponsorship are also similar to what they used to be earlier.

State Nomination Occupations List:

If the applicant’s occupation is available with the tag available or low availability in this list we can directly apply for state sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class. There are no additional conditions applicable.

If the occupation is tagged as Special Conditions Apply then applicant has to meet the additional conditions to apply for state sponsorship.

Supplementary Skilled List:

If the applicant’s occupation is listed in this list then the applicant needs to meeting anyone of the below conditions:

  • An international graduate of South Australia.
  • Worked in a skilled occupation in South Australia for the last 12 months.
  • An immediate family member permanently residing in South Australia for 12 months or more.
  • Have high points – 80 points minimum

 

The following are the highlights and few popular occupations that are currently listed in State Nomination Occupations List.

 

NOTE: All the ICT occupations assessed by ACS are restricted only for 489 sub class visa and should have a minimum of 70 points in total

 131112- Sales and Marketing Manager- Available -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -AIM

 133512- Production Manager (Manufacturing)– Available -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -Research opportunities for your particular specialisation -VETASSESS 

139914 –Quality Assurance Manager- Available -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)-VETASSESS

 141111 –Cafe or Restaurant Manager– Available- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only –VETASSESS

149212- Customer Service Manager -Available- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS 

149913 –Facilities Manager -Available -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)-VETASSESS 

224711- Management Consultant– Available -Proficient English (or Proficient Plusoverall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS 

224712- Organisation and Methods Analyst– Available- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS 

511112- Program or Project Administrator– Available- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

Please find attached the Skilled Occupations List of South Australia.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

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July 4th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST (GMT+10):

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 5 July 2017

* 2pm until 5pm Saturday 8 July 2017

They have further stated that the department performed a major update to its online application forms on 30 June 2017.  Applications that were not submitted by 30 June 2017 have been set to a status of ‘incomplete’ in ImmiAccount as part of the systems maintenance process.

From 1 July 2017, applicants will need to review the answers within their application form to ensure that any updated questions have been answered.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

July 3rd,2017

Tasmania State Sponsorship Update: Sponsorship for Overseas Applicants under 489 sub class without job offer

489 sub class – Category 3A – Overseas Applicant

To be considered for this category applicant must be living overseas and meet the following criteria:

  • Nominated occupation is listed on the Tasmanian Skilled Occupations List (TSOL)
  • Applicant, or any of your dependents have not lived in another Australian state or territory within the last twelve months
  • Achieved at least ‘Proficient English’ in a recognised English language test or hold a passport of the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada or New Zealand
  • Researched the Tasmanian labour market and provide evidence (see Document Checklist) that there are sufficient employment opportunities (at least five and not more than eight opportunities) in your nominated occupation in Tasmania; and that you have:
  • skills and recent experience relevant to the researched employment opportunities
  • skills and experience relevant to the Tasmanian economy
  • access to sufficient financial assets to fund your migration and settlement in Tasmania while you seek employment

If your application is one of high calibre, and the Tasmanian Government is satisfied that you will be able to secure employment with ease due to your skills and previous work experience you may be invited to apply for the Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship under 489 sub class with Tasmania.

July 3rd,2017

DIBP Update: Change in health examinations for non-migrating family members

DIBP has announced that from 01 July 2017, the health requirement for non-migrating family members has changed. Family members who are not applying for the visa (non-migrating family members) are no longer required to undergo a health examination unless requested to do so by the Department. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

July 3rd,2017

Northern Territory State Sponsorship Update: Change in the application process

Northern Territory has changed the application process for state sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class, we have to file the online application, the documentation remains the same. Please kindly go through Northern Territory website for further details.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Northern Territory under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 3rd,2017

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Occupations List release date

ACT Authorities have announced that the ACT occupations list for July 2017  will be published on WEDNESDAY 5 JULY 2017. The ACT Migration Program will also re-open to overseas applicants on Wednesday. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

July 3rd,2017

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Opening of Sponsorship & Release of list

Queensland State Sponsorship has announced that their skilled visa nomination program for subclass 190 and 489 visa is now open. They have stated that new Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOL) is also now available on their website.

In order to be considered, applicant must submit a new 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

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 3rd,2017

New Zealand Update: Last selection date under the current Skilled Migrant Category Policy Monday, 3 July 2017

The last date on which a selection of Expressions of Interest (EOIs) will occur from the current Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) pool is 19 July 2017.

A revised SMC policy will be implemented on 14 August 2017.  Advice will be provided in due course regarding the first selection from the SMC pool after this date.

Expressions of Interest that are selected from the SMC pool before the introduction of the revised policy and result in an invitation to apply for residence, will be assessed against the SMC criteria in place prior to 14 August 2017.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

July 3rd,2017

New Zealand Update: Visa Application Centre Service Fee Increase Monday, 3 July 2017

New Zealand Authorities have announced that on 10 July 2017 the service fee payable to a number of Visa Application Centres (VACs) will increase.

Service fees payable to VACs in the following locations will be changing:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Vietnam
  • Russia
  • South Africa

To ensure you pay the correct fee please check our Office and Fee Finder or the VFS Global website.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.
 

July 3rd,2017

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Skills Assessment Update: Change in skills assessment fee.

AASW has changed the skills assessment fee effective immediately. The following are the new skills assessment fee.

International social work qualifications

Assessment fee if paying outside AustraliaAUD $900.00

Assessment fee if paying within AustraliaAUD $990.0 (includes GST)

Skilled employment assessment (optional) if paying outside AustraliaAUD $272.73

Skilled employment assessment (optional) if paying within AustraliaAUD $300.0 (includes GST)

Doctorate Degree assessment if paying outside AustraliaAUD $227.27

Doctorate Degree assessment if paying within AustraliaAUD $250.00 (includes GST).

AASW accredited social work qualifications

Assessment fee if paying outside AustraliaAUD $363.64

Assessment fee if paying within AustraliaAUD $400.00 (includes GST).

Assessment fee for AASW student members if paying outside AustraliaAUD $272.73

Assessment fee for AASW student members if paying within AustraliaAUD $300.00 (includes GST).

Skilled employment assessment (optional) if paying outside AustraliaAUD $272.73

Skilled employment assessment (optional) if paying within Australia

AUD $300.00 (includes GST).

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AASW.

July 1st,2017:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Occupations removed from Victoria’s visa nomination occupation list

Please note that the following occupations are removed from the Victoria’s State Sponsorship List with immediate effect.

  • Chemist – 324211
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) – 233611
  • Physicist – 234914
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec – 261399
  • Statistician – 224113

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Victoria under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 1st,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)Thursday, 29 June 2017

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 29 June 2017.

1 EOI was selected from the EOI pool which claimed 85 points.

The next draw will be on 13 July 2017.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

July 1st,2017:

DIBP Update: Changes to MLTSSL

DIBP has made the following changes to MLTSSL earlier known as SOL.

Occupations removed from the MLTSSL:

  1. Anaesthetist – 253211 – Medical Board of Australia
  2. Production Manager (Mining)** – 133513 – VETASSESS
  3. Psychotherapist – 272314- VETASSESS
  4. Ship’s Engineer** – 231212 – AMSA
  5. Ship’s Master** – 231213 – AMSA
  6. Ship’s Officer**- 231214 – AMSA

Occupations added to the MLTSSL:

ICT Security specialist – 262112 – ACS

Please note that MLTSSL is referred as Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). We need to refer to this list if the applicant is applying under any of the following visa sub classes.

  • Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – Points-tested stream
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) – Family nominated
  • Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream.

The occupation of the applicant should be held in MLTSSL if he/she is applying for any of the above visas.

Occupations completely removed from all the lists:

Occupations entirely removed from the list of eligible skilled occupations on 1 July 2017 are listed below. Nine of these were eligible for 457 and 186 visas on 19 April 2017 (marked by ^). Applicants with the below occupations are no longer eligible for Australia.

Occupation – ANZSCO code

Equipment Hire Manager^ – 149915

Fleet Manager^ – 149411

Picture Framer^ – 394212

Property Manager^ – 612112

Psychotherapist^ – 272314

Real Estate Agent Principal^ – 612113

Real Estate Agent^ – 612114

Real Estate Agent Representative^ – 612115

Ship’s Engineer – 231212

Ship’s Master – 231213

Ship’s Officer – 231214

University Tutor^ – 242112

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

July 1st,2017:

DIBP Update: Changes in the age requirements for skilled visas

DIBP has announced that from 1 July 2017, visa applicants must be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation for the following points-tested skilled visas: 

  • Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)

This means any applicant who is 45 years or more will not be eligible for the all the above mentioned visas.

June 30th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  21/06/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 21/06/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations. 

NOTE: Fresh occupation ceilings might be released in July 2017 along with the changes if any to MLTSSL.

  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 932 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 2174 – 2150 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 – 1099 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the June 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

12 July 2017

Visa subclass –  Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) – 1000

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -200

26 July 2017

Visa subclass-Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) – 1000

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -200

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa..

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June 28th,2017:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Occupation List release date

ACT has announced that ACT Skilled Migration Program reopens to Overseas Applicants on 4 July 2017

The Act Occupation List will be published on 4 July 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

June 28th,2017:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Change in the application process for ICT occupations

Victoria authorities have announced that on 1 July 2017, the Victorian Skilled and Business Migration Program is reopening applications for ICT occupations. Please check the full list of the occupations.

It has announced that they are changing  their application process for ICT occupations only.  To apply for Victorian nomination (in ICT occupations), follow these steps:

1. Check you meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) requirements and Victoria’s minimum nomination requirements.

2. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) in DIBP’s SkillSelect, and indicate your interest for Victorian nomination. You do not need to notify Victoria that you have submitted an EOI. Note that if you already have an EOI in the SkillSelect system (submitted before 1 July 2017), it will be considered for Victorian nomination. You will not need to resubmit it.

3. Regularly check your email (including your junk mail folder) to see if you have been selected by Victoria. There is no set timeframe to expect an invitation after submitting an EOI. Invitations are not guaranteed.If selected, an email invitation to apply for Victorian visa nomination will be sent to your email address used for the EOI.

4. Submit an online application for Victorian visa nomination within 14 days of receiving the invitation. Note that you must be able to demonstrate that you still meet the claims that were in your EOI when you were invited. We recommend that you have all your supporting documents ready before you submit your EOI in SkillSelect, as the 14 days cannot be extended.

5. If you are successfully nominated by the Victorian Government, you will receive a SkillSelect invitation to apply for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

6. Submit a visa application to DIBP within 60 days of being nominated by Victoria.

Selection considerations   :

The Victorian Government has announced that it will review and select the top ranking ICT candidates from SkillSelect, who have indicated Victoria as their preferred state.  Candidates who are selected to apply are still required to meet Victoria’s minimum eligibility requirements, including demonstrating employability and commitment to Victoria, and are not guaranteed nomination.

If you are not selected by the Victorian Government, you will not receive an email. Your EOI will continue to be considered for as long as it remains in DIBP’s SkillSelect system.

Exemptions from this process:

This application process is for ICT occupations only. However, if you are an ICT applicant and  currently hold an offer of employment in Victoria, or meet the streamlined 457 or PhD pathways, you are exempt from this process and can lodge a Victorian visa nomination application without lodging an EOI first.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Victoria under 190 sub class.

 

June 24th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

313112 -ICT Customer Support Officer -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Medium/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately. 

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 24th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 21 June, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 21 June, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 708 (1,389 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

June 22nd,2017:

Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC) Skills Assessment Update: Change of Office Address

The Australian Physiotherapy Council (the “Council”) has announced that they are delighted that they will be moving their national office to a new location. 

Please use the below contact details from 3 July 2017.

NEW ADDRESS:

Street address: Level 3, 600 Victoria Street, Richmond, VIC, 3121

Mailing address: PO Box 3070, Burnley North, VIC, 3121

NEW PHONE:

Within Australia: 1300 528 003

Outside Australia: +61 3 7018 1499

EMAIL:

assessment@physiocouncil.com.au

enquiries@physiocouncil.com.au

accreditation@physiocouncil.com.au

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC).

June 22nd,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

Friday 23 June to Saturday 24 June

From 7 pm Friday 23 June – 7 am Saturday 24 June AEST, the following websites will be unavailable:

  • www.border.gov.au
  • www.minister.border.gov.au/peterdutton
  • www.minister.border.gov.au/alexhawke
  • www.mcasd.gov.au

Note: You will still be able to access ImmiAccount via the following link:https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login.

Friday 9 pm 30 June until Saturday 1 pm 1 July 2017 (AEST)

The following systems will be unavailable during this time:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom/Subscription
  • Visa Finder
  • Visa pricing estimator
  • Australian Trusted Trader
  • Humanitarian Entrants Management System
  • AMEP Reporting & Management System (ARMS)
  • Employment Suitability Clearance
  • Education Provider Portal (EBIT).

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message, try again after the outage period.

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa Pricing Estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

June 21st,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

149411- Fleet Manager- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Medium/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately. 

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 21st,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  07/06/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 07/06/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

§  2211 Accountants* out of 2500 – 2500 already invited – Ceilings Met

§  2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 1413 already invited – Ceilings Met

§  2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 865 already invited

§  2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 2174 – 2016 already invited

§  2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 – 1031 already invited

§  2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 1000 already invited – Ceilings Met

§  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1539 already invited – Ceilings Met

§  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 1018 already invited – Ceilings met

§  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 1482 already invited – Ceilings met

§  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 5662 already invited – Ceilings Met

§  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426 – 1482 already invited -Ceilings Met

§  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 1000 already invited – Ceilings Met.

Next Invitation Rounds:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the June 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

21 June 2017 – Today

Visa subclass – Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) – 1600

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) – 200

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

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June 21st,2017:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Closure of the Optional Skills Assessment Service

TRA has announced that the Optional Skills Assessment Service will close at midnight on 30 June 2017.

Applicants seeking a skills assessment to access occupational licensing or for employment purposes can be assessed through the Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP). To be eligible, applicants must be able to travel to Australia or an OSAP nominated country for a skills assessment.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Optional Skills Assessment Service with TRA.

June 21st,2017:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Release of updated Western Australia Skilled Migration Occupations List

The Department of Training and Workforce Development has released the updated 2017 Western Australian Skilled Migration occupation list.

Applicant must have an occupation on the WASMOL and have relevant Australian or overseas work experience to be invited to apply for State nomination.

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

Updated 2017 Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List

  • 251214-Sonographer – Available
  • 251412-Orthoptist – Available
  • 252711-Audiologist – Available
  • 253111-General Practitioner – Available
  • 253316-Gastroenterologist – Available
  • 253323-Rheumatologist – Available
  • 253411-Psychiatrist – Available
  • 253513-Neurosurgeon – Available
  • 253515-Otorhinolaryngologist – Available 
  • 253521-Vascular Surgeon – Available
  • 253913-Obstetrician and Gynaecologist – Available
  • 253918-Radiation Oncologist – Available
  • 254111-Midwife – Available
  • 254413-Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) – Available
  • 254414-Registered Nurse (Community Health) – Available
  • 254415-Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) – Available
  • 254422-Registered Nurse (Mental Health) – Available
  • 254423-Registered Nurse (Perioperative) – Available

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 21st,2017:

New Zealand Update: New transitional policy under Investor 2 lets applicants choose which version of the policy to use Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Recent changes to the Investor 2 Category allow people with applications or invitations to apply to choose whether they want to be assessed under the current or the previous version of the policy.

The Investor Categories changed on 22 May 2017 to put in place incentives for applicants to invest more of their funds in growth investments. Changes have just been made to allow Investor 2 applicants and people who were invited to apply under the previous policy to choose whether they would like to be assessed under the version of the policy from before 22 May or the current version. 

Comparison of the current and previous policy

Each person will need to consider whether the current or the previous policy is better for them given their individual circumstances. The advantage of being assessed under the current version of the policy is that visas can be granted with conditions allowing a greater degree of flexibility with regards to the time the person is required to spend in New Zealand, provided they invest a minimum of $750,000 in growth investments.  However, the current version of the policy requires a minimum investment of $3 million, compared with the previous minimum investment of $1.5 million.

The table sets out the differences between the requirements of two versions of the policy for current Investor 2 applicants and people who were invited to apply under the previous policy.

Requirement

Investor 2 policy 
BEFORE 22 May 2017

Investor 2 policy 
AFTER 22 May 2017

Minimum investment amount

$1.5 million

$3 million

Settlement funds

$1m

$0

Time required to be spent in New Zealand after the grant of a visa

40% of each of final 3 years of the 4 year investment period (146 days per year)

40% of each of final 3 years of the 4 year investment period (146 days per year)

or

438 days over 4 years if minimum of $750,000 is invested in ‘growth investments’ (investments other than bonds or philanthropic investments)

 

Additional evidence you must supply

You must show evidence supporting the claims you made in your expression of interest with regards to:

  • English language
  • business experience
  • investment funds

You must show evidence1 of:

  • 3 years of business experience
  • meeting minimum English language requirements (an IELTS overall score of 3.0)
  • investment funds as claimed in your expression of interest, if you claimed more than $3 

June 20th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Application System Closure & New List release date

Immigration SA’s has announced that the application system will close at 3pm (ACST) on Thursday 29 June 2017 and will re-open at 12pm (ACST) on Tuesday 4 July 2017.

This closure affects all existing or new applications for Skilled, Employer Sponsored and Business migration.  

Skilled Migration 

The re-opening of the application system will take place on Tuesday 4 July 2017 and also release the updated  South Australia State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL) for 2017/18.

DIBP has also advised that the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) will be revised on 1 July 2017. As the STSOL forms the basis for the SNOL, Immigration SA will update it’s list based on the STSOL & will release the new list on 4 July 2017. 

Applications submitted before 3pm (ACST) on Thursday 29 June will be assessed according to the current South Australia List, and Immigration SA will try to finalise these applications in SkillSelect so that they are not affected by any subsequent DIBP changes. The ability to do this will depend on volumes or number of applications received and we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible to facilitate processing prior to 1 July 2017.

Note: Any Skilled Migration application that has not been submitted before 3pm (ACST) on Thursday 29 June will be deleted from the system and will not be able to be accessed again.

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 20th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST:

* 9pm Friday 30 June until 1pm Saturday 1 July 2017

Planned system outage

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa Pricing Estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

June 19th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

121312 -Beef Cattle Farmer- Medium Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Provisional 489 visa only; -VETASSESS

261399 -Software and Applications Programmers nec- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -70 points required; See additional instructions;-ACS

342313- Electronic Equipment Trades Worker- Medium Availability -Competent English; -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Medium/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for South Australia State Sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 19th,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: 1 July 2017 – Strategic Skills Lists Reforms

Vetassess has announced that following the visa reform changes announced by the Australian Government in April 2017, VETASSESS anticipates further changes on 1 July to the Short-Term Strategic Skills List (STSSL) and Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). They recommend that you take this into consideration when lodging any new applications. 

Please  note that while VETASSESS continues to receive skills assessment applications, any new application for general professional occupations lodged from now will not be finalised before 1 July 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

June 15th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times Canberra time:

* midnight until 4am Monday 19 June 2017

Saturday 17 June to Sunday 18 June

From 2 pm Saturday 17 June – 12 am Sunday 18 June AEST, the following websites will be unavailable:

  • www.border.gov.au
  • www.minister.border.gov.au/peterdutton
  • www.minister.border.gov.au/alexhawke
  • www.mcasd.gov.au

Note: You will still be able to access ImmiAccount via the following link:https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login.

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa Pricing Estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

June 12th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

149913 -Facilities Manager -Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -VETASSESS

261211 -Multimedia Specialist- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -70 points required;-See additional instructions; -ACS

263113- Network Analyst -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 70 points required; -See additional instructions; -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Medium/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 12th,2017:

Assessing Authorities Update: Office Closure on the account of Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday on 12 June 2017

The following assessing authorities have announced :

TRA Update:

The Trades Recognition Australia enquiry line will be unavailable on Monday 12th June 2017 due to the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday.

Normal service will resume at 10:00am on Tuesday 13th June 2017.

Medical Board of Australia update:

All AHPRA offices, with the exception of the Perth and Brisbane offices, will be closed on Monday 12 June 2017 for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday.

Australian Medical Council Limited Update:

The offices of the Australian Medical Council will be closed from 4:30pm AEST on Friday 9 June 2017 and will reopen at 9:00am AEST on Tuesday 13 June 2017. Please note that the candidate call line will close from 4:00pm AEST on Friday 9 June 2017 and will reopen at 10:00am AEST on Tuesday 13 June 2017.

Vetassess Update:

Please note the VETASSESS Melbourne office will be closed for the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday (Monday 12 June 2017). Our Perth, India and China offices will be open as per usual to take your enquiries. 

June 7th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  7 June, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 7 June, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 592 (1,140 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

June 6th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  24/5/2017

skillselect-results-24-may-2017-occupation-ceilings

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 24/5/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

§  2211 Accountants* out of 2500 – 2500 already invited – Ceilings Met

§  2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 1413 already invited – Ceilings Met

§  2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 805 already invited

§  2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 2174 – 1908 already invited

§  2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 – 968 already invited

§  2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 1000 already invited – Ceilings Met

§  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1539 already invited – Ceilings Met

§  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 1018 already invited – Ceilings met

§  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 1482 already invited – Ceilings met

§  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 5662 already invited – Ceilings Met

§  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426 – 1482 already invited -Ceilings Met

§  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 1000 already invited – Ceilings Met

Next Invitation Rounds:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the June 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

7 June 2017

Visa subclass – Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)- 1600

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -200

21 June 2017

Visa subclass – Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) – 1600

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -200

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

This update is applicable for 189, 190 & 489 sub class visas.

June 3rd,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139999 -Specialist Managers nec -Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Medium/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 3rd,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139999 -Specialist Managers nec -Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Medium/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 3rd,2017:

New Zealand Update: Changes for residence applications processed in London

From 1 July 2017, Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) residence applications currently processed in London will be processed in Auckland, New Zealand.

Instead of sending your SMC residence application to the London Visa Application Centre (VAC), you should send it directly to one of the following addresses:

By Post:

Immigration New Zealand

PO Box 76895

Manukau City 2241

Auckland, New Zealand

Physical address for courier delivery only:

Immigration New Zealand

Level 3, 20 Amersham way

Manukau 2104

Auckland, New Zealand

If you were invited to apply for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category and your Invitation to Apply letter asked you to send your application to the London VAC, you should send your application to New Zealand if you expect it to arrive on or after 1 July 2017.

They recommend that you use a reputable international mail service when sending us your application and that you make a copy of your application before you send it to us.

Note that you do not need to send originals of your documents – we will accept certified copies of your documents including your passport (copy the biographic data page only).

Applications lodged by a Licensed Immigration Advisor or lawyer after 1 July will be processed at Henderson Area Office in Auckland, New Zealand. Applications received before this date will be processed at London Area Office.

Up until 1 July 2017, you should continue to send your application to the London VAC.

June 1st,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139911 -Art Administrator or Manager- Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Medium/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia before it closes. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 30th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

132211- Finance Manager- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 3 years work experience in field; -South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months;- CPA / CA / IPA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Medium/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia before it closes. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 27th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

149411- Fleet Manager- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Medium/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia before it closes. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia.

May 27th,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: PLANNED SYSTEM MAINTENANCE

Saturday, 27 May 2017 

Vetassess has announced that from 1.00pm to 5.00pm (Melbourne time) VETASSESS systems will be temporarily unavailable for routine system maintenance. During this time, the following systems might become unavailable:

     . Online Application Systems 

     . Online Payment Systems 

     . Website (vetassess.com.au)

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

May 26th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

149915 -Equipment Hire Manager- Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Medium/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class. 

May 25th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261211 -Multimedia Specialist -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -70 points required; See additional instructions; -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Medium/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 25th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category) 

Friday, 19 May 2017

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Friday, 19 May 2017.

11 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 70 and 79 points.

The following table provides an indication of remaining EOIs in the pool after the draw has taken place.

< 60 pts

60-64

65-69

2

3

2

 

Total number of EOIs remaining in the pool: 7

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

May 25th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  24 May, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 24 May, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 586 (1,127 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

May 23rd,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa Pricing Estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

May 22th,2017:

DIBP Update: Likely introduction of different categories in 189 sub class visa & decrease in age requirement for 189 sub class effective 1st July.

Please note the updates received on 189 new stream visa that is likely to be implemented from July 2017.

From July 2017, 189 subclass will have two different visa categories.

  • 1) Subclass 189 (Skilled—Independent) visa in the Points‑tested stream

Applicant should be below 45 at the time of invitation. It have been changed from below 50 yrs to below 45 yrs in the current guidelines. This is effective from 1st July 2017, so please have all your client applications filed and invited before this June 2017.

 

This age limit does not apply to secondary applicants

  • 2) Subclass 189 (Skilled—Independent) visa in the New Zealand stream

The requirements of this visa are as follows-

  • Applies to all NZ citizens who are residing in Australia and holding a special category visa (subclass 444), a primary applicant should hold this visa.
  • They have completed at least 5 years continuous period of stay in Australia which should end on or before 19 Feb 2016
  • Can produce the documents related to their taxable income for at least 4 years , with income not less than 53,900AUD for all years 2013/14,2014/15,2015/16,2016/17 and 51,000AUD for 2012/13 financial years.
  • Satisfy health and character requirements for Primary and secondary applicants.
  • Can include secondary applicant anytime before a decision can be made.

The visa application fee has to be paid at two instalments-

First instalment—Visas in the New Zealand stream etc.

1) Base application charge – $720

2) Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18 – $360

3) Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18 – $180

 

Second instalment—Visas in the New Zealand stream etc. to be paid before visa grant

1) Applicant who satisfies the primary criteria – $2,880

2) Applicant who was at least 18 at the time of the application, and satisfies the secondary criteria – $1,440

3) Applicant who was under 18 at the time of the application, and satisfies the secondary criteria-$720

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189 sub class visa.

