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MIGRATE TO AUSTRALIA – SUBCLASS 189, 190 AND 489 (AUSTRALIA IMMIGRATION, VISA UPDATES)

December 14th, 2018:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 11/10/2018

Skillselect Invitation Results-11-10-2018 & Ceilings

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/10/2018. 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.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 3753 – 300 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1342 – 107 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3894 – only 45 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 102 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3510 – 230 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 –116 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 300 –24 already invited
  •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1780 – 142 already invited
  •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 700 -56 already invited
  •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1466 -117 already invited
  •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 7271 -581 already invited
  •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2660 – 204 already invited
  •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2167 – 173 already invited
  •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 182 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skilled migration.

December 14th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

135199- ICT Managers nec -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. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

December 13th, 2018:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Canberra Matrix – First Invitation Round

ACT has announced that the first round of invitations to apply for ACT 190 nomination will be issued on or before 21 December 2018.

Once the invitation round is finalised,  information about the round, including the matrix score invited, will be available on the website.

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

December 13th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 12th December 2018

* 9am until 5pm on Sunday 16th December 2018

Known issue with help-text

DHA is aware of current issues with the ‘help-text’ links within ImmiAccount.  They are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.

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

December 11th, 2018:

NSW-489 sub class Regional Sponsorship Current Status

Currently the following nine regions are participating in NSW’s 489 program:

  • Central West – New Regional Authority – Temporarily Closed.
  • Far South Coast – Temporarily Closed.
  • Mid North Coast – Temporarily Closed
  • Murray- Currently Sponsoring
  • Northern Inland – Currently Sponsoring
  • Northern Rivers – Temporarily Closed – New Regional Authority added in November 2018 – The details we need to access.
  • Orana –  Temporarily Closed
  • Riverina –  Temporarily Closed.
  • Southern Inland – Currently Sponsoring

NOTE: All the above mentioned Regional Areas have their own SOLs, application processing, fee (ranging between AUD700-AUD800), criteria & requirements. Most of them require notarized documents.

December 11th, 2018:

Australian Psychological Society Skills Assessment Update: Christmas Closure

The Australian Psychological Society has announced national office will be closed from 21 December 2018, reopening 7 January 2019. There will be no correspondence from the Assessments Team during this time.

Assessments Team unavailable 21 Dec 2018 – 7 Jan 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Australian Psychological Society.

December 11th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 12th December 2018

* 9am until 5pm on Sunday 16th December 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

December 10th, 2018:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Change in the process for Ph.D holders

Vetassess has confirmed that currently VETASSESS considers paid doctoral research level studies as valid employment for skills assessment purposes.

Vetassess has announced that as of 15 December 2018, VETASSESS will NOT accept paid doctoral studies for skills assessment purposes, consistent with the Department of Home Affairs requirements. 

For skilled employment to be considered ‘remunerated’, applicants must be engaged in the occupation on a paid basis, generally at the award or market rate of the occupation. A person receiving minimal living allowances or scholarships designed to cover study expenses would NOT be considered to be ‘remunerated’.

VETASSESS will continue to ensure that impact on its clients is minimised during the transition leading up to the implementation date. Applications received prior to 15 December 2018 will be processed according to the criteria at the time of applying.

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

December 10th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 12th December 2018

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

December 4th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

135199 -ICT Managers nec- 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. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

December 4th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

234112 -Agricultural Scientist -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional489 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. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

December 4th, 2018:

Western Australia State nomination invitation round for December 2018

Western Australia has announced that invitations for State nomination are usually issued on the third Thursday of each month. This will be brought forward by one week in December due to the Christmas and new year closure. Invitations are anticipated to be issued by 14 December 2018.

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

December 4th, 2018:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Office Closures

Vetassess has announced that during the festive season, VETASSESS offices will close from Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen, Wednesday 2 January 2019. 

Submitting New Applications

Please note festive season changes to timelines for new applications:

Priority Processing: Last applications for 2018 is 5pm (AEDT) Friday, 14 December.

Skills Assessments for General Professional Occupations: Last applications for 2018 is 12pm (AEDT) Friday, 21 December.

Skills Assessments for Trade Occupations: Last applications for 2018 is 12pm (AEDT) Friday, 21 December.

New applications for the above services will be accepted from Wednesday, 2 January 2019.

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

December 3rd, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

222113- Insurance Broker- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

December 3rd, 2018:

NSW-489 Far South Coast Regional Sponsorship Update: Suspended the Nomination Process till early 2019.

NSW-489 Far South Coast Regional Sponsorship has announced that Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (SRS) 489 program for the NSW Far South Coast is currently suspended until early 2019.

Due to this suspension, they cannot accept any further applications at present. They will announce the reopening of the program on this website. The assessment process for all previously accepted applications will proceed as normal.

NOTE: There are 9 regional authorities participating in the NSW-489 sub class regional sponsorship, every region has got its own SOL, application process, fee, requirements & criteria.

 

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

December 3rd, 2018:

Victoria University Skills Assessment Update: Christmas & New Year Holiday

The Victoria University and the Skilled Migration Assessment Services office will be closed over the Christmas and New Year break.

The last day of business for 2018 will be Friday 21 December. The office will reopen on Monday 7 January 2019.

Please update all your clients accordingly.

December 3rd, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that clients may experience intermittent interruptions to ImmiAccount services on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 8am until 8pm Saturday 8th December 2018

If this occurs, please log out of ImmiAccount and try again later.

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* midnight until 4am Monday 10th December 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

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.

November 29th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

133411- Manufacturer -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -Research job opportunities for your particular specialisation-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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

November 29th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254415 -Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus

overall); 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

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

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

November 29th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254415 -Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)- Special  conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

November 27th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

141111 -Cafe or Restaurant Manager -Low Availability- 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

November 27th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has annnounced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 28th November 2018

* 2pm until 5pm on Saturday 1st December 2018

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

November 26th,2018:

Department Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 2pm until 5pm on Saturday 1st December 2018

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

November 23rd,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312311- Electrical Engineering Draftsperson- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-Engineers Australia

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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

November 23rd,2018:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closure over the Christmas and new year period 2018/19

The WA Migration Services office will be closed from 4.00 pm, Friday 21 December 2018 and reopen at 8.30 am, Wednesday 2 January 2019.

No invitations or assessment outcomes for State nomination will be issued during this time.

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

November 23rd,2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Removal of Occupations from the Lists

Queensland State Authorities have announced that the following occupations have been removed from all the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOLs) effective 22 November 2018.

  • Finance Manager – 132211
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) – 254412
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) – 254415
  • Developer Programmer – 261312
  • Software Engineer – 261313

BSMQ has received many expressions of interest for these occupations and has filled the quota. If you have not received an invitation by yesterday, BSMQ is no longer able to issue any new invitations.

BSMQ may open these occupations later if the current invitees do not respond in the required time frame. If this happens, information will be posted.

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

November 22nd,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

311111- Agricultural Technician- 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

November 21st,2018:

Requirements to be met by Overseas Residents – 190 sub class:

  • Should have atleast 65 points in the EOI including the 5 points by the state
  • Nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, you must demonstrate a ‘Proficient’ level of English as defined by Home Affairs.
  • Skills and at least 12 months experience in the nominated occupation must be relevant to the ACT economy. Experience in heavy industry, manufacturing, production, mining; shipping, gas and oil, head office banking and railways are not generally considered relevant industries given the structure of the ACT economy which is primarily knowledge-based.
  • Have a genuine ACT job offer in your nominated ‘open’ occupation OR  you must provide evidence of sufficient ACT employment opportunities in your nominated occupation, relevant to your skill set.
  • Must have access to sufficient financial assets to fund your migration and settlement in Canberra while you seek employment.
  • Other requirements that might be published by 29/11/2018

Note: Overseas Residents NOT eligible for ACT 190 nomination if applicant, or any dependents, are living or have lived in another Australian state or territory within the last twelve months.

Requirements to be met by Canberra Residents – 190 sub class:

  • Should have atleast 65 points in the EOI including the 5 points by the state
  • If an applicant have previously held a student/temporary graduate visa within the last two years:         
    • Must be resident in Canberra for at least 12 months at time of invitation.
    • From 1 July 2019, the minimum ACT residence criteria for student/temporary graduate visa holders will increase to two years.
  • Must be working in Canberra for at least three months. While the employment does not have to be fulltime or permanent, must be working a minimum 20 hours per week. May also work for more than one ACT employer or be self-employed on an ABN. If employed by a NSW employer in the ‘ACT Region’, you must demonstrate that your work activity is located in the ACT.
  • Nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, you must demonstrate a ‘Proficient’ level of English as defined by Home Affairs.
  • Other requirements that might be published by 29/11/2018

Note:  Canberra Residents NOT eligible for ACT 190 nomination if you or any dependents are living or working in another Australian state or territory.

 

Conditions: 

1) ACT doesn’t sponsor for 489 sub class visa. 

2) All the applicants migrating under 190 sub class initially need to stay in ACT for 2 years& should sign the commitment as a part of the application process.

3) A close family member is defined as a spouse / partner, parents, child, brother, sister or grandparents of the main applicant or their spouse / partner. 

 

Tuesday 27 November 2018 – ACT online system shutdown

 

The ACT Government’s current system will go OFF LINE at 4pm (AEST) on Tuesday 27 November 2018 to enable the system change over to the Matrix. If you intend to start an application for ACT nomination for an ‘open’ occupation (under the current nomination criteria), the application must be submitted (and service fee paid) before 4 pm on Tuesday 27 November 2018.  Any ‘in progress’ applications that have not been submitted (and service fee paid) by 4pm will automatically lapse and cannot be reactivated. Any applications lodged and paid for before 4pm on Tuesday 27 November will be assessed and finalised under the existing guidelines.

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

November 20th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 9am until 7pm on Sunday 25th November 2018

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

November 19th,2018:

Act-occupation-list-nov-18

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) State Sponsorship Update: Release of SOL effective 29/11/2018.

Process of Nomination:

  1. Must formally express an interest in applying for ACT 190 nomination by completing a score-based ‘Canberra Matrix’ where applicant is allocated points against demonstrated economic contribution or benefit and/or a genuine commitment to be part of the ACT community. Scores of 20 points and above will be ranked. The highest ranked candidates under the scoring system will then be selected and invited to apply for ACT 190 nomination.
  2. If invited to apply for ACT 190 nomination, must complete and submit the online application (and pay the service fee) within 14 days. Must attach the required documents to evidence your Matrix score. If cannot evidence the Matrix score that the invitation was based on, the application for ACT 190 nomination will not meet the nomination criteria.

Step 1 – Check your eligibility

Step 2 – Express your interest

Step 3 – Canberra Matrix scoring

Step 4 – Ranking, selection and invitation

Step 5 – Applying for ACT 190 nomination if invited

Step 6 – Document checklist

Step 7 – Assessing the application

Step 8 – Offer of ACT 190 nomination

Step 9 – Applying for the subclass 190 visa

Step 10 – Live in Canberra

Step 11 – Welcome to Canberra settlement service

Overseas residents

Must meet the following minimum criteria before you are eligible to express an interest in ACT 190 nomination:

 If nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, must demonstrate a ‘Proficient’ level of English as defined by Home Affairs.

 skills and at least 12 months experience in the nominated occupation must be relevant to the ACT economy. Experience in heavy industry, manufacturing, production, mining; shipping, gas and oil, head office banking and railways are not generally considered relevant industries given the structure of the ACT economy which is primarily knowledge-based.

 do not have a genuine ACT job offer in your nominated ‘open’ occupation, you must provide evidence of sufficient ACT employment opportunities in your nominated occupation, relevant to your skill set.

 must sign a statutory declaration committing to living and working in Canberra for at least two years from date of permanent arrival in Australia.

 must have access to sufficient financial assets to fund your migration and settlement in Canberra while you seek employment. You need to be realistic about employment expectations once you arrive in Canberra as it can take, on average, up to six months to secure employment. This timeframe is only indicative, as the economy and employment market can vary considerably throughout the year.

Note: client is not eligible for ACT 190 nomination if he/she, or any dependents, are living or have lived in another Australian state or territory within the last twelve months.

Please find attached the new SOL effective 29/11/2018.

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

November 19th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 234112 -Agricultural Scientist -Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS
  • 232412- Illustrator- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English; -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. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

November 19th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

234112 -Agricultural Scientist -Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

November 19th,2018:

Australian Computer Society (ACS) Update: Office Closure Update

ACS has announced that the ACS office will be closed from 22 December 2018 and will re-open on Monday 7 January 2019. 

During this time you will still be able to submit a migration skills assessment application through the online portal. Any email enquires during this closure period will be responded to as soon as possible after they re-open on 7 January 2019. 

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

November 19th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: System maintenance

DHA has announced that the System outage – from 3:10 pm Monday 19th November until 4:10 pm Monday 19th November 2018 AEDT (GMT +11)

The following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

– ImmiAccount

– eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)

– Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)

– LEGENDcom

– Humanitarian Entrants Management System

– Employment Suitability Clearance

– HAP Lite

– Australian Trusted Trader

– AMEP Reporting and Management System (ARMS)

– Visa pricing estimator

– Detention Visit Application Form

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

 

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

November 16th,2018:

NSW-489 sub class Regional Sponsorship Current Status

Currently the following nine regions are participating in NSW’s 489 program:

  • Central West – New Regional Authority – Temporarily Closed.
  • Far South Coast – Currently Sponsoring
  • Mid North Coast – Temporarily Closed
  • Murray- Currently Sponsoring
  • Northern Inland – Currently Sponsoring
  • Northern Rivers – Temporarily Closed – New Regional Authority added in November 2018 – The details we need to access.
  • Orana –  Temporarily Closed
  • Riverina – Currently Sponsoring
  • Southern Inland – Currently Sponsoring

NOTE: All the above mentioned Regional Areas have their own SOLs, application processing, fee (ranging between AUD700-AUD800), criteria & requirements. Most of them require notarized documents.

November 16th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254424- Registered Nurse (Surgical) -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

Please note that occupations under Available/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.

November 15th,2018:

NSW-489 sub class – Northern Inland Update: Removal of Occupations from the List

Northern Inland which is one of the 8 Regional Authorities participating in NSW-489 sub class regional sponsorship has announced that the following occupations will be removed from the RDA Northern Inland Occupation List on 22 November, 2018. Applications received before this time will be considered BUT they must be complete applications, with all requirements met or a negative outcome may result:

  • Baker – 351111
  • Agricultural Scientist – 234112

NOTE: There are 8 regional authorities which are participating in NSW-489 sub class visa regional sponsorship, every regional area has got its own SOL, application process, fee, requirements & criteria.

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

November 13th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List : Current Status of the occupation(s):

311111- Agricultural Technician- Low Availability- 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

November 13th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 8.30pm Friday 16th November to 10am Saturday 17th November 2018

Deparment of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Suspension of BPAY Request Payment option

DHA has announced that the BPAY Request payment option will be unavailable from 11:59pm (AEDT) Sunday 11th November 2018 until Saturday 17th November 2018.

Payment by credit card or Paypal will still be available.

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

November 9th,2018:

NSW – 489 sub class Northern Inland Update: Removal of occupations from the list

Northern Inland which is one of 8 regional authorities participating in NSW regional sponsorship under 489 sub class has announced that the following occupations were removed from the RDA Northern Inland Occupation List on 8 November, 2018. Applications received before this time will be considered BUT they must be complete applications, with all requirements met or a negative outcome may result:

  • Architect – 232111
  • Transport Engineer – 233215
  • Agricultural Engineer – 233912

NOTE: There are 8 regional authorities participating in NSW – 489 sub class regional sponsorship. Every region has got its own SOL, application process, fee, requirements & criteria.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Northern Inland under 489 sub class. 

November 9th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 8.30pm Friday 16th November to 10am Saturday 17th November 2018

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

November 8th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that  the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5am to 8am Friday 9th November 2018

Further they have stated that the clients may experience a brief interruption to ImmiAccount services on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 2pm to 5pm Saturday 10th November 2018

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

November 6th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the clients may experience a brief interruption to ImmiAccount services on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 2pm to 5pm Saturday 10th November 2018

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

November 5th,2018:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: reopening on 29 November 2018

The ACT has announced that the ACT 190 Nomination program will reopen on 29 November 2018 with a new process for determining nominated applicants. ACT’s current allocation for 2018/19 is 800 nominations.

The pathway program will continue to be focused on occupations that are listed as ‘in-demand’, and assess a range of factors that support successful settlement and contribution to the ACT economy, such as previous residence and other ties to the ACT, English proficiency, and having a job offer in the ACT.
 
