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Overview

Australia is committed to build Australia's future through the well-managed movement of people.

Their diverse portfolio includes managing migration and citizenship policy and programs. DIBP wants to keep Australia secure through border management and facilitate travellers crossing the border and make reasonable decisions for people entering or leaving the country, ensuring compliance with Australia's immigration laws and integrity in decision-making.

Skilled Migrants:- DIBP invites skilled migrants to lodge visa through skillselect. SkillSelect helps address regional skill shortages. SkillSelect allows intending migrants to indicate if they are willing to live and work in regional Australia. This is of particular benefit to employers experiencing regional skill shortages and state and territory governments attempting to settle migrants in regional Australia.

The application process is categorized into 3 to 4 stages depending on the applicant’s nominated skill.

  • Skills Assessment Stage
  • Expression of interest
  • State sponsorship (if applicable)
  • Visa application

Depending on what type of visa(s) applicants are interested in, they may receive an invitation to lodge a visa application subject to  the occupational ceiling or an Australian employer may contact them to discuss employment and sponsorship opportunities.

Occupational Ceiling:- An ‘occupation ceiling’ may be applied to invitations issued under the independent, skilled regional (provisional) visas. This means there will be a limit on how many EOIs can be selected for skilled migration from an occupation group. This ensures that the skilled migration program is not dominated by a small number of occupations. Once this limit is reached, no further invitations for that particular occupation group will be issued for that program year. Invitations will then be allocated to intending migrants in other occupation groups even if they are lower ranking. 

Australian Citizens, Australian permanent residents and NZ residents can sponsor close family members for permanent residence or migration to Australia.

Partner Visas:- AUS citizens and PR holders can sponsor partners to migrate to Australia. To sponsor a partner, applicant must either be married, in a defacto relationship, have a registered relationship or be engaged.

Child Visa:- Australian citizens and PR holders can sponsor their children for migration to Australia.

Parent Visas:- AUS citizens and PR holders can sponsor parents to migrate to Australia. Parents with at least half their children living permanently in Australia may be eligible for a parent visa which gives them permanent residence in Australia. Parents over a certain age may be eligible to apply for an onshore 'aged parent' visa which allows them to remain in Australia on a bridging visa during processing.

International Students:- If you are an international student and wish to stay on in Australia after your studies, there are a range of temporary and permanent visa options.

Business Migration:- If you wish to start a business or invest in Australia, you can obtain a visa to facilitate this and you may then qualify for permanent residence once your business interests have been established in Australia.

Program Updates

April 24th,2017:

AASW Update: Website Maintenance 

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

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

April 24th,2017:

AITSL Update: Regarding the recent reforms by DIBP

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

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

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

April 24th,2017:

DIBP Update: Current System Issues

Logging into ImmiAccount

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

Planned System Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following day / times:

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

This update is applicable for applicants applying for visa.

April 22nd,2017:

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

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

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

ANZSCO Code

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

411511

Actor

211111

Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers NEC

211199

Aeroplane Pilot

231111

Air Traffic Controller

231112

Air Transport Professionals NEC

231199

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)

323111

Amusement Centre Manager

149111

Antique Dealer

142112

Apparel Cutter

393211

Archaeologist

272414

Archivist

224211

Art Director (Film, Television or Stage)

212311

Artistic Director

212111

Auctioneer

611111

Author

212211

Bed and Breakfast Operator

141911

Betting agency Manager

142113

Biochemist

234513

Biotechnologist

234514

Blacksmith

322111

Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operator

149911

Broadcast Transmitter Operator

399511

Building and Engineering Technicians NEC

312999

Business Broker

612111

Butcher or Smallgoods Maker

351211

Call or Contact Centre Manager

149211

Canvas Goods Fabricator

393111

Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager

141211

Cinema or Theatre Manager

149912

Clinical Coder

599915

Clothing Patternmaker

393212

Clothing Trades Workers NEC

393299

Commissioned Defence Force Officer

139111

Commissioned Fire Officer

139112

Commissioned Police Officer

139113

Communications Operator

342312

Community Arts Worker

272611

Composer

211211

Conservation Officer

234311

Construction Estimator

312114

Conveyancer

599111

Corporate Treasurer

221212

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

599212

Deer Farmer

121314

Defence Force Member - Other Ranks

441111

Defence Force Senior Officer

111212

Dental Hygienist

411211

Dental Prosthetist

411212

Dental Therapist

411214

Detective

441311

Director of Photography

212313

Diver

399911

Dog or Horse Racing Official

452318

Drama Teacher (Private Tuition)