May 20th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

133411- Manufacturer- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 20th,2017:

DIBP Update: Occupations ceilings update

As per Occupation Ceilings announced by DIBP the Occupations group Accountants (2211), Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212),  Computer Network Professionals (2631), Other Engineering Professionals (2339) and ICT Business and Systems Analysts (2611), Software and Applications Programmers (2613), Electronics Engineers (2334) and Industrial, Mechanical, Production Engineers (2335)  and Telecommunications Engineering Professionals (2633) have reached their ceiling value for this programme year 2016-1017. Applicants will NOT be invited to apply for Skilled Independent visa Subclass 189 or 489 relative sponsored if his/her occupation is one of the following:

Accountants (2211)

  • 221111 Accountant (General)
  • 221112 Management Accountant
  • 221113 Taxation Accountant

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)

  • 221211 Company Secretary
  • 221212 Corporate Treasurer
  • 221213 External Auditor
  • 221214 Internal Auditor

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

  • 263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer
  • 263112 Network Administrator
  • 263113 Network Analyst

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

  • 233911 Aeronautical Engineer
  • 233912 Agricultural Engineer
  • 233913 Biomedical Engineer
  • 233914 Engineering Technologist
  • 233915 Environmental Engineer
  • 233916 Naval Architect
  • 233999 Engineering Professionals ne

ICT Business and Systems Analysts (2611)

  • 261111 ICT Business Analyst
  • 261112 Systems Analyst

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

  • 261311 Analyst Programmer 
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261313 Software Engineer 
  • 261399 Software and Applications Programmers nec

Electronics Engineers (2334)

  • 233411 Electronics Engineer

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

  • 233511 Industrial Engineer
  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer
  • 233513 Production or Plant Engineer

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals (2633)

  • 263311 Telecommunications Engineer 
  • 263312 Telecommunications Network Engineer

May 20th,2017:

Northern Territory State Sponsorship Update: Suspension of offshore General Skilled Migration nominations by the Northern Territory until 1 July 2017

The Northern Territory has announced that they have temporarily suspended nomination applications for Subclass 489 and Subclass 190 visas where the applicants are not in the Northern Territory.

Where applicants are not in the Northern Territory and a Migration NT file number has not been issued (eg BSM2017/XXXX) the applications will not be processed.

They stated that applicants are encouraged to reapply after 1 July 2017.

Applicants in the Northern Territory are unaffected by the suspension.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Northern Territory under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 20th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  10/5/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 10/5/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 2500 – 2500 already invited – Ceilings Met
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 1413 already invited – Ceilings Met
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 758 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 2174 – 1810 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 – 921 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 1000 already invited – Ceilings Met
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1539 already invited – Ceilings Met
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 1018 already invited – Ceilings met
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 1482 already invited – Ceilings met
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 5662 already invited – Ceilings Met
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426 – 1482 already invited –Ceilings Met
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 1000 already invited – Ceilings Met

Next Invitation Rounds:

24 May 2017

Visa subclass – Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -1600

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -200

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

skillselect-invitation-round-results-10-5-2017-occupation-ceilings

May 20th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

Saturday 20 May 2017 – planned systems outage

From 7.30 am to 12.30 pm and 3 pm to 4.30 pm Canberra time, the following websites and systems will be unavailable:

  • www.border.gov.au
  • www.minister.border.gov.au
  • www.minister.border.gov.au/alexhawke
  • www.mcasd.gov.au
  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • eMedical
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa Pricing Estimator
  • Tourist Refund Scheme printing
  • Australian Trusted Trader
  • Document Checklist Tool for Student Visas (Subclass 500).

If you receive a ‘System Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

May 20th,2017:

ANMAC Skills Assessment Update: System maintenance

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) has announced that their online forms for Skilled Migration Assessments will be unavailable on Saturday 20 May 2017 from 1:00am to 3:00am (AEST) due to planned maintenance.

This update is applicable for applicants applying for skills assessment with ANMAC.

May 17th,2017:

DIBP Update: System maintenance and technical issues

Information about our planned system maintenance and technical issues.

Planned system maintenance

Saturday 20 May 2017 – planned systems outage

From 3 pm to 4.30 pm Canberra time, the following websites and systems will be unavailable:

  • www.border.gov.au
  • www.minister.border.gov.au
  • www.mcasd.gov.au
  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • eMedical
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa Pricing Estimator
  • Tourist Refund Scheme printing
  • Australian Trusted Trader
  • Document Checklist Tool for Student Visas (Subclass 500).

If you receive a ‘System Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

May 17th,2017:

DIBP Update:  Australian citizen business people will be able to apply online for the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) From 1 July 2017

DIBP has announced that through a single online application for only $200, the ABTC offers bona fide business people a five-year, short stay, multiple-entry authority to the 18 other participating member economies and priority lane access at major airports in all APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) economies.

The ABTC provides significant efficiencies for cardholders and it has been found to greatly reduce the cost of business travel between APEC economies. The card has reduced visa application fees, as well as the time and costs associated with application and immigration processing.

The ABTC gives business people faster and easier entry to economies of the Asia-Pacific region. The ABTC:

  • identifies your passport details
  • lists the economies you can enter and stay in (for a period of up to 60 or 90 days, depending on the economy) without separately applying for a visa
  • provides access to fast-track entry and exit lanes at major airports of participating economies
  • is valid for three years from the date of issue, or until your passport expires, whichever is earlier.

    Note: applications lodged on or after 1 September 2015 are to be granted an ABTC valid for five years.

This update is applicable for all the Australia Citizens.

May 17th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  26/4/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 26/4/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 2500 – 2500 already invited – Ceilings Met
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 1413 already invited – Ceilings Met
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 712 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 2174 – 1705 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 – 864 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 1000 already invited – Ceilings Met
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1539 already invited – Ceilings Met
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 1018 already invited – Ceilings met
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 1482 already invited – Ceilings met
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 5662 already invited – Ceilings Met
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426 – 1482 already invited –Ceilings Met
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 951 already invited

Next Invitation Rounds:

24 May 2017

Visa subclass – Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -1600

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -200

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

skills-select-invitation-results-26-4-2017-occupation-ceilings

May 17th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

133111 -Construction Project Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus

overall);-VETASSESS

135111- Chief Information Officer- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus

overall); 70 points required; See additional instructions;-ACS

139913 -Laboratory Manager- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus

overall);-VETASSESS

149915- Equipment Hire Manager- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient

overall);-VETASSESS

223211- ICT Trainer- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus

overall); 70 points required; See additional instructions;-ACS

254499 -Registered Nurse nec -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 3 years work experience in field;-ANMAC

263113 -Network Analyst -Low Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus

overall); 70 points required; See additional instructions;-ACS

411711 -Community Worker -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); 2 years work experience in field; – Provisional 489 visa only; South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months;- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Medium/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia before it closes. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia.

May 13th,2017:

DIBP Update: Current System Issue

DIBP has announced that they are aware some clients may be experiencing intermittent issues accessing ImmiAccount this afternoon. They are working towards resolving the issue as soon as possible. If you are experiencing difficulty accessing ImmiAccount, please try again later.

Planned System Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times Canberra time:

* 3pm to 4pm Saturday 20 May 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

May 13th,2017:

DIBP Update: Occupations ceilings update

As per Occupation Ceilings announced by DIBP the Occupations group Accountants (2211), Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212),  Computer Network Professionals (2631), Other Engineering Professionals (2339) and ICT Business and Systems Analysts (2611), Software and Applications Programmers (2613), Electronics Engineers (2334) and Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)  have reached their ceiling value for this programme year 2016-1017. Applicants will NOT be invited to apply for Skilled Independent visa Subclass 189 if his/her occupation is one of the following:

Accountants (2211)

  • 221111 Accountant (General)
  • 221112 Management Accountant
  • 221113 Taxation Accountant

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)

  • 221211 Company Secretary
  • 221212 Corporate Treasurer
  • 221213 External Auditor
  • 221214 Internal Auditor

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

  • 263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer
  • 263112 Network Administrator
  • 263113 Network Analyst

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

  • 233911 Aeronautical Engineer
  • 233912 Agricultural Engineer
  • 233913 Biomedical Engineer
  • 233914 Engineering Technologist
  • 233915 Environmental Engineer
  • 233916 Naval Architect
  • 233999 Engineering Professionals ne

ICT Business and Systems Analysts (2611)

  • 261111 ICT Business Analyst
  • 261112 Systems Analyst

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

  • 261311 Analyst Programmer 
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261313 Software Engineer 
  • 261399 Software and Applications Programmers nec

Electronics Engineers (2334)

  • 233411 Electronics Engineer

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

  • 233511 Industrial Engineer 
  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer 
  • 233513 Production or Plant Engineer

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189 sub class visa.

May 13th,2017:

DIBP Update: Occupation Ceilings Updated

Occupation Ceilings after an invitation round to apply for the Skilled – Independent and Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa subclasses was conducted on 26 April 2017.

Note: DIBP has not published this time the invitation round results of the invitation round that took place on 26 April 2017. However the occupation ceilings have been updated.

Please find attached the complete list of the Occupations Ceilings as of now.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:  

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 2500 – 2500 already invited – Ceilings Met
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 1413 already invited – Ceilings Met
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 712 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 2174 – 1705 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 – 864 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 1000 already invited – Ceilings Met
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1539 already invited – Ceilings Met
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 1018 already invited – Ceilings met
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 1482 already invited – Ceilings met
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 5662 already invited – Ceilings Met
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426 – 1482 already invited –Ceilings Met
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 951 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189 sub class visa.

Please note Occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

occupation-ceilings-after-26-4-2017

May 13th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)
Thursday, 11 May 2017

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday, 11 May 2017.

24 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 70 and 95 points.

The following table provides an indication of remaining EOIs in the pool after the draw has taken place.

< 60 pts 60-64 65-69
2 4 3
 
 
Total number of EOIs remaining in the pool: 9

 

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

May 12th,2017:

DIBP Update: New Visa Application Charges & New Products
 
DIBP has announced that effective 1 July 2017 new Visa Application Charges (VACs) will apply, the following are the new charges that are applicable for skilled independent, nominated and state & regional sponsored visas.
 
New Visa Application Charges effective 1 July 2017:
 
Main Applicant – AUD3,670
Dependent 18 years or above – AUD1,835
Dependent below 18 years – AUD920
 
New Products will be introduced like Temporary Sponsored Parent visa and others.
 
Please find attached the new visa application charges for various products & new products list.

May 12th,2017:

DIBP Update: Increase in Visa Application Charges effective 1 July 2017

DIBP has announced that effective 1 July 2017 new Visa Application Charges (VACs) will apply the following are the new charges that are applicable for skilled independent, nominated and state & regional sponsored visas.

New Visa Application Charges effective 1 July 2017:

Main Applicant – AUD3,670

Dependent 18 years or above – AUD1,835

Dependent below 18 years – AUD920

This update is for all the applicants applying for visa.

 

May 12th,2017:

DIBP Update: Introducing a five year temporary sponsored visa for parents

Australia Government has confirmed that, subject to the passage of relevant legislation, the temporary sponsored parent visa will be introduced during the 2017-18 Migration Programme year.

The new visa will allow Australians to sponsor their parents to stay in Australia for up to five years at a time. This new visa arrangement does not replace the existing Parent category visas.

This new visa arrangement is for parents (biological or adoptive) and step-parents of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and eligible New Zealand Citizens.

Requirements:

To be granted a temporary sponsored parent visa, a person must satisfy a number of requirements, including:

  • having their Australian child approved as a sponsor
  • meet identity, health and character requirements
  • not having an outstanding public health debt in Australia.

Parent will also be required to hold, and maintain, health insurance, from an Australian provider, valid for their intended period of stay in Australia.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a parent visa.

May 12th,2017:

ACS Skills Assessment Update: System Upgradation

ACS System Update – June 2017

New Digital Business System

The ACS has announced that it is implementing a new digital business system to delight our customers and stakeholders with a new and improved digital experience for the future and beyond.

New Functionality

The new system will introduce enhanced user functionality such as:

  • Mobile responsive pages and applications for all ACS functions including migration skills assessment
  • Interactive agent dashboards to update details, documents, and application sorting functionality
  • Enhanced status functionality for applicants to access information and update applications
  • PayPal as an additional payment function to replace Direct Deposit payments
  • Drag and drop functionality for ease of adding documentation
  • New email login format for applicants and agents  

System Shutdown Period

The ACS transition to the new digital system will involve a 4-day shutdown period from 9am Thursday, 22 June until 9am Monday, 26 June – Australian Eastern Standard Time.

The Skills Migration Application Form will be unavailable during the shutdown period.

Activities During the Shutdown Period

Applicants and agents will still be able to view the status of applications in progress but new applications will not be able to be submitted until the end of the shutdown period.

Impact on Existing Applications

Existing applications will continue to be completed within the normal assessment process.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with ACS.

May 5th,2017:

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Change to Professional criterion for

Early Childhood (Pre-Primary school) Teacher

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)  has announced an amendment to the Professional criterion for Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher (ANZSCO 241111). The following change will apply to all applications received from 22 April 2016.

AITSL will now consider supervised teaching practice with children across the Birth to 8 years age range, completed as a compulsory component of a relevant initial teacher education qualification, towards meeting the supervised teaching practice requirements of the Professional criterion for Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher (ANZSCO241111) instead of 3 – 8 years age range.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AITSL.

May 4th,2017:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Website Maintenance

The Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has announced that their website will be undergoing routine maintenance from 5:30pm, Friday 5th May till 9pm, Sunday 7th May.

During this time the TRA website may be unavailable. Normal service will resume after this period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with TRA.

May 4th,2017:

Immigration NZ Update: Internet Scam
 
Immigration NZ has announced that it is aware of an internet scam inviting doctors to apply under the Skilled Migrant category for roles at a hospital which does not exist.

The recruitment drive for the hospital uses fraudulent documents in the name of MBIE’s Chief Executive, and INZ approval letters supposedly signed by the Minister of Immigration.

Additionally a New Zealand lawyer’s identity is being used by the scammers in an attempt to legitimise the fraudulent activity and encourage them to hand over fees. The lawyer in question has no knowledge of or involvement in this scheme at all.

Any person receiving documentation from St Vincent Ranui Hospital, Wellington, or the lawyer regarding the hospital, should be aware that this is a scam and should not pay any fees or costs.

 

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

May 2nd,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times Canberra time:

* 9am to 9pm Saturday 6 May 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

April 28th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday, 27 April 2017.

32 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 70 and 119 points.

The following table provides an indication of remaining EOIs in the pool after the draw has taken place.

< 60 pts 60-64 65-69
4 5 3

Total number of EOIs remaining in the pool: 12

The next draw will be on 11 May 2017, and the final draw under the current instructions is likely to be on 19 May 2017.

Note: EOIs accepted in September 2016 are now being withdrawn from the EOI Pool as they have failed to be selected from the EOI Pool after 6 months (as per Immigration Instructions).

April 28th,2017:

Medical Board of Australia Update: Office Closure & Planned Maintenance

Medical Board of Australia has announced that some AHPRA offices will be closed on Monday 1 May 2017 due to public holidays.

  • Northern Territory office – May Day
  • Queensland office – Labour Day.

They stated that the offices will be reopen on Tuesday 2 May 2017 at 9.00am.

Planned maintenance due to scheduled maintenance, AHPRA’s account services, registration renewal for health practitioners, online graduate applications, financial transactions and other online services will be unavailable from 9.00am to 1.00pm on 30/04/2017 (AEDT). This website and the public register will be unavailable from 9:30am to 1:00pm on that day. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying with Medical Board of Australia.

April 28th,2017:

DIBP Update: Five web improvements in the website helping our clients understand Australian visas 

DIBP has stated that they are introducing five new online features that make the information on their website easier to find and understand.

 

They stated that they have listened to feedback and during the next few months they  are making improvements to visa information online. They are introducing five new online features that make the information on the website easier to find and understand.

  1. Visa snapshot— all the information you need to get started up front.
  2. Visa infographic—available for some visa subclasses—the visa infographic helps you see the steps involved in your visa application process.
  3. Fly-out panels—see additional content for your visa that is easy to open and close. No need to navigate through multiple pages.
  4. Quick links—new links to frequently accessed content relating to the visa subclass. These are tailored to for each visa.
  5. Icons—helping you scan our web pages and find the right information quickly.

The improvements will help you to better understand the visa application process. Making sure you have access to services and information online, anywhere, at any time and across a range of devices.

Available now for Partner and Resident Return visas, the improvements will also be made for other visas in the next few months.

 

 This update is applicable for all the applicants who access the DIBP website.

April 27th,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Change in the General Occupations List assessed by Vetassess.

Vetassess has released the list of the occupations that are assessed by Vetassess under General Occupations category. There are only Group – A to E there is no Group – F any more.

The criteria for Group – A to E remains the same as earlier. They have removed few occupations from the list as per the recent reforms taken up by DIBP. Please find attached the list.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

vetassess-general-occupation-list-revised-26-4-2017

April 27th,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Online application system available

Vetassess has announced that their online application system is now available to reflect the recent changes to the skilled visa programs announced by the Australian Federal Government.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

April 27th,2017:

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Closure of Office

The AITSL has announced that  the Assessment for Migration office will be closed on Friday 28 April and will reopen on Monday 1 May. 

This update is applicable for the applicants applying for skills assessment with AITSL.

April 27th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  12/4/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 12/4/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

2211 Accountants* out of 2500 – 2500 already invited – Ceilings Met

2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 1413 already invited – Ceilings Met

2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 680 already invited

2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 2174 – 1619 already invited

2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 – 826 already invited

2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 995 already invited

2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1535 already invited

2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 1018 already invited – Ceilings met

2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 1482 already invited – Ceilings met

2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 5662 already invited – Ceilings Met

2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426 – 1482 already invited –Ceilings Met

2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 890 already invited

Next Invitation Rounds:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The invitation rounds for May 2017 are not yet announced.

skillselect-update-invitation-results-12-april-2017-occupation-ceilings

April 27th,2017:

DIBP Update: Occupations ceilings update

As per Occupation Ceilings announced by DIBP the Occupations group Accountants (2211), Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212),  Computer Network Professionals (2631), Other Engineering Professionals (2339) and ICT Business and Systems Analysts (2611) & Software and Applications Programmers (2613)  have reached their ceiling value for this programme year 2016-1017. Applicants will NOT be invited to apply for Skilled Independent visa Subclass 189 if his/her occupation is one of the following:

Accountants (2211)

  • 221111 Accountant (General) 
  • 221112 Management Accountant 
  • 221113 Taxation Accountant

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)

  • 221211 Company Secretary 
  • 221212 Corporate Treasurer 
  • 221213 External Auditor 
  • 221214 Internal Auditor

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

  • 263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer
  • 263112 Network Administrator
  • 263113 Network Analyst

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

  • 233911 Aeronautical Engineer
  • 233912 Agricultural Engineer
  • 233913 Biomedical Engineer
  • 233914 Engineering Technologist
  • 233915 Environmental Engineer
  • 233916 Naval Architect
  • 233999 Engineering Professionals ne

ICT Business and Systems Analysts (2611)

  • 261111 ICT Business Analyst
  • 261112 Systems Analyst

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

  • 261311 Analyst Programmer 
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261313 Software Engineer 
  • 261399 Software and Applications Programmers nec

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying under 189 sub class.

April 27th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

Planned systems maintenance

Saturday 29 April 2017

From 9 am to 9 pm (Canberra time), the following systems will be unavailable.

They recommend clients conduct all necessary activities before the maintenance.

  • Citizenship Test
  • Genesys
  • Compliance, Case Management and Detention Portal
  • Status Resolution Support Services
  • Tourist Refund Scheme

They stated if you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator.

They stated if you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa or citizenship.

April 27th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  26 April, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 26 April, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 462 (871 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

April 26th,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Temporary Suspension of Online Application for General Occupations

Vetassess has announced that they have reopened the online application system for Trade Skills Assessment. They previously stipulated that their online applications for general professional occupations will resume on Wednesday i.e.,26 April 2017. However, due to significant changes, they will be delaying this until Friday 28 April 2017.  They stated they will ensure that online assessment portal runs efficiently and in line with these new changes.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

April 26th,2017:

DIBP Update: Changes to the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL)

DIBP has announced that Effective 19 April 2017 the following changes to the Occupations List:

  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaces the previous ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL) and is available in Schedule 1.
  • Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) replaces the previous ‘Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List’ (CSOL) and is available in Schedule 2.

 

NOTE: 

  • MLTSSL: Please find attached the MLTSSL list which  can be used for filing 189 sub class, 489 sub class Relative Sponsored and Temporary Graduate 485 sub class. However there are 16 occupations which are marked (**) are not eligible for State Sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class. We cannot apply for state sponsorship for these 16 occupations from this list.
  • Please find attached the Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations this list can be used for 190 and 489 sub class state sponsored visas, this list will have all the MLTSSL occupations as well.
  • Please find attached the  200 occupations are removed from earlier CSOL and 16 occupations from MLTSSL for all these 216 occupations we cannot apply for state sponsorship.

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189, 190 & 489 sub class. 

combined-list-called-as-csol-earlier

mltssl-called-as-sol-earlier

removed-occupations-from-csol-effective-19-4-2017

April 26th,2017:

AMC Skills Assessment Update: Verification of Medical Credentials

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) has announced that AMC and Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) are reaching out to relevant international medical graduates (IMGs) to advise that, effective 1 July 2017, the AMC will no longer accept verification of medical credentials (qualifications) through ECFMG International Credentials Services (EICS) in support of an application to the AMC.

ECFMG and the AMC recommend that IMGs contact the institution(s) that issued their credential(s) directly to request that they respond to ECFMG’s request for verification as soon as possible before 30 June 2017. The AMC will not accept verifications through EICS after this date. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying with AMC.

April 26th,2017:

New Zealand Update: Increase in service fee at VACs

New Zealand Immigration Authorities have announced that on 1 May 2017 the service fee payable to a number of Visa Application Centres (VACs) will increase.

Service fees payable to VACs in the following locations will be changing:

  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Fiji
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Solomon Islands
  • New Caledonia
  • Vanuatu
  • Nauru
To ensure you pay the correct fee check the following webpages before submitting your application:

April 24th,2017:

AASW Update: Website Maintenance 

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has announced that on Tuesday 25 April 2017, the AASW’s website will be temporarily unavailable due to routine maintenance. They will be back online on Wednesday 26 April 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AASW.

April 24th,2017:

AITSL Update: Regarding the recent reforms by DIBP

AITSL has announced that the Early Childhood (Pre-primary school), Secondary, Special Needs, Special Education (nec), Teacher of the Hearing Impaired and Teacher of the Sight Impaired teacher occupations previously listed on the SOL are now listed on the MLTSSL. The Primary school and Middle school teacher occupations previously listed on the CSOL are now listed on the  Combined list of skilled occupations.

AITSL retained by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) as the assessing authority for school teacher occupations for the skilled migration program. AITSL Assessment for Migration requirements remain unchanged.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AITSL.

April 24th,2017:

DIBP Update: Current System Issues

Logging into ImmiAccount

DIBP has announced that due to high demand ImmiAccount may be temporarily unavailable. If you receive an error message, please try again later.  

Planned System Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following day / times:

  • from 05:00 to 08:00 on Wednesday 26 April 2017 AEST
  • from 15:00 to 15:30 on Saturday 29 April 2017 AEST

This update is applicable for applicants applying for visa.

April 22nd,2017:

DIBP Update: Occupations those are restricted for State Sponsorship effective 19/04/2017

The below listed 200 occupations have been removed from the earlier CSOL and a Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) has been created. These 200 occupations are not eligible for state sponsorship anymore. Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaced the previous ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL). However there are no occupations removed from SOL only 16 occupations are restricted for State Sponsoship.