This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.
 

November 5th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312311 -Electrical Engineering Draftsperson- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-Engineers Australia

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. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

November 2nd,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254415- Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)-Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

November 2nd,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the clients may experience a brief interruption to ImmiAccount services on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 2pm to 5pm Saturday 3rd November 2018

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* midnight to 4am Monday 5th November 2018

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

November 1st,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254424- Registered Nurse (Surgical)- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

November 1st,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232412- Illustrator- Low Availability- Competent English;- 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

October 31st,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

599915 -Clinical Coder -Special Conditions Apply-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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

October 31st,2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Change in state sponsorship requirements for ICT Occupations for Offshore Applicants

ICT Occupations:

Queensland has changed its requirements for state sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class for ICT Occupations in case of offshore applicants. The following are basic requirements to be met to file an EOI.

  • Should have 80 points;
  • Require minimum post-qualification work experience of 5 years in accordance with ACS skills assessments

Offshore applicants applying under a Cook or Chef occupation must show evidence of a minimum 12 month job offer with a Queensland employer registered in Australia. The job offer must be related to your occupation, and evidence is required showing acceptance of the offer.

NOTE: Earlier the job offer requirement was there even for ICT Occupations for offshore applicants, which has been removed now.

Engineering Occupations:

In case of Engineering Occupations, Offshore applicants should have registration with the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland. Occupations Civil Engineer (233211), Electrical Engineer (233311) and Mechanical Engineer (233512) have been removed from the Occupations List for state sponsorship.

 

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

October 31st,2018:

NSW Regional Sponsorship-489 sub class Northern Inland Update: Removal of occupations effective 7 November 2018.

Northern Inland which is one of the 8 Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring 489 sub class has announced that the following occupations will be removed from the RDA Northern Inland Occupation List on Wednesday 7 November, 2018. Applications received before this time will be considered BUT they must be complete applications, with all requirements met or a negative outcome may result:

  • Architect – 232111
  • Transport Engineer – 233215
  • Agricultural Engineer – 233912

Note: All the 8 Regional Authorities have their own application process, SOLs, fee & requirements & criteria.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Northern Inland of NSW under 489 sub class.

October 31st,2018:

Vetassess Skills Assessment (Trade Occupations): OSAP, TSS and TRS Trade Occupation Applicant Update

Vetassess has announced that due to the Christmas shutdown period at VETASSESS and Trades Recognition Australia, anyone completing a technical interview or practical assessment after 7 December 2019 will not receive their assessment outcome until after 11 January 2019.

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

October 31st,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5midnight to 4am Monday 5th November 2018

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

October 30th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

599915 -Clinical Coder -Low 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

October 30th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5am to 8am Wednesday 31st October 2018

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

October 26th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that applicants may experience intermittent interruptions to ImmiAccount services on the following dates/times AEDT:

  • 2pm Saturday 27 October to 9am Sunday 28 October 2018

If this occurs, please log out of ImmiAccount and try again later.

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

October 25th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254499 -Registered Nurse nec- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

October 25th,2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Removal of few occupations from the list

Queensland State has announced that the occupations –Civil Engineer (233211), Electrical Engineer (233311) and Mechanical Engineer (233512) are removed from all the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOLs) on 24 October 2018 as they has received many expressions of interest for these occupations and has filled the quota.

If the client has not received an invitation by 24 October 2018, BSMQ is no longer able to issue any new invitations.

State has further stated that they may open these occupations later if the current invitees do not respond in the required time frame. 

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

October 22nd,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

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

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

October 16th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5am to 8am Wednesday 17th October 2018

* 9am to 7pm Sunday 21st October 2018

* midnight to 4am Monday 22nd October 2018

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

October 15th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254425- Registered Nurse (Paediatric)- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

October 10th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254425- Registered Nurse (Paediatric)- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -5 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

October 10th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

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

* 5am to 8am AEDT Wednesday 17th October 2018

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

October 9th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

133512- Production Manager (Manufacturing) -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- Research job opportunities for your particular specialisation -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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

October 8th, 2018:

NSW 489 Regional Sponsorship – Northern Inland Update: Removal of Occupations effective 11 October 2018

Northern Inland which is one of the 8 Regional Authorities participating in the 489 sub class regional sponsorship has announced that the following occupations will be removed from the RDA Northern Inland Occupation List by 5pm (AEST) on Thursday 11 October 2018:

  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 254412
  • Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health) 254413
  • Registered Nurse (Community Health) 254414
  • Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 254421

NOTE: All the 8 regional authorities have separate SOLs, Application Process, requirements & criteria and fee for the regional sponsorship process.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship under 489 sub class.

October 6th, 2018:

Skillselect Results -11-09-2018 & Ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 11/09/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/09/2018. 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.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 3753 – 636 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1342 – 227 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3894 – only 79 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 133 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3510 – 339 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 –172 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 300 – 51 already invited
  •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1780 – 301 already invited
  •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 700 -119 already invited
  •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1466 -248 already invited
  •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 7271 -1231 already invited
  •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2660 – 295 already invited
  •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2167 – 367 already invited
  •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 251 already invited

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

October 4th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254499- Registered Nurse nec -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

October 3rd, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

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

* 2am AEST to 5am AEDT Sunday 7th October 2018

* 5am to 8am AEDT Wednesday 10th October 2018

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

September 28th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 263112- Network Administrator -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS
  • 263299- ICT Support and Test Engineers nec- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS
  • 312911 -Maintenance Planner -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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

September 28th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263112- Network Administrator -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

312911 -Maintenance Planner -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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

September 27th, 2018:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Planned System Maintenance

Engineers Australia has announced that the website planned maintenance is scheduled 1st October – 8:00am to 8:00pm AESTmyPortal website – during this time online services will be unavailable. Public website – may become unavailable. Contact Centre will be closed during this time.

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

September 26th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5am to 8am Wednesday 10th October 2018

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

September 25th, 2018:

Western Australia-Occupation lists-25.09.2018

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Skilled Occupation List and Graduate Occupation List Released for 2018

Western Australia State has released the Skilled Occupation List and Graduate Occupation List. 

There is no change in the Skilled Occupation List when compared with the previous list. 

Western Australian State nomination minimum requirements – General stream

To be considered for an invitation to apply for the State nomination General stream, candidates must:

• have an occupation listed as available and eligible for the intended visa subclass on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL);

• be able to claim and give evidence of work experience in the Expression of Interest – this requirement can be met through:

»» at least one year of Australian work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation over the last 10 years; or

»» at least three years of overseas work experience in the nominated (or closely

related) occupation over the last 10 years;

• meet the following minimum English language requirements;

»» an English language level of ‘proficient’ must be obtained by candidates nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation; or

»» for all other eligible occupations an English language level of ‘competent’ must be obtained;

»» candidates who hold a passport from the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the United States, Canada and New Zealand are considered to have met the minimum English language requirements and are exempt from undertaking

an English proficiency test; and

• have a contract of employment for full time employment for at least 12 months in the nominated or closely related occupation, as outlined in Table 1.

Western Australian State nomination minimum requirements – Graduate stream

In addition to the requirements of General Stream the following are the additional requirements to apply for the State nomination Graduate stream candidates must:

• have an occupation listed as available and eligible for the intended visa subclass on the Graduate Occupation List (GOL):

»» Masters and PhD graduates can access all of the occupations on the GOL; and

»» Bachelor and higher degree graduates can access some of the occupations on the GOL.

• have gained a higher education qualification in Western Australia, including a requirement to have completed at least two years of full time study in Western Australia at a Western Australian university;

NOTE: In order to apply for Graduate Stream applicants should meet both the General Stream and Graduate Steam requirements.

Please find attached the Occupation Lists for 2018. 

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

September 25th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

222113 -Insurance Broker- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

411713- Family Support Worker- Special Conditions Apply- 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

September 24th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List in the last 2 weeks:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

135112 -ICT Project Manager -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

149212 -Customer Service Manager- Low Availability- Proficient Plus English (or Superior overall); Provisional 489 visa only-

VETASSESS

232312- Industrial Designer- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Preparedness to selfemploy-VETASSESS

263112- Network Administrator- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

312911- Maintenance Planner -Low Availability- 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

September 24th, 2018:

NSW 489 sub class Regional Authority – Northern Inland Sponsorship Update: Removal of few occupations effective 28 September 2018

Northern Inland which is one of the 8 regional authorities which are participating in sponsorship 489 sub class visa has announced removal of few occupations effective 28 September 2018.

The following occupations will be removed from the Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) Occupation List on 28 September 2018:

  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 254423
  • Registered Nurse (Surgical) 254424

Current Processing Timelines of Northern Inland Sponsorship Applications: 6 weeks or more.

NOTE: All the 8 regional authorities have separate SOLs, Application Process, requirements & criteria and fee for the regional sponsorship process.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Northern Inland under 489 sub class.

September 10th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 133512- Production Manager (Manufacturing) -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -Research job opportunities for your particular specialisation -VETASSESS
  • 254418- Registered Nurse (Medical)- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

September 7th, 2018:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Changes to various pathways & application process

Victoria State has announced that the Skilled and Business Migration Program (SBMP) of Victoria is making a number of program changes to its skilled visa nomination processes to strengthen targeting, streamline operations and improve customer experience.

The following changes take effect on Monday 10 September 2018

1. Streamlined pathway for 457 visa holders 

The current 457 streamlined processing pathway will be removed.

Eligible 457 visa holders with occupations on the Victorian nomination occupation list may still be eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination and retain existing alternate pathways to permanent residency. 

2. Pathway for International PhD graduates

The current pathway for International PhD graduates will remain. However, there will be a change to processing times from the current fast-tracked two-week processing service to a new standard 12 week processing time.

The 12 week processing time will be applied across all skilled visa nomination applications bringing this pathway in-line with the rest of the skilled migration program.

3. Expanded “Invitation Only” procedure

An “Invitation Only” application procedure will continue to be applied across three industry groups: Information & Communication Technology, Building & Engineering and Nursing, with 457 visa holders and applicants holding valid job offers now subject to this procedure. Victoria has announced that they will continue to periodically invite eligible, high calibre applicants in these industry groups.

There will get further clarity and details regarding the above changes on Monday, 10th September 2018.

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

September 7th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

252711 -Audiologist -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 3 years’ work experience in field-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. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

September 4th, 2018:

NSW 489 sub class Regional Authority – Northern Inland Sponsorship Update: Removal of few occupations effective 13 September 2018

Northern Inland which is one of the 8 regional authorities which are participating in sponsorship 489 sub class visa has announced removal of few occupations effective 13 September 2018.

The following occupations will be removed from the Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) Occupation List on 13 September 2018:

  • Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • Hairdresser

Current Processing Timelines of Northern Inland Sponsorship Applications: 6 weeks or more.

NOTE: All the 8 regional authorities have separate SOLs, Application Process, requirements & criteria and fee for the regional sponsorship process.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Northern Inland under 489 sub class.

September 4th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

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

* midnight until 4am Sunday 9 September 2018

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

August 31st, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263213 -ICT Systems Test 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

August 30th, 2018:

NSW-489 sub class-Regional Authority- Orana Update: Pausing of the application system

Orana which is one of the 8 regional authorities of NSW has announced that due to the extreme number of applications being received via their web portal, effective immediately, RDA Orana will be pausing their application system.

They have further stated that if an applicant currently has an application in process and visa is expiring within 2 weeks, please forward the visa, quoting the RDA reference number to migration@rdaorana.org.au with the subject text RDA Ref no 180*** – Applicant Name – Visa expiring – DD/MM/YYYY

Please do not call or email their office seeking information or updates as this delays assessments.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Orana, NSW under 489 sub class.

August 29th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263113 -Network 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

August 28th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 133411 -Manufacturer- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- Research job opportunities for your particular specialisation-VETASSESS
  • 252711 -Audiologist- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 3 years’ work experience in field- 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. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

August 24th, 2018:

NSW-NORTHERN-INLAND-489-list_24-08-18

NSW- 489 sub class-Regional Authority-Northern Inland Update: Changes to the Skilled Occupations List

Northern Inland which is one of the 8 regional authorities participating in sponsoring NSW-489 sub class visa has updated its Skilled Occupations List.

The following are the changes made to the list when compared with the previous list.

Occupations REMOVED from the list 

Electronic Equipment Trades Worker 342313

Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General) 342314

Motor Mechanic (General) 321211

Occupations ADDED to the list

Hairdresser 391111

Please find attached the new list.

NOTE: There are 8 regional authorities in NSW which are participating in sponsoring NSW 489 sub class visa. Every region will have its own SOL, requirements & criteria, application process & fee.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Northern Inland of NSW under 489 sub class.

August 22nd, 2018:

NSW-Murray-Aug-2018

NSW-489 sub class-Regional Authority- Murray Update: Change in the Skilled Occupations List

Murray which is one of the Regional Authority of NSW participating in sponsoring 489 sub class visa has updated its Skilled Occupations List. Please find attached the new SOL of Murray.

The following changes that have made in SOL:

Occupations REMOVED from List when compared with the previous list

Primary health organisation manager 134213

Orthoptist 251412

Audiologist 252711

Speech pathologist 252712

General Medical Practitioner 253111

Anaesthetist  253211

Specialist physician  253311

Cardiologist  253312

Clinical haematologist  253313

Clinical oncologist  253314

Endocrinologist 253315

Gastroenterologist 253316

Intensive care specialist 253317

Neurologist 253318

Paediatrician  253322

Renal medicine specialist 253322

Rheumatologist 253323

Thoracic medicine specialist 253324

Internal medicine specialist nec  253399

Orthopaedic surgeon 253514

Otorhinolaryngologist  253515

Paediatric surgeon . 253516

Plastic and reconstructive surgeon 253517

Urologist 253518

Vascular surgeon 253521

Dermatologist  253911

Radiation Oncologist . 253918

Registered nurse (development disability) 254416

Teacher-of the hearing impaired 241512

Teacher-of the sight impaired 241513

Teacher-Special education  241599

Surveyor 232212

Occupations ADDED to the List when compared with the previous list

Sonographer 251214

Agricultural Scientist  234112

Stonemason  331112

Joiner  331213

Please note that there are 8 Regional Authorities in NSW which are involved in sponsoring 489 sub class visa, every authority has got its own SOL, requirements & criteria, application process & fee.

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

August 20th, 2018:

NSW-489-Regional Authority-Central West Update: Temporary closure of sponsorship for all the occupations

Central West which is the new regional authority of NSW participating in 489 sub class nomination has announced that it has temporarily closed all occupations due to the large amount of applications received. 

Future updates will be posted on their website.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Central West in NSW under 489 sub class. 

August 20th, 2018:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Website under Maintenance

Victoria state has announced that critical maintenance will be carried out on their servers on 20- 21 August 2018. As a result, the site may be unavailable intermittently between 19:00 AEST – 06:00 AEST each day.

They recommend that you don’t start or complete an application during this time as you may lose some information.

Please update all your clients accordingly.

August 20th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263213- ICT Systems Test 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

August 20th, 2018:

RDA-Central-West-Skills-Occupation-List -20-08-2018

NSW-489 Regional Authority-Central West Update: Announcement of its SOL and application process

We all are aware that there were 7 Regional Authorities earlier and now one more Regional Authority – Central West is also participating in sponsoring NSW 489 sub class visa. We know that every Regional Authority has its own requirements & criteria, SOL, Application Process and Fee.

Central West has released its SOL and the following occupations are currently available:

134111 Child Care Centre Manager

221111 Accountant (general)

221112 Management Accountant

223111 Human Resource Advisor

234112 Agricultural Scientist

241111 Early Childhood Teacher

253111 General Medical Practitioner

254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)

254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

254499 Registered Nurse Nec

261311 Analyst Programmer

263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer

312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson (Structural)

321211 Motor Mechanic

331212 Carpenter

351311 Chef

Please find attached the list & the requirements of each occupation.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Central West under 489 sub class.

August 20th, 2018:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: New graduate stream for State nomination

Western Australia has announced that a new graduate stream will be available for eligible applicants for State nomination from Western Australia. 

They have stated that information about eligibility and how to apply will be available on the migration portal in coming months. 

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

August 20th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA): Planned Systems Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST:

* 5am until 8am on Wednesday 22nd August 2018

* 9am until 9pm on Sunday 26th August 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

August 17th, 2018:

ACS Exp Ltr or Ref ltr Example

Australian Computer Society (ACS) Skills Assessment Update: Change in the requirements of CISCO Certifications & Processing Timelines

1) Cisco Certifications

The following list of Cisco Certifications are only accepted by the ACS effective August 2018. Certifications must be valid at the time of submitting the skills assessment and display the validation date.