249213

Dressmaker or Tailor

393213

Driller

712211

Driving Instructor

451211

Education Reviewer

249112

Electorate Officer

224911

Electronic Engineering Draftsperson

312411

Electronic Engineering Technician

312412

Electroplater

322112

Emergency Service Worker

441211

Engineering Patternmaker

323411

Engraver

323311

Entertainer or Variety Artist

211113

Environmental Health Officer

251311

Exercise Physiologist

234915

Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors NEC

212399

Financial Institution Branch Manager

149914

Fire Fighter

441212

Fire Protection Equipment Technician

399918

First Aid Trainer

451815

Fisheries Officer

311311

Flight Attendant

451711

Floor Finisher

332111

Flying Instructor

231113

Food Technologist

234212

Funeral Director

451311

Funeral Workers NEC

451399

Futures Trader

222212

Gallery or Museum Technician

399311

Gas or Petroleum Operator

399212

Geophysicist

234412

Goat Farmer

121315

Golfer

452412

Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker

392211

Gunsmith

323312

Helicopter Pilot

231114

Historian

272411

Homoeopath

252212

Horse Trainer

361112

Human Resource Adviser

223111

Hydrogeologist

234413

Hydrographer

311415

ICT Support and Test Engineers NEC

263299

ICT Support Technicians NEC

313199

Importer or Exporter

133311

Insurance Investigator

599611

Insurance Risk Surveyor

599613

Intellectual Property Lawyer

271214

Intelligence Officer

224411

Interior Decorator

399912

Jockey

452413

Judge

271211

Kennel Hand

361115

Leather Goods Maker

393112

Legal Executive

599112

Liaison Officer

224912

Licensed Club Manager

141411

Life Scientist (General)

234511

Life Scientists NEC

234599

Light Technician

399513

Magistrate

271212

Maintenance Planner

312911

Marine Surveyor

231215

Marine Transport Professionals NEC

231299

Market Research Analyst

225112

Master Fisher

231211

Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson

312511

Media Producer (excluding Video)

212112

Metal Casting Trades Worker

322114

Metal Polisher

322115

Metallurgist

234912

Microbiologist

234517

Migration Agent (Aus)

224913

Mothercraft Nurse

411412

Multimedia Designer

232413

Music Director

211212

Music Professionals NEC

211299

Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer

399515

Natural and Physical Science Professionals NEC

234999

Nurse Researcher

254212

Nurseryperson

362411

Operating Theatre Technician

311214

Optical Dispenser (Aus) / Dispensing Optician (NZ)

399913

Optical Mechanic

399914

Other Sports Official

452323

Painter (Visual Arts)

211411

Park Ranger

234314

Parole or Probation Officer

411714

Pathology Collector (Aus) / Phlebotomist (NZ)

311216

Petroleum Engineer

233612

Plastics Technician

399916

Plumbing Inspector

312115

Police Officer

441312

Policy Analyst

224412

Policy and Planning Manager

132411

Potter or ceramic artist

211412

Prison Officer

442111

Procurement Manager

133612

Production Manager (Manufacturing)

133512

Public Relations Manager

131114

Quarantine Officer

311313

Radio Journalist

212414

Radio Presenter

212113

Railway Station Manager

149412

Regional Education Manager

134412

Research and Development Manager

132511

Retail Buyer

639211

Retirement Village Manager

141912

Safety Inspector

312611

Sail Maker

393113

Sales Representative (Industrial Products)

225411

Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)