Below are the Removed 200 Occupations from earlier CSOL not eligible for state sponsorship any more effective 19/4/2017

ANZSCO Code

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

411511

Actor

211111

Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers NEC

211199

Aeroplane Pilot

231111

Air Traffic Controller

231112

Air Transport Professionals NEC

231199

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)

323111

Amusement Centre Manager

149111

Antique Dealer

142112

Apparel Cutter

393211

Archaeologist

272414

Archivist

224211

Art Director (Film, Television or Stage)

212311

Artistic Director

212111

Auctioneer

611111

Author

212211

Bed and Breakfast Operator

141911

Betting agency Manager

142113

Biochemist

234513

Biotechnologist

234514

Blacksmith

322111

Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operator

149911

Broadcast Transmitter Operator

399511

Building and Engineering Technicians NEC

312999

Business Broker

612111

Butcher or Smallgoods Maker

351211

Call or Contact Centre Manager

149211

Canvas Goods Fabricator

393111

Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager

141211

Cinema or Theatre Manager

149912

Clinical Coder

599915

Clothing Patternmaker

393212

Clothing Trades Workers NEC

393299

Commissioned Defence Force Officer

139111

Commissioned Fire Officer

139112

Commissioned Police Officer

139113

Communications Operator

342312

Community Arts Worker

272611

Composer

211211

Conservation Officer

234311

Construction Estimator

312114

Conveyancer

599111

Corporate Treasurer

221212

Court Bailiff or Sheriff (Aus) / Court Collections Officer (NZ)

599212

Deer Farmer

121314

Defence Force Member – Other Ranks

441111

Defence Force Senior Officer

111212

Dental Hygienist

411211

Dental Prosthetist

411212

Dental Therapist

411214

Detective

441311

Director of Photography

212313

Diver

399911

Dog or Horse Racing Official

452318

Drama Teacher (Private Tuition)

249213

Dressmaker or Tailor

393213

Driller

712211

Driving Instructor

451211

Education Reviewer

249112

Electorate Officer

224911

Electronic Engineering Draftsperson

312411

Electronic Engineering Technician

312412

Electroplater

322112

Emergency Service Worker

441211

Engineering Patternmaker

323411

Engraver

323311

Entertainer or Variety Artist

211113

Environmental Health Officer

251311

Exercise Physiologist

234915

Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors NEC

212399

Financial Institution Branch Manager

149914

Fire Fighter

441212

Fire Protection Equipment Technician

399918

First Aid Trainer

451815

Fisheries Officer

311311

Flight Attendant

451711

Floor Finisher

332111

Flying Instructor

231113

Food Technologist

234212

Funeral Director

451311

Funeral Workers NEC

451399

Futures Trader

222212

Gallery or Museum Technician

399311

Gas or Petroleum Operator

399212

Geophysicist

234412

Goat Farmer

121315

Golfer

452412

Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker

392211

Gunsmith

323312

Helicopter Pilot

231114

Historian

272411

Homoeopath

252212

Horse Trainer

361112

Human Resource Adviser

223111

Hydrogeologist

234413

Hydrographer

311415

ICT Support and Test Engineers NEC

263299

ICT Support Technicians NEC

313199

Importer or Exporter

133311

Insurance Investigator

599611

Insurance Risk Surveyor

599613

Intellectual Property Lawyer

271214

Intelligence Officer

224411

Interior Decorator

399912

Jockey

452413

Judge

271211

Kennel Hand

361115

Leather Goods Maker

393112

Legal Executive

599112

Liaison Officer

224912

Licensed Club Manager

141411

Life Scientist (General)

234511

Life Scientists NEC

234599

Light Technician

399513

Magistrate

271212

Maintenance Planner

312911

Marine Surveyor

231215

Marine Transport Professionals NEC

231299

Market Research Analyst

225112

Master Fisher

231211

Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson

312511

Media Producer (excluding Video)

212112

Metal Casting Trades Worker

322114

Metal Polisher

322115

Metallurgist

234912

Microbiologist

234517

Migration Agent (Aus)

224913

Mothercraft Nurse

411412

Multimedia Designer

232413

Music Director

211212

Music Professionals NEC

211299

Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer

399515

Natural and Physical Science Professionals NEC

234999

Nurse Researcher

254212

Nurseryperson

362411

Operating Theatre Technician

311214

Optical Dispenser (Aus) / Dispensing Optician (NZ)

399913

Optical Mechanic

399914

Other Sports Official

452323

Painter (Visual Arts)

211411

Park Ranger

234314

Parole or Probation Officer

411714

Pathology Collector (Aus) / Phlebotomist (NZ)

311216

Petroleum Engineer

233612

Plastics Technician

399916

Plumbing Inspector

312115

Police Officer

441312

Policy Analyst

224412

Policy and Planning Manager

132411

Potter or ceramic artist

211412

Prison Officer

442111

Procurement Manager

133612

Production Manager (Manufacturing)

133512

Public Relations Manager

131114

Quarantine Officer

311313

Radio Journalist

212414

Radio Presenter

212113

Railway Station Manager

149412

Regional Education Manager

134412

Research and Development Manager

132511

Retail Buyer

639211

Retirement Village Manager

141912

Safety Inspector

312611

Sail Maker

393113

Sales Representative (Industrial Products)

225411

Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)

225412

Saw Maker and Repairer

323315

School Laboratory Technician

311414

Screen Printer

392112

Sculpter

211413

Senior Non-commissioned Defence Force Member

139211

Shearer

361211

Shoemaker

393114

Singer

211214

Small Offset Printer

392312

Sports Administrator

139915

Sports Umpire

452322

Stock and Station Agent

611112

Surveying or Spatial Science Technician

312116

Technicians and Trades Workers NEC

399999

Telecommunications Cable Jointer

342412

Telecommunications Technician

342414

Television Equipment Operator

399517

Television Presenter

212114

Training and Development Professional

223311

Translator

272413

Travel Agency Manager

142116

Travel Attendants NEC

451799

Tribunal Member

271213

Turf Grower

121218

Vehicle Painter

324311

Vocational Education Teacher (Non-Trades)

242211

Vocational Education Teacher (Trades)

242211

Web Developer

261212

Wholesaler

133312

Wood Turner

394214

Wool Buyer

639212

Wool Classer

399917

Workplace Relations Advisor

223113

Zookeeper

361114

 

Below are the16 Occupations Marked ** in MLTSSL not eligible for State Sponsorship effective 19/4/2017. However eligible for 189 & 489 relative sponsorship

ANZSCO Code

Assessing Authority

Chemical Engineer**

233111

Engineers Australia

Civil Engineering Technician**

312212

VETASSESS

Electrical Linesworker**

342211

TRA

Electronics Engineer**

233411

Engineers Australia

Industrial Engineer**

233511

Engineers Australia

Materials Engineer**

233112

Engineers Australia

Medical Administrator**

134211

VETASSESS

Pressure Welder**

322312

TRA

Production Manager (Mining)**

133513

VETASSESS

Production or Plant Engineer**

233513

Engineers Australia

Project Builder**

133112

VETASSESS

Ship’s Engineer**

231212

AMSA

Ship’s Master**

231213

AMSA

Ship’s Officer**

231214

AMSA

Stonemason**

331112

TRA

Telecommunications Network Planner**

313213

Engineers Australia

 

April 22nd,2017:

New Citizenship Requirements for Australia effective 20th April 2017:

The Australian Government is strengthening the requirements to become an Australian citizen. This includes:

  • Increasing the general residence requirement, which means an applicant for Australian citizenship will need to demonstrate a minimum of four years permanent residence immediately prior to their application for citizenship
  • Introducing an English language test, which means applicants will need to demonstrate competent English language listening, speaking, reading and writing skills before being able to sit the citizenship test
  • Strengthening the Australian Values Statement to include reference to allegiance to Australia and require applicants to make an undertaking to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community
  • Strengthening the test for Australian citizenship through the addition of new test questions about Australian values, and the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship
  • Introducing a requirement for applicants to demonstrate their integration into the Australian community
  • Strengthening the Pledge of commitment as a citizen of the Commonwealth of Australia in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007to refer to allegiance to Australia; and extending the requirement for individuals aged 16 years and over to make the Pledge to all streams of citizenship by application, including citizenship by descent, adoption and resumption.

The above changes will come into effect, and apply to applications made from the date of the Government’s announcement on 20 April 2017.

The changes will not apply to applications made before 20 April 2017 (that is, the current rules will continue to apply to applications made before 20 April 2017).

Applicants will receive communication on the implementation of these measures and any additional information and documentation that may be required to support their application from DIBP.

 

April 21st,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Regarding the recent reforms by DIBP

VETASSESS has announced that it continues to be an approved assessing authority for the purposes of migration, however a number of nominated occupations they previously assessed are removed as an eligible occupation under the new Reforms announced by DIBP.

What does this change mean for VETASSESS applicants?

  • If nominated occupation isn’t affected by this reform, then client do not need to do anything. VETASSESS is continuing to process your Skills Assessment application as usual.

  • If pending Skill Assessment application is significantly affected by this reform including removal from the list of eligible occupations, client will receive an email from VETASSESS in the coming days outlining the available options

  • If it’s a potential applicant waiting to lodge a Skills Assessment application through VETASSESS, please refer to the most current list of eligible occupations at www.border.gov.au. It is client’s responsibility to ensure that he/she has nominated the correct occupation for the purposes of a skills assessment for the available visa category.

Online application system

Further they have stated that they have reopened the online application system for Trade Skills Assessment. For general professional occupations, their online application system will be resuming on Wednesday, 26 April 2017.

April 21st,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Online Application System for General Occupations suspended till 26 April 2017

Vetassess has announced that they have reopened the online application system for Trade Skills Assessment. For general professional occupations, their online application system will be resuming on Wednesday, 26 April 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

April 21st,2017:

DIBP Update: Current System Issues

Logging into ImmiAccount

DIBP has announced that due to high demand ImmiAccount may be temporarily unavailable. If you receive an error message, please try again later.  

Planned System Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following day / times (Canberra time):

5am to 8am AEST every Wednesday

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

April 20th,2017:

NSW State Sponsorship Update: Amendment of 190 & 489 sub class Occupations Lists.

NSW has amended the occupations lists of both 190 sub class state sponsored & 489 sub class regional sponsored visas, as per the recent update from DIBP regarding the occupations.

NSW-190-Priority-Skilled-Occupation-List – This list has all the occupations which will be sponsored by NSW under 190 sub class state sponsored visa.

NSW-489-Occupations List – This list has all the details of the various occupations that will be sponsored under 489 sub class regional sponsorship by all the 7 regions of NSW.

Please go through the NSW website for the above mentioned lists and further details about the NSW State & Regional Sponsorship.

April 20th,2017:

NSW- Orana Regional Authority Update: Amendment of the Occupations List

As per the recent update from DIBP, Orana one of the 7 Regional Areas of NSW has amended its Occupations List for 489 sub class regional sponsored visa. Please find attached the list.

They have stated that ORANA is in particular need of REGISTERED NURSES, ELECTRICIANS, CHEFS and TRADES.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Orana.

nsw-orana-19-04-2017

April 20th,2017:

Australian Medical Council Update: Closure of Office

Australian Medical Council has announced that it’s office will be closed from 4:30pm AEST on Monday 24th April 2017 and will reopen at 9:00am AEST on Wednesday 26th April 2017. Please note that the candidate call line will close from 4:00pm AEST on Monday 24th April 2017 and will reopen at 10:00am AEST on Wednesday 26th April 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying with Australian Medical Council.

April 19th,2017:

New Zealand Update: Review of temporary migrant work settings

The New Zealand Government has announced it is consulting on proposed changes to temporary migration settings to manage the number and settlement expectations of new migrants coming to New Zealand on Essential Skills work visas. The proposals are also designed to stop the reoccurrence of pools of long-term temporary migrants with no pathway to residence.

The proposals for public consultation, which Cabinet have agreed to in principle, include:

  • the introduction of remuneration bands to determine the skill level of an Essential Skills visa holder, which would align with the remuneration thresholds being introduced for residence applicants under the  Skilled Migrant Category 
  • the introduction of a maximum duration of three years for lower-skilled Essential Skills visa holders, after which there will be a minimum stand down period before they can apply for another lower-skilled Essential Skills visa, and
  • aligning the ability of Essential Skills visa holders to bring their children and partners to New Zealand, with the new skill levels.

The proposals are designed to continue to enable firms to access temporary migrant workers where they have genuine shortages while reinforcing the temporary nature of work visas and reducing expectations of settlement from temporary migrants with no pathway to residence.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

April 19th,2017:

New Zealand Update: Skilled Migrant Category changes

The NewZealand Government has announced a package of changes designed to better manage immigration and improve the labour market contribution of temporary and permanent migration.

Two remuneration thresholds are being introduced for applicants applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC). One will be set at the New Zealand median income of $48,859 a year for jobs that are currently considered skilled. The other threshold will be set at 1.5 times the New Zealand median income of $73,299 a year for jobs that are not currently considered skilled but are well paid.

The automatic selection mark for applicants under the SMC was increased from 140 points to 160 in October last year and the Government has now realigned the points system to put more emphasis on characteristics associated with better outcomes for migrants.

More points will be available for skilled work experience and some recognised post graduate qualifications, and points for age will increase for applicants aged 30-39.

Points will no longer be available for qualifications in areas of absolute skills shortage, for employment, work experience and qualifications in Identified Future Growth Areas and for close family in New Zealand.

The above changes will be implemented in mid-August 2017.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

April 19th,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE – 5pm 19 April 2017

Vetassess has announced that they have extended their decision to hold off on processing any new applications. As of now the Online Application System is currently unavailable.

This is in line with the recent yesterday’s changes to the skilled visa programs announced by the Australian Federal Government. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

April 19th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: South Australia Occupations Lists update

Following yesterday’s removal of the occupations from earlier CSOL, South Australia has removed the occupations which are part of those 216 removed occupations from it’s Skilled Nominated Occupations List and Supplementary List.

The following are the occupations that are removed from the Skilled Nominated Occupations List of South Australia. 

  • 132411 -Policy and Planning Manager
  • 133112 -Project Builder
  • 133311 -Importer or Exporter
  • 133312- Wholesaler
  • 133512- Production Manager (Manufacturing)
  • 134211 -Medical Administrator 
  • 149211 -Call or Contact Centre Manager 
  • 149914 -Financial Institution Branch Manager 
  • 223311 -Training and Development Professional 
  • 242211 -Vocational Education Teacher (Trades) 
  • 261212- Web Developer
  • 263299 ICT Support and Test Engineers nec 
  • 312511- Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson 
  • 312911- Maintenance Planner 
  • 351211 -Butcher or Smallgoods Maker 
  • 361211- Shearer 
  • 393213- Dressmaker or Tailor
  • 611112 -Stock and Station Agent 
  • 399917 -Wool Classer

NOTE: South Australia has also amended its Supplementary List as per yesterday’s update from DIBP and has removed occupations from its Supplementary List. Please check the Supplementary List for High Points category, Graduate from South Australia, Worked in South Australia, immediate family member.

Further as per yesterday’s update Immigration South Australia has suspended all applications for state nomination for both the subclass 489 and 190 visas for 2 days. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 19th,2017:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Victoria Sponsorship List updated

Victoria State Authorities have announced that as per yesterday’s update from DIBP they have amended the Victoria Sponsorship List.

The following Occupations removed from Victoria’s visa nomination occupation lists are:

Engineering and Building

312511 Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson

133513 Production Manager (Mining)

233513 Production or Plant Engineer

Biotechnology and Science

234999 Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec

234599 Life Scientists nec

132511 Research and Development Manager

Education

242211 Vocational Education Teacher (Trades)

242211 Vocational Education Teacher (Non-Trades)

Trades

342211 Electrical Linesworker

342414 Telecommunications Technician 

This update is applicable for applicants applying for state sponsorship with Victoria.

April 18th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263299 -ICT Support and Test Engineers nec- Low Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions- ACS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 18th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Suspension of State Sponsorship for 2 days.

South Australia authorities has announced as per the current changes to the CSOL where 216 occupations have been removed which will affect the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) and the State and Territory Nominated stream of the subclass 489.

In order to respond to this significant change at short notice, Immigration SA has suspended all applications for state nomination for both the subclass 489 and 190 visas. They stated that they expect this will be for a period of two days.

Further they have stated that for those state nomination applications that have already been submitted and are affected by the occupation list changes, Immigration SA will endeavour to nominate and invite these applications in SkillSelect before the change takes effect at midnight tonight – 12am (AEST) 19 April 2017. These applications will be processed according to the date of submission and priority will be provided to applicants currently residing in South Australia.

In the event that an application is not able to be processed before the occupation list changes are introduced a refund of the Immigration SA application fee will be offered. From 19 April 2017, Immigration SA will not be able to nominate and invite someone to apply for a subclass 190 or 489 visa in those 216 removed occupations.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 18th,2017:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Release of new ACT list in July 2017

ACT has announced that as per DIBP’s update as of 19/04/2017 the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) (which informed the ACT Occupation List) has been replaced by the Short term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). There has been a removal of 200 occupations from the CSOL in creating the STSOL. A new ACT Occupation list based on the STSOL will be announced in July 2017.

This update is applicable for the applicants willing to apply for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

April 17th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139912- Environmental Manager -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 17th,2017:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Skilled Migration Sponsorship temporarily suspended

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) has temporarily suspended the acceptance of all applications for Queensland Skilled Visa Nominations under the State Nominated scheme Subclass 190 & 489, due to having reached our DIBP allocated ceiling.  BSMQ will advise shortly as to when the nomination process will reopen.

If you currently have a paid application with BSMQ that has not been finalised, you can either choose to:

  1. stay in the queue to be processed once applications have been reopened OR
  2. request a refund and your application will be withdrawn.

If you have submitted an EOI with Skillselect that has not been considered, your EOI is no longer valid and you will be required to resubmit an EOI once the application process has been reopened.

Please note that there may be changes made to the Queensland Skilled Occupation list in future. Only EOIs meeting new criteria will be considered.

April 17th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 312999 -Building and Engineering Technicians nec- Low Availability -Competent English -Engineers Australia/ VETASSESS
  • 313199- ICT Support Technicians nec- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)-TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 13th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  12 April, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 12 April, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 415 (776 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

April 13th,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Office Closure

Vetassess has announced that their national office and branches (with the exception of China) will be closed for the Easter period (Friday 14 – Monday 17 April).

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

April 12th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

149411- Fleet Manager- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) -VETASSESS

149413 -Transport Company Manager- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS 

261399 -Software and Applications Programmers nec -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required – see additional instructions -ACS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 12th,2017:

Trades Recognition Australia Update: Office Closure

The Trades Recognition Australia has announced that the enquiry line will be unavailable from 3pm on Thursday 13th April 2017 due to Public Holidays for the Easter long weekend.

Normal service will resume at 10:00am on Tuesday 18th April 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with TRA.

April 12th,2017:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Change in Skills Assessment fee effective 1/7/2017.

Please note that the fees for the Migration Skills Assessment services will increase on the 1st July 2017.

Current Fee:

Competency Demonstration Report +

Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment – AUD 1,030 Excluding GST

Fast Track Fee – AUD275 Excluding GST

New Fee effective 1/7/2017:

Competency Demonstration Report +

Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment – AUD 1,085 Excluding GST

Fast Track Fee – AUD295 Excluding GST

Please find attached the complete details of the various fees effective 1st July 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

msa_feeschedule_2017-18

April 12th,2017:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Office Closure

Engineers Australia will be closed during the Easter period from Thursday 13th April 6pm until Tuesday 18th April 8:30am.

They have announced that processing of current assessments will be placed on hold until we resume normal business hours.

This update is applicable for all the applicants filed or filing the skills assessment application with Engineers Australia.

April 12th,2017:

ACS Skills Assessment Update: April 2017 Public Holiday Closure

The ACS offices will be closed on:

  • Friday April 14, 2017 – Good Friday
  • Monday April 17, 2017 – Easter Monday
  • Tuesday April 25, 2017 – Australia Day

Phone and email enquiries will not be available during this time.

Skill assessment applications can still be submitted during this time via the Online Application Form.

This update is applicable for all the clients applying for skills assessment with ACS.

April 10th,2017:

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Office closure – 14 – 17 April 2017

The AITSL has announced that Assessment for Migration office will be closed on Friday 14 April and will reopen on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

This update is applicable for applicants applying for skills assessment with AITSL.

April 10th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

351411- Cook- Low Availability- Competent English ;- Provisional 489 visa only- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 489 sub class.

April 10th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following day / times (Canberra time):

5am to 8am AEST every Wednesday

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

April 6th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

131112 -Sales and Marketing Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- AIM

132211 -Finance Manager -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) AND 3 years work experience in field ;- South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months.- CPA / CA / IPA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 6th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  29/3/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 29/3/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

 2211 Accountants* out of 2500 – 2492 already invited

2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 1375 already invited

2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 642 already invited

2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 2174 – 1516 already invited

2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 – 775 already invited

2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 937 already invited

2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1501 already invited

2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 1018 already invited – Ceilings met

2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 1482 already invited – Ceilings met

2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 5648 already invited

2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426 – 1482 already invited –Ceilings Met

2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 838 already invited

skillselect-invitation-results-29-3-2017-occupation-ceilings

Next Invitation Rounds:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the April 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

12 April 2017

Visa subclass – Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -2000

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) – 200

26 April 2017

Visa subclass – Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -1600

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -200

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (state or territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

 

April 6th,2017:

DIBP Update: Occupations ceilings update:

As per Occupation Ceilings announced by DIBP the Occupations group Computer Network Professionals (2631), Other Engineering Professionals (2339) and ICT Business and Systems Analysts (2611) have reached their ceiling value for this programme year 2016-1017. Applicants will not be invited to apply for Skilled Independent visa Subclass 189 if his/her occupation is one of the following:

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

  • 263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer
  • 263112 Network Administrator
  • 263113 Network Analyst

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

  • 233911 Aeronautical Engineer
  • 233912 Agricultural Engineer
  • 233913 Biomedical Engineer
  • 233914 Engineering Technologist
  • 233915 Environmental Engineer
  • 233916 Naval Architect
  • 233999 Engineering Professionals ne

ICT Business and Systems Analysts (2611)

  • 261111 ICT Business Analyst
  • 261112 Systems Analyst

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189 sub class visa.

April 6th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: High points nomination

South Australia has announced that from 9am (Australian Central Standard Time) on 19 April 2017 the requirement for high points nomination will increase from 80 to 85 points.

This change is in response to the overall quota being achieved under the existing 80 points requirement.

This change will not affect applications lodged prior to this time. They stated that applications for high points nomination received after this time will be refused if they do not meet the 85 points requirement.

Removal of few occupations under High points and chain migration exclusions effective 5/4/2017:

Effective immediately the following occupations on the Supplementary Skilled List are no longer available for high points or chain migration nomination:

  • 221111 Accountant (General)
  • 223111 Human Resource Adviser (not available for high points since 02/09/2016)
  • 225113  Marketing Specialist
  • 225412  Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products) 
  • 242111 University Lecturer
  • 242112 University Tutor
  • 251511  Hospital Pharmacist 
  • 251513  Retail Pharmacist

This change does not affect applications lodged prior to 1pm on 5 April 2017. Applications for these occupations lodged after this time will be refused if applying for high points or chain migration nomination.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 4th,2017:

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Change in the fee.

AITSL has announced that on 1 July 2017, the AITSL Assessment for Migration fees, including assessment application fee, appeal, skilled employment statement (SES) and additional copy of assessment outcome fees will change.

The new fees will apply to all applications post marked 1 July 2017 onwards. Applications postmarked up to and including 30 June 2017 will pay the 2016 fee.

1. Assessment of application AUD815

2. Appeal of assessment outcome AUD815

3. Skilled Employment Statement (SES) * AUD220

4. Additional copy of assessment outcome AUD95

*A fee applies when a Skiled Employment Statement(SES) is requested after the issue of an assessment outcome or an applicant wants a previous SES to be revised/updated to include recent employment.

Note: Regarding Goods and services tax (GST) – No GST is charged on any AITSL Assessment for Migration fee. The above fees are final.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AITSL.

April 3rd,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

133312 -Wholesaler- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS 

361311- Veterinary Nurse- Medium Availability -Competent English ;- Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 1st,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

149913- Facilities Manager- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 30th,2017:

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Closure of office

The AITSL Assessment for Migration office will be closed on Friday 31 March 2017. The office will reopen on Monday 3 April 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AITSL.

March 30th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

323214 -Metal Machinist (First Class)- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 30th,2017:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Interim List for 2017 released

Western Australia State has announced that the new applications for the State Nominated Migration Program are being accepted with an interim Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) targeting those occupations which are of a specialist nature and have compelling evidence of unmet demand at a State level.

They have stated that the State Government will be consulting with industry to develop a new list which is expected to be complete and operational in late May 2017.

Applicants who have an occupation identified on the interim Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) (shown below) may be eligible for Western Australian State nomination 

They have further stated that the WASMOL previously categorised occupations into Schedule 1 and Schedule 2. From 28 March 2017 the interim 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.

Interim 2017 Western Australian skilled migration occupation list

The WASMOL has been simplified into one list, and is no longer categorised into Schedule 1 and Schedule 2.

ANZSCO code*-Skilled occupation-Assessing authority-Status

251214 – Sonographer – ASMIRT – Available

253312 – Cardiologist – Medical Board of Australia – Available

253315 – Endocrinologist – Medical Board of Australia – Available

253316 – Gastroenterologist – Medical Board of Australia – Available

253318 – Neurologist – Medical Board of Australia – Available

253322 – Renal medicine specialist – Medical Board of Australia -Available

253323-Rheumatologist-Medical Board of Australia-Available

253411-Psychiatrist-Medical Board of Australia -Available

253511-Surgeon (general)-Medical Board of Australia- Available

253512-Cardiothoracic surgeon-Medical Board of Australia-Available 

23513-Neurosurgeon-Medical Board of Australia-Available

253514-Orthopaedic surgeon-Medical Board of Australia -Available 

253515-Otorhinolaryngologist-Medical Board of AustraliaAvailable 

253518 -Urologist-Medical Board of AustraliaAvailable 

253521-Vascular surgeon-Medical Board of AustraliaAvailable

253911-Dermatologist-Medical Board of Australia Available 

253913-Obstetrician and gynaecologist-Medical Board of Australia- Available

253914-Ophthalmologist-Medical Board of Australia -Available 

253915-Pathologist-Medical Board of Australia -Available

253917-Diagnostic and interventional radiologist-Medical Board of Australia Available

253918-Radiation oncologist-Medical Board of Australia -Available

This update is applicable for all the applicants wanting to apply for Western Australia State Sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 30th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  29 March, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 29 March, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 456 (901 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

March 28th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times Canberra time:

* 1am to 5am Sunday 2 April 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

March 27th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

351112 -Pastry Cook- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English- AND 2 years work experience in field; -Provisional 489 visa only TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 22nd,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

261211- Multimedia Specialist -Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required – see additional instructions -ACS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 21st,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

133512- Production Manager (Manufacturing) -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 21st,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  15 March, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 15 March, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 464 (904 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

March 20th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

149212- Customer Service Manager- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ;- Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS 

351311- Chef- Medium Availability -Competent English- AND 2 years work experience in field; -Provisional 489 visa only -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class. 

March 20th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance:

DIBP has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times Canberra time:

* 5am to 7am Wednesday 22 March 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

March 17th,2017:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Application processing timelines

ACT has announced the current status of the applications for 190 sub class.

Overseas applicants: The average processing time for applications lodged after 1 September is likely to be 6 months. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 12 September 2016.

Canberra residents: The average processing time is 3 weeks. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 16 February 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applied for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

March 17th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

132411- Policy and Planning Manager- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS  

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 16th,2017:

ANMAC Skills Assessment Update: Processing Timelines

ANMAC has announced that their team is currently processing a large volume of applications. Assessment will commence approximately 10 weeks from the date applied online.

New requirements

Commencing 1 February 2017 ANMAC will require a certified copy of your basic transcript from your Australian Bachelor degree. This is to be posted together with other documentation.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with ANMAC.

March 16th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Processing times for state nomination

Immigration South Australia has announced the current processing timelines for the skilled migrants.

The following are the details:

Skilled provisional nomination subclass 489/190 – 4 weeks

This update is applicable for all the applicants applied for state sponsorship with South Australia.

March 16th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times Canberra time:

* midnight until 4am Monday 20 March 2017

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

March 16th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

261212- Web Developer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions- ACS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 14th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

341111- Electrician (General) -Medium Availability- Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 14th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  1/3/2017
 
Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 1/3/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.
 
Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:
 
2211 Accountants* out of 2500-  2100 already invited
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 1155 already invited
2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 – 698 already invited
2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 821 already invited
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1433 already invited
2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 962 already invited
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 1320 already invited
2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 4748 already invited
2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 1382 already invited
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 740 already invited
 
Next Invitation Rounds
 
Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the March 2017 are 3 invitation rounds are as follows:
 
15 March 2017
Visa subclass               Maximum number
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)        2000
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)     200
 
29 March 2017
Visa subclass               Maximum number
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)   2000
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)   200
 
Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (state or territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

skillselect-results-1-3-2017-occupation-ceilings
 

March 14th,2017 :

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupation List is under review

The Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) is currently under review.  While this review is underway intending migrants will not be invited to apply for Western Australian State nomination.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Western Australia.

March 10th,2017 : 

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Office Closure

AITSL has announced that the Assessment for Migration office will be closed on Monday 13 March 2017 for a public holiday.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with AITSL.