  • Cisco Professional:
    • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) – All tracks
    • Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)
  • Cisco Expert:
    • Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) – All tracks
    • Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE)
  • Cisco Architect:
    • Cisco Certified Architect

Earlier they used to also accept the following, which they are not accepting currently.

  • Cisco Certified Voice Professional (CCVP)
  • Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP)
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional (CCIP)

2) Current ACS Application Processing Timelines: 8-10 weeks for the completion of ACS skills assessment.

3) Australian Study Requirements:

ACS has also announced that the applicant must satisfy the Australian Study Requirement (ASR) for visa purposes. ACS do not assess whether applicant is meeting the ASR requirement. This will be determined by the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA).

4) Reference Letter or Experience Letter Example:

ACS has changed the reference letter example. However there is NO change in the requirements of the Experience Letter with roles. Please find attached new example updated on their website.

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

August 17th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139914 -Quality Assurance Manager- 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

August 16th, 2018:

NT-15-AUG-2018

Northern Territory State Sponsorship Update: NT Skilled Occupations List updated

Northern Territory state has updated its Skilled Occupations List, there is NO change in the list of occupations when compared with the previous list. However, for the following occupations requirements have been changed.

Accountant (General)

Clinical Psychologist

Counsellors

Customer Services Manager

Educational Psychologist

General Medical Practitioner

ICT Business Development Manager

Nurse Manager

Nurse Practitioner

Occupational Therapist

Primary Health Organisation Manager

Sales and Marketing Manager

Speech Pathologist

Supply and Distribution Manager

Vocational Education Teacher

Please refer to the attached updated list of occupations of NT.

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

August 16th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 135112 -ICT Project Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS
  • 261212- Web Developer- 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. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

August 16th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST:

* midnight until 4am on Monday 20th August 2018

* 5am until 8am on Wednesday 22nd August 2018

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

August 10th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 263299- ICT Support and Test Engineers nec- 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. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

August 10th, 2018:

NSW-FarSouthCoast–AUG-2018-Updated

NSW Regional Sponsorship Update: Far South Coast has updated the Requirements

NSW regional authority Far South Coast has updated its list. There is no change in the occupations. However there is a change in the requirements for few of the occupations.

Please find attached the updated list.

There are 8 regional authorities involved in NSW Regional Sponsorship under 489 sub class visa, each authority has got its own SOL, application process, requirements & criteria and application fee.

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

August 9th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 254418 -Registered Nurse (Medical)- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

August 8th, 2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Onshore 489 EOIs

Queensland State has announced that due to the high demand of onshore 489 EOIs received (including Masters Alumni applicants) BSMQ will only be issuing invitation to those applicants that are currently working in regional as well as having ongoing job offers.

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

August 8th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 261212- Web Developer -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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

August 7th, 2018:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Planned maintenance affecting TRA payment facilities

TRA has announced that the TRA payment gateway within the TRA online portal will be undergoing a period of routine maintenance on Wednesday 15 August 2018 between 1:00 AM – 6:00 AM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

During this time, users will be unable to make payments for TRA services.

Normal service will resume at the conclusion of this maintenance window.

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

August 7th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST:

* 5am to 8am Wednesday 8th August 2018

* 11pm Saturday 11th August to 2am Sunday 12th August 2018

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

August 4th, 2018:

NSW-Far South Coast-Aug 2018

NSW Regional Sponsorship 489 sub class Update: Regional Authority – Far South Coast has updated its SOL.

As we are aware that there are 8 Regional Areas which are involved in NSW Regional Sponsorship under 489 sub class. Far South Coast which is one of the Regional Areas of NSW has updated its SOL for nomination process under 489 sub class.

The following are changes made to the list when compared with the previous list:

Occupations REMOVED from the List

Chief Information Officer-135111

Surveyor-232212

Urban and Regional Planner-232611

Agricultural Engineer-233912

Teacher – Special Education-241599

Chiropractor-252111

Osteopath-252112

Audiologist-252711

Speech Pathologist-252712

Specialist Physician (General Medicine)-253311

Cardiologist-253312

Medical Oncologist-253314

Endocrinologist-253315

Gastroenterologist-253316

Paediatrician-253321

Specialist Physicians NEC-253399

Surgeon (General)-253511

Orthopaedic Surgeon-253514

Dermatologist-253911

Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)-254417

Occupations ADDED to the List:

Psychiatrist-253411

Enrolled Nurse-411411

Plumber (General)-334111

Gasfitter-334114

Please find attached the new list. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for NSW Regional Sponsorship under 489 sub class.

August 4th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 311411- Chemistry Technician- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS
  • 323412 -Toolmaker- 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

August 3rd, 2018:

Skillselect Result 11-7-2018 &Ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 11/07/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/07/2018. 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: Occupation Ceilings for the financial year 2018-19 have been released there is no change in the numbers when compared with the previous year ceilings.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

  •  2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 36· already invited
  •  2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 13 already invited·
  • 2247· Management Consultant – 3285 – only 19 already invited
  • 2321 Architects and Landscape Architects – 1474 – 22 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 42 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3296 – 105 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1042 –48 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 3 already invited
  •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 17· already invited
  •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 7· already invited
  •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -14· already invited
  •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -69· already invited
  •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 72· already invited
  •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 21· already invited
  •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 88· already invited

Please update all your clients accordingly.

August 2nd, 2018:

Tasmanian_Skilled_Occupations_List_TSOL_2017-18_-_July_2018_update (1)

Tasmania State Sponsorship Update: Change in the Tasmania Skilled Occupations List (TSOL) for 489 sub class visa

Tasmania State has updated its Tasmania Skilled Occupations List (TSOL) for sponsorship under 489 sub class. 

The following occupation has been removed from the earlier list.

  • 313111-Hardware Technician -TRA

NOTE: In order to apply for Tasmania Sponsorship under 190 sub class an applicant should meet one of the below conditions.

  • Tasmanian Graduate (2 years minimum study in Tasmania)
  •  Working in Tasmania

  • Should have a job offer from Tasmania

Please find attached updated TSOL. 

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

August 2nd, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

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

* 5am to 8am Wednesday 8th August 2018

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

July 31st,2018:

NSW 190 sub class State Sponsorship Update: Removal of Stream -2 Option

NSW State Authority has confirmed that there will be NO longer the Stream -2 Option available for this financial year. This is effective July 2018.

Earlier we used to have Stream -1 and Stream -2, under Stream -1 all the occupations listed in NSW 190 sub class Priority Skilled Occupations List were eligible for nomination and under Stream -2 all the occupations eligible as per MLTSSL, STSOL or ROL were eligible.

For this financial year only Stream -1 option is available, which means the occupation should be listed in NSW 190 sub class Priority Skilled Occupations List in order to lodge an EOI for NSW Sponsorship.

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

July 30th,2018:

NSW-489-list-July 2018

New South Wales (NSW) 489 sub class Region Sponsorship Update: Change in the NSW 489 Region Sponsored List

NSW has announced the new NSW 489 Regional Skilled Occupation List for the year 2018-19. Please find attached the new list.

NOTE: Earlier we used to find 7 Regional Areas in the list. However a new Region has been added called – Central West in the current list.

As we are aware that every Regional Area of NSW has it’s own Skilled Occupation List, application process,  fee, requirements & criteria for Regional Sponsorship.

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

July 30th,2018:

NSW-Priority-skilled-occupation-list-2018-19

NSW State Sponsorship 190 sub class Update: Change in the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupations List

NSW has announced the new NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupations List for 2018-19. 

The following are the changes that made to the new list when compared with the previous list:

Occupations ADDED to the new list:

224711 Management Consultant

342212 Technical Cable Jointer

Occupations REMOVED from the new list:

241511 Special Needs Teacher

253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

253914 Ophthalmologist

253999 Medical Practitioners nec

254411 Nurse Practitioner

272313 Organisational Psychologist

312111 Architectural Draftsperson

313214 Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist

342314 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)

351211 Butcher or Smallgoods Maker 

351411 Cook

Please find attached the new NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupations List.

NOTE: There is NO update regarding the Stream-2 option that was available for NSW 190 sub class earlier. They have removed the information relating to it from the website and may not be applicable for this year.

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

July 26th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

323412 -Toolmaker -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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

July 25th,2018:

DHA SkillSelect Update: Change in the visa invitation rounds 

SkillSelect has announced that the visa invitation rounds for Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) and Skilled – Relative Provisional (subclass 489) will occur once each month, on the 11th day of each month, effective 11 August 2018. There is no change to the overall number of invitations provided each month.

Occupations Ceilings & Occupation Lists are NOT yet published for the year 2018-19.

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

July 25th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312511- Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson -Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only- Engineers Australia

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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

July 25th,2018:

Victoria University-Fee Schedule-2018

Victoria University Trade Occupations Skills Assessment Update: Change in the Skills Assessment Fee

Victoria University has announced that there will be new skills assessment fee applicable for all the Trade Occupations assessed under TSS (TEMPORARY SKILLS SHORTAGE) and Offshore Skills Assessment Program (PERMANENT MIGRATION).

Please find attached the complete list of new fee applicable effective July 2018.

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

July 24th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

411713- Family Support Worker- Low 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

July 24th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139914 -Quality Assurance Manager -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional-489 visa only-VETASSESS

232214 -Other Spatial Scientist -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)-VETASSESS

263113 -Network 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

July 23rd,2018:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 5am to 8am on Wednesday 25th July 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

July 21st,2018:

Occupational Health and Safety Adviser Information Sheet

VETASSESS Skills Assessment Update: 

Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO Code: 251312) new requirements published

Vetassess has announced the following requirements & details regarding the occupation – Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO Code: 251312). 

The following are the details & requirements of this occupation:

ANZSCO Job Description:

Occupational Health and Safety Advisers develop, implement and evaluate risk management policies and programs, train employees in occupational health and safety procedures, monitor and audit the workplace, and record and investigate incidents to ensure safe and healthy working conditions.

Occupations not considered under this ANZSCO code:

  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Safety Inspector
  • Occupational Medicine Physician

Vetassess new Criteria & Requirements which are is specific to this occupation:

This occupation requires a qualification assessed as comparable to the educational level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or higher degree, in a field highly relevant to the nominated occupation. In addition to this, applicants must have undertaken at least one year of post-qualification employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years which is highly relevant to the nominated occupation.

OR

If the degree is not in a highly relevant field, and there is an additional qualification at least at AQF Diploma level in a highly relevant field, three years of employment at an appropriate skill level undertaken within the last five years in the nominated occupation are required.

Qualifications:

AQF Bachelor degree or higher*

Highly relevant major fields of study include:

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Occupational Hygiene

*This includes qualifications assessed at AQF Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level.

Please find attached the information sheet published by VETASSESS.

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

July 21st,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232214 -Other Spatial Scientist -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 Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

July 20th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 9am to 9pm on Sunday 22nd July 2018

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

July 19th,2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Occupation Removed from the List

Queensland has announced that Engineering Technologist (233914) occupation is removed from all the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOLs) on 16 July 2018 as BSMQ has received large number of EOIs for this occupation and have filled the quota.

If your client has not received an invitation by 16th July 2018, BSMQ is no longer in a position to issue any new invitations

BSMQ may open this occupation at a later date if current invitees do not respond in the requested time frame.  

NOTE: All the ICT occupations require job offer from Queensland and Engineering occupations require registration with the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland

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

July 19th,2018:

NT List-12-07-2018

Northern Territory State Sponsorship Update: Skilled Occupations List Updated

Northern Territory has updated its skilled occupation list for state sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class. 

Please note that there is NO change in the list of occupations when compared with the previous list. However the following changes in requirements have been updated when compared with the previous requirements.

221111- Accountant(General) – Offshore applicants must have an offer of employment from NT

225113 – Marketing Specialist – Offshore applicants must have an offer of employment from NT

224711 – Management Consultant – Offshore applicants must have a minimum of 7 overall of IELTS or equivalent.

233512 – Mechanical Engineer – Offshore applicants must have a minimum of 7 overall of IELTS or equivalent.

311215 – Pharmacy Technician – Offshore applicants must have a minimum of 7 overall of IELTS or equivalent.

251513 – Retail Pharmacist – Offshore applicants must have a minimum of 7 overall of IELTS or equivalent.

232414 – Web Designer – Offshore applicants must have a minimum of 7 overall of IELTS or equivalent.

NOTE: Still for ICT Occupations offshore applicants must have an offer of employment from NT as usual. Please find attached the new NT Skilled Occupations List.

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

July 19th,2018:

VETASSESS Skills Assessment Criteria Update – Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO Code 251312)

VETASSESS has announced that effective 20 July 2018 it will be updating the assessment criteria for the occupation of Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO Code 251312). The revised criteria are based on industry research and engagement, and strengthens the alignment with current occupational standards in Australia. 

All new skills assessment applications for Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO Code 251312) submitted on or after 20 July, 2018 will be assessed under the new criteria.

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

July 19th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List in the last few days:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 1399130-Laboratory Manager -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS
  • 232413- Multimedia Designer- Special Conditions Apply-Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS
  • 251511 -Hospital Pharmacist -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-APharmC
  • 251513- Retail Pharmacist- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-APharmC
  • 262113- Systems Administrator- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS
  • 311411-Chemistry Technician- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)-VETASSESS
  • 312511 -Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only -Engineers Australia

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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

July 11th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

251511- Hospital Pharmacist -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-APharmC

312312 -Electrical Engineering Technician- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants 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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

July 11th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: System Issues

South Australia has announced that they are experiencing some systems issues with the 190/489 application form. Some applicants have been unable to upload work experience/qualification documents in the application form.

They stated that if you are unable to upload your work experience/qualification document(s):

  • Check that the file size is less than 4MB
  • If you have multiple documents, try scanning them into one document
  • If you are experiencing difficulties, try using another browser such as Google Chrome
  • If you are still unable to attach them, email the work experience/qualification documents to gsm.sa@sa.gov.auand include your GSM application reference number.

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

July 11th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139913- Laboratory Manager -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

232411- Graphic Designer -Special Conditions Apply-Competent English; -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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

July 10th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 251513- Retail Pharmacist- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-APharmC
  • 262113 -Systems Administrator- 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. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

July 10th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 232411 -Graphic Designer- Low Availability- Competent English;- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS
  • 311213- Medical Laboratory Technician- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-AIMS
  • 313113 -Web Administrator- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

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

July 10th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA): Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 2pm until 5pm Saturday 14th July 2018

* midnight until 4am Monday 16th July 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

July 9th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232414 -Web Designer- Special Conditions Apply-Competent English;- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

311213- Medical Laboratory Technician- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-AIMS

311215- Pharmacy Technician- Special Conditions Apply-Competent English; 0Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

312912 -Metallurgical or Materials Technician- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

July 9th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263212 -ICT Support Engineer -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS.

612115- Real Estate Representative -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Provisional 489 visa only; Mustbe prepared to undertake relevant registration course(s) and familiarise with local market-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. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List effective July 2018.

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

July 6th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 2pm to 5pm Saturday 7 July 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

July 6th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

121216 -Mixed Crop Farmer Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

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.

261112- Systems Analyst- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional

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

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

261312- Developer Programmer- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions- ACS

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

262112 -ICT Security Specialist- Special Conditions Apply -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- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus

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

263211 -ICT Quality Assurance Engineer- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

333311 -Roof Tiler -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. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. 

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List effective 1 July 2018.

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

July 5th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

121216 -Mixed Crop Farmer Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

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

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

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

333311 -Roof Tiler -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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List effective July 2018.

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 5th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

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

333311- Roof Tiler -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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List effective 1 July 2018. 

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 5th,2018:

SA-5-7-2018

SA-Supplementary-05-07-2018

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Requirements & Lists Released
 
South Australia has released it’s State Nominated Occupations List & Supplementary List. Please find attached both these lists. 
 
Please find below all the information relating to South Australia State Sponsorship.
 