225412

Saw Maker and Repairer

323315

School Laboratory Technician

311414

Screen Printer

392112

Sculpter

211413

Senior Non-commissioned Defence Force Member

139211

Shearer

361211

Shoemaker

393114

Singer

211214

Small Offset Printer

392312

Sports Administrator

139915

Sports Umpire

452322

Stock and Station Agent

611112

Surveying or Spatial Science Technician

312116

Technicians and Trades Workers NEC

399999

Telecommunications Cable Jointer

342412

Telecommunications Technician

342414

Television Equipment Operator

399517

Television Presenter

212114

Training and Development Professional

223311

Translator

272413

Travel Agency Manager

142116

Travel Attendants NEC

451799

Tribunal Member

271213

Turf Grower

121218

Vehicle Painter

324311

Vocational Education Teacher (Non-Trades)

242211

Vocational Education Teacher (Trades)

242211

Web Developer

261212

Wholesaler

133312

Wood Turner

394214

Wool Buyer

639212

Wool Classer

399917

Workplace Relations Advisor

223113

Zookeeper

361114

 

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

ANZSCO Code

Assessing Authority

Chemical Engineer**

233111

Engineers Australia

Civil Engineering Technician**

312212

VETASSESS

Electrical Linesworker**

342211

TRA

Electronics Engineer**

233411

Engineers Australia

Industrial Engineer**

233511

Engineers Australia

Materials Engineer**

233112

Engineers Australia

Medical Administrator**

134211

VETASSESS

Pressure Welder**

322312

TRA

Production Manager (Mining)**

133513

VETASSESS

Production or Plant Engineer**

233513

Engineers Australia

Project Builder**

133112

VETASSESS

Ship's Engineer**

231212

AMSA

Ship's Master**

231213

AMSA

Ship's Officer**

231214

AMSA

Stonemason**

331112

TRA

Telecommunications Network Planner**

313213

Engineers Australia

 

April 22nd,2017:

New Citizenship Requirements for Australia effective 20th April 2017:

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

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

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

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

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

 

April 21st,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Regarding the recent reforms by DIBP

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

What does this change mean for VETASSESS applicants?

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

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

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

Online application system

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

April 21st,2017:

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

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

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

April 21st,2017:

DIBP Update: Current System Issues

Logging into ImmiAccount

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

Planned System Maintenance

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

5am to 8am AEST every Wednesday

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

April 20th,2017:

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

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

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

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

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

April 20th,2017:

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

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

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

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

nsw-orana-19-04-2017

April 20th,2017:

Australian Medical Council Update: Closure of Office

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

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

April 19th,2017:

New Zealand Update: Review of temporary migrant work settings

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

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

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

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

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

April 19th,2017:

New Zealand Update: Skilled Migrant Category changes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 19th,2017:

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

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

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

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

April 19th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: South Australia Occupations Lists update

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 19th,2017:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Victoria Sponsorship List updated

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

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

Engineering and Building

312511 Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson

133513 Production Manager (Mining)

233513 Production or Plant Engineer

Biotechnology and Science

234999 Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec

234599 Life Scientists nec

132511 Research and Development Manager

Education

242211 Vocational Education Teacher (Trades)

242211 Vocational Education Teacher (Non-Trades)

Trades

342211 Electrical Linesworker

342414 Telecommunications Technician 

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

April 18th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

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

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

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

April 18th,2017:

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 18th,2017:

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

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

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

April 17th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

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

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

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

April 17th,2017:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Skilled Migration Sponsorship temporarily suspended

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

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

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

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

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

April 17th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

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

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

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

April 13th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  12 April, 2017.