March 10th,2017 : 

Engineers Australia Migration Skills Assessment Update: Streamlining assessment process

Engineers Australia has announced that to streamline the Migration Skills Assessment process, Engineers Australia is implementing the following assessment policies from 15 March 2017:

  1. The applicant is given ONLY one opportunity to address any shortcoming(s) identified by the skills assessor
  2. A response to ALL of the shortcomings is required within 30 days
  3. To provide incomplete information OR no response within the stipulated time-frame may result in the application to be closed

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying or applied for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

March 10th,2017 : 

Vetassess Update: Office closure – Labour Day

Vetassess has announced that our Melbourne office will be closed on Monday 13th March 2017 and re-open on Tuesday 14thMarch 2017. 

Over the public holiday period we can still leave a voicemail on +61 3 9655 4801 or e-mail them at info@vetassess.com.au and they will respond to our enquiry upon return.

This update is applicable for all the clients applied for skills assessment with Vetassess.

March 9th, 2017 : 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

261312- Developer Programmer- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions- ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 9th, 2017 : 

NSW 489 sub class Regional Sponsorship Update: Change in the list of occupations of various regions within NSW

Few of the New South Wales (NSW) Regional Areas have added few of the occupations to their list. In order to apply for 489 sub class with any of the NSW regions, applicant’s occupation should be listed in that regional area’s list and should meet the requirements of that regional area. There are 7 regions in the entire state of NSW.

The below Occupation has been added to Orana Region

141311 Hotel or Motel Manager 

The below occupation has been added to Northern Inland Region;

233311 Electrical Engineer

The below occupations have been added to Riverina Region;

233513 Production or Plant Engineer 

234111 Agricultural Consultant 

234112 Agricultural Scientist

234711 Veterinarian

323211 Fitter (General)

323213 Fitter-Welder

324311 Vehicle Painter

342111 Airconditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic

351411 Cook

This update is applicable for all the applicants want to apply for NSW region sponsored 489 sub class visa.

March 9th, 2017 : 

Applications for ACT nomination – Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa – Processing timelines

ACT has announced the following:

Overseas applicants: The average processing time for applications lodged after 1 September is likely to be 6 months. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 10 September, 2016.

Canberra residents: The average processing time is 3 weeks. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 10 February 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants who have applied for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

March 9th, 2017 : 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

334114- Gasfitter -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; -Please contact Immigration SA before applying -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 4th, 2017 : 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

312912 -Metallurgical or Materials Technician -Special Conditions Apply-Competent English- VETASSESS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 4th, 2017 : 

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  1 March, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 1 March, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 432 (820 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

March 3rd, 2017 : 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

139914 -Quality Assurance Manager -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 28th, 2017:

Allocation dates for General Skilled Migration applications

General Skilled Migration (GSM) processing centres allocate applications in accordance with priority processing arrangements; and to meet the Migration Programme planning levels set by the government.

Effective 15 September 2015, the minister set priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas. Allocation dates outlined below reflect these priority processing arrangements.

GSM allocation dates

The tables below list the earliest lodgement dates for applications that have been allocated to processing teams. You can use this information to determine when your application will be allocated and to ensure your application is complete and ready for assessment.

GSM SkillSelect allocation information

Migration Programme planning levels take precedence over priority processing arrangements in determining the order in which applications are considered. Allocations occur in accordance with the requirements of these planning levels. This means that when necessary applications in Priority Group 4 are allocated ahead of Priority Group 3.

Priority processing information for GSM SkillSelect applications

Visa subclass                  Priority Group    Date

189 Skilled – Independent – Group 4 –  20 February 2017

190 Skilled – Nominated- Group 3 – 20 February 2017

489 Skilled – Regional – Group 3 – 20 February 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants who have lodged their EOIs.

February 28th, 2017:

DIBP Update: PLANNED SYSTEM MAINTENANCE

DIBP has announced that online lodgement of visa and citizenship applications and the Visa Pricing Estimator will be unavailable at the following dates/times Canberra time:

* 10pm until 11:59pm Tuesday 28 February 2017

ImmiAccount will be unavailable at the following dates/times Canberra time:

* 9pm Friday 3 March until 1pm Saturday 4 March 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

February 24th, 2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  15/02/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 15/02/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

2211 Accountants* out of 2500-  1904 already invited

2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 1045 already invited

2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 – 655 already invited

2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 763 already invited

2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1399 already invited

2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 906 already invited

2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 1200 already invited

2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 4298 already invited

2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 1282 already invited

2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 682 already invited

Next Invitation Rounds

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the March 2017 are 3 invitation rounds are as follows:

1 March 2017

Visa subclass                Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)       2000

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)      200

15 March 2017

Visa subclass               Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)        2000

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)     200

29 March 2017

Visa subclass               Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)   2000

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)   200

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (state or territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

This update is applicable for all the applicants filing or filed their EOIs.

February 24th, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

321212- Diesel Motor Mechanic- Low Availability -Competent English -TRA

263213- ICT Systems Test Engineer- Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required – see additional instructions- ACS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 24th, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

261311- Analyst Programmer -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required – see additional instructions -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 and 489 sub class.

February 24th, 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that Online lodgement of visa and citizenship applications will be unavailable at the following dates/times Canberra time:

* 2pm until 5pm Saturday 25 February 2017

Other ImmiAccount services will still be available.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

February 24th, 2017:

DIBP Update: Changes to visa lodgement arrangements in Australia

DIBP has announced that from 20 February 2017, you will no longer be able to lodge an application in person in Australia for the following visa subclasses:

  • Visitor visa (subclass 600 Tourist Stream)
  • Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835)
  • Carer visa (subclass 836)
  • Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 838) 
  • New Zealand (Family Relationship) visa (subclass 461).

Their preferred lodgement method for visas continues to be online through ImmiAccount.  This option is available for the  Visitor visa (subclass 600 Tourist Stream) applications.

The paper lodgement option is available for all the subclasses above. The paper application form must be sent by post or courier to the address specified on the application form.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for the above mentioned sub class visa.

February 22nd, 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

System outage – Friday 9 pm 3 March until Saturday 1 pm 4 March 2017 (Canberra time).

DIBP has announced that the following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator
  • Australian Trusted Trader
  • Humanitarian Entrants Management System
  • AMEP Reporting & Management System
  • Employment Suitability Clearance
  • Education Provider Portal.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa.

February 21st, 2017:

DIBP Update: UNPLANNED SYSTEM ISSUES

DIBP has announced that some users are currently experiencing a system unavailable error message when attempting to access applications in ImmiAccount. They are currently working to resolve the issue. If you cannot access your visa application, please try again later.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

February 18th, 2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  15 February, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 15 February, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 406 (772 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

February 16th, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

139912- Environmental Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 16th, 2017:

DIBP Update: Unplanned System issue

DIBP has announced that some users may be experiencing an error when attempting to pay for an application.  The issue is currently being investigated, please try again later.

Planned System Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable at the following dates/times Canberra time* midnight until 4am Monday 20 February 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

February 16th, 2017:

IPA Skills Assessment Update: Change in Fast Track (Australia Qualifications only) Service fee

As we all know that the IPA’s unique Fast Track service provides a guaranteed response of your qualification assessment within two business days.  This is applicable to holders of approved Australian degrees or Australia Graduates. This is NOT applicable to applicants whose qualifications are part or fully studied overseas or overseas qualifications. 

Fast Track assessments are only available to applicants who have fully completed:

  • a 12 unit Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) studied at an Australian university, after an underpinning undergraduate degree
  • an undergraduate degree studies at an Australian university
  • all 16 units of an MPA degree, studied at an Australian university

Fast Track assessments will NOT normally be available to applicants who have received exemptions or advanced standing for prior studies from overseas.

If you have studied an Australian degree, but currently reside overseas, you can still take advantage of the Fast Track option. 

This offer is valid only till 31 March 2017. Previously priced at $785, currently they have dropped the price to $550.

Please note that they do not offer a fast track service for skilled employment/work experience assessment applications.

This update is applicable for all applicants with the above mentioned Australia Qualifications applying for skills assessment with IPA.

February 16th, 2017:

IPA Skills Assessment Update: Change in Fast Track Service fee

As we all know that the IPA’s unique Fast Track service provides a guaranteed response of your qualification assessment within two business days.  This offer is only available to holders of approved Australian degrees, and cannot be offered for applications that rely in part or fully on overseas studies or qualifications. 

IPA has announced that effective until 31 March 2017, the IPA is proud to offer a specially discounted rate for all fast track applications.  Normally priced at $785, they have dropped the price to $550.

Please note that they do not offer a fast track service for skilled employment/work experience assessment applications.

This update is applicable for all the applicants with Australia Qualifications going for skills assessment with IPA.

February 16th, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

313112- ICT Customer Support Officer- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 14th, 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

Planned system outage – from 5 am until 9 am Wednesday 15 February 2017 Canberra time.

The following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is for all the applicants applying for visa.

February 14th, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

232214- Other Spatial Scientist -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English -VETASSESS

323214- Metal Machinist (First Class) -Low Availability- Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 10th, 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable at the following dates/times Canberra time:

* 5am until 9am Wednesday 15 February 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants lodging visa application.

February 9th, 2017:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Changes to the Migration Skills Assessment Program and Migration Points Advice

TRA has announced that on the 20 February 2017, updated program Guidelines and application requirements will be introduced for the Migration Skills Assessment Program (MSA) and Migration Points Advice (MPA). The most significant change is that all applications will be lodged electronically from 20 February 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment and points test advice with TRA.

February 9th, 2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  01/02/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 01/02/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

2211 Accountants* out of 2500-  1806 already invited

2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 990 already invited

2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 – 614 already invited

2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 734 already invited

2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1382 already invited

2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 878 already invited

2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 1140 already invited

2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 4073 already invited

2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 1232 already invited

2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 641 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants file their EOI & waiting for the invitation.

skillselect-results-01-02-2017-occupation-ceilings

February 8th, 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be be undergoing a system restart at the following dates/times Canberra time:

  • 7:30am until 8am Thursday 9 February 2017.

They have stated that this may impact your ability to access your account, or if you are already logged in your ImmiAccount session may time out.

This update is applicable for all the applicants lodging visa.

February 7th, 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable at the following dates/times Canberra time:

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 8 February 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

February 7th, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

132111- Corporate Services Manager- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 7th, 2017:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Temporary closure in skilled applications for ICT occupations

Victoria has announced that due to a large volume of skilled visa nomination applications received, applications for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations will be closed until 30 June 2017.

Further updates will be provided should this be extended.

The occupations affected by the temporary closure are:

  • 135112   ICT Project Manager
  • 261111   ICT Business Analyst
  • 261112   Systems Analyst
  • 261311   Analyst Programmer
  • 261312   Developer Programmer
  • 261313   Software Engineer
  • 261314   Software Tester
  • 261399   Software and Applications Programmers nec
  • 262111   Database Administrator
  • 262112   ICT Security Specialist
  • 263111   Computer Network and Systems Engineer

They stated that this temporary closure will allow processing of all outstanding applications and reduce the risk of delay for future applicants.   

All applications currently in process will be assessed against current guidelines and an outcome will be provided in due course.

Applications for all other occupations eligible for Victorian Government visa nomination remain open.

Note: Applicants applying under the streamlined PhD and 457 pathways are not affected by this closure and may apply with these ICT occupations during this time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants want to apply for state sponsorship with Victoria under 190 sub class.

February 4th, 2017:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: CURRENT PROCESSING TIMES

Applications for ACT nomination – Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa

Overseas applicants: The average processing time for applications lodged after 1 September is likely to be 6 months. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 8 September, 2016.

Canberra residents: The average processing time is 3 weeks. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 18 January 2017.

This update is applicable for applicants lodged their ACT state sponsorship applications.

February 4th, 2017:

Allocation dates for General Skilled Migration applications

General Skilled Migration (GSM) processing centres allocate applications in accordance with priority processing arrangements; and to meet the Migration Programme planning levels set by the government.

GSM allocation dates

The tables below list the earliest lodgement dates for applications that have been allocated to processing teams. You can use this information to determine when application will be allocated and to ensure application is complete and ready for assessment.

GSM SkillSelect allocation information

Migration Programme planning levels take precedence over priority processing arrangements in determining the order in which applications are considered. Allocations occur in accordance with the requirements of these planning levels. This means that when necessary applications in Priority Group 4 are allocated ahead of Priority Group 3.

Priority processing information for GSM SkillSelect applications

Visa subclass- –

189 Skilled – Independent- Priority group 4 – 4 January 2017

190 Skilled – Nominated- Priority group 3 – 19 January 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants lodged their visa.

February 4th, 2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 1 February 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 1 February, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 347 (676 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only. 

February 3rd, 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

Planned System Maintenance on Monday 6 February 2017

From midnight until 4 am Canberra time, the following systems will become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa application.

February 2nd, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

149915 Equipment Hire Manager Medium Availability Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) VETASSESS

263112 Network Administrator Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS 

263299 ICT Support and Test Engineers nec Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 2nd, 2017:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: 2017 Western Australian skilled migration occupation list

The Department of Training and Workforce Development has released the 2017 Western Australian skilled migration occupation list.

You must have an occupation on the WASMOL and have relevant Australian or overseas work experience to be invited to apply for State nomination.

They have stated that if you have received an invitation or lodged an application for State nomination before 1 February 2017, your application will not be affected by the changes to the list.

The below occupations have been added to the list;

  • 149411-Fleet Manager
  • 323112-Aircraft Maintenance Engineer(Mechanical)
  • 342211-Electrical Linesworker
  • 451399-Funeral Workers nec

  • 361112-Horse Trainer

  • 134311-School Principal

  • 135112-ICT Project Manager

  • 141311-Hotel or motel manager

  • 351211-Butcher or small goods maker

The below occupations have been removed from the list;

133111 Construction project manager

133112 Project builder

133512 Production manager (manufacturing)

141111 Cafe or restaurant manager**  

221111 Accountant (general)

232111 Architect

232212 Surveyor  

233211 Civil engineer 

241213 Primary school teacher

241311 Middle school teacher

251312 Occupational health and safety adviser

254416 Registered nurse (development disability)

254417 Registered nurse (disability and rehabilitation) 

254418 Registered nurse (medical)

254425 Registered nurse (paediatrics)

254499 Registered nurses nec

271111 Barrister

271311 Solicitor

272613 Welfare worker

312114 Construction estimator

312311 Electrical engineering draftsperson 

312312 Electrical engineering technician   

312411 Electronic engineering draftsperson

312412 Electronic engineering technician

331111 Bricklayer

333211 Fibrous plasterer

333212 Solid plasterer

333411 Wall and floor tiler

341111  Electrician (general)

341112 Electrician (special class)

411111 Ambulance officer

411112  Intensive care ambulance paramedic

441212 Fire fighter

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 1st, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update
 
South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :
 
272613 -Welfare Worker- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient Overall) AND 2 years work experience in field ; Provisional 489 visa only ; South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months.- ACWA
 
We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.
 
This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 and 489 sub class.

February 1st, 2017:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closed occupations on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list

The following occupations on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list are now closed:

  • ANZSCO 221111 Accountant (general)
  • ANZSCO 272613 Welfare worker
  • ANZSCO 341111 Electrician (general).

They stated that if your occupation is closed you will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination.

If you have already received an invitation, your application will not be affected.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Western Australia.

January 31st,2017 :

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Changes to the Migration Skills Assessment Program and Migration Points Advice

TRA has announced that from the 13 February 2017, updated program Guidelines and application requirements will be introduced for the Migration Skills Assessment Program (MSA) and Migration Points Advice (MPA). The most significant change is that all applications will be lodged electronically from 13 February 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for Skills Assessment and Points Advice with TRA.

January 31st,2017 :

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Current Processing Timelines

Engineers Australia has announced due to higher than expected demand during the holiday period the current turnaround time for Fast Track CDR applications is 26 working days.  They have stated that additional resources have been put in place to address this delay. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

January 27th,2017 :

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Change in the list of occupations

Queensland has included the occupation 232112 Landscape Architect in the occupations list.

There are quite a few changes happening to the list on a regular basis, they are also restricting few occupations for either of 190 or 489 sub class visas, please kindly refer to the occupations list on the Queensland website.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 25th,2017 :

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Office closure

AITSL has announced that the AITSL Assessment for Migration office will be closed on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 of January, and will reopen on Monday 30 January.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AITSL.

January 25th,2017 :

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Office closure – Australia Day

Vetassess has announced that their Melbourne and Perth offices will be closed on Thursday 26th January 2017 and re-open on Friday 27th January 2017. 

Over the public holiday period you can still leave a voicemail on +61 3 9655 4801 or e-mail us at info@vetassess.com.au and we will respond to your enquiry upon our return.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Vetassess.

January 25th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

135112 -ICT Project Manager -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions- ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

January 24th,2017 :

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  18/01/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 18/01/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

2211 Accountants* out of 2500-  1708 already invited

2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 935 already invited

2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 – 563 already invited

2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 705 already invited

2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1365 already invited

2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 850 already invited

2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 1080 already invited

2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 3848 already invited

2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 1182 already invited

2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 597 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for EOI.

skillselect-results-18-01-2017

January 24th,2017 :

ACT State Sponsorship Update: CURRENT PROCESSING TIMES

Applications for ACT nomination – Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa

Overseas applicants: The average processing time for applications lodged after 1 September is likely to be 6 months. We are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 7 September, 2016.

Canberra residents: The average processing time is 3 weeks. We are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 10 January 2017.

Applications for RCB support of an employer nomination

We are currently processing applications for RCB support received on 17 January 2016. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applied for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

January 24th,2017 :

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Change in the list of occupations

Queensland has amended the list of occupations for offshore & instate applicants, the following occupations have been removed from the list. Please go through the Queensland website for further details.

  • Construction Project Manager
  • Training & Development Professional
  • Dentist

    Architectural Draftsperson

  • Medical Laboratory Technician

  • Pharmacy Technician

  • Building Associate

  • Construction Estimator

  • Civil Engineering Draftsperson

  • Civil Engineering Technician

  • Landscape Architect

Looks like they have removed all the occupations added by mistake on the 19th January, AND they also removed 232112 Landscape Architect.

NOTE: Few of the occupations are being sponsored only for a particular sub class of visa either 190 or 489 sub class. Please kindly go through the website & check the list of occupations under the below link to find out which sub class you can file the EOI for that particular occupation.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 23th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

133312- Wholesaler -Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS 

139912 -Environmental Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS 

139914- Quality Assurance Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS

149212 -Customer Service Manager -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

261312- Developer Programmer -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions- ACS 

262113 -Systems Administrator- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions -ACS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 23th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

35112- ICT Project Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions -ACS 

224311 -Economist- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 20th,2017 :

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 18 January 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 18 January, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 459 (855 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

 

January 20th,2017 :

ANMAC Skills Assessment Update: Details & changes in documents

ANMAC has announced that Current processing time for skills assessment applications is 8 weeks.

It has announced that commencing 1 February 2017 ANMAC will require a certified copy of your basic transcript from your Australian Bachelor degree. This is to be posted together with other documentation.

Further stated that ANMAC no longer requires you to request a ‘Certificate of Registration Status’ from AHPRA. ANMAC can now verify your registration online.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for Skills Assessment with ANMAC.

January 20th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

149212 Customer Service Manager High Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS 

261312 Developer Programmer High Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS 

Note:As per yesterday list, The above two occupations are shown as Low Availability, Now the occupations are shown as High Availability

342311 Business Machine Mechanic Medium Availability Competent English TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 19th,2017 :

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Change in the list of occupations

Queensland has amended the list of occupations for offshore & instate applicants, the following occupations have been added in the list. Please go through the queensland website for further details.

  • Construction Project Manager
  • Training & Development Professional
  • Dentist
  • Architectural Draftsperson

  • Medical Laboratory Technician

  • Pharmacy Technician

  • Building Associate

  • Construction Estimator

  • Civil Engineering Draftsperson

  • Civil Engineering Technician

This update is applicable for applicants going for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 19th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

133411 Manufacturer Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) VETASSESS

135112 ICT Project Manager High Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS 

Note:As compared to yesterday list, The above occupation is shown as Low Availability, now it is as High Availability.

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 19th,2017 :

Northern Territory State Sponsorship Update: Change in the Occupation List.

Northern Territory has slightly changed the occupations list the following is the only change noticed in the requirements section of the below occupation, rest all remains the same.

211311-Photographer-Offshore applicants must provide evidence of having received an offer of employment by a NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Northern Territory under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 17th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

133312 Wholesaler High Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) VETASSESS

Note:As compared to yesterday list , The above occupation is shown as Medium Availability, now it is as High Availability.

139914 Quality Assurance Manager High Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) VETASSESS 

Note:As compared to yesterday list , The above occupation is shown as Low Availability, now it is as High Availability.

224311 Economist High Availability Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) VETASSESS 

Note:As compared to yesterday list , The above occupation is shown as Special Conditions, now it is as High Availability.

262113 Systems Administrator High Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS 

Note:As compared to yesterday list , The above occupation is shown as Low Availability, now it is as High Availability.

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 17th,2017 :

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

On Wednesday 18 January 2017

DIBP has announced Planned System Maintenance From 5 am until 7am Canberra time, the following systems will become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa application.

January 16th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Launch of new Immigration SA Registration website portal

South Australia has announced the launch of new Immigration SA Registration website portal!

They have stated:

If you are a NEW user, you will need to complete the registration form.  

If you are an EXISTING user, you will be able to log in using your current username OR email address, your password will remain unchanged.   

Please note that all existing applications will remain valid for thirty (30) days. Following this time you will need register as a new user to commence a new application.   

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 16th,2017 :

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  04/01/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 04/01/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

2211 Accountants* out of 2500-  1610 already invited

2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 880 already invited

2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 – 523 already invited

2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 676 already invited

2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1348 already invited

2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 822 already invited

2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 1020 already invited

2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 3623 already invited

2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 1132 already invited

2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 561 already invited

consolidated-list-16-01-2017

 

January 16th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

139912 -Environmental Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS

232313 -Jewellery Designer -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English- VETASSESS

261112- Systems Analyst -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ;- 70 points required – see additional instructions- ACS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 16th,2017 :

ACT State Sponsorship Update: ACT OCCUPATION LIST WILL BE UPDATED IN JULY 2017

ACT has announced that the demand for ACT occupations will be reassessed in July 2017. The updated ACT Occupation List will be published when the ACT Migration Program reopens to overseas applicants in July 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

January 16th,2017 :

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced Planned System Maintenance & has stated that ImmiAccount will be unavailable at the following dates/times Canberra time:

* 5am until 7am Wednesday 18 January 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa process.

January 16th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Planned System Maintenance

South Australia has announced that there is a planned system outage scheduled from 9am until 12pm on Monday 16 January 2017 ACST (UTC +9.30), users will be unable to Login/Register during this time. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 11th,2017 :

DIBP Update: UNPLANNED SYSTEM OUTAGE

DIBP has announced that they are aware that clients may be experiencing difficulty logging in to ImmiAccount. They are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution as soon as possible.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for lodging a visa application.

January 11th,2017 :

ANMAC Skills Assessment Update: Application Processing Timelines

ANMAC has announced that they received a large volume of applications during the shutdown period. They anticipate the backlog of applications will be cleared by Monday 16 January 2017. If you have any queries in relation to your application please email skilledmigration@anmac.org.au. 

All new applicants from the 9 January 2017 will receive their determination letter via registered post (within Australia only).

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with ANMAC.

January 7th,2017 :

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closed occupation on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list

Western Australia has announced that the following occupation on the Western Australian skilled occupation list is now closed:

  • ANZSCO 233111 Chemical engineer.

If your occupation is closed you will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination.

If you have already received an invitation, your application will not be affected.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 4th,2017 :

Vetassess Trade Occupations Skills Assessment Update: Increase in the skills assessment fee

Vetassess has announced that they have increased the fee for skill assessment process. Please find below the new fees applicable. They stated that this increase applies to all trade occupations with the exception of Airconditioning and Refrigeration mechanic – the fee for this occupation will reduced to be comparable with other trades.

Estimated new application fees

Stage 1 – Training and employment Check 

(signed application form and supporting documents must be posted to East Melbourne – Headquarters)

Online application form AUD $660.00

(additional AUD $100.00 for manually completed application form)

Stage 2 – Skills Assessment

Technical interview – AUD $1400.00

Practical demonstration – AUD $1640.00

Reassessment (if you have an unsuccessful assessment outcome)

Stage 1 – Training and employment check – AUD $416.00

Stage 2 – Skills Assessment – AUD $675.00

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment under trade occupation with Vetassess.

 

December 29th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

261312- Developer Programmer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS 

312912- Metallurgical or Materials Technician -Low Availability -Competent English -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 23rd, 2016 :

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  21/12/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 21/12/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

2211 Accountants* out of 2500-  1512 already invited

2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 825 already invited

2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 647 already invited

2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1331 already invited

2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 960 already invited

2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 3398 already invited

2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 1082 already invited

2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 533 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants waiting for invitations from DIBP.

skillselect-invitation-round-results-21-12-16-occupation-ceilings

December 23rd, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

232313 -Jewellery Designer -Low Availability- Competent English- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 23rd, 2016 :

Vetassess Update: Increase in fee for Chinese Qualifications Verification Service

Vetassess has announced that effective 3 January 2017, new fees will apply for our Chinese Qualification Verification Service. 

Please find attached the table regarding the new fee. 

This update is applicable for applicants going for Chinese Qualifications Verification Service with Vetassess.

chinese-qlfns-verification-pricing-table-jan-2017

December 23rd, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closure for Christmas and Reporting a system issue/outage

Immigration SA has announced that their staff will be unavailable for enquiries and appointments from 1pm Friday 23rd December until 9am Tuesday 3rd January 2017, however if anyone is experiencing any technical issues they would be grateful if they could provide a brief description of the problem in the form in their website.

They stated that Immigration SA staff will endeavour to respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for South Australia State Sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 23rd, 2016 :

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 21 December 2016.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 21 December, 2016.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 395 (791 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

December 22nd, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

139914- Quality Assurance Manager- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 21th, 2016 :

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: System Maintenance

Engineers Australia has announced that due to system maintenance, the following Engineers Australia services are unavailable until further notice. They said that they apologize for any inconvenience caused.

  • myPortal

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

December 20th, 2016 :

ANMAC Skills Assessment Update: Closure of Office for Christmas

ANMAC has announced that their office will be closed from Friday 23 December 2016 and open on Monday 9 January 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with ANMAC.

December 20th, 2016 :

Northern Inland Regional Sponsorship Update: Closure of office for Christmas

RDA Northern Inland has announced that they will accept the submission of applications between Thursday 15th December 2016 and Tuesday 3rd January 2017 BUT State nomination will not occur during this time as they will not be working during this period.