  • State Nominated Occupations List: All the applicants whose occupation is State Nominated Occupations List  and are meeting the requirements can lodge their Expression of Interest (EOI) and subsequently file for State Nomination online with South Australia.
  • Supplementary List: All the applicants whose occupation is Supplementary List or Special Conditions Apply if meeting any of the following requirements can lodge their Expression of Interest (EOI) and subsequently file for State Nomination online with South Australia.
    • International graduate of South Australia
    • Working in South Australia for last 12 months
    • Immediate family member residing in South Australia in the last 24 months
    • High Points – 80 points in EOI
 
The following are changes in the occupations for State Nominated Occupations List:
 
Occupations ADDED to the new list when compared with the previous list, occupations are highlighted in Yellow:
121216 Mixed Crop Farmer  
121318 Pig Farmer 
134211 Medical Administrator 
141211 Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager
141311 Hotel or Motel Manager  
211311 Photographer 
211499 Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals nec
222111 Commodities Trader
222112 Finance Broker
222113 Insurance Broker
224112 Mathematician
231111 Aeroplane Pilot
231113 Flying Instructor
232212 Surveyor
232411 Graphic Designer
232412 Illustrator
232414 Web Designer
242211 Vocational Education Teacher (Trades)
251412 Orthoptist
251511 Hospital Pharmacist
251513 Retail Pharmacist
252511 Physiotherapist
254311 Nurse Manager
254411 Nurse Practitioner
311213 Medical Laboratory Technician
311215 Pharmacy Technician
311216 Pathology Collector
311299 Medical Technicians nec
311411 Chemistry Technician
311412 Earth Science Technician
312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
312312 Electrical Engineering Technician
312911 Maintenance Planner
312999 Building and Engineering Technicians nec
313199 ICT Support Technicians nec
322311 Metal Fabricator
322313 Welder (First Class)
323213 Fitter-Welder
323412 Toolmaker
332111 Floor Finisher
333111 Glazier
333211 Fibrous Plasterer
333212 Solid Plasterer
333411 Wall and Floor Tiler
334111 Plumber (General)
334112 Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
334115 Roof Plumber
362311 Greenkeeper
391111 Hairdresser
411211 Dental Hygienist
411213 Dental Technician
411214 Dental Therapist
599915 Clinical Coder
612112 Property Manager
612115 Real Estate Representative
 
Occupations REMOVED from the new List when compared with the previous list:
 
131112 Sales and Marketing Manager
131113 Advertising Manager
132211 Finance Manager
139911 Art Administrator or Manager
149913 Facilities Manager
224213 Health Information Manager
224711 Management Consultant
224712 Organisation and Methods Analyst
232311 Fashion Designer
234111 Agricultural Consultant
252111 Chiropractor
272412 Interpreter
272413 Translator
272499 Social Professionals nec
312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson
312212 Civil Engineering Technician
323299 Metal Fitters and Machinists nec
323313 Locksmith
342313 Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
342411 Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)
361311 Veterinary Nurse
511111 Contract Administrator
511112 Program or Project Administrator
 
Highlights of the changes:
 
1) Most of the popular occupations are eligible for 489 sub class only.
2) Most of the occupations require Competent Plus or Proficient in each band or Proficient Plus over all is the English language requirement.
3) Few occupations require Research of job opportunities for the applicant’s particular specialisation
4) For ICT occupations minimum requirement if 70 points with Proficient or Proficient Plus in English & are eligible only for 489 sub class visa
5) For few occupations meeting experience requirement of 3 or 5 years is mandatory.
 
This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class. 

July 4th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Changes in the requirements of State Nomination

Immigration South Australia has announced that it will be publishing a revised occupation list for the 2018/19 program year and re-opening the 489/190 application system later this week, as of now we CANNOT apply for state sponsorship.

The following are the changes effective once the application system is open:

High Points Category:

Applicant can apply for South Australia nomination if his/her occupation is in Supplementary List or Special Conditions & has 80 points. High points requirement will be 80 only as of now. This requirement of 80 points might be increased or the occupations might closed for this category based on the quota that is available. 

Chain Migration:

Applicant with close relative in South Australia & occupation in Supplementary List or Special Conditions can apply under this category. 

  • Applicants under Chain Migration can apply for state nomination for a provisional 489 visa only as of now.  
  • The immediate family member will need to be residing in South Australia for a minimum of 24 months
  • The family member can be an Australian Citizen, permanent resident or a South Australian state nominated 489 provisional visa holder.

Commitment to South Australia:

Immigration SA has retained the requirement that applicants residing interstate are NOT eligible to apply for South Australian state nomination.  State nomination is for those who genuinely want to settle in South Australia.

The following changes will apply to applicants with a history of working or studying interstate and are intended to maximize the commitment to settling in South Australia: 

  • Applicants who have studied or worked interstate in the last 10 years (and NOT in South Australia) will only be eligible for State nomination for a provisional 489 visa.
  • Applicants who have studied or worked in another state (as well as in South Australia) in the last 10 years will only be eligible for State nomination for a provisional 489 visa & for 190 sub class they will look into on a case to case basis depending upon the time spent in South Australia, the most recent Australian location an applicant spent time in, and what they were doing in these locations (i.e. study, work). 

International graduates of South Australia 

International graduates of South Australia must be currently working for the last three months in a skilled occupation in South Australia (rather than just having commenced working in a skilled occupation in South Australia). This applies to even Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education graduates, regardless of which occupation list they are applying under. Earlier the requirement was 12 months.

International graduates of South Australia working in their field for the last 6 months in a country region of South Australia are also eligible, earlier the requirement was 12 months.

International graduates of South Australia accessing a work experience waiver via achieving Proficient English or Proficient Plus overall (see international graduate waiver requirements) will now only be eligible to apply for a 489 provisional visa.  

Documentation:

All documentation in support of an application must be uploaded in the online application form only, no e-mails will be entertained unless case officer has asked for any additional documents.

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

July 3rd,2018:

Murray-Orana-NInland-Riverina-July2018

NSW Regional Sponsorship 489 sub class Update: Regional Occupations List updated by various Regions

As we are aware that the following are the seven regional areas or authorities of NSW which sponsor for 489 sub class visa.

1. Far South Coast

2. Mid North Coast

3. Murray

4. Northern Inland

5. Orana

6. Riverina

7. Southern Inland

NOTE: All these regional authorities have their own skilled occupation lists, criteria and requirements, application process for sponsorship & fee.

Currently the following are the regions that have updated their Skilled Occupations List for Regional Sponsorship under 489 sub class.

  • Murray
  • Northern Inland
  • Orana
  • Riverina

Please find attached the new lists of the above mentioned Regional Authorities effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NSW under 489 sub class.

July 3rd,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupation List Not Available

South Australia has announced that due to the annual update of the occupation list, the list is currently not available on the website. A further update will be available later in the week.  They have stated that a news item will be published once the occupation list has been updated.

Please update all your clients accordingly.

July 2nd,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 5am to 8am Wednesday 4 July 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

July 2nd,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: New version of website

DHA has announced that they are building a new version of our website. They want to make sure the immigration and citizenship services are simple to use and meet applicant(s) needs.

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

July 2nd,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Introduction of GTS

Global Talent Scheme (GTS)

The GTS is a niche pilot scheme under the TSS visa program. The 12 month pilot will run from 1 July 2018.

Introducing the GTS as a pilot allows the Government to make refinements in consultation with industry to ensure it achieves its purpose.

The GTS is only for employers to fill highly-skilled positions that cannot be filled:

  • by Australian workers
  • through other visa programs, in particular the short-term and medium-term streams of the TSS visa.

Access to the GTS is not guaranteed. Employer must be able to demonstrate your need to access the scheme. If employer can do this, will be invited to enter into an agreement with the Government under the agreement stream of the TSS visa. Only then will employer be able to sponsor workers for a TSS visa under the GTS.

The GTS

GTS is available where the standard TSS program or other Labour Agreements do not cover needs for high-skill, niche roles. Compared to standard Labour Agreements, the GTS provides faster processing and more flexible concessions. Approved businesses must first meet specific criteria and requirements to be considered for the GTS.

The main features of the GTS are:

  • 2 streams – established business and startups
  • the ability to negotiate variance from standard TSS visa requirements
  • agreement processing is prioritised
  • access to highly-skilled roles for trusted employers – not restricted to occupation lists
  • visa validity of up to 4 years, and access to permanent residency pathway
  • negotiable age requirements on permanent residence pathway.

GTS Streams:

  • Established Business stream allows employers who are accredited sponsors to employ highly-skilled individuals with cutting-edge skills to contribute to innovation in an established business, and help make Australian businesses and their Australian employees the best at what they do.
  • Startup stream allows employers to sponsor highly-skilled individuals with cutting-edge skills to contribute to Australia’s developing startup ecosystem and bring new ideas, new jobs, new skills and new technology for Australia. This stream is for startups operating in a technology based or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related field. Startups must be endorsed by the independent GTS startup advisory panel.

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

July 2nd,2018:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Occupation List Updated

Victoria State Authority has updated the Victoria Skilled Occupation List today. However there are NO changes to the earlier list. 

Streamlined pathway to visa nomination

The Victorian Government offers fast-tracked visa nomination for international PhD graduates and current or recent Temporary Worked (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) holders. 

Temporary Work visa holders can get their visa nomination applications fast-tracked.

To apply through the streamlined pathway applicant need to:

  • have an occupation on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria
  • have worked for a minimum of one of the last three years in Victoria in your nominated occupation with one or more Victorian businesses
  • have an IELTS score of 6.0 in each band (or equivalent)  
  • meet all other visa nomination eligibility requirements.

International PhD graduates can get their visa nomination applications fast tracked.

To be eligible, applicant need either, a:

  • completed PhD from a Victorian university: You may nominate any occupation that is eligible for the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa on the Department of Home Affairs’ Migration (IMMI 18/051: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities) Instrument 2018
  • completed PhD of a recognised standard (as determined by the relevant skill assessing authority) from an overseas university or an Australian university outside of Victoria: In a field relating to an occupation on the Visa Nomination Occupations List for Victoria in the past five years.

Other requirements include:

  • an English language test with a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 in each band or equivalent
  • registration requirements for certain occupations. Refer to the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria for more details
  • a skills assessment. PhD applicants are not required to have any previous work experience, but  some skill assessing authorities require at least twelve months of work experience in order to obtain a full skills assessment. 

This streamlined pathway offers fast-tracked processing of applications with assessment made within two weeks.  

Applicants must include evidence of your PhD completion.

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

July 2nd, 2018:

Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists-02-07-2018

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Nomination process open for GSM

Queensland has announced that their state sponsorship process has been opened for General Skilled Migration applicants. 

The following are requirements for offshore applicants:

BSMQ criteria requires the applicant to:

  • have an occupation on the QSOL for applicants ‘Not currently working in Queensland’ (offshore);
  • satisfy specialisation or other requirements for certain occupations;
  • provide evidence that you have a minimum of 2 years’ post-qualification work experience in your nominated occupation (or higher if required)
  • commit to living and working in Queensland from the date that you arrive in Queensland to live permanently; and
  • where job offers are required they must be related to your occupation, and evidence is required showing acceptance of the offer.
  • Labour hire companies must provide evidence that they are registered in Queensland (incl overseas companies)

Please note: if you are an overseas PhD graduate, applicant may be eligible for a work experience waiver if he/she has a minimum 12 month job offer with a Queensland employer registered in Australia. The job offer must be related to your occupation, and evidence is required showing acceptance of the offer.

In addition to the above the applicant has to meet the minimum basic requirements of DHA.

The following are occupations added to the new Queensland Occupations List for Offshore applicants.

232511 – Interior Designer
233512 -Mechanical Engineer
233914 -Engineering Technologist
253918 -Radiation Oncologist
254412 -Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
254413 -Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
254414 -Registered Nurse (Community Health)
254412 -Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
254413 -Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
254414 -Registered Nurse (Community Health)
254415 -Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
254416 -Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
254417 -Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
254418 -Registered Nurse (Medical)
254421 -Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
254422 -Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
254423 -Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
254424 -Registered Nurse (Surgical)
254425 -Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
254499 -Registered Nurses nec
261111 -ICT Business Analyst
261112 -Systems Analyst
261311 -Analyst Programmer
261312 -Developer Programmer
261313 -Software Engineer
261314 -Software Tester
262112 -ICT Security Specialist
263211 -ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
263212 -ICT Support Engineer
263213 -ICT Systems Test Engineer
313112 -ICT Customer Support Officer
313113 -Web Administrator

NOTE: Queensland has different occupations lists for the following categories:

1) Applicant working in Queensland

2) Offshore applicants

3) Master’s graduate from QLD University

4) PhD graduate from QLD University

Please find attached the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists for all the categories.

PhD graduates from QLD University may be eligible for the Skilled Nomination (Permanent) visa (subclass 190), allowing applicants to live and work in Queensland permanently. To be eligible for Queensland skilled visa state nomination, applicants occupation must be listed on the DIBP’s relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.

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

July 2nd, 2018:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Accepting Sponsorship Applications

Victoria State has announced that the Skilled and Business Migration Program is now accepting Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) nomination applications. 

A new application process applies to engineering and building, as well as nursing occupations. We need to follow the process that we follow for ICT Occupations even for engineering and building, nursing occupations.

NOTE: There is NO change in the Victoria Skilled Occupations List as of now

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

June 27th, 2018:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Closure of State Sponsorship Process effective 4:00 PM AEST FRIDAY 29 JUNE 2018:

ACT has announced the following regarding the state nomination process:

Canberra residents:

  • Applicants are eligible to apply for ACT 190 nomination if their nominated occupation is listed as ‘open’on the current ACT Occupation List.
  • Applicants are NOT eligible to apply for ACT 190 nomination if their nominated occupation is listed as ‘closed ‘on the current ACT Occupation List.

Overseas residents: 

  • The ACT 190 nomination program remains closedfor overseas applicants without close ties to Canberra, and is also now closed to overseas applicants with close tiesto Canberra.

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

June 29th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Changes to Immi Account effective 30 June 2018

1) Reminder for Partner visa applicants ready second stage:

Partner Visa applicants need to contact through call or e-mail regarding their second stage any more.

Reminder will be sent by the department  for all the Partner visa applicants who have been granted their first stage visa can submit the information for their permanent visa two years after their original application was lodged. 

The reminder also contains the Application Reference number, which must be entered into the second stage application form as the ‘Related Application ID’, to allow the lodgement via ImmiAccount.

2) Regular correspondence sent to Partner visa applicants:

Automated correspondence reassuring applicants that their application is still being processed will be sent to Temporary Partner visa (subclasses 309, 820) applicants when:

–they have submitted their application after 1 January 2017

–their visa application remains undecided after twelve months

–they haven’t received correspondence from the Department in the last six weeks

–there has not been a relationship breakdown

–the application is not finalised or under review

3) Pre-lodgement attachments for Business & Skilled visa:

Applicants will be able to attach documents before submitting their applications for the following subclasses:

–Employer Nomination Scheme (sub class 186 and 187)

–Skilled Migration –points (sub class 189, 190, 489)

–Skilled Migration (regional RE and SE) (sub class 489)

–Business Innovation and Investment (RE and SE) (sub class 188)

–Business Innovation and Investment (sub class 888).

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa under the sub classes – 189, 190, 489, 186, 187, 188, 888, 309, 820.

June 27th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: GSM Change in points requirement

South Australia has announced that the Department of Home Affairs have made a legislative change to the points test pass mark for 189, 190 and 489 visas. The points test pass mark will increase to 65 points from 1 July 2018.

This affects applicants who receive a 190 or 489 visa invitation on or after 1 July 2018.

Immigration SA is currently priority processing before 1 July 2018:

  • 489 state nomination applications with 60 points

If Immigration SA finishes processing the priority applications above, the following will be prioritised:

  • Onshore 190 applications with 60 points.
  • Followed by offshore 190 applications with 60 points.

They have stated that they will provide further communication next week regarding state nomination applications with 60 points which haven’t been finalised this week.

NOTE: If any applicant’s 190 state nomination application with 60 points is being finalised after 1 July 2018, they will contact regarding changing to a 489 state nomination application.

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

June 27th, 2018:

Skillselect invitation 6-06-2018 & ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 06/06/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 06/06/2018. 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.

The following is the current status of invitations for the most popular occupation groups & their ceilings after the above invitation round:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2813 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 986 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 493 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 1175 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 633 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1165 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -3571 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 290 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 751 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 382 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3285 – only 37 already invited

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

June 26th, 2018:

NSW Regional Authorities update relating to 489 sub class Region Sponsored visa: Temporary Closure of Applications Processing and Change in the List.

Northern Inland Update:

Northern Inland which is one of the Regional Authorities of NSW has announced that it has temporary closed the application processing and will reopen only on 1 July 2018. Applications can be still be lodged till 30 June 2018, however they will processed only after 1 July 2018.