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

The following EOIs were selected:

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

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

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

April 13th,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Office Closure

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

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

April 12th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

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

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

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

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

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

April 12th,2017:

Trades Recognition Australia Update: Office Closure

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

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

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

April 12th,2017:

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

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

Current Fee:

Competency Demonstration Report +

Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment - AUD 1,030 Excluding GST

Fast Track Fee - AUD275 Excluding GST

New Fee effective 1/7/2017:

Competency Demonstration Report +

Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment - AUD 1,085 Excluding GST

Fast Track Fee - AUD295 Excluding GST

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

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

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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 30th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  29 March, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 29 March, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. - 456 (901 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

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

March 28th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

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

* 1am to 5am Sunday 2 April 2017

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

March 27th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

351112 -Pastry Cook- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English- AND 2 years work experience in field; -Provisional 489 visa only TRA

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

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

March 22nd,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

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

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

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

March 21st,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

133512- Production Manager (Manufacturing) -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS

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

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

March 21st,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  15 March, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 15 March, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. - 464 (904 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

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

March 20th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

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

351311- Chef- Medium Availability -Competent English- AND 2 years work experience in field; -Provisional 489 visa only -TRA

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

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

March 20th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance:

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

* 5am to 7am Wednesday 22 March 2017

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

March 17th,2017:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Application processing timelines

ACT has announced the current status of the applications for 190 sub class.

Overseas applicants: The average processing time for applications lodged after 1 September is likely to be 6 months. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 12 September 2016.

Canberra residents: The average processing time is 3 weeks. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 16 February 2017.

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

March 17th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

132411- Policy and Planning Manager- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS  

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

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

March 16th,2017:

ANMAC Skills Assessment Update: Processing Timelines

ANMAC has announced that their team is currently processing a large volume of applications. Assessment will commence approximately 10 weeks from the date applied online.

New requirements

Commencing 1 February 2017 ANMAC will require a certified copy of your basic transcript from your Australian Bachelor degree. This is to be posted together with other documentation.

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

March 16th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Processing times for state nomination

Immigration South Australia has announced the current processing timelines for the skilled migrants.

The following are the details:

Skilled provisional nomination subclass 489/190 - 4 weeks

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

March 16th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

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

* midnight until 4am Monday 20 March 2017

Wednesdays

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

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

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

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

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

March 16th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

261212- Web Developer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions- ACS 

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

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

March 14th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

341111- Electrician (General) -Medium Availability- Competent English- TRA

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

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

March 14th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  1/3/2017
 
Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 1/3/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.
 
Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:
 
2211 Accountants* out of 2500-  2100 already invited
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 - 1155 already invited
2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 - 698 already invited
2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 - 821 already invited
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 - 1433 already invited
2339 Other Engineering Professionals - 1000 - 962 already invited
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 - 1320 already invited
2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 - 4748 already invited
2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 1382 already invited
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 - 740 already invited
 
Next Invitation Rounds
 
Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the March 2017 are 3 invitation rounds are as follows:
 
15 March 2017
Visa subclass               Maximum number
Skilled - Independent (subclass 189)        2000
Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489)     200
 
29 March 2017
Visa subclass               Maximum number
Skilled - Independent (subclass 189)   2000
Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489)   200
 
Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 - Skilled Regional (Provisional) (state or territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

skillselect-results-1-3-2017-occupation-ceilings
 

March 14th,2017:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupation List is under review

The Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) is currently under review.  While this review is underway intending migrants will not be invited to apply for Western Australian State nomination.

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

March 10th,2017 : 

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Office Closure

AITSL has announced that the Assessment for Migration office will be closed on Monday 13 March 2017 for a public holiday.

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

March 10th,2017 : 

Engineers Australia Migration Skills Assessment Update: Streamlining assessment process

Engineers Australia has announced that to streamline the Migration Skills Assessment process, Engineers Australia is implementing the following assessment policies from 15 March 2017:

  1. The applicant is given ONLY one opportunity to address any shortcoming(s) identified by the skills assessor
  2. A response to ALL of the shortcomings is required within 30 days
  3. To provide incomplete information OR no response within the stipulated time-frame may result in the application to be closed

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

March 10th,2017 : 

Vetassess Update: Office closure – Labour Day

Vetassess has announced that our Melbourne office will be closed on Monday 13th March 2017 and re-open on Tuesday 14thMarch 2017. 

Over the public holiday period we can still leave a voicemail on +61 3 9655 4801 or e-mail them at info@vetassess.com.au and they will respond to our enquiry upon return.

This update is applicable for all the clients applied for skills assessment with Vetassess.