Please do not pay the priority processing fee between these dates, as they cannot guarantee processing during this time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for regional sponsorship with Northern Inland under 489 sub class.

December 20th, 2016 :

Southern Inland Regional Sponsorship Update: CHRISTMAS SHUTDOWN PERIOD 2016-2017

They have announced that RDA Southern Inland will be closed on 23 December 2016 and reopen on Monday 9 January 2017.

The RCB will be closed from Friday 16 December 2016 to Wednesday 1 February 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for regional sponsorship with Southern Inland region in NSW.

December 20th, 2016 :

NSW State Sponsorship Update: Closure of office for Christmas

NSW has announced that the NSW business and skilled migration office will close on 24 December 2016 for the holiday period, and will reopen on 9 January 2017. During this time, they are unable to process nomination applications or respond to your enquiries. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with NSW.

December 20th, 2016 :

ACT State Sponsorship: Current Processing Times

Applications for ACT nomination – Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa

Overseas applicants: The average processing time for applications lodged after 1 September is likely to be 6 months. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 5 September, 2016.

Canberra residents: The average processing time is 4 weeks. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 25 November, 2016.

Applications for RCB support of an employer nomination

They are currently processing applications for RCB support received on 24 November, 2016.

The average processing time for applications is 3 to 4 weeks. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applied for state sponsorship with ACT.

December 19th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship: Closure of office for Christmas

Immigration SA has announced that Immigration SA staff will not be available for enquiries and appointments from Friday 23rd December until 9am Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

They remain open for application acceptance via the website.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 19th, 2016 :

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Christmas Shutdown 2016

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has announced that their office will be closed for the Christmas/New year period.

The TRA telephone enquiry line and email enquiry services will close at 4pm, Thursday 22 December 2016 and will reopen at 10am Monday, 9 January 2017. 

They have further stated not to send enquiries to TRA during this period. Enquiries sent during this period will not be actioned.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with TRA.

December 19th, 2016 :

Skillselect Update: Proposed maintenance work on SkillSelect on 19 December

DIBP has announced that maintenance work is due to be carried out on Monday 19 December and will impact SkillSelect availability.

The outage is expected to occur between 8pm and 10pm AEDST Monday 19 December 2016 and will cause unavailability of the SkillSelect system.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for EOI & visa application.

December 19th, 2016 :

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Closure of office for Christmas

AITSL Assessment for Migration has announced that their office will be closed from Friday 23 December 2016 and will reopen Tuesday 3 January 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with AITSL.

December 19th, 2016 :

New Zealand EOI Update: Expression of Interest selections over the holiday period for Skilled Migrant and Investor 2 categories

During the upcoming holiday period, the Expression of Interest selections will be delayed until later in January 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest (EOI) final draw for 2016 will take place on Wednesday 21st December. The first draw in 2017 will take place on Wednesday the 18 January 2017.

The Investor 2 Expression of Interest (EOI) final draw for 2016 will take place on Thursday 22 December. The first draw in 2017 will take place on Thursday the 19 January.

Immigration New Zealand offices within New Zealand will be closed between 25 December 2016 and the 3 of January 2017. Applicants may experience some delays in receiving any Invitation to Apply (ITA) under the Skilled Migrant Category or Investor 2 categories.

This update is applicable for all the skilled migrants and investors applying for New Zealand Migration.

December 17th, 2016 :

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Website under scheduled maintenance

Western Australia has announced that currently their website is undergoing scheduled maintenance.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 14th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

133111 -Construction Project Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS

261399- Software and Applications Programmers nec- Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ;- 70 points required – see additional instructions- ACS 

263211- ICT Quality Assurance Engineer- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required – see additional instructions -ACS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 13th, 2016 :
Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closed occupation on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list
 
Western Australia has announced that the following occupation on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list is now closed:
ANZSCO 331111 Bricklayer
If your occupation is closed you will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination.
If you have already received an invitation, your application will not be affected.
 
This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 12th, 2016 :

DIBP update:GSM SkillSelect allocation information

DIBP has announced the Migration Programme planning levels take precedence over priority processing arrangements in determining the order in which applications are considered. Allocations occur in accordance with the requirements of these planning levels. This means that when necessary applications in Priority Group 4 are allocated ahead of Priority Group 3.

Priority processing information for GSM SkillSelect applications

Visa subclass

Priority group 3

Priority group 4

189 Skilled – Independent

N/A

24 November 2016

190 Skilled – Nominated

24 November 2016

N/A

489 Skilled – Regional

24 November 2016

24 November 2016

This update is applicable for all the applicants who lodged their visa applications under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

December 12th, 2016 :

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closure over the Christmas holidays

Western Australia has announced that the Migration Services office will be closed from 2.00 pm on Friday 23 December 2016 till 8.30 am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

No invitations for State nomination will be sent during this time. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 12th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

263111 -Computer Network and Systems Engineer- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ;- 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 12th, 2016 :

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Closure of office

BSMQ has announced that their office will close from Saturday 24 December 2016 will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

Please note that they will not review any new EOIs or process any nominations during these dates. Please ensure you lodge your applications before Thursday 22 December 2016 or after Tuesday 3 January 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

 

December 12th, 2016 :

Please find the update on latest EOI draw , 07/12/2016

369 (712 registrants) EOIs with a points total of 160 or more

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

December 12th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

139912- Environmental Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS 

254499- Registered Nurse nec- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) AND 3 years work experience in field- ANMAC 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 12th, 2016 :

AACA Update: Christmas Close Down

AACA has announced that their office will be closed from 4pm on 23 December 2016 until Tuesday 3 January 2017.

They has stated that they we won’t be able to accept courier deliveries within that period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with AACA.

December 9th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

121411- Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 8th, 2016 :
South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

232214- Other Spatial Scientist- Low Availability- Competent English- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 8th, 2016 :
Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Release of updated skilled occupations list

An updated Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL) – Offshore and Interstate list has been released. Please note that the following occupations have been removed from the Offshore or Interstate occupation list. 

· Construction Project Manager
· Training & Development Professional
· Dentist
· Architectural Draftsperson
· Medical Laboratory Technician
· Pharmacy Technician
· Building Associate
· Construction Estimator
· Civil Engineering Draftsperson
· Civil Engineering Technician

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

queensland-state-occupations-list-dec-2016

December 8th, 2016 :
DIBP update: Planned Systems Maintenance

Planned system outage – from 10 pm Sunday 11 December to 5 am Monday 12 December Canberra time

The following systems will become unavailable during the above times:
ImmiAccount
eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
My Health Declarations (MHD) service
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).
If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ message during this time, try again after the outage period.

Planned system maintenance: Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.
From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:
ImmiAccount
eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
LEGENDcom
Visa pricing estimator.
If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for visa application.

December 8th, 2016 :
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council Update: Changes in the skills assessment fee

ANMAC has announced the changes in the skills assessment fee. The following are the details of the same:

New Migration skills assessment fees
Full assessment – $600.00
Modified assessment – $430.00

New Other service fees
Letter of Determination (LOD) reissue – $65.00
Professional reference assessment – $130.00
Appeal of assessment decision – $400.00

Please note: Assessment fees do not attract the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
They have stated that ANMAC fees are adjusted each financial year to cover the costs associated with completing assessments for skilled migration.

They also stated that they only accept payment using a Visa or MasterCard (Visa or MasterCard debit are also accepted) though electronic transaction when completing the online application form. Payments are processed the day they are received, in Australian dollars. A copy of the transaction record is emailed upon successful payment.

Please note that ANMAC does not accept American Express or Diners Club Credit Cards.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with ANMAC.

December 8th, 2016 :
South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

261112 -Systems Analyst- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 and 489 sub class.

December 8th, 2016 :
Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 23/11/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 23/11/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

2211 Accountants* out of 2500- 1316 already invited
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 715 already invited
2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 589 already invited
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1297 already invited
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 780 already invited
2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 2948 already invited
2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 982 already invited
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 438 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

December 5th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Current Processing Timelines

South Australia has announced that processing times for state nomination of skilled and business migrants vary across visa types.

Further they stated that Immigration SA makes every effort to process all nominations quickly – within the timeframes listed – but this does depend on the documentation you provide. If during assessment they discover more information is needed, processing will take longer.

Immigration SA will notify you or the authorised recipient by email once a decision has been reached.

General skilled nomination applications Application type Current average processing time – Skilled provisional nomination subclass 489/190 – 6 weeks

 Applications for RCB advice – 7 weeks

Innovation and investment provisional nomination subclass 188, Business owner permanent nomination subclass 892/893, Investor retirement provisional nomination subclass 405 – including renewal applications – 2 weeks

Business talent permanent nomination subclass 132 – 2 weeks

Significant investor provisional nomination subclass 188 – 1 week

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state nomination with South Australia.

December 5th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

312312- Electrical Engineering Technician- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 5th, 2016 :

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times Canberra time:

* midnight until 4am Monday 12 December 2016.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa application.

December 5th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

261311- Analyst Programmer -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS 

261313- Software Engineer -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 2nd,2016 : 

DIBP Update: Planned system outage – Monday 5 December from midnight to 4am Canberra time

The following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

Planned system maintenance

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa application.

December 2nd,2016 : 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

263113- Network Analyst -Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 2nd,2016 : 

Vetassess Update: Closing over the New year

Vetassess has announced that they are closing over the New year break from 24/12/2016 to 02/01/2017. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Vetassess.

December 2nd,2016 : 

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Removal of two occupations from Victorian Visa Nomination Occupation Lists

Victoria has announced that the following occupations have been removed from the Victorian Visa Nomination Occupation Lists:

234411 Geologist  

234412 Geophysicist

Applications will close for these occupations on 31 December 2016.

This update is applicable all the applicants going for State Sponsorship with Victoria state.

 November 29th,2016 :

AIM Skills Assessment Update: Closure of office 

AIM has announced that due to the festive season, the AIM Skilled Migration Unit will close Thursday 15 December 2016 and reopen Tuesday 3 January 2017. There will be delay in processing applications.

Further they have mentioned the below new addresses:

New postal address is GPO Box 2229, Brisbane Qld 4000, Australia

New courier address is Level 16, 40 Creek Street, Brisbane Qld 4000, Australia

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with AIM.

November 28th,2016 :

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Application Processing Timelines

Applications for ACT nomination – Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa

Overseas applicants: The average processing time for applications lodged after 1 September is likely to be 6 months. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 2 September, 2016.

Canberra residents: The average processing time is 4 weeks. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 26 October, 2016.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applied for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

November 25th,2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

149413- Transport Company Manager- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS  

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 25th,2016 :

Skillselect Update: Proposed maintenance work on Sunday 27 November 2016

Skillselect has announced that maintenance work is due to be carried out this Sunday 27 November and may impact SkillSelect availability.

Possible outages may to occur between 7am AEDST and 11am AEDST.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for EOI.

November 25th,2016 :

DIBP Update: Planned system outage – from 2 pm until 5 pm (Canberra time) Saturday 26 November 2016

DIBP has announced that the following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • Visa Pricing Estimator

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • border.gov.au website

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa application.

 

November 25th,2016 :

Flagged Occupations on the SOL for 2016 –17

Australian Government Department of Education and Training has listed the Flagged Occupations on the SOL for 2016-17.

Flagged Occupations means that there are possible chances that these occupations may be removed from SOL in July, 2017 when a new SOL will be released. Currently these occupations are under review for removal from SOL of 2017 and consultations are going on. Please note that this is just a rough estimate or indication that the occupation might be removed. In the previous years as well we used to see this list of Flagged occupations, however all the occupations flagged have not been removed from the next year SOL.

Please go through the list attached for the details of the occupations that are under review. As per the list most of the Engineering, Accounting, Medical, Maritime & other occupations are flagged, hence we need to advise all these clients to file their applications faster so that they file their visa application before June 2017.

In addition to the above we need to advise all our clients with the occupations mentioned in the attached list to file their applications faster and ensure that they receive the invitations & file for visa before June 2017.

Please note that if any of the occupations are removed from SOL in July 2017 then that occupation applicants will not be eligible for 189 sub class.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skilled migration under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

flagged-occupations-on-the-sol-for-2016-17-1

November 24rd,2016 :

ACS Skills Assessment Update: End of Year Closure 2016/17 

The ACS announced that all their offices will be closed from Friday 23rd December 2016 and will re-open on Monday 9th January 2017.   

Phone and email enquiries will be not be available during this time. 

Skill assessment applications can still be submitted during this time via the Online Application Form

All skills assessments not completed before Friday 23rd December 2016 will be finalised after Monday 9th January 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with ACS.

November 24rd,2016 :

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  9/11/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 9/11/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

2211 Accountants* out of 2500-  1218 already invited

2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 660 already invited

2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 560 already invited

2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1280 already invited

2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 720 already invited

2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 2723 already invited

2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 932 already invited

2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 395 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skilled migration under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

skillselect-invitation-round-results-9-11-2016-occupation-ceilings

November 24rd,2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

132211 -Finance Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) AND 3 years work experience in field ; South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months. -CPA / CA / IPA

411411- Enrolled Nurse- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; Provisional 489 visa only- ANMAC 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 23rd,2016 :

Please find the update : on latest EOI draw , 23/11/2016

415 (808 registrants) EOIs with a points total of 160 or more

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

November 22nd,2016 :

Northern Territory State Sponsorship Update: English Language Requirements

Northern Territory has announced that a verifiable evidence of English proficiency, where this is required. The NT Government accepts all English tests approved by DIBP however applicants who are taking the Pearson English test are required to select ‘Northern Territory Government’ at the time of registering to enable the NT Government to verify the results.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with NT under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 22nd,2016 :

Northern Territory State Sponsorship Update: Change in the requirements for few of the occupations.

Northern Territory has amended the list of the occupations and for most of the ICT occupations & few other occupations it has updated that Offshore applicants must provide evidence of having received an offer of employment by a NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Northern Territory under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 21st,2016 :

DIBP Update: UNPLANNED SYSTEM ISSUE

DIBP has announced that they are aware that some clients are currently experiencing intermittent issues when logging into ImmiAccount. They suggest clearing your browser history and logging in again. They also stated that they are aware of the issue and are working towards resolving the issue. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa process.

November 21st,2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

351112- Pastry Cook -Low Availability-Competent English -AND 2 years work experience in field;- Provisional 489 visa only -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 489 sub class.

November 18th,2016 :

Skillselect update: Proposed maintenance work on SkillSelect for 18 and 19 November

 DIBP has announced that maintenance work is due to be carried out this Friday and Saturday and will impact SkillSelect availability.

The outage is expected to occur between 9pm AEDST Friday 18 November 2016 and 8am AEDST Saturday 19 November 2016 and will cause unavailability of the SkillSelect system.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for EOI or Visa applications.

November 18th,2016 :

DIBP Update: System maintenance and technical issues

DIBP has announced the below detailed information about their planned system maintenance and technical issues you might see when using our systems.

Planned system maintenance

System outage – Friday 9 pm 18 November until Saturday 8 am 19 November 2016 (Canberra time)

The following systems will be unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa Finder
  • Visa pricing estimator.

Cessation of subclass 400 and 488 online applications

The online application forms for the current Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400) and Superyacht Crew visa (subclass 488) will cease on the 18 November 2016 due to the new Temporary Activity visa framework commencing on the 19 November 2016.

Any subclass 400 or 488 applications in ImmiAccount that have not been submitted by 7 pm (AEDT) on 18 November 2016 cannot be lodged and will be set to a status of ‘discontinued’ in ImmiAccount. Applicants will then need to complete a new application on a new form.

New declaration questions to be added to online application forms

Any application that has a status of ‘Ready to submit’ on Friday 18 November 2016 will change to ‘Incomplete’, to ensure that you review your application and answer any new questions that have been added to the form. We recommend that you complete and submit your application before Friday 18 November 2016.

Suspension of BPAY request payment option – from Sunday midnight 13 November until Saturday 19 November 2016 (Canberra time)

The BPAY Request payment option will be unavailable from midnight Sunday 13 November 2016 until Saturday 19 November 2016.

If you choose BPAY, your BPAY transfer must reach the Department before 7 pm on 18 November 2016.  Applications not paid by 18 November 2016 might be invalid or delayed.

Payment by Credit Card or PayPal will be available.

System outage – from midnight until 4 am Monday 21 November 2016 (Canberra time)

The following systems will be unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time , the following systems might become unavailable:

  • border.gov.au website

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa application.

November 14th,2016 :

DIBP Update: Upcoming Systems Outage

DIBP has announced that there will be an outage to upgrade their systems from 9pm Friday 18 November until 8am Saturday 19 November 2016 (AEDT). This will include changes to a number of online application forms.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa application process.

November 14th,2016 :

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Change in the list of the occupations

Western Australia has announced that the following occupation on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list is now restricted:

  • ANZSCO 233111 Chemical engineer.

Invitations to apply for State nomination (for this occupation) will be limited.

If you have already received an invitation, your application will not be affected.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 14th,2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

262111- Database Administrator -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS 

263111- Computer Network and Systems Engineer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS 

313112 ICT -Customer Support Officer- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

 

November 10th,2016 :

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

System outage – Friday 9 pm 18 November until Saturday 8 am 19 November 2016 (Canberra time)

The following systems will be unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa Finder
  • Visa pricing estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time , the following systems might become unavailable:

  • border.gov.au website

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa process.

November 10th,2016 :

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  26/10/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 26/10/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 2500-  1120 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 – 605 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 560 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 – 1280 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 – 660 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 – 2498 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 882 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 364 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

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November 9th,2016 :

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Temporary closure in skilled applications for ICT occupations

Victoria State has announced that due to a large volume of skilled visa nomination applications received, applications for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations will not be accepted from 11 November 2016 to 6 March 2017.

The closure will be for a period of four months, however further updates will be provided should this be extended.

The occupations affected by the temporary closure are:

  • 135112   ICT Project Manager
  • 261111   ICT Business Analyst
  • 261112   Systems Analyst
  • 261311   Analyst Programmer
  • 261312   Developer Programmer
  • 261313   Software Engineer
  • 261314   Software Tester
  • 261399   Software and Applications Programmers nec
  • 262111   Database Administrator
  • 262112   ICT Security Specialist
  • 263111   Computer Network and Systems Engineer

This temporary closure will allow processing of all outstanding applications and reduce the risk of delay for future applicants.   

All applications currently in process, and received prior to this date, will be assessed against current guidelines and an outcome will be provided in due course.

Applications for all other occupations eligible for Victorian Government visa nomination remain open.

Note: Applicants applying under the streamlined PhD and 457 pathwaysare not affected by this closure and may apply with these ICT occupations during this time.

This update is applicable for all applicants going for state sponsorship with Victoria under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 8th,2016 :

Engineers Australia Update: Scheduled Maintenance & Status of Fast Track Applications

Scheduled Maintenance

Engineers Australia has announced that myPortal is currently undergoing maintenance to improve the stability of this service. The service will be back on line at 10:30PM AEDST, and they apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Fast Track Applications

Please note: Fast Track Applications lodged between 5th December 2016 and 31st January 2017 will be affected by the End of year shut down and may take longer than the advertised 15 working days to reach an assessing case officer.

They are expecting to be back on track with their advertised 15 day turnaround period from 1st February 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

November 8th,2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

149212- Customer Service Manager-Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -; Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 489 sub class.

November 5th,2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

262112 -ICT Security Specialist- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required – see additional instructions ACS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 4th,2016 :

DIBP update: Planned system maintenance

Planned system outage – from 2 pm until 7 pm (Canberra time) Saturday 5 November 2016

The following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Pricing Estimator

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time , the following systems might become unavailable:

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

November 4th,2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

351411 Cook Medium Availability Competent English ; Provisional 489 visa only TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 489 sub class.

November 1st,2016 :

DIBP Update: PLANNED SYSTEMS MAINTENANCE

DIBP has announced that their Online lodgement services will be unavailable on the following dates/times

Canberra time: * 2pm until 7pm Saturday 5 November 2016

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa application.

October 28th,2016 : 

Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA) Update: Work references details

ICAA has stated that the work references must include the below information:

  • Must be on company letterhead – this must clearly indicate full address (street and PO Box) of the company and any telephone, fax numbers, email and website addresses.
  • Include the job title.
  • Provide proof of service (i.e. exact period of employment).
  • Detailed job description or task list (tasks copied from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) occupation definitions will not be accepted).
  • State how many hours per week worked in the role and whether the role was full or part time.
  • State whether the role was permanent, temporary or contract.
  • Be signed by direct the line manager, CEO, or HR representative – name and position of signatory must be typed or stamped below the signature. A reference with an illegible signature will not be accepted.
  • Include the direct contact number of the person writing the reference.
  • Applicant’s salary.

They further stated that they will only accept a statutory declaration/ affidavit listing the job description/ task list. All other information must come from the company on official company letterhead.

Skilled employment must be paid and continuous for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Irregular periods averaging 20 hours a week over several weeks/ months will not be considered.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with ICAA.

October 28th,2016

Vetassess Update: Office Closure

Vetassess has announced that their East Melbourne office will be closed on Tuesday, 1st November 2016 (Melbourne Cup Public Holiday) and reopen on Wednesday, 2nd November 2016. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Vetassess.

October 28th,2016 : 

New Zealand Skilled Migration Category: TOEFL iBT is accepted

Immigration New Zealand has stated that qualifying to work in New Zealand just got easier. Immigration New Zealand just announced that starting November 21, 2016, you can submit a TOEFL iBT®score to prove English-language proficiency for the Skilled Migration Category. To qualify for a skilled migration visa, applicants will need to obtain a total score of 79 or greater on the TOEFL test. Applicants can use their score from a TOEFL test they sat for within the last 2 years of the date they submit their application. 

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

October 28th,2016 : 

Please find the update on latest EOI draw , 26/10/2016

446 (849 registrants) EOIs with a points total of 160 or more

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

October 27th,2016 : 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

131112 Sales and Marketing Manager Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) AIM 

139913 Laboratory Manager Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

 

October 26th,2016 : 

AIM Address Update:

AIM has announced its new addresses the following are the details of the same.

New postal address is GPO Box 2229, Brisbane Qld 4000, Australia

New courier address is Level 16, 40 Creek Street, Brisbane Qld 4000, Australia

October 25th,2016 : 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

135199- ICT Managers nec- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions- ACS

232312- Industrial Designer- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 19th,2016 : 

Vetassess Update: Release of details of Skills Assessment Support services.

Skills Assessment Support

Vetassess has announced the Skills Assessment Support (SAS) for migration agents and prospective applicants who are yet to submit their Skills Assessment application to VETASSESS. They stated that the new SAS service aims to provide tailored support to applicants/agents on how to submit a decision-ready application for general professional occupations with VETASSESS. Skill Assessment Support will be a choice of:

1) Document checking service
This service involves a step-by-step guidance support in completing an application for a Skills Assessment focusing on the completeness of the application for a Skills Assessment, including the type of information required and the key documents.

2) Consultation on a selected occupation
This service involves providing information via a 30 minute phone consultation about the VETASSESS Skills Assessment criteria that apply to a selected occupation.

This update is applicable for all the applicants before going for skills assessment with Vetassess.

October 14th,2016 : 

Please find the update on latest EOI draw , 12/10/2016

486 (938 registrants) EOIs with a points total of 160 or more 

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

October 7th,2016 : 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

133311- Importer or Exporter- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS

149913- Facilities Manager- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 5th,2016 : 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

261313 -Software Engineer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 3rd,2016 : 

CPA Skills Assessment Update: Increase in the skills assessment fee.

 CPA has announced the new fee for Migration Skills Assessment. Please find below the details of the same.

Migration assessment

The fees below are for onshore assessments (in Australia) Fee (AUD)

Skilled migration assessment $520

Skilled migration replacement letter $80

Skilled migration review or appeal assessment $160 

Skilled migration assessment withdrawal $80 

Skilled migration assessment update $160

Migration assessmentFees (AUD)

The following fees are applicable in locations other than Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore or the United Kingdom. All payments must be in Australian dollars.

 Skilled migration assessment  $473

Skilled migration replacement letter $73

Skilled migration skilled employment only $118

Skilled migration assessment withdrawal $73 

Skilled migration assessment update $145

 This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with CPA.

 

September 29th,2016:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

135199 -ICT Managers nec -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required – see additional instructions- ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 29th,2016:

Please find the update on latest EOI draw , 28/09/2016

766 (1,600 registrants) EOIs with a points total of 140 or more (and)
214 (472 registrants) EOIs with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points were selected in this fortnight draw.

Total EOI selected are 980 (2,072 registrants).

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

September 29th,2016:

Vetassess Update: Holiday Information

VETASSESS skills assessment authority has announced that their Melbourne office will be closed for the AFL Grand Final holiday on Friday 30 September 2016.  Office will reopen again on Monday 3 October 2016.

September 28th,2016:

DIBP Update:  Disposal of x-ray films at overseas posts

DIBP has announced that they are disposing of unclaimed x-ray films from applicants for Australian visas.

X-rays submitted in support of a visa application are the property of the visa applicant.  They stated that their current policy is to destroy unclaimed x-rays two years after we receive them.

They further stated that they are currently storing a large volume of old x-ray films dating from 1999 at their offices outside Australia.

They announced that On 10 November 2016, they will dispose of x-rays received before 2011. If anyone wants to claim your old x-rays, complete the return of x-rays request form.

For more information about the planned disposal of unclaimed x-rays at our overseas posts,

This update is applicable for all the clients who have submitted their x-ray films for the visa process.

September 28th,2016:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

DIBP has announced the Planned system outage – from 2am until 5am Sunday 2 October 2016 Canberra time

The following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

If any receives a Service Temporarily Unavailable message during this time, need to try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa.

September 28th,2016:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

141111- Cafe or Restaurant Manager -Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) ;- Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 489 sub class.

September 27th,2016:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update:  Scheduled Maintenance

Engineers Australia has announced that myPortal is currently undergoing maintenance to improve the stability of this service. The service will be back on line at 10:00PM AEST, and they apologize for any inconvenience caused.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

September 26th,2016:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

231213 -Ship Master- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English- AMSA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 24th,2016:

DIBP Update:Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that the website is temporarily down for maintenance right now and will be back up shortly.

Please update all your clients accordingly.

September 24th,2016:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  14/09/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 14/09/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Note: Next Invitation Rounds will take place on 28 Sep 2016.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going under 189 or 190 or 489 sub class.

skill-select-invitation-round-results-as-on-14-september-2016

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September 24th,2016:

AIM Skills Assessment Update: Closure of office

AIM has announced that due to the relocation of the AIM Membership office, the Skilled Migration Assessment Unit is closed from Wednesday 28 September 2016 and will reopen Tuesday 4 October 2016. 