Further it has stated that the following occupations will be removed from the RDA Northern Inland list on 1 July, 2018:

  • Secondary School Teacher 
  • Quantity Surveyor

Applications received for these occupations before 12 pm 30 June 2018 will be considered for nomination. Applications received after that time and date will not be successful.

Orana Update:

Orana which is yet another Regional Authority of NSW has announced that they are  temporarily closing applications until 1 July 2018, with application process for 489 visas to be re-opened on 1 July 2018. We cannot lodge a new application till 1 July, 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with NSW under 489 sub class region sponsored visa.

June 25th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Increase in Visa Application Charges effective 1/7/2018

Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection has announced that there will be increase in the Visa Application Charges (VAC) for various types of visas effective 1st July 2018.

Please find below the details of some of the visas:

Skilled visas sub class 189, 190 & 489 sub class 

Applicable Charge

Current VAC

New VAC

Base application charge

$3 670

$3 755

Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18

$1 835

$1 875

Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18

$920

$940

 

Subclass 476 (Skilled – Recognised Gradate visa) 

Applicable Charge

Current VAC

New VAC

Base application charge

$365

$375

Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18

$185

$190

Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18

$90

$95

 

Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate visa)

Applicable Charge

Current VAC

New VAC

Base application charge

$1 500

$1 535

Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18

$750

$765

Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18

$375

$385

 

Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) Short Term Stream

Applicable Charge

Current VAC

New VAC

Base application charge

$1 150

$1 175

Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18

$1 150

$1 175

Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18

$290

$295

 

Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) Medium Term & Labour Agreement Stream

 

Applicable Charge

Current VAC

New VAC

Base application charge

$2 400

$2 455

Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18

$2 400

$2 455

Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18

$600

$615

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

June 25th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has announced that to complete system updates for the new program year Immigration SA has closed the state nomination 190/489 application system from 9am on Monday 25 June 2018 and will re-open in the first week of July (the date and time will be confirmed at the start of July).

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

351311 -Chef -Low Availability- Competent English; -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- 2 years work experience in field-TRA

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

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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

June 22nd, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

252711- Audiologist- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 3 years work experience in field -VETASSESS

342311 -Business Machine Mechanic -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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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

South Australia has announced that to complete system updates for the new program year Immigration SA will be closing the state nomination 190/489 application system from 9am on Monday 25 June and will re-open in the first week of July (the date and time will be confirmed at the start of July).

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

June 21st, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

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

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

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

June 21st, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

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

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

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

June 21st, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 4pm Saturday 23 June 2018 to 7pm Saturday 23 June 2018

* 1.30pm Saturday 30 June 2018 to 9am 1 July 2018

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

June 20th, 2018:

EngineersAustralia_MSA_Fees_2018-2019

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Change in the Skills Assessment fee effective 1 September 2018

Engineers Australia has announced that there will be change in the Skills Assessment fee effective 1 September 2018.

The following are few new fees relating skills assessment that we use more often:

Standard Competency Demonstration Report – AUD784.00+ GST

Competency Demonstration Report+Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment –  AUD 1,124.00+GST

Fast Track Fee – AUD 300.00+GST

Please find attached the detailed list of fee applicable. This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

June 19th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Changes to lodgement methods for Family Stream visa applications

DHA has announced that effective 1 July 2018 there will be changes to how and where to lodge certain Family Stream visa applications.

Partner and Prospective Marriage

Applications for Partner and Prospective Marriage (subclass 820, 801, 309, 100 & 300) visas must be lodged online via ImmiAccount. Payment of the visa application charge will also need to be made online via the ImmiAccount portal. Applicant(s) can no longer apply for these visas in person. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Other family

All applications for Other Family visas will need to be sent by post or courier service to the Perth Visa and Citizenship Office. Applicant(s) will no longer be able to lodge application at one of their overseas offices or contracted Service Delivery Partners. This includes:

  • Carer (subclass 116 and 836) visas,
  • Remaining Relative (subclass 115 and 835) visas, and
  • Aged Dependent Relative (subclass 117 and 838) visas.

Application and sponsorship forms for Other Family visas are available on the Home Affairs website. Payment of the visa application charge can be made online through the ImmiAccountportal. Online lodgement is not currently available for Other Family visas, completed forms must be sent to the processing office in Perth.

Unfinalised applications which were lodged at an overseas office are currently being transferred to the Perth processing office, applicants will be notified when their application has been transferred.

Parent

Parent visa applicants (subclasses 103, 804, 173, 143, 884 and 864) must send their completed visa applications to the Perth Visa and Citizenship Office by post or courier. Applicant(s) can no longer lodge a Parent visa application in person.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Partner, Parent & other family visas.

June 19th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closure of State Nomination for 190 & 489 subclass effective 25 June 2018

South Australia has announced that to complete system updates for the new program year Immigration SA will be closing the state nomination 190/489 application system from 9 am on Monday 25 June 2018 and will re-open in the first week of July (the date and time will be confirmed at the start of July).

If any applicant has commenced a 190/489 application, will need to submit & pay for the application prior to the system being closed.

From 9 am on 25 June, incomplete applications will be deleted, this includes applications that have been “saved but not submitted” and applications that have been “submitted but are still awaiting payment”.  

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

131113 -Advertising Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-AIM

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

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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 subclass.

June 19th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 1.30pm Saturday 30 June 2018 to 9am 1 July 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

June 15th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 313111- Hardware Technician -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-TRA
  • 411712- Disabilities Services Officer -Low Availability- Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS
  • 411411 -Enrolled Nurse- Low 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

June 15th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

313111- Hardware Technician -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-TRA

411712- Disabilities Services Officer -Low 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

June 14th, 2018:

NSW State Sponsorship Announcement – NSW skilled nominated migration 190 closed 2017-18

New South Wales has announced that they have filled their program for the 2017-18 financial year. They will not send any further invitations to apply for NSW nomination before 30 June 2018. They have further stated that they will assess all received applications.

NSW will announce the opening of their program in the 2018-19 financial year.

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

June 14th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

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 client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

June 13th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

June 8th, 2018:

Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Skills Assessment Update: Change in the documentation & introduction of new pathway-4

AIQS has updated its policies & procedures and the following changes have been announced. These are applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment under Quantity Surveyor occupation ANZSCO-233213 with AIQS effective 1st July 2018.

1) New Pathway 4 has been introduced: This pathway-4 is applicable for Current financial Corporate member of AIQS or Recognised Association with Minimum one Year of Employment

2) The following documents are required in addition to the earlier documentation for skills assessment process with AIQS:

  • We now need all the Certified Color Copies of the documents.
  • Certified colour copy of current passport
  • Certified colour copy of a clear passport photo taken within the last 4 weeks
  • Colour copies of each supervisor’s qualifications
  • If going for assessment under above mentioned new pathway-4 then the following additional documents are required:
    • A colour copy of the AIQS or Recognised Association membership certificate with a current letter on letterhead stating that you are are financial corporate member with no outstanding complaints against the applicant.
    • Proof of CPD compliance as indicated by AIQS.

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

June 8th, 2018:

Holiday Update: 11th June 2018 – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Most of the Australia Authorities have announced that they will be closed on Monday 11th June for the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday and will reopen as normal on Tuesday 12th June 2018.

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

June 8th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Changes to visa lodgement methods for the Working Holiday Maker visa program

DHA has announced that from 1 July 2018, there are changes to the method of lodgement for the Working Holiday Maker Program

From 1 July 2018, there will be changes to the way Work and Holiday visa applications are lodged.

The following applications must be lodged online through ImmiAccount:

  • Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa applications
  • Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa applications from Argentina, Slovakia, Spain, the United States, and Uruguay
  • Second Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa applications.

From 1 July 2018, all first Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) applications for Israeli passport holders must be sent to Berlin for processing.

NOTE: The above visas are NOT applicable for India passport holders.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 417, 462 sub class visas.

June 7th, 2018:

Skillselect results 23-05-2018 & ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 23/05/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 23/05/2018. 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. Highlighted in yellow are reaching much faster.

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2768 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 974 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 485 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 1155 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 624 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1150 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -3513 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 279 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 739 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 373 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3285 – only 30 already invited

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

June 6th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263299- ICT Support and Test Engineers nec- 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

June 5th, 2018:

Australian Psychological Society (APS) Skills Assessment Update: Change in the Skills Assessment Fee

Australia Psychological Society has announced that there will be a change in the skills assessment fee for Psychologist occupation effective 1 June 2018. Please find below the details:

Assessment fee applying from within Australia – $1150.00(inc GST)

Applying from outside Australia – $1045.45(GST free)

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

June 5th, 2018:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Delay in processing TRA Migration Points Advice & Skills Assessment Applications

TRA has announced that Migration Skills Assessment and Migration Points Advice programs are currently experiencing a major increase in application rates and there is a delay in processing them. This increase is affecting processing times and most assessments are now taking longer than 90 days to complete.

TRA has apologized and has asked not to contact regarding the status of the applications. Further they has stated to allow them 120 days to receive an outcome.

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

June 5th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254424 -Registered Nurse (Surgical) -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

June 5th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254424 -Registered Nurse (Surgical) -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

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.

June 1st, 2018:

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Department of Jobs & Small Business Update: Flagged Occupations in Skilled Occupation Lists – MLTSSL, STSOL & ROL.

Department of Jobs & Small Business, Government of Australia is reviewing the changes to Skilled Occupation Lists and also consulting all the concerned parties. As per them the attached changes might take place to Skilled Occupations List.

NOTE: The attached is just an indication of changes that might take place to Skilled Occupation List in July 2018. As of now there is no update from Department of Home Affairs (DHA) regarding the changes in the Skilled Occupations Lists – MLTSSL, STSOL or ROL. Further The Department of Jobs & Small Business is consulting all the parties & reviewing the changes. We need to wait for an update from DHA regarding the changes. 

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

May 31st, 2018:

South Australia State Update: Removal of 405 Investor Retiree visa

The Australian Commonwealth Government has advised that the 405 Investor Retiree visa option will no longer be available from 1st June 2018.

The 405 Investor Retirement Renewal nomination remains open for existing South Australian State Nominated Investor Retirees until further notification from the Commonwealth Government.

Please note that Immigration SA will be providing further communication to existing 405 visa holders when made available by the Department of Home Affairs. 

Anyone with a pending application is asked to contact Immigration SA urgently at bmu.sa@sa.gov.au, as applications will close today.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 405 sub class visa.

May 31st, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 2pm Saturday 2 June to 9am Sunday 3 June 2018

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

May 28th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263112 -Network Administrator -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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

May 24th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254414- Registered Nurse (Community Health) -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -5 years work experience in field -ANMAC

313113 -Web Administrator -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required;- See additional instructions-ACS

331212 -Carpenter- 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

May 24th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254414- Registered Nurse (Community Health) -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -5 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

May 24th, 2018:

Skillselect 09-05-2018 results & Ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 09/05/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 09/05/2018. 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 – 2723 already invited

 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 962 already invited

 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 477 already invited

 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 1133 already invited

 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 615 already invited

 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1135 already invited

 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -3455 already invited

 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 265 already invited

 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 727 already invited

 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 364 already invited

 2247 Management Consultant – 3285 – only 25 already invited

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

May 22nd, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 5am – 8am Wednesday 23 May 2018

Please be advised that the following websites and systems will be unavailable Wednesday 23 May 2018:

  • www.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • www.minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/peterdutton
  • www.minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/alantudge
  • www.minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/angustaylor
  • www.minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/alexhawke
  • ImmiAccount
  • eMedical services for:
    • Canada and New Zealand
    • BUPA

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

May 21st, 2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Invitations for skilled applications are still currently suspended.

Queensland State Authorities have announced that they currently have a backlog of applications and is temporarily suspending issuing new invitations for skilled applications until July 2018. Please note applicant(s) will have to lodge a new Expression of Interest (EOI) in July 2018 to be considered for skilled state nomination. BSMQ will not be assessing EOIs lodged prior to the program re-opening. They stated to monitor their website in the upcoming weeks.

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

May 16th, 2018:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Temporary closure of skilled visa nomination applications

Victoria State Authorities have announced that they are currently experiencing a very high volume of applications for visa nomination for skilled migration. To help us manage this demand, and meet their service commitments, they are not accepting any new applications at this time.

Further they have stated that they will continue to assess all nomination applications received prior to 15 May 2018, however delays may occur in providing outcomes for these applications.

Please note that this is only a temporary measure to manage current demand and encourage to check their website in the coming weeks to stay up-to-date and apply for skilled migration visa nomination when applications reopen.  

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

May 15th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

272413 -Translator- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only;-Research opportunities for your language specialisation-NAATI

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

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

May 15th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the Department’s website will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 00.01am – 4am Monday 21 May 2018

* 5am – 8am Wednesday 23 May 2018

Applicants will be able to access ImmiAccount during this period, by saving the URL: https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login as a bookmark in their web browser.

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

May 14th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

411311- Diversional Therapist -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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

May 12th, 2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Temporarily suspends issuing new invitations for business and skilled applications

Queensland Authority (BSMQ) has announced that currently they have a backlog of applications and is temporarily suspending issuing new invitations. Please note that they will not be accepting any more Expression of Interests (EOIs) until further notice.

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

May 10th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 00:01am – 4am Monday 14 May 2018

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

May 10th, 2018:

Skillselect 18-04-2018 results & ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 18/04/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 18/04/2018. 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. Highlighted in yellow are reaching much faster.

 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2678 already invited

  2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 950 already invited

  2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 472 already invited

  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 1113 already invited

  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 606 already invited

  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1120 already invited

  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -3397 already invited

  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 254 already invited

  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 715 already invited

  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 357 already invited

  2247 Management Consultant – 3285 – only 19 already invited

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

May 8th, 2018:

Tasmania-8-5-2018

Tasmania State Sponsorship Update: Skilled Occupations List for 489 sub class has been updated

Tasmania has updated the Skilled Occupations List for 489 sub class and the following two occupations have been removed from the earlier list. There are no additions to the new list.

251511 Hospital Pharmacist 

251513 Retail Pharmacist

Please find attached the new Skilled Occupations List for 489 sub class of Tasmania. 

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

May 8th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

262113 -Systems Administrator -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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to  90 points.  

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.

May 7th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

321212 -Diesel Motor Mechanic- 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

May 7th, 2018:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 04/04/2018

Skillselect 04-04-2018 results & ceilings

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 04/04/2018. 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. Highlighted in yellow are reaching much faster.

 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2633 already invited

 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 938 already invited

 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 464 already invited

 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 1093 already invited

 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 597 already invited

 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1105 already invited

 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -3339 already invited

 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 235 already invited

 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 703 already invited

 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 348 already invited

 2247 Management Consultant – 3285 – only 18 already invited

May 3rd, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 2pm Saturday 5 May until 9am Sunday 6 May 2018

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

May 2nd, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

313113 -Web Administrator- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263112 -Network Administrator- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; -See additional instructions-

ACS

351112- Pastry Cook- Low Availability -Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only; -2 years work experience in field -TRA

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

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

April 23rd, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 28 April 2018

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

April 20th, 2018: 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

313111- Hardware Technician -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

April 19th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* midnight to 4am Monday 23 April 2018

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

April 16th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

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

263113 -Network Analyst- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

323211- Fitter (General)- Low Availability -Competent English- TRA

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

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

April 30th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263112 -Network Administrator- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; -See additional instructions-

ACS

351112- Pastry Cook- Low Availability -Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only; -2 years work experience in field -TRA

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

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

April 23rd, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 28 April 2018

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

April 20th, 2018: 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

313111- Hardware Technician -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

April 19th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* midnight to 4am Monday 23 April 2018

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

April 16th, 2018:

AASW Skills Assessment Update: Change in the Skills Assessment fee effective 1st May 2018.

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has announced that the skills assessment fee will be increased effective 1st May 2018. Please find below the details of the new fee:

International social work qualifications

Assessment fee if paying outside AustraliaAUD $1800.00

Assessment fee if paying within AustraliaAUD $1980.00 (includes GST)

Skilled employment assessment (optional) if paying outside AustraliaAUD $800.00

Skilled employment assessment (optional) if paying within AustraliaAUD $880.00 (includes GST)

Doctorate Degree assessment if paying outside AustraliaAUD $450.00

Doctorate Degree assessment if paying within AustraliaAUD $495.00 (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 $350.00

Skilled employment assessment (optional) if paying within Australia

AUD $385.00 (includes GST)

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

April 12th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: New Entrepreneur Visa may be trialled in South Australia

South Australia has announced that a new visa arrangements that allow State Governments to partner with business incubators in attracting foreign entrepreneurs to Australia will be piloted in South Australia, before a national rollout in 2019.