March 9th, 2017 : 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

261312- Developer Programmer- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions- ACS

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

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

March 9th, 2017 : 

NSW 489 sub class Regional Sponsorship Update: Change in the list of occupations of various regions within NSW

Few of the New South Wales (NSW) Regional Areas have added few of the occupations to their list. In order to apply for 489 sub class with any of the NSW regions, applicant's occupation should be listed in that regional area's list and should meet the requirements of that regional area. There are 7 regions in the entire state of NSW.

The below Occupation has been added to Orana Region

141311 Hotel or Motel Manager 

The below occupation has been added to Northern Inland Region;

233311 Electrical Engineer

The below occupations have been added to Riverina Region;

233513 Production or Plant Engineer 

234111 Agricultural Consultant 

234112 Agricultural Scientist

234711 Veterinarian

323211 Fitter (General)

323213 Fitter-Welder

324311 Vehicle Painter

342111 Airconditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic

351411 Cook

This update is applicable for all the applicants want to apply for NSW region sponsored 489 sub class visa.

March 9th, 2017 : 

Applications for ACT nomination - Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa - Processing timelines

ACT has announced the following:

Overseas applicants: The average processing time for applications lodged after 1 September is likely to be 6 months. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 10 September, 2016.

Canberra residents: The average processing time is 3 weeks. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 10 February 2017.

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

March 9th, 2017 : 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

334114- Gasfitter -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; -Please contact Immigration SA before applying -TRA

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

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

March 4th, 2017 : 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

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

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

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

March 4th, 2017 : 

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  1 March, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 1 March, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. - 432 (820 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

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

March 3rd, 2017 : 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

139914 -Quality Assurance Manager -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS 

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

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

February 28th, 2017:

Allocation dates for General Skilled Migration applications

General Skilled Migration (GSM) processing centres allocate applications in accordance with priority processing arrangements; and to meet the Migration Programme planning levels set by the government.

Effective 15 September 2015, the minister set priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas. Allocation dates outlined below reflect these priority processing arrangements.

GSM allocation dates

The tables below list the earliest lodgement dates for applications that have been allocated to processing teams. You can use this information to determine when your application will be allocated and to ensure your application is complete and ready for assessment.

GSM SkillSelect allocation information

Migration Programme planning levels take precedence over priority processing arrangements in determining the order in which applications are considered. Allocations occur in accordance with the requirements of these planning levels. This means that when necessary applications in Priority Group 4 are allocated ahead of Priority Group 3.

Priority processing information for GSM SkillSelect applications

Visa subclass                  Priority Group    Date

189 Skilled – Independent - Group 4 -  20 February 2017

190 Skilled – Nominated- Group 3 - 20 February 2017

489 Skilled – Regional - Group 3 - 20 February 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants who have lodged their EOIs.

February 28th, 2017:

DIBP Update: PLANNED SYSTEM MAINTENANCE

DIBP has announced that online lodgement of visa and citizenship applications and the Visa Pricing Estimator will be unavailable at the following dates/times Canberra time:

* 10pm until 11:59pm Tuesday 28 February 2017

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

* 9pm Friday 3 March until 1pm Saturday 4 March 2017

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

February 24th, 2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  15/02/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 15/02/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

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

2211 Accountants* out of 2500-  1904 already invited

2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 - 1045 already invited

2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 - 655 already invited

2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 - 763 already invited

2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 - 1399 already invited

2339 Other Engineering Professionals - 1000 - 906 already invited

2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 - 1200 already invited

2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 - 4298 already invited

2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 1282 already invited

2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 - 682 already invited

Next Invitation Rounds

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the March 2017 are 3 invitation rounds are as follows:

1 March 2017

Visa subclass                Maximum number

Skilled - Independent (subclass 189)       2000

Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489)      200

15 March 2017

Visa subclass               Maximum number

Skilled - Independent (subclass 189)        2000

Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489)     200

29 March 2017

Visa subclass               Maximum number

Skilled - Independent (subclass 189)   2000

Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489)   200

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

This update is applicable for all the applicants filing or filed their EOIs.