There will be a delay in processing applications.

This update is applicable for all applicants going for skills assessment with AIM.

September 24th,2016:

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Closure of office

The AITSL Assessment for Migration office will be closed on Monday 26 September and Monday 3 October for public holidays.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with AITSL.

September 24th,2016:

ACS Skills Assessment Update: Maintenance of systems update

ACS has announced that they are coming with their new, contemporary responsive website  this Monday.The ACS website will be unavailable 5.30pm Friday to 9am Monday AEST 26/09/2016.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with ACS.

September 20th,2016:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

DIBP has announced that from 2 pm Saturday 24 September to 9 am Sunday 25 September – AEST, there will be intermittent outages to their website.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ message during this time, try again after the outage period.

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am AEST, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • border.gov.au website

From 5 am to 8 am AEST, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator.

If you receive a Service Temporarily Unavailable error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa.

September 20th,2016:

ACT State Sponsorship Update:  AUTOMATIC VISA NOMINATION FOR PHD GRADUATES

ACT has announced as part of the ACT Government’s first international education strategy, Canberra: Australia’s Education Capital strategy, the ACT Government will introduce free, automatic, streamlined nomination of skilled migrant visa applications for PhD graduates from Canberra institutions. This means that, subject to meeting Commonwealth requirements, any international student awarded a PhD by a Canberra University can apply for fast tracked nomination to live and work in Canberra should they wish to apply through the State/Territory nominated (subclass 190) process.

The streamlined territory nomination for international PhD graduates will come into effect in November 2016 and will be open to students who have completed a PhD locally in the previous two years.Applicants will benefit from a simplified application process with minimal supporting documentation, simplified criteria, priority processing and the removal of the $300 service fee.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

September 19th,2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

323214- Metal Machinist (First Class)- Medium Availability- Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 19th,2016 :

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update:Scheduled Maintenance

Vetassess has announced that due to scheduled update, the web application will be unavailable today Monday, 19th September 2016 9:00pm – 9:30pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Vetassess.

September 16th,2016 :

Please find the update on latest EOI draw , 16/09/2016

687 (1,529 registrants) EOIs with a points total of 140 or more (and)
150 (306 registrants) EOIs with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points were selected in this fortnight draw.

Total EOI selected are 837 (1,835 registrants).

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

September 16th,2016 :

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that from midnight Sunday 18 September until 4 am Monday 19 September 2016 AEST (GMT +10)

The following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ message during this time, try again after the outage period.

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am AEST, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • border.gov.au website

From 5 am to 8 am AEST, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator.

If you receive a Service Temporarily Unavailable error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa process.

September 14th,2016 :

DIBP Update: Launch of new Entrepreneur visa stream

DIBP has announced that on 10 September 2016, they have launched a new Entrepreneur visa stream and amend the points test for the skilled migration programme for Specialist Australia Educational Qualifications.

 

The Entrepreneur visa will be part of the Business Innovation and Investment visa programme. Entrepreneurs interested in applying for the Entrepreneur visa will need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect and be nominated by a State or Territory government.

Key proposed eligibility criteria include:

  • Applicants must be undertaking, or proposing to undertake, an entrepreneurial venture in Australia.
  • The entrepreneurial venture must not be related to residential real estate or labour hire or involve purchasing an existing business or franchise.
  • Applicants must also be under 55 years of age, have a competent level of English, and have at least 30 per cent interest in their entrepreneurial venture.
  • There must be one or more  funding agreements in place for at least $200,000 between the entrepreneur or venture and a third party funding body or bodies.

 o    Sources of third party funding are limited to state and territory governments, Commonwealth agencies, Publicly Funded Research Organisations, and investors registered as a Venture Capital Limited Partnerships (VCLP) or Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnerships (ESVCLP). Agreements outlining funds from a combination of these sources are also acceptable.

  • Applicants must have a business plan outlining their plans for their venture in Australia.

An Entrepreneur visa holder can progress to permanent residency after four years if they can meet a measure of success, which includes factors such as business turnover, employment of Australians and ability to obtain significant financial backing.

This update is applicable for all the applicants want to migrate under Entrepreneurship to Australia.

September 14th,2016 :

AIQS Skills Assessment Update: English Language Requirements

AIQS has updated the guidelines and has stated that all overseas applicants must undertake an English Language Test at the applicant’s own expense. They has stated that they will accept all English Language Tests that are approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

To meet the English Language proficiency requirement of the AIQS, applicant must show a band score of at least 6 against the IELTS band scale on each of the four components – speaking, reading, listening and writing.

The test must have been undertaken no more than two years prior to submitting the application to the AIQS for a skilled migration assessment.

NOTE: They have further included an Administration fee (for new applications only) in addition to the skills assessment fee. There is no change in the skills assessment fee.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with AIQS.

September 13th,2016 :

ACT State Sponsorship Update: CURRENT PROCESSING TIMES

ACT has announced that applications for ACT nomination – Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa they are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on August 9, 2016. They stated that the average processing time for applications lodged after 1 September is likely to be 6 months. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants filed for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

September 13th,2016 :

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Closure of ACT nomination for overseas residents.

ACT has announced that effective immediately (13 September 2016 at 4pm AEST) applications for ACT nomination from overseas residents will not be accepted.  Applicants living overseas will not be able to commence an application for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa until the program reopens in 2017.  Applications lodged on or before 13 September 2016 will be processed in queue order. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

September 13th,2016 :

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Systems Maintenance

ACT has announced that 16 September 2016: 01:00 – 05:00 am. We may experience periods of disruption. Therefore, the availability of services should not be relied upon during this window.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

September 13th,2016 :

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  01/09/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 01/09/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Note: Next Invitation Rounds will take place on 14 Sep 2016 & 28 Sep 2016.

This update is applicable for all the clients applying under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

Skillselect Results 01-9-2016 & occupation ceilings

September 13th,2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

132411- Policy and Planning Manager -Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 10th,2016 :

DIBP Update: Amendment to Points Test-Inclusion of Specialist Educational Qualifications

 Please note, DIBP has amended the points test effective 10th September 2016 and included a benefit of scoring extra 5 points under Specialist educational qualification for those who studied PhD or Masters(Research based) from an Australian Education institution for at least 2 academic years. To claim this points, the qualifications should meet the Australian study requirements as usual.

 Please find the qualifications that will be considered under Specialist educational qualification.

 The following fields of education qualifications are proposed to be accepted under this new measure and are defined by the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS):

 

·         Biological Sciences

·         Chemical Sciences

·         Earth Sciences

·         Mathematical Sciences

·         Natural and Physical Sciences

·         Other Natural and Physical Sciences

·         Physics and Astronomy

·         Computer Science

·         Information Systems

·         Information Technology

·         Other Information Technology

·         Aerospace Engineering and Technology

·         Civil Engineering

·         Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going applying under 189, 190 & 489 sub classes.

September 10th,2016 :

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

DIBP announced Planned system outage – from 2pm Saturday 10 September until 2am Sunday 11 September 2016 AEST (GMT +10)

The following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator
  • Australian Trusted Trader.

They have stated that If anyone receives a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ message during this time, has to try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

September 10th,2016 :

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Change in the Occupations List

ACT has changed the status of the following occupations to closed on 6 Sep 2016.

  • 233511 Industrial Engineer
  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer 
  • 233513 Production or Plant Engineer

We cannot apply for State Sponsorship under open occupations category any more for these occupations.

ACT System Maintenance Update

On 12 September 2016: 01:00 – 05:00 am. We may experience periods of disruption in accessing the ACT website & other related applications. Therefore, they have advised that the availability of services should not be relied upon during this window.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

September 10th,2016 :

ACT State Sponsorship Update:

AUTOMATIC ACT NOMINATION FOR PHD GRADUATES FROM 1 NOVEMBER 2016

ACT has announced that from 1 November 2016, the ACT  will offer streamlined, automatic nomination of a Skilled Migration Visa to international students who complete/d a PhD at an ACT university within the last two years.

It is expected that the following nomination processes will be implemented:

• Simplified online application for ACT nomination (with minimal supporting documentation) capturing personal contact and PhD course details;

• No requirement to meet the standard nomination criteria e.g. employability and commitment;

• Fee free application (the $300 service fee will be waived); and

• Priority processing (within one week)  of the application for ACT nomination 

Once ACT nomination is confirmed on SkillSelect, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will simultaneously issue the visa invitation to apply for a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190).

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

September 10th,2016 :
ACT State Sponsorship Update: Closure of Occupations: Unit Group 2231 HUMAN RESOURCE PROFESSIONALS
 
ACT has informed that effective tomorrow, 10 September 2016, the following occupations will close as the demand for these occupations has been met:
 
Human Resource Adviser 223111
Recruitment Consultant 223112
Workplace Relations Adviser 223113
 
If anyone have an application for one of these occupations ‘in progress’, the application must be submitted before midnight tonight (AEST). Applicant must submit a complete application e.g. all supporting documents attached, as additional documentation will not be accepted after lodgement.
 
 Applications nominating a Human Resource Professional occupation submitted after 9 September 2016 will not meet the ACT nomination ‘open occupation’ criteria.
 
This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

September 10th,2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

133311- Importer or Exporter -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS

223211- ICT Trainer- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

312912- Metallurgical or Materials Technician- Medium Availability -Competent English- VETASSES

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 1st,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Amendment to Supplementary list occupations

South Australia has announced that the following occupation is not available for high points nomination from 02/09/2016;

223111- Human Resource Adviser -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 1st,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

135199- ICT Managers nec -Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions- ACS

261112 -Systems Analyst- High Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class with South Australia.

September 1st,2016

Please find the update on latest EOI draw , 31/08/2016

749 EOIs with a points total of 140 or more (and)
191 EOIs with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points were selected in this fortnight draw.

Total EOI selected are 940.

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

September 1st,2016

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Occupations List updated

The below occupations have been added to the list;

  • 132111 Corporate Service Manager
  • 223111 Human Resource Adviser
  • 223112 Recruitment Consultant
  • 223113 Workplace Relations Adviser
  • 232411 Graphic Designer 
  • 232412 Illustrator
  • 232413 Multimedia Designer 
  • 232414 Web Designer
  • 233511 Industrial Engineer
  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer 
  • 233513 Production or Plant Engineer

The below occupations have been closed;

  • 131112 Sales and Marketing Manager 
  • 131113 Advertising Manager 
  • 131114 Public Relations Manager
  • 133211 Engineering Manager 
  • 141111 Cafe or Rest Manager (excl fast food)
  • 222311 Financial Investment Adviser
  • 222312 Financial Investment Manager 
  • 224412 Policy Analyst
  • 224711 Management Consultant 
  • 224712 Organisation and Methods Analyst
  • 271311 Solicitor
  • 411411 Enrolled Nurse 
  • 411412 Mothercraft Nurse

Occupations like Management Consultant, Marketing Specialist, Organisation & Methods Analyst are closed. Please find attached the complete list for further details.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

act-occupation-list-sept-16

August 30th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

 South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

 261312- Developer Programmer- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 26th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

223311- Training and Development Professional- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient Plus English (or Superior overall)- VETASSESS

261312 -Developer Programmer- High Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions- ACS

Please note that as of Aug 20 2016, Developer Programmer is as Medium Availability, Now it is as High Availability.

263312- Telecommunications Network Engineer -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- Engineers Australia

 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 24th,2016

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: System Maintenance

Engineers Australia has announced that due to system maintenance, the following Engineers Australia services will be unavailable until further notice:

  • myPortal

They stated that they apologise for any inconvenience caused.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

August 24th,2016

ACT State Sponsorship Update: CURRENT PROCESSING TIMES

ACT nomination – Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa

ACT has announced that they are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on July 23, 2016.

This update is applicable for all the applicants wants to go for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

August 23th,2016

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  17/08/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 17/08/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Next Invitation rounds to take place on 31/08/2016.

This update is applicable for 189, 190 & 489 sub class applicants.

Skillselect Results 17-08-2016 & Occupation Ceilings

August 22th,2016

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Changes to the list & reopening of nomination process

Queensland has announced that occupations on the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOL) may be subject to a program target. This means that the number of nominations that Business and Skilled Migration (BSMQ) will process for a particular occupation category may be capped within a given period.

They have stated that due to an overwhelming number of applications, they have now met their targets for the following occupation categories on the QSOL- offshore and interstate list and they will therefore no longer accepting offshore and interstate applications for these occupation categories:

  • All ICT occupation categories
  • Engineering Technician

As of Monday 22 August 2016, they have stated that they will reopen processing for all other occupations on the revised list. (Please see QSOL- offshore and interstate for the updated lists). Expressions of Interest (EOI) which have not yet received an invitation for Queensland State Nomination will not be processed for this round of nominations. QSOLs are reviewed every 6 months. They stated that they recommend monitoring the BSMQ website and social media for updates on whether occupations become available for state nomination at a later date. In this case, you will be required to resubmit a new EOI.

Onshore and university post-graduate applications continue to be processed and no changes have been made to those lists. Please see QSOL- based in QLD and QSOL – QLD graduate for further details.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Queensland.

August 20th,2016

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Current turnaround time

Engineers Australia has announced the Current turnaround time *

·         Non-accredited qualifications: 15 weeks

·         Accredited Australian and Accord qualifications: 11 weeks

Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) applications can take a long time to assess, however applicants can fast track the processing of your MSA applications, and skip the queue by having your application assigned to an assessor within 15 working days.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Engineers Australia

August 20th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

135112 ICT Project Manager Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

261112 Systems Analyst Low Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions  ACS

261311 Analyst Programmer Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

261312 Developer Programmer Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

261313 Software Engineer Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plusoverall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

262111 Database Administrator Low Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

262112 ICT Security Specialist Low Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

262113 Systems Administrator Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

This update is applicable for all applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 20th,2016

Please find the update on latest EOI draw , 17/08/2016

751 EOIs with a points total of 140 or more (and)
146 EOIs with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points were selected in this fortnight draw.

Total EOI selected are 897.

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

August 17th,2016

Western Australia Update: Occupation List updated

The following occupations on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list are now closed: 

  • ANZSCO 252312 Dentist.

If  any occupation is closed or restricted applicant will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. 

If already received an invitation, application will not be affected. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 17th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

141111- Cafe or Restaurant Manager- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) ;

-Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS

261111- ICT Business Analyst -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ;

-70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

263211- ICT Quality Assurance Engineer -Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ;

– 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 12th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

139914- Quality Assurance Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS.

261313- Software Engineer- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS.

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 10th,2016

DIBP Update: Unplanned System Outage

DIBP has announced that there is an UNPLANNED SYSTEM OUTAGE Access to the ImmiAccount online lodgement system is currently unavailable. Technical teams are investigating the issue. This message will be removed when full ImmiAccount access is restored. Please try to log in again later.

This update is applicable for all the applicants lodging a visa application.

August 10th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

261312- Developer Programmer- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ;- 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 10th,2016

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  03/08/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 03/08/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Next Invitation rounds to take place on 17/08/2016 and 31/08/2016.

Skillselect Results 3-08-2016 & occupation ceilings

August 8th,2016

DIBP Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DIBP has announced PLANNED SYSTEMS MAINTENANCE ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST (GMT +10): * Midnight Sunday 14 August – 4am Monday 15 August 2016.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa application.

August 8th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

261313 Software Engineer High Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see

additional instructions ACS

262112 ICT Security Specialist High Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see

additional instructions ACS

Note: Software Engineer Occupation status has already changed as Medium Availability on 6th Aug 2016, But now it is as High Availability again.

Note: ICT Security Specialist Occupation status has already changed as Low Availability on 6 Aug 2016, But now it is as High Availability again.

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 6th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

262111- Database Administrator -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 or 489 sub class.

August 4th,2016

AMSA Skills Assessment Update: Expiry of few perpetual & non-perpetual certificates

AMSA has announced that based on the Manila Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978, as amended (STCW), it has become a requirement that seafarers demonstrate continued competency by undertaking refresher training for a range of certificates. As a result, thousands of Australian seafarer STCW certificates will expire on 31 December 2016.

This includes perpetual certificates and certificates where seafarers have not met revalidation requirements.

It has stated that affected certificates are under perpetual certificate – Certificates of Proficiency as Rating, Certificates of Safety Training and under non-perpetual certificates –Certificates of Competency will expire on 31 December 2016.

Applicant must revalidate the certificates by:

  1. Sea service and AMSA approved refresher training 

OR

  1. If applicant do not have the minimum sea service, you must complete the full STCW courses relevant to the certificate.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with AMSA.

August 3rd,2016

Please find the update on latest EOI draw , 03/08/2016

713 EOIs with a points total of 140 or more (and)
142 EOIs with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points were selected in this fortnight draw.

Total EOI selected are 855.

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

August 3rd,2016

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Occupation List under review

ACT has announced that the demand for occupations in the ACT is currently under assessment. The new ACT Occupation List will be published on 31 August 2016. They have stated not to call to enquire about the new list before this date. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

August 3rd,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

312911 -Maintenance Planner- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 1st,2016

NSW Regional Sponsorship 489 sub class: Northern Inland has updated the list

Northern Inland has changed the list and the following are the details of the same.

The below occupation has removed from the the list;

  • Medical Laboratory Scientist-234611

The below occupations have been added to the List;

  • Electrical Engineer-233311
  • Child Care Centre Manager-134111
  • Fitter-Welder-323213 

  • Carpenter and Joiner-331211 

  • Joiner-331213 

  • Air-conditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber-334112 (Min. 12 months work experience in Australia required )

  • Roof Plumber-334115
  • Electronic Instrument Trades Worker-342313 
  • Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)-342314 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)-342315 

  • Cabinet Maker-394111

  • Cook 351411-(Minimum work experience required: – Two Years in Australia OR – Four years off-shore)

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with NSW- Northern Inland under 489 sub class.

August 1st,2016

Queensland State Sponsorship Update:Suspension of Offshore Skilled Visa Nominations Until Further Notice.

Queensland has announced that as of Monday 1 AUGUST 2016 BSMQ will stop accepting

new EOI’s for offshore skilled applications until further notice, in order to assess the current backlog.

They have updated that 

EOI’s lodged between 25/07/2016 – 31/07/2016 will be assessed.

EOI’s lodged from 1/08/2016 forward will not be assessed.

They have advised to the refer to their website and social media for further updates regarding the reopening of Offshore Skilled Visa nomination processing.

Note:

• Onshore skilled applications are still being considered.

• All business applications are still being considered

This update is applicable for all the applicants going to state sponsorship with Queensland.

July 28th,2016

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  20/07/2016 :

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 20/07/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Points scores and the visa dates of effect cut off for the below occupations in the 20 July 2016 invitation round.

Points/Description/Points scor e/Visa date of effect

2211Accountants70 30 May 2016 4.42 pm

2611ICT Business and System Analysts70 25 June 2016 6.45 pm

2613Software and Applications Programmers65 20 April 2016 10.51 pm

2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate TreasurersTBA TBA

Please note that due to tecnichal reasons no invitations were issued for the above occupations for the 20 July 2016 round. Normal pro-rata arrangements will resume on 3 August 2016.

Skillselect Update 20-07-2016 & Occupation Ceilings

July 28th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

411711- Community Worker –Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient Overall) AND 2 years work experience in field;- Provisional 489 visa only;- South

Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months.  -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

 

July 27th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

261311 -Analyst Programmer- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

312312- Electrical Engineering Technician- Medium Availability -Competent English TRA

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 25th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

224311- Economist- Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) -VETASSESS

232313- Jewellery Designer- Medium Availability -Competent English- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 23rd,2016

Queensland Update: State Sponsorship List released

Queensland has announced the list of occupations for applicants residing Overseas, Queensland and in Australia.

Please find attached the Queensland List for Overseas Applicants. Please go through the requirements & proof of funds will be required.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

Queensland List-2016-17

July 22nd,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

223311- Training and Development Professional- Low Availability- Proficient Plus English (or Superior overall) -VETASSESS

261111- ICT Business Analyst- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please update all your clients accordingly.

July 20th,2016

July 20th,2016

DIBP update: No invitations issued for pro rata arrangement occupations : 

DIBP has announced that due to technical issues, no invitations were issued for occupations subject to pro rata arrangements in the 20 July 2016 invitation round.  Normal pro rata arrangements will resume from the first invitation round of August 2016.

This update is applicable for all the EOI lodged applicants.

July 20th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

132111- Corporate Services Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plusoverall) -VETASSESS

312911- Maintenance Planner- Low Availability- Competent English- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 20th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

261313 Software Engineer Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

262112 ICT Security Specialist Low Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

 

July 19th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

133311- Importer or Exporter- Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship  with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 15th ,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

135112 -ICT Project Manager -Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required – see additional instructions ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

July 14th,2016

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  06/07/2016 : 

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 22/06/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

DIBP has announced due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous years, the below four occupation groups will be subject to pro-rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the programme year. SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) visas and then remaining to Skilled – Regional (subclass 489) (Provisional – Family Sponsored) visas. If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations.

  • ICT Business and System Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Accountants
  • Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers.

Points scores and the visa dates of effect cut off for the below occupations in the 6 July 2016 invitation round.

PointsDescriptionPoints scoreVisa date of effect – 2211-Accountants-70 points- 30 May 2016 -4.42 pm

2611-ICT- Business and System Analysts-70 points- 25 June 2016- 6.45 pm

2613-Software and Applications Programmers-65 Points- 20 April 2016 -10.51 pm

2212-Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers-TBA-TBA

Next Invitation Rounds will take place on 20 July 2016.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

Skillselect update invitation round results 06-7-2016 & occupation ceilings

July 13th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

263312 -Telecommunications Network Engineer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- Engineers Australia

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

 

July 8th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 
 
South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:
  • 149212 Customer Service Manager Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
     
  • 224311 Economist Low Availability Competent Plus English (orProficient overall) VETASSESS
     
  • 262113 Systems Administrator Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS
     
    We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.
     
    This update is applicable for all the applicants going for sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 6th,2016

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

  • 141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager Medium Availability Competent Plus English (or Proficient

          overall) ; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS

  • 232311 Fashion Designer Special Conditions Apply Competent English VETASSESS
  • 263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS
  • 312511 Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson Special Conditions Apply Competent English Engineers Australia

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 5th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

  • 149211 – Call or Contact Centre Manager Special Conditions Apply Proficient Plus (or Superior overall) VETASSESS
  • 149914  – Financial Institution Branch Manager Special Conditions Apply Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) VETASSESS
  • 223311 – Training and Development Professional Medium Availability Proficient Plus English (or Superior overall) VETASSESS
  • 224311  – Economist Medium Availability Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) VETASSESS
  • 232311  – Fashion Designer Medium Availability Competent English VETASSESS
  • 232312  – Industrial Designer Medium Availability Competent English VETASSESS
  • 261111  – ICT Business Analyst Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS
  • 261314  – Software Tester Special Conditions Apply Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS
  • 262111 –  Database Administrator Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS
  • 262112 –  ICT Security Specialist Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS
  • 263212 –  ICT Support Engineer Special Conditions Apply Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required – see additional instructions ACS
  • 263311 –  Telecommunications Engineer Special Conditions Apply Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) Engineers Australia
  • 263312 –  Telecommunications Network Engineer Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) Engineers Australia
  • 312511  – Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson Low Availability Competent English Engineers Australia
  • 312512 –  Mechanical Engineering Technician Special Conditions Apply Competent English TRA
  • 312911  – Maintenance Planner Medium Availability Competent English VETASSESS
  • 351112 –  Pastry Cook Medium Availability Competent English AND 2 years work experience in field; Provisional 489 visa only TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 5th,2016

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Skilled Sponsorship is now open for overseas applicants

The Australian Capital Territory has announced that applications for ACT nomination from overseas residents have opened for 2016/17. Applicants should refer to the Skilled Migration Visas page for the current ACT Occupation List and Guidelines to check eligibility.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship under 190 sub class.

July 4th,2016

DIBP Update: Designated Areas updated effective 1st July 2016

DIBP has announced the updated Designated Areas for the financial year 2016-17 effective 1st July 2016. This update is regarding the Designated Areas for the purpose of eligible sponsoring relative for subclass 489 visa effective 1st July 2016.

Designated Areas 2016

July 1st,2016

NSW State Sponsorship Update: State Nomination Process Update

NSW has announced that from July 2015, the NSW 190 program has two streams:

  • Stream 1: occupations on the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List (NSW 190 List)
  • Stream 2: very highly ranking candidates in CSOL occupations*

NOTE: They have stated that the highest ranking candidates in occupations on the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List (NSW 190 List) will be invited first.

Throughout the 2016-17 financial year NSW will also select and invite a limited number of the highest scoring skilled candidates in occupations from the broader DIBP CSOL. Selection under this stream will be determined on an ongoing basis and limited to occupations where there is labour market demand.

Further they have stated that NSW cannot provide an indication of the likelihood of invitation under either of these streams.

NOTE: All candidates must have had their qualifications assessed as suitable to work in the nominated occupation in Australia. 

NOTE: NSW will not be inviting candidates in the following CSOL occupations : Primary School Teacher (241213), Retail Pharmacist (251513), Architectural Draftsperson (312111), Industrial Pharmacist (251512), Hospital Pharmacist (251511) and Architect (232111).

July 1st,2016

NSW State Sponsorship Update: NSW Priority Skilled Occupation List Announced

NSW has published the 2016-17 NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List (NSW 190 List).

They have stated that they plan to start issuing invitations for the 2016-17 financial year from late July 2016. They will continue to select and invite top ranking candidates on occupations on the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List (NSW 190 List). 

Note: There have been no changes to the list.

Please find attached the list.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with NSW under 190 sub class.

NSW-190-priority-skilled-occupation-list-2016-17 (1)

July 1st,2016

Western Australia Update: Occupation List updated

The following occupations on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list are now closed: 

  • ANZSCO 133512 Production manager (manufacturing); and
  • ANZSCO 2141111 Cafe or restaurant manager.
  • If  any occupation is closed or restricted applicant will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. If already received an invitation, application will not be affected. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

 

July 1st,2016

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Change in the assessment process & amendment of applicant guidelines.