Under this initiative, foreign entrepreneurs and investors with an innovative idea and a supporting business plan will be able to apply for a temporary visa to take forward their venture in Australia.

Applicants will not need capital backing, unlike the current Entrepreneur Visa which requires demonstrated funding of at least $200,000.

Instead, applicant’s proposals will be vetted by State or Federal Government entities, with these entities able to partner with incubators and accelerators to identify potential applicants for nomination.

Entrepreneurs who are successful in establishing their business venture in Australia will become eligible to apply for permanent residence.

The South Australian Government is working with the Department of Home Affairs on the implementation details for the visa which will be available in the 2018-19 program year.

As of now still there are no concrete measures have been taken up in this regard and we need to wait for further updates from DHA or South Australia.

This update is applicable for applicants willing to apply for a Entrepreneur Visa with South Australia.

April 12th, 2018:

NT-Occupation List-12-04-2018

Northern Territory State Sponsorship Update: Skilled Occupation List Updated

Northern Territory has updated it’s Skilled Occupation List today and the following are the changes that have been made to the list. 

Please note for few occupations offer of employment from NT employer is required and for few occupations 7 in each band english requirement.  Please go through the attached list for complete details.

The following Occupations have been ADDED to the list:

233911  Aeronautical Engineer

231111*Aeroplane Pilot

323111  Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)

139911  Arts Administrator or Manager

121312  Beef Cattle Farmer

351211  Butcher or Small goods Maker

312212  Civil Engineering Technician

272311  Clinical Psychologist

263111  Computer Network and System Engineer

133111  Construction Project Manager

261312  Developer Programmer

411311  Diversional Therapist

272312  Educational Psychologist

342211  Electrical Linesworker

233411  Electronics Engineer

133211  Engineering Manager

251311  Environmental Health Officer

411713  Family Support Worker

332111  Floor Finisher

313111  Hardware Technician

223111!! Human Resource Advisor

313112  ICT Customer Support Officer

262112  ICT Security Specialist

313199  ICT Support Technicians nec

121399  Livestock Farmers nec

224711  Management Consultant

225113  Marketing Specialist

121411  Mixed Crop And Livestock Farmer           

121216  Mixed Crop Farmer

121317  Mixed Livestock Farmer

254411*Nurse Practitioner

311215  Pharmacy Technician

134213  Primary Health Organisation Manager   

133513  Production Manager (Mining)

511112  Program or Project Administrator

612112  Property Manager

272612  Recreation Officer

254416* Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)

254425* Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)

231213* Ship’s Master

241512* Teacher of the Hearing Impaired

272413  Translator

324311  Vehicle Painter

242211  Vocational Education Teacher

261212  Web Developer

The following Occupations have been REMOVED from the list:

252711* Audiologist

312112 Building Associate

312113 Building Inspector

342311* Business Machine Mechanic

399211 Chemical Plant Operator

134111 Child Care Centre Manager

411213* Dental Technician

232411 Graphic Designer

142114 Hair or Beauty Salon Manager

132311!! Human Resource Manager

223211 ICT Trainer

271299 Judicial and Other Legal Professionals nec

251211* Medical Diagnostic Radiographer

311213 Medical Laboratory Technician

323214 Metal Machinist (First Class)

452317 Other Sports Coach or Instructor

399599 Performing Arts Technicians nec

272399* Psychologists nec

134311* School Principal

272499 Social Professionals nec

251214 Sonographer

263311* Telecommunications Engineer

263312* Telecommunications Network Engineer

393311 Upholsterer

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

April 3rd, 2018:

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Change in Skills Assessment Fee effective 1 July 2018

AITSL has announced that on 1 July 2018 the following AITSL Assessment for Migration fees will change; assessment application fee, appeal fee, and skilled employment statement (SES) fee. The fee for an additional copy of an assessment outcome will remain the same.

The new fees apply to all applications post marked 1 July 2018 onwards. Applications postmarked up to and including 30 June 2018 will pay the 2017 fee.

1. Assessment of applications – AUD830

2. Appeal of assessment outcome – AUD830

3. Skilled employment statement (SES)* -AUD224

4. Copy of assessment outcome – AUD95

*A fee applies when a SES is requests after the issue of an assessment outcome or an applicant wants a previous SES to be revised/updated to include additional employment.

Note regarding Goods and services tax (GST) – No GST is charged on any AITSL Assessment for Migration fee. The above fees are final.

April 2nd, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254418- Registered Nurse (Medical)- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

 

March 29th, 2018:

NSW Regional Authorities Update: Occupation lists of Riverina, Southern Inland, and Far South Coast updated

Riverina Southern Inland & Far South Coast-Lists-27-03-2018

As we are aware that there are 7 regional areas or authorities in NSW state. Riverina, Southern Inland & Far South Coast are the regional areas of NSW which have updated their skilled occupation lists. There are no major changes.

Please note that every regional area of NSW will have its own occupation list, application process, fee and other requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with NSW Regional Areas under 489 subclass.

March 29th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Change in the Supplementary & Skilled Occupations Lists

South Australia has announced that as per the recent  announcement by Australian Government which has released a new Regional Occupation List applying to state nomination on 18 March 2018, with all occupations eligible for a 489 visa only.

Immigration SA has updated its Supplementary Skilled List (SSL) with the majority of these additions and five of these occupations have been added to the State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL).

The next updated SNOL is expected to be released in early July 2018.

The following occupations have been added to State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL)

ANZSCO  Occupation

232413 multimedia designer

272413 translator

312511 mechanical engineering draftsperson

324311 vehicle painter

362411 nurseryperson

The following occupations have been added to Supplementary Skilled List (SSL)

NOTE: Applicants applying under high points category 90 points are required.

ANZSCO  Occupation

131114 public relations manager

132411 policy and planning manager

133112 project builder

133612 procurement manager

134211 medical administrator

134412 regional education manager

139915 sports administrator

141211caravan park and camping ground manager

149111amusement centre manager

149912 cinema or theatre manager

149914 financial institution branch manager

223111 human resource adviser

223113 workplace relations adviser

224412 policy analyst

224912 liaison officer

225112 market research analyst

234311 conservation officer

234915 exercise physiologist

242211 vocational education teacher

251311 environmental health officer

271214 intellectual property lawyer

272611 community arts worker

311214 operating theatre technician

311216 pathology collector

312114 construction estimator

312116 surveying or spatial science technician

312611 safety inspector

312911 maintenance planner

312999 building and engineering technicians (nec)

332111 floor finisher

361114 zookeeper

399212 gas or petroleum operator

411211 dental hygienist

411214 dental therapist

441211 emergency service worker

451211 driving instructor

451399 funeral workers (nec)

451711 flight attendant

451815 first aid trainer

452413 jockey

599915 clinical coder

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

March 27th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

Department of Home Affairs has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times:

* 5am AEDT until 8am AEDT Wednesday 28th March 2018

* 3am AEDT until 5am AEST Sunday 1st April 2018

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

March 27th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232413 -Multimedia Designer -Available- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

272413- Translator -Available- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only;-Research opportunities for your language specialisation; Must have NAATI accreditation at mimimum level of ‘Professional Interpreter’-NAATI

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

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

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.

March 27th, 2018:

Riverina & Far South Coast-Lists-27-03-2018

NSW Regional Authorities Update: Occupation lists of Riverina and Far South Coast updated

As we are aware that there are 7 regional areas or authorities in NSW state. Riverina & Far South Coast are the two regional areas of NSW which have updated their skilled occupation lists. There are no major changes.

Please note that every regional area of NSW will have it’s own occupation list, application process, fee and other requirements.

Please find attached the updated lists. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 489 sub class regional sponsored visa with Riverina and Far South Coast.

March 23rd, 2017: 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

342311 -Business Machine Mechanic- 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 85 points.  

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.

March 23rd, 2018: 

Skillselect 07-03-2018 & Occupation Ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 07/03/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 07/03/2018. 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. Highlighted in yellow are reaching much faster.

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2633 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 906 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 159 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 368 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 189 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 447 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 1039 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 572 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1067 already invited 
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -3185 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 213 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 671 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 329 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3285 – only 12 already invited

Please update all your clients accordingly.

March 22nd, 2018: 

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Fast Track Processing Timeframe

Engineers Australia has announced that due to the high demand request for Fast Track service, Engineers Australia has to extend its Fast Track processing timeframe. From 1st April 2018, the Fast Track applications will be assigned to an assessor for processing within 20 working days.

Please update all your clients accordingly.

March 19th, 2018: 

Department of Home Affairs: New Temporary Skill Shortage visa introduced

DHA has announced that effective 18th March 2018 the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 subclass visa now replaces the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457).

Highlights of Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 subclass visa

The Streams: 

Short-Term Stream – Occupation should be in STSOL and normally valid for 2 years only

Medium Term Stream – Occupation should be in Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL) and normally valid for 4 years only

Labour Agreement Stream – This stream is available if your employer wishes to sponsor you (as an overseas worker) and has entered into a labour agreement with the Department.

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

  • have been nominated for a position by an approved sponsor and that nomination has been approved.
  • meet any required skills and qualifications requirements including completing any skills assessments required
  • meet English language requirements
  • if in Australia, hold a substantive visa, a subclass 010 (Bridging A) visa, a subclass 020 (Bridging B) visa or a Subclass 030 (Bridging C) visa
  • have substantially complied with any conditions that apply or applied to your last visa
  • meet health and character requirements
  • meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.
  • have worked in your nominated occupation, or a related field, for at least two years

Steps Involved:

Step 1: a sponsorship application by the employer

Step 2: a nomination application for a skilled position by the employer

Step 3: a visa application by the proposed employee

The three steps above must be completed in order. 

What you can do:

This visa allows you to travel to and from Australia for the duration of your visa and:

  • if you are the primary visa holder, to work in Australia for an approved sponsor in your nominated occupation
  • if you are a family member, to work and study in Australia.

How long the visa lasts

This visa is a temporary visa. It lets you and any member of your family unit who has also been granted this visa to remain in Australia for the period specified in your visa grant notification.

Costs:

For the visa applicant (that is, the nominee) the costs are:

  • short-term stream applicants: from AUD1150
  • medium-term and labour agreement stream applicants: from AUD2400.

There is also a fee for additional family members who are coming to Australia with you.

Note: your employer is required to pay for any costs associated with the sponsorship and nomination applications. These costs must not be passed onto you.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 457 subclass visa.

March 12th, 2018:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Changes to assessment process for few of the occupations.

TRA has announced that effective 27 March 2018, if any application is seeking a skills assessment in one of the following licensed occupations: Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, Electrician (General), Electrician (Special Class) and Plumber (General), must have your skills assessed by a registered training organisation approved by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA-approved RTO) under the Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP). 

Applicant will no longer be eligible for assessment under the TRA Migration Skills Assessment Program. Successful OSAP applicants receive an outcome letter for migration and an Offshore Technical Skills Records (OTSR) to meet state and territory licensing requirements.

TRA-approved RTOs offering skills assessment services for the licensed trades can be found through the RTO Finder on the TRA website.

If there is no assessment centre in applicant’s country of residence, are required to travel to the nearest TRA-approved RTO assessment centre in you geographic region for a skills assessment. Applicant should ensure the assessment centre you choose offers skills assessments in your nominated occupation before starting a skills assessment process.

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

March 6th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

411311- Diversional Therapist- 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.  

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.

March 5th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263113- Network 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.  

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

March 5th, 2018:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 21/02/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 21/02/2018. 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 – 2633 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 890 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 155 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 357 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 184 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 435 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 1012 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 559 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1048 already invited 
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -3108 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 202 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 655 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 321 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3285 – only 10 already invited

March 1st, 2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Restriction on few occupations for state sponsorship

Skillselect 21-02-2018 & occupation ceilings

Queensland authorities have announced that due to high numbers of EOIs, BSMQ will not be issuing any more invitations for EOIs lodged on or after 27 February 2018 for the below occupations:

132211 Finance Manager

141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager – visa subclass 190.

254412Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

254413Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)

254414Registered Nurse (Community Health)

254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)

254416Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)

254417Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)

254418Registered Nurse (Medical)

254421Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)

254422Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

254423Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

254424Registered Nurse (Surgical)

254425Registered Nurse (Paediatric)

254499Registered Nurse nec

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

February 28th,2018 :

Department of Home Affairs: Planned Systems Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 28 February 2018

* 8pm Friday 2 March until 9am Saturday 3 March 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

February 27th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

341111- Electrician (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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.

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.

February 20th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

224213- Health Information Manager- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.

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.

February 19th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Changes to High Points Category

Immigration SA has announced that they have received a high volume of applications for the high points category and will be monitoring applications received over the coming weeks.

They have stated that would like to advise prospective applicants and migration agents that the following steps will be taken:

– Once we are close to reaching the ‘high points’ category quota, the minimum points requirement will be automatically increased to 90 points.

– Once the quota is reached, the ‘high points’ category will be closed for the rest of the 17/18 program year (until 30 June 2018). Notification of this closure will be posted on our website.

From today, the occupations listed below are no longer available for nomination under the high points category (this applies to applications submitted on or after 19 February 2018):

  • 132211 Finance Manager
  • 221111 Accountant (General)
  • 221112 Management Accountant
  • 221113 Taxation Accountant
  • 221213 External Auditor
  • 222112 Finance Broker
  • 222199 Financial Brokers nec
  • 222211 Financial Market Dealer
  • 222299 Financial Dealers nec
  • 222311 Financial Investment Adviser
  • 222312 Financial Investment Manager
  • 225113 Marketing Specialist

The other three categories for accessing the Supplementary Skilled List and Special Conditions occupations will still be available for applications.

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

February 19th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254499- Registered Nurse nec- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.

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.

February 14th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

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

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

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.

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.

February 13th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

234112 -Agricultural Scientist -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

262111- Database Administrator -Low Availability- 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.

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.

February 12th,2018:

NSW Regional Sponsorship Update: Changes in the Skilled Occupation List

NSW has amended the skilled occupation list the following are the changes that have taken place. There are 7 regional areas or authorities which have their own occupation lists, application process and requirements.

121216 – Mixed Crop Farmer – Removed from Northern Inland which is one of the regional areas.

233513 – Production or Plan Engineer – Removed from all the regions, earlier it was being sponsored by Northern Inland which is one of the regional areas.

254499 – Registered Nurses nec – Removed from Northern Inland which is one of the regional areas.

321211 – Motor Mechanic (General) – Removed from Northern Inland which is one of the regional areas.

351411 – Cook – Removed from Northern Inland which is one of the regional areas.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NSW Regions under 489 sub class.

February 12th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254418 -Registered Nurse (Medical)- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia.

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.

February 12th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP earlier) Update: System Maintenance

Department of Home Affairs has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 2pm Saturday 17th February until 9pm Sunday 18th February 2018

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

February 9th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

361311- Veterinary Nurse -Special Conditions Apply- 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.

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.

February 9th,2018:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)Thursday, 8 February 2018

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 8 February, 2018.

9 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 39 & 105 points.

The next draw will be held on Thursday 22 February 2018.

EOIs should be received by BMB before the COP on the Monday preceding the draw. 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.

February 8th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

311111 -Agricultural Technician -Special Conditions Apply- 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

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.

February 8th,2018:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection Wednesday, 7 February, 2018.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 358 (790 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 7th,2018:

Skillselect 18-01-2018 results & occupaiton ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 18/01/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 18/01/2018. 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 – 2633 already invited
    • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 858 already invited
    • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 144 already invited
    • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 340 already invited
    • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 173 already invited
    • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 426 already invited
    • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 964 already invited
    • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 534 already invited
    • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1010 already invited
    • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -2955 already invited
    • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 179 already invited
    • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 622 already invited
    • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 311 already invited
  • Management Consultant – 3285 – only 1 already invited

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

February 3rd,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP earlier) Update: System maintenance

System outage – from 2:00 pm Saturday 3 February 2018 until 6:00 pm 3 Saturday February 2018 AEDT (GMT +11)

The following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

– ImmiAccount

– eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)

– Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)

– LEGENDcom

– Humanitarian Entrants Management System

– Employment Suitability Clearance

– HAP Lite

– Australian Trusted Trader

– AMEP Reporting and Management System (ARMS)

– Visa pricing Estimator

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

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

February 1st,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

224711- Management Consultant- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

311111- Agricultural Technician -Low 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

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.

February 1st,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP earlier) Update: CURRENT SYSTEM ISSUE

Department of Home Affairs has announced that some users have reported that they have not received acknowledgement or grant letters for applications lodged via ImmiAccount.

Technical teams have identified an intermittent issue, and are working to resend correspondence. They have stated to continue monitor ‘Application Mailbox’ within ImmiAccount.

If the application status is ‘granted’ but cannot view letter, applicant can use VEVO to view visa grant and entitlements

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

January 31th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254415- Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)-Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

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.

January 30th,2018:

NSW Regional Sponsorship Update: Change in occupation list of Northern Inland which is one of the 7 regions of NSW.

Northern Inland announced that they have updated their skilled occupation list for 489 sub class and Production or Plant Engineer” (ANZSCO code 233513) has been removed from this list. Applications received before 29 January 2018 will be considered for nomination.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Northern Inland, NSW under 489 sub class.

January 29th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

262113 -Systems Administrator -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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

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.

January 25th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

141999 -Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec-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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

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.

January 25th,2018:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)Thursday, 25 January 2018

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 25 January 2018.

9 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 25 & 100 points.

The next draw will be held on Thursday 8 February 2018.

EOIs should be received by BMB before the COP on the Monday preceding the draw. 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.

January 18th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261212- Web Developer -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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

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.

January 25th,2018:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)Thursday, 25 January 2018

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 25 January 2018.

9 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 25 & 100 points.

The next draw will be held on Thursday 8 February 2018.

EOIs should be received by BMB before the COP on the Monday preceding the draw. 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.

January 18th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261212- Web Developer -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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

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

January 17th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupation Added & Changes to High Points Category

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

The following occupation has been added to the list as per yesterday’s announcement:

141999- Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec- Available -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.

NOTE:From 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.

Applicants who can achieve 85 points or higher (including state nomination points) can gain access to the Supplementary Skilled List (SSL) and occupations on the State Nominated Occupation List which are listed as ‘Special Conditions Apply’. Applicants must meet all other South Australian state nomination requirements to qualify.

Quotas apply to nominations in the High Points category. Once this quota is reached, applications under this category may be closed for certain occupations.

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

January 17th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP earlier) Update: Updated MLTSSL & STSOL effective 17/01/2018

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP Earlier) has announced yesterday the below changes to the occupation list. Please find attached the amended MLTSSL & STSOL.

Occupations added to the lists:

The three occupations below, which were previously unavailable on either list, will be added to the STSOL. Details of any caveats applicable to these three occupations are also provided below.

Note: To align the Training (subclass 407) visa with other visa programs, a number of occupations which were previously not eligible for this visa will be available when the instrument comes into effect.

Property Manager*** – 612112

Psychotherapist – 272314

Real Estate Representative*** -612115

***Caveats applicable to the above occupations if you are applying under 457 & 186 sub class.

Occupations moved between the lists:

The two occupations below will be moved from the STSOL to the MTLSSL.

Horse Breeder*** -121316 (We can apply under 189, 190 & 489 sub class)

Management Consultant*** – 224711 (We can apply under 189, 190 & 489 sub class)

***Caveats applicable to these occupations if you are applying under 457 & 186 sub class

No occupations will be moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL.

Occupations removed from the lists

The two occupations listed below will be completely removed from the lists of eligible skilled occupations for all skilled visa programs on 17 January 2018.

Building Associate – 312112

Hair or Beauty Salon Manager -142114

Occupations with caveat-only changes for 457 & 186 sub class

The six occupations listed below will remain on their existing lists. A new and/or amended caveat will, however, be in effect as of 17 January 2018 as outlined below.

Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec*** –141999

Management Accountant***- 221112

Massage Therapist***- 411611

Recruitment Consultant*** – 223112

Supply and Distribution Manager***- 133611

Taxation Accountant*** – 221113

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189, 190, 489, 457 & 186 sub class visas.

January 16th,2018:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Delays in processing time

TRA has announced that they are currently experiencing a high number of application and document submissions across all programs. This is resulting in some delays in the processing of documents and registration of applications.

All documents and applications will be processed in order of receipt and an acknowledgement email will be sent to you.

If you have not received acknowledgement of your documents or applications by 1 February 2018, please contact TRA. They have stated not to contact TRA about the status of your documents before this date.

Please update all your clients accordingly.

January 16th,2018:

DIBP Changes to the list-17-01-2018

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP earlier) Update: Changes to the Occupation Lists effective 17/01/2018

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP Earlier) has announced the below changes to the occupation list.

Occupations added to the lists:

The three occupations below, which were previously unavailable on either list, will be added to the STSOL. Details of any caveats applicable to these three occupations are also provided below.

Note: To align the Training (subclass 407) visa with other visa programs, a number of occupations which were previously not eligible for this visa will be available when the instrument comes into effect.

Property Manager*** – 612112

Psychotherapist – 272314

Real Estate Representative*** -612115

Caveats applicable to the above occupations

Occupations moved between the lists:

The two occupations below will be moved from the STSOL to the MTLSSL.

Horse Breeder*** -121316

Management Consultant*** – 224711

Caveats applicable to the above occupations

No occupations will be moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL.

Occupations removed from the lists

The two occupations listed below will be completely removed from the lists of eligible skilled occupations for all skilled visa programs on 17 January 2018.

Building Associate – 312112

Hair or Beauty Salon Manager -142114

Occupations with caveat-only changes

The six occupations listed below will remain on their existing lists. A new and/or amended caveat will, however, be in effect as of 17 January 2018 as outlined below.

Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec*** –141999

Management Accountant***- 221112

Massage Therapist***- 411611

Recruitment Consultant*** – 223112

Supply and Distribution Manager***- 133611

Taxation Accountant*** – 221113

Please find attached document for further details. Please guide your clients accordingly.

January 12th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP earlier) Update: Planned System Maintenance

Department of Home Affairs has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 9am until 9pm Saturday 13 January 2018

LEGENDCom will also be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 9am until 9pm Sunday 14 January 2018

Wednesdays

7–7.40 am AEDT, website might become unavailable.

5–8 am AEDT, the following systems might become unavailable:

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

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

January 12th,2018:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Temporary closure

As we all know that Victoria has temporarily closed Applications for engineering and building occupations from 16 October 2017 to 12 January 2018.

Please note this temporary closure has now been extended. Applications will reopen on 5 February 2018.

They have stated that due to a large volume of visa nomination applications received, applications for engineering and building occupations on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria will not be accepted from 16 October 2017 to 4 February 2018.

Applicants who hold an offer of employment in Victoria in their nominated occupation or meet the streamlined PhD or 457 pathways are not affected by this closure and may apply for these engineering and building occupations during this time.

The occupations affected by the temporary closure are:

312112 Building Associate

233211 Civil Engineer

312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson

233311 Electrical Engineer

312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

233512 Mechanical Engineer

233914 Engineering Technologist

All applications received prior to 16 October 2017 will be assessed against the guidelines that applied at time of application and an outcome will be provided in due course.

Applications for all other occupations eligible for Victorian Government visa nomination remain open.

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

January 10th,2018:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 20/12/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 20/12/2017. 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 – 2633 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 726 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 142 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 338 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 168 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 420 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 939 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 501 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -839 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -2831 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 172 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 598 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 307 already invited

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

Skillselect 20-12-2017 results & occupation ceilings

January 10th,2018:

Skillselect Update: Occupation Ceilings & Next Invitation Round

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

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2633 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 726 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 142 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 338 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 168 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 420 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 939 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 501 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -839 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -2831 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 172 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 598 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 307 already invited

Next Invitation Round:

The next invitation round is anticipated to run on 17 January 2018.

Invitation rounds for Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) and Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) visas will be offered twice monthly. Dates for the rounds are subject to change.

Invitation numbers in each round may vary depending on the number of applications being processed by the department.

Note: State or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas will not be impacted.

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

January 10th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs(DIBP earlier) update: Skillselect Invitation Round details

Department of Home Affairs(DIBP earlier) has announced that Invitation rounds for Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) and Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) visas will be offered twice monthly. Dates for the rounds are subject to change.

The next invitation round is anticipated to run on 17 January 2018.

Invitation numbers in each round may vary depending on the number of applications being processed by the department.

Note: State or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas will not be impacted.

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

January 9th,2018:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Site outage 10-11 January 2018

Victoria State has announced that critical maintenance will be carried out on their servers on Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 January 2018. As a result, the site may be unavailable intermittently between 21.00 to 06.00 AEDT.

They recommend that you don’t start or complete an application during this time as you may lose some information.

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

January 2nd,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

262112- ICT Security Specialist- 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

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.

December 26th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254415- Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 years work experience in field -ANMAC

263213- ICT Systems Test Engineer -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- 70 points required;- See additional instructions-ACS

Currently the above occupation has been completely removed from the list. May be it might have happened in error or it could be that they have removed it from the list.

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

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. 

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.

December 21st,2017:

DIBP Update: Incorporation of Department of Home Affairs

The Department of Home Affairs incorporates the full suite of functions previously undertaken by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the following additional functions:

  • National security and law enforcement policy
  • Emergency management, including crisis management and disaster recovery
  • Countering terrorism policy and coordination
  • Cyber security policy and coordination
  • Countering foreign interference
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Multicultural affairs
  • Countering violent extremism programs
  • Transport Security

All visa and citizenship services are part of the newly formed Department of Home Affairs www.homeaffairs.gov.au, replacing the previous Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

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

December 19th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)Tuesday, 19 November 2017

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 14 December 2017.

11 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 30 & 100 points.

This is the last draw for 2017. The first draw for 2018 will be held on Thursday 11 January 2018.

EOIs should be received by BMB before the COP on the Monday preceding the draw. 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.

December 19th,2017:

Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) Skills Assessment Update: Office Closure

AACA office will be closed from 2pm on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday, 2 January 2018.   Email inquires will not be monitored during the closure, but they will respond as soon as possible when they return.

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

December 18th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

141111- Cafe or Restaurant Manager- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

263213- ICT Systems Test 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

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.

December 15th,2017:

IPA Skills Assessment Update: Christmas Closing Dates

IPA has announced that their offices will be closed from 12 noon on Friday December 22, 2017 and will reopen at 9am on Monday the 8th of January 2018.  No applications will be processed during this time. 

They recommend to all applicants who require a Fast Track outcome with Australia Study before their closing date to submit applications no later than Tuesday the 19th of December, 2017.

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

December 15th,2017:

DIBP Update: Occupation Ceilings 

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

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

The yellow highlighted are reaching very faster.

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2155 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 594 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 139 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 321 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 161 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 409 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 892 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 429 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -702 already invited 
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -2624 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 163 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 544 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 291 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189 & 489 relative sponsored visa.

December 15th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 09/11/2017

Skillselect 9-11-2017 results & occupation ceilings

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 09/11/2017. 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 – 2155 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 594 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 139 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 321 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 161 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 409 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 892 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 429 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -702 already invited 
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -2624 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 163 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 544 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 291 already invited

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

December 15th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 2pm until 5pm Saturday 16 December 2017

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

December 14th,2017:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Christmas Shutdown 2017

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has announced that they will be closed for the Christmas/New year period.

The TRA telephone enquiry line and email enquiry services will close at 4pm, Thursday 21 December 2017 and will reopen at 10am Monday, 8 January 2018. 

Please do not send enquiries to TRA during this period. Enquiries received during this period will not be actioned.

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

December 14th,2017:

DIBP Update:Changes for visa applicants in same-sex relationships

DIBP has announced that from 9 December 2017, you can apply for a visa as your partner’s ‘spouse’ if you are in a same-sex marriage following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia.

Under the changes, if you are in a same-sex marriage you can apply for a visa as your partner’s ‘spouse’, rather than as their ‘de facto partner’.

The changes will apply to Partner visas (subclasses 100, 309, 801 and 820) and to all other visas where you can include your spouse in your application.

You can also apply for a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) if you are in a same-sex relationship and genuinely intend to marry your prospective spouse in Australia.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa where we can include the spouse.

December 13th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Office closure

South Australia has announced that their office will be closed from 1.00pm on Friday 22nd December 2017 until 9.00am Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

They remain open for application acceptance via the website.

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

December 12th,2017:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closures over the Christmas holidays

The Skilled Migration Western Australia has announced that their office will be closed from 2.00 pm Friday 22 December 2017, reopening on Tuesday 2 January 2018. 

No invitations for State nomination will be sent during this time.

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

December 12th,2017:

Queensland State Sponsorship Important notice: BSMQ office closure dates

7 December 2017

Queensland State Sponsorship has announced that BSMQ will be closed from the 23 December 2017 to 2 January 2018 for the holiday break. We appreciate your patience with the slower processing and assessment time during December 2017 and January 2018.

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

December 12th,2017:

Australian Medical Council (AMC) Update: Office Closure

AMC has announced that the offices of the Australian Medical Council will be closed from 12pm AEDT on Friday 22nd December 2017 and will reopen at 9am AEDT on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

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

December 12th,2017:

DIBP Update: Current Issues

12th December

DIBP has announced that due to increased volumes being experienced at the moment users might experience delays in applications lodging into our systems. This will delay the status being updated and affect clients seeking to lodge related applications. They are working to resolve this issue as quickly as they can and apologise for any inconvenience.

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Some users are experiencing an error message when downloading their health forms. Technical teams are investigating the issue.

Users that encounter the error ‘This service is temporarily unavailable’ should try again later.

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 13 December 2017

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

December 8th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

361311- Veterinary Nurse -Low 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.

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.

December 8th,2017:

Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC): Online Skills Assessment Application

ANMAC has announced that  the Skilled Migration Services team are introducing an online application system which will reduce fees for all migration skills assessments from 15 January 2018. In preparation for these changes applicants will not be able to apply for a skills assessment from 15 December 2017 until 15 January 2018. 

Please update all your clients accordingly.

December 7th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship: Australia Employment Requirement

Immigration South Australia has announced to remind applicants about skilled work experience requirements when applying for state nomination.

In order to qualify for state nomination, must meet all nomination requirements relevant to the situation and occupation.

Any Australian skilled work experience claimed by the applicant state nomination application must be paid at the appropriate rate for the skill level required (and meet any minimum award pay rates that apply to that industry).

Immigration SA will not approve any state nomination applications claiming Australian skilled work experience paid below minimum wage rates. Further information outlining minimum wages in Australia can be viewed on the Fair Work website.

The Fair Work Ombudsmen has a letter and factsheet specifically for international students outlining work rights and minimum pay rates in Australia.

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

December 7th,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

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.

December 7th,2017:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Website outage notification

6 December 2017

Western Australia authorities have announced that their website will undergo maintenance from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm on Thurday 7 December 2017. 

The website and online services will not be available during this time.

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

December 7th,2017:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Enquiry line shutdown – 15 December 2017

The Trades Recognition Australia has announced that their Enquiry Line will be unavailable from Midday, Friday 15 December 2017.

Normal service will resume from Monday 18 December at 10 am.

All enquiries during this time can be emailed to traenquiries@education.gov.au.

This update is applicable for all the applicants who want to enquire with TRA regarding the skills assessment.

December 6th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

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 applicant 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.

December 6th,2017:

AACA Skills Assessment Update: Skills Assessment fee made online

AACA has announced that from the 1st of December 2017 AACA only accepts online credit card payments, by VISA or Mastercard. 

Applicants who paid their application fee through bank transfer or other payment methods before 1st of December 2017 should send them their application form, supporting documentation and proof of payment within 14 days after the payment was made.

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

December 4th,2017:

DIBP Update: Current Issues

DIBP has announced that some users are experiencing an error message when downloading their health forms. Technical teams are investigating the issue.

Users that encounter the error ‘This service is temporarily unavailable’ should try again later.

Planned System Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* midnight until 4am Monday 11 December 2017

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 13 December 2017

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

November 30th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

149212 -Customer Service Manager -Special Conditions Apply-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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

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.

November 30th,2017:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Fast Track Applications 

Engineers Australia has announced that  the Fast Track Applications lodged between 3rd December 2017 and 31st January 2018 will be affected by the End of Year shutdown period 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 our advertised turnaround period from 1st February 2018.

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

November 30th,2017:

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Office Closure

AITSL has announced that the Assessment for Migration will be closed from Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen Tuesday 2 January 2018. This will not impact the timeline for assessments.

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

November 30th,2017:

DIBP Update: System outage

DIBP has announced that we are currently experiencing intermittent system and network issues at our Sydney Service Centre and Feedback line. As a result we might not be able to take calls at this time. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience.