TRA has updated the Applicant guidelines of Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP), 457 Skills Assessment Program (457 program), Optional Skills Assessment Service (OSAS) and Trades Recognition Service (TRS)

The applicant guidelines for the 457 Program, OSAP, OSAS and TRS have been updated. The changes include:

  •   An assessment stream for applicants with a current, identified Australian occupational licence under Pathway 2 of the 457 Program and the OSAP
  •  The introduction of electronic submission for documentary evidence, including quality control standards for document submission
  • Removal of the requirement to certify documents
  • Replacement of the eligibility table with a referral to the program Eligibility page on the TRA website
  • Updates to the privacy notice
  • Changes to assist readability

The guidelines contain detailed information about each program; applicants should read the applicable program guidelines before starting an application for a skills assessment.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with TRA.

July 1st,2016

ICAA Skills Assessment Update: Change in assessment fee effective 1 July 2016.

ICAA has announced that they will be raising their skills assessment application fees for the first time in three years. The changes are detailed in the attached table.

They have stated that any application received on or after 1 July 2016 will be charged the new fee. Before you submit your application, please be sure to check which process applies to you and what documents are required here. 

ICAA new fee details

 

July 1st,2016

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  22/06/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 22/06/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Next Invitation Rounds will take place on 6 July 2016.

Please kindly go through it & update your clients accordingly.

Skillselect update invitation results 22-06-2016 & occupation ceilings

July 1st,2016

DIBP Update: Occupations Ceilings Announced for the programme year 2016-17

The Occupational Ceilings for the 2016-17 financial year have been announced. The Occupational Ceilings are the maximum number of invitations that can be issued for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Family Sponsored Skilled Provisional Subclass 489 visas.

The occupational ceilings give a good idea of whether the waiting time or minimum pass mark for an EOI invitation will increase for the new program year. 

Please find attached the Occupational Ceilings for the programme year 2016-17. 

NOTE: The occupational ceiling for accountants under SkillSelect will be 2500 a very slight decrease on the 2525 for the 2015/16 program year.

Occupation Ceilings for 2016-2017

June 29th,2016

Vetassess Update: Changes in the process of Training & Employment check for Trade occupations

VETASSESS has announced that from July 1st 2016 trade applicants will be able to apply and submit their training and employment evidence online.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Vetassess under any trade occupation.

June 29th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

312999- Building and Engineering Technicians nec -Medium Availability- Competent English- Engineers Australia / VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 28th,2016

Western Australia Update: Occupation List updated

The following occupations on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list are now restricted: 

ANZSCO 252312- Dentist

If  any occupation is closed or restricted applicant will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. 

If already received an invitation, application will not be affected. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 28th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

134411- Faculty Head- Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 28th,2016

IPA Skills Assessment Update: Mailing soft copy of the outcome letter

IPA has announced that upon completion of assessment, they will send applicant or your nominee, a letter confirming the outcome of the assessment process. 

It has announced that with effect from 20 June 2016 they no longer mail out hard copies of the outcome letter.  Applicant (or your nominee) will receive an email from the IPA, with an access code and instructions on how to access and download your letter.  This letter is secured on the DocuSign platform, which also includes an audit trail of who has accessed the letter and when.  Each individual letter will have a unique id number attached to it. Applicant (or your nominee) will be required to acknowledge receipt and download the document. 

Applicant will have 90 days (from the date of our email to you) to access and download the letter, after which time your authorised access will expire.  Applicant may still request for access after the 90 days, for which a fee of AUD80.00 will be charged. 

This update is applicable to all the applicants going for skills assessment with IPA.

June 24th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

233215- Transport Engineer- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- Engineers Australia.

June 20th,2016

DIBP Update: Occupations Ceilings Announced for the programme year 2016-17

The Occupational Ceilings for the 2016-17 financial year have been announced. The Occupational Ceilings are the maximum number of invitations that can be issued for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Family Sponsored Skilled Provisional Subclass 489 visas.

The occupational ceilings give a good idea of whether the waiting time or minimum pass mark for an EOI invitation will increase for the new program year. 

Please find attached the Occupational Ceilings for the programme year 2016-17.

Occupation Ceilings for 2016-2017

 

June 20th,2016

  • Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  08/06/2016
     
    Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 08/06/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.
     
    Note: The following occupation groups have reached their ceilings and no more invitations will be issue during the 2015-16 programme year:
     
     
  • 2211 – Accountants
  • 2212 – Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasures
  • 2335 – Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • 2339 – Other Engineering Professionals
  • 2611 – ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • 2613 – Software and Applications Programmers
  • 2631 – Computer Network and Systems Engineers
This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.
 
Next Invitation Rounds took place on June 22, 2016

 

June 15th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

323214- Metal Machinist (First Class)- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 14th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson Special Conditions Apply Competent English Engineers Australia

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

 

June 7th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

 South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

  •  139912 -Environmental Manager- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English -(or Proficient Plus overall) VETASSESS
  • 233212- Geotechnical Engineer- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient
    overall) -Engineers Australia
  • 312312- Electrical Engineering Technician- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English -TRA
  •  312912- Metallurgical or Materials Technician- Medium Availability- Competent English -VETASSESS
  • 323212- Fitter and Turner- Medium Availability- Competent English -TRA 
  • 334111- Plumber (General) -Low Availability- Competent English -TRA
  • 341111- Electrician (General)- Medium Availability- Competent English -TRA
  • 411411- Enrolled Nurse -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus
    overall) -ANMAC
     
    We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.
 This update is applicable for all the clients applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.
 

June 7th,2016

Western Australia Update: Occupation List updated

The following occupations on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list are now removed: 

ANZSCO 272412 Interpreter and ANZSCO 272413 Translator.

If  any occupation is closed or restricted applicant will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. 

If already received an invitation, application will not be affected. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 4th,2016

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  25/05/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 25/05/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Note: The following occupation groups have reached their ceilings and no more invitations will be issue during the 2015-16 programme year:

  • 2211 – Accountants
  • 2212 – Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasures
  • 2335 – Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • 2339 – Other Engineering Professionals
  • 2611 – ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • 2613 – Software and Applications Programmers
  • 2631 – Computer Network and Systems Engineers

Next Invitation Rounds took place on June 8, 2016 & June 22, 2016

This update is applicable for all the applicants going under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

SkillSelect 25 May 2016 round results

May 31st,2016

AIM Update: Introduction of Express Skills Assessment Process

AIM has announced that there will be Express Assessment Fee to fast-tracks the assessment to be completed within 4 (four) weeks. If further information is required, AIM is then unable to provide a timeframe for assessment completion.

The Express Assessment Fee is $AUD200.00 (+ GST if applicable) plus the current application fee of $AUD550.00 (+ GST if applicable). The total Express Assessment Fee is therefore $AUD750.00 (+ GST if applicable).

If residing in Australia (overseas student or other visa holder), the Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% should be added to the fee.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with AIM.

 

May 23rd,2016

Skill Select Update: Results of invitation round  11/05/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/05/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Note: The following occupation groups have reached their ceilings and no more invitations will be issue during the 2015-16 programme year:

  • 2212 – Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasures
  • 2339 – Other Engineering Professionals
  • 2335 – Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • 2631 – Computer Network and Systems Engineers

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

Skilselect invitation round results 11-5-2016

May 20th,2016

DIBP Update: New SOL Released to be effective from 1st July 2016

DIBP has announced that on 1 July 2016, a new SOL will be introduced with a number of changes to the occupations. Anyone intend to apply on or after 1 July 2016 for an Independent or Family Sponsored Points Tested visa or a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream visa, they need to make sure their occupation is listed on the new SOL. Those who lodged a valid application before 1 July 2016, their application will not be affected by these changes.

The following are changes to the new SOL – July 2016.

Occupations being added to the SOL from 1 July 2016 are:

  • Orthotist or Prosthetist (ANZSCO 251912)
  • Audiologist (ANZSCO 252711).

Occupations being removed from the SOL from 1 July 2016 are:

  • Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum) (ANZSCO 233611)
  • Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO 233612)
  • Metallurgist (ANZSCO 234912)
  • Environmental Health Officer (ANZSCO 251311)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO 251312)
  • Dental Hygienist (ANZSCO 411211)
  • Dental Prosthetist (ANZSCO 411212)
  • Dental Technician (ANZSCO 411213)
  • Dental Therapist (ANZSCO 411214).

The review of the SOL has not impacted the composition of the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL).  Occupations currently listed on the CSOL will continue to be listed from 1 July 2016.

May 20th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today;

  •  133312 -Wholesaler- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS
  • 139999- Specialist Managers nec -Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS
  • 149413 -Transport Company Manager- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS
  • 149915 -Equipment Hire Manager- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS
  • 254418 -Registered Nurse (Medical)- Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -AND 3 years work experience in field -ANMAC
  • 254499 -Registered Nurse nec -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus
    overall) -AND 3 years work experience in field ANMAC
  • 312311 -Electrical Engineering Draftsperson- Low Availability- Competent English- Engineers Australia
 
We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.
 This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 20th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:
  
South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

  •  133312 -Wholesaler- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS
  • 139999- Specialist Managers nec -Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS
  • 149413 -Transport Company Manager- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS
  • 149915 -Equipment Hire Manager- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS
  • 254418 -Registered Nurse (Medical)- Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -AND 3 years work experience in field -ANMAC
  • 254499 -Registered Nurse nec -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus
    overall) -AND 3 years work experience in field ANMAC
  • 312311 -Electrical Engineering Draftsperson- Low Availability- Competent English- Engineers Australia
     
     We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.
     This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.
     

May 16th,2016

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Amendment to the IELTS validity requirements.

AITSL has announced that it will now accept suitable Academic IELTS Test Report Forms for tests undertaken during the 24 month period prior to submitting an AITSL skills assessment application. This is in keeping with the use of Academic IELTS for teacher registration purposes and the period IELTS can be verified.

An Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test Report Form (TRF) that shows a score of at least 7.0 for both Reading and Writing; and a score of at least 8.0 for both Speaking and Listening.

The IELTS test scores must appear on a single IELTS TRF and be the result of a test undertaken during the 24 month period prior to submitting an application.

Earlier requirement was that IELTS used to be valid only for 12 months for AITSL.

This update is applicable to all the applicants going for skills assessment with AITSL.

 

May 3rd,2016

Skill select Update: Results of invitation round  27/04/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 27/04/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

This update is applicable for all the 189, 190 & 489 sub class applicants.

Skill select invitation round results 27.4.2016 & occupation ceilings

April 18,2016 

Skill select Update : Results of invitation round 13/04/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 13/04/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying under 189, 190 & 489 sub class

Skillselect update invitation round results 13.4.2016 & occupation ceilings

 

April 15,2016

Northern Territory State Sponsorship Update : Revision of occupation list for state sponsorship.

Northern Territory has updated the occupations list for state sponsorship the following are the changes:

The below occupations have been added to new list:

  • 323112 – Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
  • 362212 – Arborist
  • 139911 – Arts Administrator or Manager
  • 399211 – Chemical Plant Operator
  • 272611 – Community Arts Worker
  • 351411 – Cook (Ethnic Cuisine)
  • 262111 – Database Administrator
  • 251111 – Dietitian
  • 411712 – Disability Services Officer
  • 399911 – Diver
  • 312312 – Electrical Engineering Technician
  • 342211 – Electrical Lines worker
  • 312412 – Electronic Engineering Technician
  • 342313 – Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
  • 133211 – Engineering Manager
  • 234312 – Environmental Consultant
  • 139912 – Environmental Manager
  • 234313 – Environmental Research Scientist
  • 234399 – Environmental Scientists nec
  • 221213 – External Auditor
  • 149913 – Facilities Manager
  • 272113 – Family and Marriage Counselor
  • 23411 – Forester
  • 362211 – Gardener (General)
  • 232411 – Graphic Designer
  • 134299 – Health and Welfare Services Manager nec
  • 141311 – Hotel or Motel Manager
  • 223111 – Human Resource Adviser
  • 135112 – ICT Project Manage
  • 222113 – Insurance Broker
  • 272412 – Interpreter
  • 141411 – Licensed Club Manager
  • 225113 – Marketing Specialist
  • 311213 – Medical Laboratory Technician
  • 323214 – Metallurgical or Materials Technician
  • 211213 – Musician (Instrumental)
  • 411714 – Parole or Probation Officer
  • 211311 – Photographer
  • 224412 – Policy Analyst
  • 133513 – Production Manager (Mining)
  • 133112 – Project Builder
  • 254421 – Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
  • 411715 – Residential Care Officer
  • 253112 – Resident Medical Officer
  • 231214 – Ship’s Officer
  • 399516 – Sound Technician
  • 139999 – Specialist Managers nec
  • 139915 – Sports Administrator
  • 452321 – Sports Development Officer
  • 262113 – Systems Administrator
  • 261112 – Systems Analyst
  • 263311 – Telecommunications Engineer
  • 263312   -Telecommunications Network Engineer 
  • 313213 – Telecommunications Network Planner 
  • 313214 – Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist
  • 22331 – Training and Development Professional
  • 272413 – Translator
  • 232414 – Web Designer
  • 261212 – Web Developer
  • 134214 – Welfare Center Manager
  • 223113 –  Workplace Relations Adviser

The below occupations have been removed from the list:

  • 334112 –  Air conditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
  • 411111 – Ambulance Officer
  • 312111 – Architectural Drafts person
  • 121312 – Beef Cattle Farmer
  • 312212 – Civil Engineering Technician
  • 312114 – Construction Estimator
  • 252312 – Dentist
  • 212312 – Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)
  • 334113 – Drainer
  • 249112 – Education Reviewer
  • 212399 – Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors nec
  • 332111 – Floor Finisher
  • 411112 – Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic
  • 323313 – Locksmith
  • 251312 – Occupational Health and Safety Adviser
  • 399913 – Optical Dispenser
  • 251411 – Optometrist
  • 233612 – Petroleum Engineer
  • 233213 – Quantity Surveyor
  • 251513 – Retail Pharmacist
  • 242111 – University Lecturer
  • 333411 – Wall and Floor Tiler
  • 361114 – Zookeeper
  • 234518 – Zoologist

This update is applicable for all the clients going for State sponsorship with Northern Territory under 190 or 489 sub class.

April 11,2016

Engineers Australia Update: Revision of Skills Assessment Fee effective July 2016. Engineers Australia has announced that the skills assessment fee will be revised and the new fee will applicable from 1 July 2016.
Please find attached the detailed fee structure for various services provided by Engineers Australia.
This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Engineer Australia.

Engineers Australia New Fee structure-2016-17

April 6,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

Today South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations 

  • 149913 – Facilities Manager- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS 
  • 234313 – Environmental Research Scientist- Low Availability- Competent English -VETASSESS 
  • 312312 – Electrical Engineering Technician- Low Availability- Competent English -TRA 
  • 312412 – Electronic Engineering Technician – Special Conditions Apply – Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 31, 2016
Western Australia Update: Occupation List updated

The following occupation on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list is now closed: 

ANZSCO – 312114 – Construction estimator

If  any occupation is restricted applicant will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. If already received an invitation, application will not be affected.

This is update is applicable for applicants going for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 16, 2016

Western Australia Update: Occupation List updated

The following occupations on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list are now restricted/closed:

ANZSCO – 234514 – Biotechnologist.

If  any occupation is closed or restricted applicant will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. 

If already received an invitation, application will not be affected. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 11, 2016

AIM Skills Assessment Update: Introduction of 2 new additional fees

AIM Skilled Migration is introducing 2 new additional fees, effective 1 June 2016.

Reassessment Fee – Review of assessment outcome: $AUD 300.00 (+ GST if applicable).

Express Assessment Fee: $AUD200.00 (+ GST if applicable). This is in addition to the current application fee of $AUD 550.00 (+ GST if applicable). The total Express Assessment Fee is therefore $AUD 750.00 (+ GST if applicable) and the assessment will be completed within 4 (four) weeks. If further information is required, AIM is then unable to provide a time frame for assessment completion.

Please note that the new application form will be updated shortly and come into effect 1 June 2016. This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with AIM.

March 8, 2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

Today South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

  • 133311 – Importer or Exporter – Special Conditions Apply – Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) – VETASSESS 
  • 139912 – Environmental Manager – Low Availability – Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) – VETASSESS
  • 149913 – Facilities Manager – Low Availability – Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) – VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 29, 2016

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Change in the occupation list

ACT has changed the status of the following occupations:

222311- Financial Investment Adviser -Closed- Vetassess 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with ACT for closed occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class. 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

149913 – Facilities Manager – Low Availability – Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) – VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 25, 2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

135111 -Chief Information Officer- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus  overall)- ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 23, 2016

ACT has announced the new occupations list and the following occupations have been added in the list and they are under open category.

  • 131112 – Sales and Marketing Manager
  • 131113 – Advertising Manager 
  • 131114 – Public Relations Manager 
  • 133111 – Construction Project Manager 
  • 133112 – Project Builder 
  • 133211 – Engineering Manager 
  • 141111 – Cafe or Rest Manager (excl fast food) 
  • 212411 – Copywriter 
  • 212412 – Newspaper or Periodical Editor
  • 212413 – Print Journalist
  • 212414 – Radio Journalist 
  • 212415 – Technical Writer 
  • 212416 – Television Journalist 
  • 222311 – Financial Investment Adviser 
  • 222312 – Financial Investment Manager 
  • 224412 – Policy Analyst 
  • 224711 – Management Consultant
  • 224712 – Organisation and Methods Analyst  
  • 225311 – Public Relations Professional 
  • 312111 – Architectural Drafts person 
  • 312112 – Building Associate 
  • 312113 – Building Inspector 
  • 312114 – Construction Estimator 
  • 312115 – Plumbing Inspector 
  • 312116 – Surveying or Spatial Science Technician
  • 312199 – Surveying or Spatial Science Technician
  • 351311 – Chef 
  • 411411 – Enrolled Nurse
  • 411412 – Mother craft Nurse
  • 612112 – Property Manager 
  • 612113 – Real Estate Agency Principal 
  • 612114 – Real Estate Agent 
  • 612115 – Real Estate Representative

Please Note:-

In order to apply for state sponsorship with ACT specific criteria needs to be met and there are few specific documents that are required.

February 16, 2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

  • 132111 -Corporate Services Manager -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS
  • 223211- ICT Trainer- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- ACS
  • 411411- Enrolled Nurse- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 15, 2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

232214 -Other Spatial Scientist- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 11, 2016

Western Australia Update: Occupation List updated

The following occupations on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list are now restricted: 

ANZSCO 312114 Construction estimator 

If  any occupation is closed or restricted applicant will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. 

If already received an invitation, application will not be affected. This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 3, 2016

Western Australia Update: Occupation List updated

The following occupations on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list are now closed: 

  • ANZSCO 272412 Interpreter; and
  • ANZSCO 272413 Translator

If  any occupation is closed applicant will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. If already received an invitation, application will not be affected. 

This update is applicable for 190 & 489 sub class applicants going for sponsorship with Western Australia.

February 1, 2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

  • 132411- Policy and Planning Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS
  • 133111- Construction Project Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS
  • 134499- Education Managers nec- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS
  • 139914- Quality Assurance Manager- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS
  • 149411- Fleet Manager -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS
  • 232214- Other Spatial Scientist- Low Availability- Competent English -VETASSESS
  • 233215- Transport Engineer- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- Engineers Australia
  • 254499- Registered Nurse nec- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) AND 3 years work experience in field -ANMAC
  • 263312- Telecommunications Network Engineer -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- Engineers Australia
  • 321211- Motor Mechanic (General)- Medium Availability- Competent English- TRA
  • 351311- Chef -Medium Availability- Competent English AND 2 years work experience in field- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 20, 2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

149411- Fleet Manager- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 19, 2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

  • 139914 -Quality Assurance Manager- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS
  • 232214 -Other Spatial Scientist- Low Availability- Competent English -VETASSESS
  • 263312- Telecommunications Network Engineer -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- Engineers Australia
  • 351411- Cook- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 8, 2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

139912- Environmental Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)-VETASSESS

Every occupation goes through 3 stages ie., high, medium and low availability. We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the applicant has 80 points.

This update is applicable for 190 and 489 sub class state sponsored visas with South Australia.

January 7, 2016

Western Australia Update: Occupation List updated

The following occupation on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list is now restricted: 

ANZSCO 234514 Biotechnologist. 

If  any occupation is restricted applicant will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. If already received an invitation, application will not be affected.

This is update is applicable for applicants going for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 6, 2016

ICAA Update: Regarding the documentation for skills assessment.

ICAA has announced that from 1 January 2016 Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand now accepts original colour scanned copies of your documents for an assessment. 

Earlier they used to accept only the colour scanned copies of the certified copies of the documents. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Institute of Chartered Accounts Australia.

January 4, 2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

223211- ICT Trainer- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 29, 2015

Australia visa fee change:

Change in Visa Application Charges (Visa Fee) effective 1 January 2016.

The new prices will be released on 1 January 2016. However, as prices may change, it is recommended that you make arrangements accordingly to verify the applicable Visa Application Charge before lodging an application on or after 1 January 2016.

New prices will be available on the department’s website on 1 January 2016. If you are lodging an application before 1 January 2016, the current prices will apply. From 1 January 2016, the new prices will apply.

Note:- Australian Visa Application Centers and the Australian High Commission in New Delhi can only accept the correct and exact application fee.

December 24, 2015

Trade Occupations Update & Victoria Skills Assessment Details:

TRA has authorized few RTOs to assess the skills of few occupations in line with the same Tool Maker ANZSCO 343412 will be assessed by Victoria University provided the passport of the applicant is from Australia, Brazil, China (incl Hong Kong and Macau), Fiji, India, Iran, Ireland, Philippines, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

December 23, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

131112 -Sales and Marketing Manager -Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- AIM  

We can apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply. However client has to meet special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 22, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

312311- Electrical Engineering Drafts person -Medium Availability- Competent English -Engineers Australia

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 21, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

323211- Fitter (General)- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 18, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

263299- ICT Support and Test Engineers nec- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- ACS 

We can apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply. However Client has to meet special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 10, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

  • 133311- Importer or Exporter- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS
  • 312911- Maintenance Planner -Special Conditions Apply -Competent English- VETASSESS

Every occupation goes through 3 stages ie., high, medium and low availability. We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the applicant has 80 points.

This update is applicable for 190 and 489 sub class state sponsored visas with South Australia.

December 9, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

323211- Fitter (General) -Low Availability- Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

November 30, 2015

Engineers Australia Update: Acceptance of multiple IELTS or TOEFL iBT score cards.

Engineers Australia has announced that it will accept the combined results of IELTS or TOEFL iBT, provided that all tests results are valid at the time of submission of the application, and the required score is reached for each module at least once. They said that they will accept a combination of multiple TOEFL or multiple IELTS, not a mixed batch of both TOEFL and IELTS.

IELTS and from January 2016 TOEFL iBT are the only two test results they are going to accept towards assessment. Please note that TOEFL PBT and Pearson’s Test of English are NOT accepted towards assessment. 

Informal Review:

Engineers Australia has announced that if the client is not happy with the outcome of the skills assessment  he/she can apply for an informal review of application. Relevant forms and fees are available on website. During an informal review, application will be passed on to an independent assessor who will review the case and will be notified about the result of your review through email. An informal review may take up to 60 days.

An application for an informal review must be lodged within 3 months of the date of the original assessment outcome letter.

November 27, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

Today South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

  • 132211- Finance Manager -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) AND 3 years work experience in field.- Effective from 25/11/2015.- CPAA / ICAA / IPA
  • 234313- Environmental Research Scientist- Medium Availability -Competent English –VETASSESS
  • 411412 -Mothercraft Nurse- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the conditions.
This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 25, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

263113- Network Analyst -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -ACS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply. 

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 24, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

  • 132211- Finance Manager -High Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- AND 3 years work experience in field. Effective from 25/11/2015. CPAA / ICAA / IPA 
  • 312312- Electrical Engineering Technician- Medium Availability -Competent English -TRA
  • 312412- Electronic Engineering Technician- Low Availability- Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 21, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

323211- Fitter (General) -Medium Availability- Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 20, 2015

NSW Regional Sponsorship- Orana- Update: Resumption of the application process

As we are aware that on the 18th of November 2015 Regional Development Australia Orana (RDAO) temporarily shut its doors to any new applications for nomination for sponsorship under the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) stream. RDAO stated that it is very close to nearing its cap for nominations under the programme, which is governed by the NSW Department of Industry and Federal Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Orana has once again announced that as of the 20th of November RDAO will again open for applications however, the Regional Skilled Occupation List and application process have changed.

The following are changes in the application process:

From today, all new applicants must be invited to apply.

To register interest in the Orana region, an applicant/agent must email a certified copy of the applicant’s skills assessment, along with their name and birthdate, to migration@rdaorana.org.au. 

RDAO will only invite applications from individuals whose skills match the current Orana Skilled Occupation List.

Once invited, the applicant/agent will have two weeks to submit their application online.
RDAO will only accept applications from people who have been invited to apply. Additionally, RDAO will only accept applications submitted online.

Once invited, the process for using the online application portal and all other application requirements has not changed. It also stated that RDAO expects that all applicants who are invited are ready to apply as soon as practical after being invited. Please note, the online system is designed to prevent you progressing if you do not have the evidence required to support your application.

All Finance roles have now been suspended. RDAO will no longer accept applications for the following occupations:

  • 221112 – Management Accountant (SUSPENDED 20/11/2015)
  • 221113 – Taxation Accountant (SUSPENDED 20/11/2015)
  • 221213 – External Auditor (SUSPENDED 20/11/2015)

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for regional sponsorship with Orana under 489 sub class.

Important update from Australia:

The Visa Office at the Australian High Commission, New Delhi is currently experiencing a very high volume of Visitor visa lodgements from applicants wishing to travel to Australia from India. As a result, visa processing times are taking longer than usual.

The Australian High Commission strongly advises visa applicants not to make non-refundable travel/airline bookings in anticipation of the grant of a visa within 15 working days of lodgement.

Any such decisions are the sole responsibility of the visa applicant. We recommend instead that you lodge your visa application well ahead of your proposed travel date and only finalise such arrangements after your visa process has been completed.

Today South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

  • 132111 -Corporate Services Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS 
  • 135111 -Chief Information Officer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- ACS 
We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 19, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

334111 -Plumber (General)- Medium Availability -Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 18, 2015

NSW Regional Area- Orana-Update: Closure of application process:

Orana which is one of the regional area in NSW  has  announced that  from 18/11/2015 Regional Development Australia Orana will no longer accept applications for nomination under the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) stream at the request of NSW Department of Industry.

All applications received to date, that have received a RDA reference number, will be assessed in due course. They have stated not to call to check the status of your application. This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship under 489 sub class with Orana region in NSW.