ImmiAccount is currently unavailable. The following services are impacted:

  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Humanitarian Entrants Management System
  • Employment Suitability Clearance
  • HAP Lite
  • Australian Trusted Trader
  • AMEP Reporting and Management System (ARMS)
  • Visa pricing estimator

We are working to resolve this issue and will provide an update once services are fully restored.

Planned system maintenance

2 December 2017

From 2 pm to 5 pm AEDT (GMT+11), the following systems will become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • eMedical
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Australian Trusted Trader.

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 applying for visa.

November 27th,2017:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Removal of few occupations from the Queensland Skilled Occupations LIst

Queensland authorities have udated to QSOL: Finance Manager (for 190 & 489 sub class) and Cafe or Restaurant Manager (for 190 sub class only) are removed from the list. They have stated that due to a high numbers of EOIs, Queensland will not be issuing any more invitations for EOIs lodged on or after 27 November 2017 for the below occupations:

  • 132211 Finance Manager -visa sub class 190 & 489
  • 141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager – visa subclass 190 only (still available for the visa subclass 489).

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

November 27th,2017:

AIM Skills Assessment Update: Office Closure

AIM has announced that due to the holiday season, the Skilled Migration Assessment Unit will close Monday 18 December 2017 and will reopen Monday 8 January 2018. There will be a delay in processing applications.

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

November 27th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

511111-Contract Administrator -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

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.

November 24th,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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

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.

November 22nd,2017:

DIBP Update: Occupation Ceilings 

DIBP has updated the occupation ceilings for the year 2017-18.

Please go through the following occupational group ceilings which are being reached faster than other occupations:

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

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 1663 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out  of 1327 – 528 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 138 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 314 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 158 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 400 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 864 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 400 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -624 already invited 
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -2480 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 159 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 520 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 288 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants for visa under sub class 189 and 489 relative.

November 22nd,2017:

NSW-489-list Effective Nov 2017

NSW Regional Sponsorship update: Amendment to NSW 489 sub class list

NSW authorities have amended the 489 sub class regional list. Please find attached the new list that is applicable from November 2017.

Further Northern Inland and Murray the regional authorities of NSW have also refreshed their list as per the NSW list.

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

November 22nd,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: OFFICE CLOSURE

Vetassess has announced that during the festive season, VETASSESS offices will close from Friday 22 December 2017 and reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

SUBMITTING NEW APPLICATIONS

Please note the timeframe for submitting new applications over this period:

  • Priority Processing – last applications for 2017 is 5.00pm (AEDT) Monday, 11 December.
  • Skills Assessment for General Professional Occupations – last applications for 2017 is 12.00pm (AEDT) Friday, 22 December.
  • Skills Assessment for Trade Occupations – last applications for 2017 is 12.00pm (AEDT) Friday, 22 December.

New applications for the above services resume on Wednesday, 3 January 2018.

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

November 10th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

411713- Family Support Worker -Low Availability- Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

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

November 10th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

DIBP has announced Websites outage Saturday 11 November to  Sunday 12 November

From 2 pm Saturday 11 November to 9 am Sunday 12 November AEDT, 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 https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login.

Friday 17 November to Saturday 18 November 2017

From 9 pm Friday 17 November 2017 until 9 am Saturday 18 November 2017 AEDT (GMT+11), the following systems will become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Humanitarian Entrants Management System
  • Employment Suitability Clearance
  • HAP Lite
  • Australian Trusted Trader
  • AMEP Reporting and Management System (ARMS)
  • Visa pricing Estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message, please 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.

November 8th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

262112- ICT Security Specialist -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 applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 7th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

DIBP has announced that Friday 17 November to Saturday 18 November 2017

From 9 pm Friday 17 November 2017 until 9 am Saturday 18 November 2017 AEDT (GMT+11), the following systems will become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Humanitarian Entrants Management System
  • Employment Suitability Clearance
  • HAP Lite
  • Australian Trusted Trader
  • AMEP Reporting and Management System (ARMS)
  • Visa pricing Estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message, please 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 a visa.

November 3rd,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- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)-VETASSESS

224711 -Management Consultant- 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

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.

November 1st,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- Low Availability- 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.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

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.

October 30th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 2pm Saturday 4 November until 9am Sunday 5 November 2017

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

October 27th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

141111- Cafe or Restaurant Manager- Low Availability- 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.

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.

October 26th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139913- Laboratory 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.

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.

October 25th,2017:

Tasmania State Sponsorship Update: Changes in the list of occupations

The following are the changes that have taken place in the TSOL. Please find below the details of the occupations that are added now & removed from the list.

Sl.No

ANZSCO Code

Occupations Added to TSOL

Assessing Authority

1

121111

Aquaculture Farmer

VETASSESS

2

121311

Apiarist

VETASSESS

3

133512

Production Manager (Manufacturing)

VETASSESS

4

224512

Valuer

VETASSESS

5

241111

Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher

AITSL

6

251511

Hospital Pharmacist

APharmC

7

251513

Retail Pharmacist

APharmC

8

253399

Specialist Physicians nec

Medical Board of Australia

9

271311

Solicitor

The Law Society of Tasmania

10

322211

Sheetmetal Trades Worker

TRA

11

322313

Welder (First Class)

TRA

12

323313

Locksmith

TRA

13

331112

Stonemason

TRA

14

333212

Solid Plasterer

TRA

15

341111

Electrician (General)

TRA

16

342111

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

TRA

17

351111

Baker

TRA

18

351211

Butcher or Smallgoods Maker

TRA

19

394111

Cabinetmaker

TRA

       
       
       

Sl.No

ANZSCO Code

Occupations Removed from TSOL

Assessing Authority

1

111111

Chief Executive or Managing Director

AIM

2

111211

Corporate General Manager

AIM

3

132211

Finance Manager

CPA/ICA/AIPA

4

135111

Chief Information Officer

ACS

5

135112

ICT Project Manager

ACS

6

135199

ICT Managers nec

ACS

7

224712

Organisation and Methods Analyst

VETASSESS

8

233611

Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum)

Engineers Australia

9

233999

Engineering Professionals nec Engineers

Australia

10

234914

Physicist

VETASSESS

11

261111

ICT business Analyst

ACS

12

261112

Systems Analyst

ACS

13

261311

Analyst Programmer

ACS

14

261312

Developer Programmer

ACS

15

261313

Software Engineer

ACS

16

261399

Software and Applications Programmers nec

ACS

17

262111

Database Administrator

ACS

18

262112

ICT Security Specialist

ACS

19

262113

Systems Administrator

ACS

20

313112

ICT Customer Support Officer

TRA

21

313113

Web Administrator

ACS

October 25th,2017:

Tasmania State Sponsorship Update: Change in Tasmania Skilled Occupations List (TSOL).

Tasmania State has announced the new list of occupations that will be considered for 489 sub class visa.

Please find attached the new list of occupations.

October 24th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232312- Industrial 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.

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.

October 20th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

223211- ICT Trainer- 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.

October 18th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that clients may experience a brief interruption to ImmiAccount services on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 2pm until 5pm Saturday 21 October 2017

If this occurs, please log out and log back in again.

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

October 13th,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

149212 -Customer Service Manager -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus

overall);- Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

234111 -Agricultural Consultant -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient 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.

October 13th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that clients may experience a brief interruption to

ImmiAccount services on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 2pm until 5pm Saturday 14 October 2017

They stated that if this occurs, please log out and log back in again.

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* midnight until 4am Monday 16 October 2017

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

October 12th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

411715- Residential Care Officer- Low 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.

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.

October 11th,2017:

DIBP Update: Occupation Ceilings & Next Invitation Rounds

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

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations. Also the highlighted occupation groups in yellow are closing further faster.

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 1434 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 462 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 130 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 289 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 145 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 350 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 756 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 350 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 546 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 2170 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 132 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 455 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 277 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

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

18 October 2017

Visa subclass – Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -1250

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -100

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.

October 11th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 04/10/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 04/10/2017. 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. Also the highlighted occupation groups in yellow are closing further faster.

2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 1434 already invited
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 462 already invited
2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 130 already invited
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 289 already invited
2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 145 already invited
2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 350 already invited
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 756 already invited
2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 350 already invited
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 546 already invited
2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 2170 already invited
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 132 already invited
2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 455 already invited
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 277 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

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

18 October 2017

Visa subclass – Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -1250

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -100

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.

October 11th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263211 -ICT Quality Assurance 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.

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.

October 9th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

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

* midnight until 4am Monday 16 October 2017

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

October 9th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139913 -Laboratory 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.

October 4th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261312- Developer Programmer- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; See additional instructions -ACS

511112- Program or Project Administrator- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient 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.

October 4th,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment (General Occupations) Update: UPDATE TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL FOR GENERAL PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS

Vetassess has announced that from Tuesday 10 October 2017, a complete set of documents is now required to be uploaded at the time of submitting an application (including evidence of identity, qualifications and employment) before making the skills assessment payment.

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

October 3rd,2017:

Victoria University Skills Assessment Update: Government Administration Fee for Trade Skills Assessments (effective1 October 2017)

Victoria University has announced that a $300 Government Administration fee will be charged to all new 457/OSAP and TRS applications from 1 October 2017.

This is in addition to the existing skills assessment fee that is applicable for Training & Employment check.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Skills Assessment under any trade occupation with Victoria University.

September 29th 2017:

VETASSESS Skills Assessment Update: AFL GRAND FINAL PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Vetassess has announced that their Melbourne office will be closed for the AFL Grand Final Public Holiday (Friday 29 Sep 2017) and will re-open on Monday 2 October 2017.

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

September 29th 2017:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: TRA enquiry line unavailable due to public holiday

The Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has announced that their enquiry line will be unavailable on Monday 2 October 2017 due to a Public Holiday.

Normal service will resume at 10:00 am on Tuesday 3rd October 2017.

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

September 28th 2017:

Vetassess Trade Occupations Skills Assessment Update: Increase in the fee for Training & Employment Check

Vetassess has announced that a $300 Government Administration fee will be charged to all new trade applications from 1 October 2017. The following are the new fees effective 1 October 2017.

Training & Employment Check – AUD960.00

There is no change in the Technical Interview or Practical Demonstration fee.

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

September 27th 2017:

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Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 20/09/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 20/09/2017. 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 – 1434 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 396 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 108 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 242 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 133 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 300 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 648 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 300 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 468 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 1860 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 101 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 390 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 252 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

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

4 October 2017

Visa subclass- Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -1250

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -100

18 October 2017

Visa subclass – Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -1250

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -100

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 applying for applying for visa under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

September 27th 2017:

DIBP Update: Occupation Ceilings & Next Invitation Rounds

DIBP has updated the occupation ceilings for the year 2017-18. Please go through the following occupational group ceilings which 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 – 1434 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 396 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 108 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 242 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 133 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 300 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 648 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 300 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 468 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 1860 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 101 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 390 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 252 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

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

4 October 2017

Visa subclass- Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -1250

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -100

18 October 2017

Visa subclass – Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -1250

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -100

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.

September 27th 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263212 -ICT Support 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.

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.

September 27th 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

Sunday 1 October 2017

From 2 am AEST until 5 am AEDST, 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 applying for visa.

September 25th 2017:

NSW State Sponsorship Update: 190 sub class Priority Skilled Occupations List updated

NSW authorities have updated the 190 sub class Priority Skilled Occupations List today.

Addition of occupations:

The following occupations have been added to new list:

  1. 232111 Architect
  2. 233111 Chemical Engineer
  3. 233411 Electronics Engineer
  4. 233511 Industrial Engineer
  5. 233513 Production or Plant Engineer
  6. 262112 ICT Security Specialist
  7. 312111 Architectural Draftsperson
  8. 312212 Civil Engineering Technician
  9. 331112 Stonemason
  10. 351211 Butcher or Smallgoods Maker (excluding the activity of slaughtering animals, or primarily boning, slicing or packaging meat in a non-retail setting.)

Removal of occupations:

There many occupations relating to the field of Health, Engineers, Science, Education & other have been removed from the earlier list.

Please find attached the new 190 sub class Priority Skilled Occupations List.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 190 sub class under stream-1 for NSW state sponsorship.

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September 22nd 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312212 -Civil Engineering Technician -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; 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.

September 19th 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261314- Software Tester- 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.

16th September 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

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

  • Midnight – 4AM Monday 18 September, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
  • 5am – 8AM Wednesday 20 September, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

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

16th September 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

234111 -Agricultural Consultant -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient 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.

16th September 2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 06/09/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 06/09/2017. 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 – 1195 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 330 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 63 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 147 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 80 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 250 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 540 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 250 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 390 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 1550 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 43 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 325 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 170 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

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

20 September 2017

Visa subclass Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 1750

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.

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September 6th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

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.

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.

September6th,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 -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.

September4th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

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

* 2pm Saturday 9 September until 9am Sunday 10 September 2017

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

September 2nd,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261312- Developer 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. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately.

How to filter in SF:

First go through the document that has been shared regarding the Opportunities filtering in SF. If you have already created the view then edit it with the above mentioned occupation or else follow as per the document or below.

The following is the process to pull the clients with any particular occupation, who are impacted due to changes in the lists of any state(s):

  • Go to Opportunities section of SF
  • Enter any view name – it’s like a file name
  • Specify the filter criteria –
    • If you want view the complete details of your team then click on – All opportunities
    • if you want to view only your own opportunities then select – My opportunities
  • Filter by additional fields

September 2nd,2017:

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Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 23/08/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 23/08/2017. 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 – 956 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 264 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 22 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 53 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 31 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 146 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 432 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 200 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 312 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 124 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 260 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 53 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

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

6 September 2017

Visa subclass Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 1750

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 200

20 September 2017

Visa subclass Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 1750

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.

September 2nd,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

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

* 2pm Saturday 2 September until 9am Sunday 3 September 2017

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

August 29th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261314 -Software Tester- 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 23rd,2017:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: The ACT Migration Program is now CLOSED TO OVERSEAS APPLICANTS: EFFECTIVE 23 AUGUST 2017

ACT has announced that nomination process is closed for overseas applicants effective 23 August 2017. However, if applicant is living overseas and have close ties (either family or genuine job offer) in Canberra; OR have completed a PhD at an ACT university, can still apply for ACT nomination if meeting the criteria.

Please note that if the applicant has already submitted an application and paid the service fee before 23 August 2017, the application will be processed in queue order.

CANBERRA RESIDENTS – if applicant is living in Canberra, can apply for ACT 190 nomination as soon as he/she is meeting the nomination criteria.

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

August 22nd,2017:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Temporary Suspension of few occupations for sponsorship

BSMQ authorities have announced that Queensland temporarily suspends nominations for some skilled occupations

Please note that due to high numbers of applications for the occupations listed below, BSMQ has suspended any further visa applications for these occupations until further notice.

  • 221111 Accountant (general)
  • 261311 Analyst Programmer
  • 263111 Computer Network & systems Engineer
  • 262111 Database Administrator
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261111 ICT Business Analyst
  • 313112 ICT Customer Support Officer
  • 263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
  • 262112 ICT Security Specialist
  • 263212 ICT Support Engineer
  • 263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer
  • 261313 Software Engineer
  • 261314 Software Tester
  • 262113 systems Administrator
  • 261112 Systems Analyst
  • 313113 Web Administrator
  • 312111 Architectural Draftsperson
  • 611211 Insurance Agent
  • 232511 Interior Designer
  • 221112 Management Acct
  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer
  • 225311 Public Relations Professional
  • 251511 Hospital Pharmacists
  • 251513 Retail Pharmacist

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

August 21st,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

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

* 2pm Saturday 26 August until 9am Sunday 27 August 2017

Please update all your clients accordingly.

August 21st,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263212- ICT Support Engineer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; See additional instructions- ACS

312212 -Civil Engineering Technician- Low Availability -Competent English; -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.

August 21st,2017:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Planned outage for TRA Online Portal

The Department of Education and Training will be undertaking planned maintenance on its IT network between 3 pm Saturday 19 August 2017 and 12 pm Sunday 20 August 2017. During this time the TRA online portal will be unavailable.

Normal service will resume after this period. This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with TRA.

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:

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.

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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:

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.

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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 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:

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:

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 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:

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:

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

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:

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 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.

skillselect-invitation-round-results-7-06-2017-occupation-ceilings

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.

June20th2017:

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 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:

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.

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 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.

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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 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.

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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:

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 :

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 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 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 BricklayerIf 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

occupation-ceilings

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.

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.

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.skillselect invitation round results 8-6-2016 & occupational ceilings 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 an