November 17, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

  1. 132211 -Finance Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -CPAA / ICAA / IPA
  2. 263312- Telecommunications Network Engineer- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- Engineers Australia  
  3. 321212- Diesel Motor Mechanic- Medium Availability- Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 14, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

224311 -Economist -Special Conditions Apply -Competent English -VETASSESS

We can not apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub classes.

November 13, 2015

Engineers Australia Update: Acceptance of multiple IELTS or TOEFL iBT score cards

Engineers Australia has announced that it will accept the combined results of IELTS or TOEFL iBT , provided that all tests results are valid at the time of submission of the application, and the required score is reached for each module at least once. They said that they will accept a combination of multiple TOEFL or multiple IELTS, not a mixed batch of both TOEFL and IELTS.

IELTS and from January 2016 TOEFL iBT are the only two test results they are going to accept towards assessment. Please note that TOEFL PBT and Pearson’s Test of English are NOT accepted towards assessment. 

Informal Review:

Engineers Australia has announced that if the client is not happy with the outcome of the skills assessment  he/she can apply for an informal review of application. Relevant forms and fees are available on website. During an informal review, application will be passed on to an independent assessor who will review the case and will be notified about the result of your review through email. An informal review may take up to 60 days.

An application for an informal review must be lodged within 3 months of the date of the original assessment outcome letter.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

November 9, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

223211- ICT Trainer- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- ACS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 7, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

232214- Other Spatial Scientist -Medium Availability -Competent English -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 6, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

242211- Vocational Education Teacher (NonTrades)- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 4, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

261399- Software and Applications Programmers nec- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- ACS 

We can apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply. However client has to meet special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 3, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

Today South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

271299- Judicial and Other Legal Professionals nec -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 30, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

133512 -Production Manager (Manufacturing) -Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 27, 2015

Today South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

  • 132211 -Finance Manager- Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -CPAA / ICAA / IPA
  • 261311 -Analyst Programmer -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -ACS 
  • 263112- Network Administrator -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -ACS 
  • 323214 -Metal Machinist (First Class)- Medium Availability -Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 15, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

Today South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

  • 254499- Registered Nurse nec -Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- AND 3 years work experience in field ANMAC
  • 261312 -Developer Programmer- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 10, 2015

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: New list of occupations released.

Western Australia has released the new of occupations for state sponsorship for the year 2015-16.

Please find the below occupations has been added by Western Australia:
  • 141111   Cafe or Restaurant Manager
  • 234111   Agricultural Consultant
  • 234412   Geophysicist
  • 234514    Biotechnologist
  • 234912    Metallurgist
  • 272112    Drug and alcohol counsellor
  • 272114    Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • 272412    Interpreter
  • 272613    Welfare Worker
  • 311215    Pharmacy Technician 
  • 312114    Construction Estimator
  • 323111   Aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics)
  • 323113   Aircraft maintenance engineer (structures) 
  • 331111   Bricklayer
  • 333211   Fiborous plasterer
  • 333212   Solid plasterer
  • 333411   Wall and floor tiler
  • 342313   Electronic equipment trades worker
  • 342414   Telecommunications technician
  • 411112   Intensive care ambulance paramedic
Please find Western Australia has been removed the following occupations
  • 133513 Production manager (mining) 
  • 133611 Supply and distribution manager 
  • 149311 Conference and event organiser 
  • 149413 Transport company manager 
  • 1149913 Facilities manager 
  • 222113 Insurance broker
  • 223111 Human resource adviser 
  • 223112 Recruitment consultant
  • 312912 Metallurgical or materials technician 
  • 334115  Roof Plumber
  • 351111  Baker
  • 351112  Pastrycook
  • 351211  Butcher or smallgoods maker
  • 399212  Gas or Petroleum Operator
  • 399213  Power Generation Plant Operator 
  • 451211  Driving Instructor
  • 511112  Program or Project Administrator 
This update is applicable for all the clients applying for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

Today South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

149913 -Facilities Manager- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the specific requirements.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 7, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

351411- Cook- Low Availability- Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 6, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

139913 -Laboratory Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the specific requirements.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 3, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

233214-Structural Engineer -Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) -Engineers Australia 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the applicant meets the special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Increase in the fee for Trade Occupations:
Vetassess has announced the increase in Skills Assessment fee for Trade Occupations only.
Please find below the details of the new fee effective October 2015:
 
Stage 1 – Training and employment Check 
(signed application form and certified supporting documents must be posted to East Melbourne – Headquarters)
  • Online application form AUD $635.00
(additional AUD $100.00 for manually completed application form)
 
Stage 2 – Skills Assessment
  • Technical interview AUD $1350.00
  • Practical demonstration AUD $1350.00
Reassessment (if you have an unsuccessful assessment outcome)
  • Stage 1 – Training and employment check AUD $400.00
  • Stage 2 – Skills Assessment AUD $650.00
This update is applicable for all the clients going for skills assessment of their trade occupations with Vetassess.

September 30, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

261311 -Analyst Programmer -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) –ACS 

263299 -ICT Support and Test Engineers nec- Low Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -ACS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 28, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

 

232312- Industrial Designer- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English- VETASSESS

 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

 

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub classes.

September 23, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

132111- Corporate Services Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub classes.

September 22, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update.

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

149413 -Transport Company Manager- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub classes.

September 18, 2015

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Changes in the occupations list

The Victorian State Nomination Occupation Lists have been updated to reflect changing labour market demand within Victoria. 
The following occupations have been removed:

  • 133211 Engineering Manager
  • 231212 Ship’s Engineer

All of the Automotive Trades have been removed:

  • 321111 Automotive Electrician
  • 321211 Motor Mechanic (General)
  • 324111 Panelbeater
  • 324311 Vehicle Painter

The requirement for statisticians to have science experience has been removed.

This update is applicable for all the clients applying for state sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class with Victoria.

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 07/09/2015

The reports published for invitation round that took place on 07/09/2015. It gives us the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed.

DIBP Update: Next Invitation Rounds
DIBP has announced that Invitation rounds will be held twice a month from October 2015 and dates of rounds will be advised in advance. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the October 2015 invitation rounds are as follows:

9 October 2015
Visa subclass Maximum number
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 1000
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 20
23 October 2015
Visa subclass Maximum number
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 1000
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 20
Note:- This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (state or territory nominated) visas and nominations for these visas can continue as normal.

This update is applicable for 189, 190 & 489 visas.

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

224311- Economist- Medium Availability- Competent English -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Highest Points Category Occupations Closed

South Australia has announced that Human Resources Advisor (ANSZCO Code 223111) has reached the quota for high point nomination and it will no longer be available for high points access from Friday, 18 September 2015. Any high point applications submitted from 18 September for Human Resources Advisor will be refused.

Marketing Specialist (ANSZCO Code 225113) has also been closed for high point nomination from 02 September 2015.

The above two occupations are closed for high point nomination category only. They will still be accessible under the following categories:

  • International graduate of South Australia.
  • Currently working in a skilled occupation in South Australia for the last 12 months.
  • Have an immediate family member permanently residing in South Australia for 12 months or more.

A reminder that due to high demand, Immigration SA will be raising the requirement for the high point category from 80 points to 85 points on 22 September 2015. This change is to still allow a pathway for high point scoring applicants.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 10, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

233211 -Civil Engineer -Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- Engineers Australia.

We can apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply. However client has to meet special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 9, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

Today South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

139914 -Quality Assurance Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS 

We can apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply. However client has to meet special conditions.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 4, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

149411 -Fleet Manager- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 3, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

263113- Network Analyst- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 31, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

Today South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

233214- Structural Engineer- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) -Engineers Australia 

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 25, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

263112- Network Administrator- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -ACS

Every occupation goes through 3 stages ie., high, medium and low availability. We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the applicant has 80 points.

This update is applicable for 190 and 489 sub class state sponsored visas with South Australia.

August 24, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

312911 -Maintenance Planner- Low Availability- Competent English -VETASSESS 

Every occupation goes through 3 stages ie., high, medium and low availability. We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the applicant has 80 points.

This update is applicable for 190 and 489 sub class state sponsored visas with South Australia.

August 21, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

271299 -Judicial and Other Legal Professionals nec -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS

Every occupation goes through 3 stages ie., high, medium and low availability. We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for 190 and 489 sub class state sponsored visas.

August 18, 2015

ACT State Sponsorship Update: New Occupation List Released

ACT has released a new occupations list effective August 2015. Please find below the changes in the list.

The following occupations were closed in ACT earlier are now open for sponsorship from August 2015:

  • 233211 Civil Engineer
  • 233212 Geotechnical Engineer
  • 233213 Quantity Surveyor
  • 233214Structural Engineer
  • 233215 Transport Engineer

The following are occupation which were open for sponsorship earlier are now closed from August 2015.

  • 334111 Plumber (General)
  • 334112 Airconditioning and Mech. Serv. Plumber
  • 334113 Drainer
  • 334114 Gasfitter
  • 334115 Roof plumber
  • 312111 Architectural Draftsperson
  • 312112 Building Associate
  • 312113 Building Inspector
  • 312114 Construction Estimator
  • 312115 Plumbing Inspector
  • 312116 Surveying or Spatial Science Technician
  • 312199 Arch., Building and Survey Technicians nec
  • 252611 Podiatrist

This update is applicable for all the clients going for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

August 17, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update – South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

263312 -Telecommunications Network Engineer- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- Engineers Australia
312412 -Electronic Engineering Technician- Medium Availability- Competent English -TRA

Every occupation goes through 3 stages ie., high, medium and low availability. We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the applicant has 80 points.

This update is applicable for 190 and 489 sub class state sponsored visas with South Australia.

 

July 30, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update – South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

312511- Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English- Engineers Australia

263211 -ICT Quality Assurance Engineer- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -ACS

411412 – Mothercraft Nurse – Low Availability – Competent English- VETASSESS

141111 – Cafe or Restaurant Manager -Special Conditions Apply – Competent Plus – English (or Proficient overall) – VETASSESS
411412 – Mothercraft Nurse – Medium Availability – Competent English- VETASSESS

261112 Systems Analyst Low Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ACS
261312 Developer Programmer Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ACS

June 25, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update – South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

131113- Advertising Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English -AIM

312912- Metallurgical or Materials Technician -Low Availability- Competent English- VETASSESS

June 22, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

134499 – Education Managers nec – Medium Availability – Proficient English – VETASSESS

June 15, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Changed the status of the following occupations:
149411 -Fleet Manager- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English -VETASSESS

June 10, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update – South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

252211- Acupuncturist – Medium Availability -Proficient English- VETASSESS
312411- Electronic Engineering Draftsperson- Medium Availability- Competent English -Engineers Australia

June 5, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update – South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

249299 – Private Tutors and Teachers nec – Low Availability – Proficient English -VETASSESS

June 4, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Implementation of Sponsorship Application Fee.

Immigration South Australia has announced that it will introduce application fees effective from 10/6/2015 for both skilled and business state nomination applications. The introduction of fees is designed to reduce the number of non-genuine applications and duplications that slow their processing times. Fees will come into effect after 9 June 2015.

The fee structure is as follows:

Application Type – SA

Skilled migrants State nominated skilled – 190 permanent – $200

State nominated skilled – 489 regional provisional – $200

Business migrants Business 188 provisional – $500

Business permanent 888/892/893 – $750

Business 132 permanent – $750

Business retiree 405 – $500

SA Employers Employer Nominated – RCB advice by State Government agency – Nil

 The only payment method is by credit card.  The only credit cards accepted are VISA and Mastercard.  A surcharge of 3.2% is applied to cover the cost of processing your payment.

May 29, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update – South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

139913 – Laboratory Manager – Special Conditions Apply – Proficient English – VETASSESS

May 21, 2015

DIBP Update: Occupation Ceilings Reached for the below three occupation groups and no more invitations will be issued in the coming invitation rounds under 189 sub class:

• ICT Business and System Analysts – 2611
• Software and Applications Programmers – 2613
• Accountants. – 2211

Please note that occupational ceilings do not apply to, State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

May 08, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

139912 – Environmental Manager – Low Availability – Proficient English – VETASSESS

149413 -Transport Company Manager – Special Conditions Apply – Competent Plus English- VETASSESS

April 30, 2015

DIBP Update: Planned System Outage

 Planned System Outage – from 2 pm until 7 pm Saturday 2 May 2015 AEST (GMT +10).

 The following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator.

 If you receive a ‘Service Temporary Unavailable’ message during this time, try again after the outage period.

 NOTE: **Below is an Important Update**

 Every Wednesday from 5 am to 8 am, the following systems might become unavailable:

  •  ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa pricing estimator.

 If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

 The above updates are applicable for all the applicants going for visa process.

April 22, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update – South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

131113 – Advertising Manager – Medium Availability – Proficient English – AIM

April 15, 2015

From 1 July 2015 the AITSL Assessment for Migration fees, including assessment of an application, appeal application and skilled employment statement* (SES), will change. The new fees will apply to all applications post-marked 1 July 2015 onwards. Applications post-marked up to and including 30 June 2015 will pay the 2014 fee.

 Assessment of application  –    AUD625

  1. Appeal of assessment outcome    –    AUD625
  2. Skilled Employment Statement (SES)*     –   AUD210
  3. Copy of assessment outcome  – AUD85

 This update is applicable for applicants going for skills assessment under teaching related occupations with AITSL.

April 11, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update – South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

233612 – Petroleum Engineer – Medium Availability – Competent English AND 3 years work experience in field – Engineers Australia

224212 – Gallery or Museum Curator – Medium Availability – Competent English – VETASSESS

March 19, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update – South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

222112 – Finance Broker – Medium Availability – Competent English -VETASSESS

March 14, 2015

Vetassess Website Maintenance update

Vetassess has announced that due to scheduled maintenance their web application will be unavailable on Tuesday 17th March, 2015 between 5:30pm – 7:00pm (Australian Eastern Time)

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

There will be a planned system outage on Sunday 15 March until 6am Monday 16 March 2015 AEDT (GMT +11). The following system will become unavailable during the above times: SkillSelect clients will not be able to commence a visa application during the planned outage. Should you receive a ‘Server 500’ error message during this time, you are encouraged to try again after above mentioned duration.

South Australia State Sponsorship Update
South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:
263312 -Telecommunications Network Engineer -Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English -Engineers Australia

March 13, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: English Requirements

Please note that the Immigration South Australia has added the Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) test to those accept for Skilled Migration (GSM) state nomination as a part of the English Requirements.

The five tests now accepted are IELTS, OET, TOEFL iBT, PTE and CAE by Immigration South Australia.

March 09, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

133512 – Production Manager (Manufacturing) – Medium Availability- Proficient English -VETASSESS

222213 -Stockbroking Dealer- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English- VETASSESS

March 05, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update – South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

311312 -Meat Inspector- Medium Availability- Competent English- VETASSESS

February 24, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update – Status of the following occupations is Changed:

312311 – Electrical Engineering Draftsperson- Medium Availability- Competent English – Engineers Australia

February 13, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update – South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

254418 – Registered Nurse (Medical) -Low Availability- Proficient English AND 3 years work experience in field – ANMAC

February 04, 2015

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 23/1/2015

Skillselect Results and Occupation Ceiling as on 23-01-2015 – Y-Axis

Western Australia Website outage notification – Western Australia website will undergo maintenance from 5.00 pm Thursday 5 February 2015 – 12.00 am Friday 6 February 2015.

January 31, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

312911 Maintenance Planner Low Availability Competent English VETASSESS

January 28, 2015

Western Australia Website outage notification

Western Australia website will undergo maintenance from 5.00 pm Thursday 29 January 2015 – 12.00 am Friday 30 January 2015 (Western Australia time).

January 27, 2015

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Implementation of Sponsorship Application Fee.

Immigration South Australia has announced that it will introduce application fees later this year for both skilled and business state nomination applications. The introduction of fees is designed to reduce the number of non-genuine applications and duplications that slow their processing times. Fees will come into effect after 15 March 2015 with the actual implementation date to be confirmed shortly.

The proposed fee structure is as follows:

Application Type SA
Skilled migrants State nominated skilled – 190 permanent $200
State nominated skilled – 489 regional provisional $200
Business migrants Business 188 provisional $500
Business permanent 888/892/893 $750
Business 132 permanent $750
Business retiree 405 $500
SA Employers Employer Nominated – RCB advice by State Government agency Nil

The fees listed are GST exclusive, whether GST applies will be confirmed before fee introduction.

January 22, 2014

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

139999 – Specialist Managers nec – Medium Availability – Proficient English – VETASSESS

January 19, 2014

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

149913 – Facilities Manager – Low Availability – Competent Plus English – VETASSESS

January 9, 2014

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:  South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

351411 – Cook – Special – *Conditions Apply – Competent English – TRA

December 30, 2014

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations

254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical) Medium Availability Proficient English ANMAC

Every occupation goes through 3 stages ie., high, medium and low availability. We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply. This update is applicable for 190 and 489 sub class state sponsored visas.

December 17, 2014

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Change in status

254423 – Registered Nurse (Perioperative) – Medium Availability

December 15, 2014

135111 – Chief Information Officer – Proficient English- ACS – Low Availability
224611 – Librarian – Competent English – VETASSESS – Medium Availability
32111 – Corporate Services Manager – Proficient English – VETASSESS – Medium Availability

December 4, 2014

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:  Change in Status  of the following occupations:

323214 – Metal Machinist (First Class) – Medium Availability – Competent English – TRA
263312 – Telecommunications Network Engineer – Low Availability – Competent Plus English – Engineers Australia
399912 – Interior Decorator – Special Conditions Apply – 3/12/14 – Competent Plus English – VETASSESS

December 1, 2014

DIBP Update: Next round of Invitations will take place on 5 December and 19 December 2014 respectively.

The following are the number of invitations that would be issued during these two rounds

On 5th December 2014

Visa subclass                                                               Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)                           1400

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)             100

On 19th December 2014

Visa subclass                                                              Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)                          1400

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)             100

November 29, 2014

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:  Occupation Status Change

149112 – Fitness Centre Manager – Medium Availability – Competent Plus English – VETASSESS 

222299 – Financial Dealers nec – Low Availability – Competent English – VETASSESS

November 28, 2014

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupation Status Change

312912 – Metallurgical or Materials Technician – Medium Availability – Competent English – VETASSESS

November 27, 2014

ACWA Update: Acceptance of TOEFL and PTE for Welfare Worker Occupation.

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Status Change

399912 – Interior Decorator – Low Availability – Competent Plus English – VETASSESS

ACS Update: End of Year Office Closure for ACS Skills Assessments.

This is to notify you all that the ACS skills assessment office will be closed between 19 Dec, 2014 – 5 Jan, 2015.

Please note that the Skills assessment applications can still be submitted via the Online Assessment Form but phone and email service will not be available during this time.

November 25, 2014

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: English Language Requirements

Immigration South Australia will accept English Language Tests from the following providers:

IELTS – International English Language Test System.
oET – Occupational English Test (For Health Professionals only).
PTE Academic – Pearson Test of English Academic.
TOEFL iBT – Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet Based Test.

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

399917 – Wool Classer – Medium Availability – Competent English – VETASSESS

1) South Australia has confirmed that they will be accepting the alternative english language tests in addition to IELTS.
2) ACT has confirmed that they will be accepting the alternative english language tests in addition to IELTS. They have made the changes accordingly in their guidelines.

November 21, 2014

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

222213  – Stockbroking Dealer – Medium Availability – IELTS 6.0 in each band – VETASSESS
242211 – Vocational Education Teacher (Non-Trades) – Medium Availability IELTS 7.0 in each band – VETASSESS

November 17, 2014

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update:

ANZSCO 253999 Medical practitioners nec  has been closed in the occupations list of Western Australia. You cannot apply for closed occupations for state sponsorship with Western Australia.

November 15, 2014

TRA Update: Chef Occupation – Qualifications Requirement.

TRA currently considers that the following three trade qualifications are acceptable for the occupation of Chef:

• Certificate IV in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery).
• Certificate IV in Asian Cookery.
• Certificate IV in Patisserie.

Where an applicant presents with any other trade qualification aligned to this occupation, or a combination of qualifications, they need to ensure they have completed the relevant competencies in one of the Certificate IV qualifications listed above. Applicants must also ensure that they meet all the other program criteria before submitting an application. This update is applicable only for the applicants who doesn’t belong to the nominated countries that are assessed by Vetassess and who are going for skills assessment with TRA under Chef occupation.

October 30, 2014

Western Australia Update : Website outage notification

Western Australia website will undergo maintenance from 5.00 pm Thursday 30 October – 12.00 am Friday 31 October 2014 Australia Time. Please note that the website and online services will not be available during this time.  This update is applicable for 190 and 489 sub class visas.

Vetassess Update: Office Closure

Vetassess offices will be closed on Monday 3rd – Tuesday 4th November (Melbourne Cup Day) and will re-open on Wednesday 5th November 2014. This is applicable for all the Vetassess skills assessment applicants.

Engineers Australia Update: Migration Skills Assessment Online Application System

Engineers Australia has launched a new MSA online assessment system allowing applicants to submit an application, upload documents, pay the assessment fee, and follow the status of their application online. Outcome letters will be sent per email. Applicants will need to upload colour scanned copies of their original documents rather than having to obtain certified true copies.

October 29, 2014 – South Australia Sponsorship Update

234412 – Geophysicist – Medium Availability – IELTS 6.0 in each band – VETASSESS. 
254415 – Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency) – Low Availability – IELTS 7.0 in each band or OET B in each component PLUS 3 years work experience in field – ANMAC.
139913 – Laboratory Manager – Low Availability – IELTS 7.0 in each band – VETASSESS.

October 24, 2014

South Australia Update: 139912 – Environmental Manager – Medium Availability  – IELTS 7.0 in each band – VETASSESS.

Western Australia Update:  The following occupation on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list is now closed:

ANZSCO 253112 Resident medical officer. If client’s occupation is closed he/she will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. If client has already received an invitation, his/her application will not be affected.

NSW Nominated Skilled Migration Program: The October intake has reached the cap of 1,000 and it is closed.

October 20, 2014 – 249311 – Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages – Special Conditions Apply* 17/10/14 – IELTS 7.0 in each band – VETASSESS.

October 17, 2014 – 224211 – Archivist – Medium Availability – IELTS 6.0 in each band – VETASSESS.

October 14, 2014 

South Australia Update:

135111 – Chief Information Officer – Medium Availability.
311215 – Pharmacy Technician – *Special Conditions Apply/Closed – 14/10/14.
351411 – Cook – Low Availability.

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update:

The occupation(ANZSCO 253999 Medical practitioners nec) on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list is now restricted. If your occupation is restricted applicants will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. If applicants have already received an invitation, your application will not be affected.

October 10, 2014

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update:

The following occupation has been removed from the occupations list of Western Australia.

253999 Medical practitioners nec – Medical Board of Australia – Restricted – Schedule 1

Please note that you cannot for all the restricted occupations for state sponsorship with Western Australia.  This update is applicable for 190 and 489 sub class. 

October 7, 2014

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

234411 – Geologist – Medium Availability – IELTS 6.0 in each band – VETASSESS.
399912 – Interior Decorator – Medium Availability – IELTS 6.5 in each band – VETASSESS.

October 4, 2014

312911 – Maintenance Planner – Medium Availability – IELTS 6.0 in each band – VETASSESS.

September 29, 2014.

11213 – Medical Laboratory Technician – Special Conditions Apply* 27/9/14 – IELTS 6.0 in each band – AIMS.

311215 – Pharmacy Technician – Low Availability – IELTS 6.0 in each band – VETASSESS.

September 27, 2014.

SkillSelect Update:

For the most recent update on Skill Select Invitation, click Skill Select

September 24, 2014

Victoria State Sponsorship Update:

Victoria has changed the status of the following occupations: 261314 Software Tester IELTS 7.0 in each band ACS.
The above occupation has been removed from the Victoria state occupations list. We cannot apply for state sponsorship with Victoria with this occupation any more.

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

222312 – Financial Investment Manager – Special Conditions Apply* 23/9/14 – IELTS 6.0 in each band – VETASSESS.

September 22, 2014

Western Australia Sponsorship Update:

The following occupation on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list is now restricted: ANZSCO 253112 Resident medical officer.

If client’s occupation is restricted he/she will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. However, if client has already received an invitation, his/her application will not be affected.

September 17, 2014

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

149212 – Customer Service Manager – Special Conditions Apply* – 13/9/14 IELTS 6.5 in each band – VETASSESS.

September 10, 2014

222113 – Insurance Broker – Medium Availability – IELTS 6.0 in each band – VETASSESS.
222299 – Financial Dealers nec – Medium Availability – IELTS 6.0 in each band – VETASSESS.
263113 – Network Analyst – * Special Conditions Apply.
9/9/14 IELTS 6.5 in each band – ACS.

September 8, 2014

139915- Sports Administrator – Medium Availability – IELTS 7.0 in each band – VETASSESS

September 4, 2014

Passport holders of exempt countries no longer have to provide an English Test Result (IELTS or OET) for South Australia immigration. And can also access the immigration SA work experience waiver for ‘available’ occupation.

September 1, 2014

224214 – Records Manager – *Special Conditions Apply 29/8/14 – IELTS 6.0 in each band – VETASSESS.
263112 – Network Administrator – * Special Conditions Apply.
29/8/14 – IELTS 6.5 in each band – ACS.

August 28, 2014

222312 – Financial Investment Manager – Low Availability – IELTS 6.0 in each band – VETASSESS.
312412  – Electronic Engineering Technician – Medium Availability – IELTS 6.0 in each band – TRA.

August 22, 2014

135112 – ICT Project Manager – *Special Conditions Apply 21/8/14 – IELTS 7.0 in each band – ACS.
311215 – Pharmacy Technician – Medium Availability – IELTS 6.0 in each band – VETASSESS.

August 20, 2014

263112 –  Network Administrator –  Low Availability –  IELTS 6.5 in each band –  ACS

August 13, 2014

149913 – Facilities Manager –  Medium Availability –  IELTS 6.5 in each band  – VETASSESS.

311213 – Medical Laboratory Technician – Low Availability –  IELTS 6.0 in each band – AIMS

Every occupation goes through 3 stages ie., high, medium and low availability. Low availability represents that the requirement for this occupations can be closed anytime. It is advisable for the applicants to lodge the applications asap, to ensure the opportunity is not missed. 

Note: We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply.

For further details, please Talk to Y-Axis Consultants or you can e-mail us on Info@y-axis.com. One of our representatives will get back to you at the earliest.

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