February 24th, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

321212- Diesel Motor Mechanic- Low Availability -Competent English -TRA

263213- ICT Systems Test Engineer- Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required - see additional instructions- ACS 

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

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

February 24th, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

261311- Analyst Programmer -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required - see additional instructions -ACS

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

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

February 24th, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

261311- Analyst Programmer -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required - see additional instructions -ACS

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

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

February 24th, 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that Online lodgement of visa and citizenship applications will be unavailable at the following dates/times Canberra time:

* 2pm until 5pm Saturday 25 February 2017

Other ImmiAccount services will still be available.

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

February 24th, 2017:

DIBP Update: Changes to visa lodgement arrangements in Australia

DIBP has announced that from 20 February 2017, you will no longer be able to lodge an application in person in Australia for the following visa subclasses:

  • Visitor visa (subclass 600 Tourist Stream)
  • Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835)
  • Carer visa (subclass 836)
  • Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 838) 
  • New Zealand (Family Relationship) visa (subclass 461).

Their preferred lodgement method for visas continues to be online through ImmiAccount.  This option is available for the  Visitor visa (subclass 600 Tourist Stream) applications.

The paper lodgement option is available for all the subclasses above. The paper application form must be sent by post or courier to the address specified on the application form.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for the above mentioned sub class visa.

February 22nd, 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

System outage – Friday 9 pm 3 March until Saturday 1 pm 4 March 2017 (Canberra time).

DIBP has announced that the following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

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

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

Wednesdays

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

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

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

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

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

February 21st, 2017:

DIBP Update: UNPLANNED SYSTEM ISSUES

DIBP has announced that some users are currently experiencing a system unavailable error message when attempting to access applications in ImmiAccount. They are currently working to resolve the issue. If you cannot access your visa application, please try again later.

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

February 18th, 2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  15 February, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 15 February, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. - 406 (772 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

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

February 16th, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

139912- Environmental Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS 

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

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

February 16th, 2017:

DIBP Update: Unplanned System issue

DIBP has announced that some users may be experiencing an error when attempting to pay for an application.  The issue is currently being investigated, please try again later.

Planned System Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable at the following dates/times Canberra time* midnight until 4am Monday 20 February 2017

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

February 16th, 2017:

IPA Skills Assessment Update: Change in Fast Track (Australia Qualifications only) Service fee

As we all know that the IPA's unique Fast Track service provides a guaranteed response of your qualification assessment within two business days.  This is applicable to holders of approved Australian degrees or Australia Graduates. This is NOT applicable to applicants whose qualifications are part or fully studied overseas or overseas qualifications. 

Fast Track assessments are only available to applicants who have fully completed:

  • a 12 unit Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) studied at an Australian university, after an underpinning undergraduate degree
  • an undergraduate degree studies at an Australian university
  • all 16 units of an MPA degree, studied at an Australian university

Fast Track assessments will NOT normally be available to applicants who have received exemptions or advanced standing for prior studies from overseas.

If you have studied an Australian degree, but currently reside overseas, you can still take advantage of the Fast Track option. 

This offer is valid only till 31 March 2017. Previously priced at $785, currently they have dropped the price to $550.

Please note that they do not offer a fast track service for skilled employment/work experience assessment applications.

This update is applicable for all applicants with the above mentioned Australia Qualifications applying for skills assessment with IPA.

February 16th, 2017:

IPA Skills Assessment Update: Change in Fast Track Service fee

As we all know that the IPA's unique Fast Track service provides a guaranteed response of your qualification assessment within two business days.  This offer is only available to holders of approved Australian degrees, and cannot be offered for applications that rely in part or fully on overseas studies or qualifications. 

IPA has announced that effective until 31 March 2017, the IPA is proud to offer a specially discounted rate for all fast track applications.  Normally priced at $785, they have dropped the price to $550.

Please note that they do not offer a fast track service for skilled employment/work experience assessment applications.

This update is applicable for all the applicants with Australia Qualifications going for skills assessment with IPA.

February 16th, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

313112- ICT Customer Support Officer- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- TRA

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

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

February 14th, 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

Planned system outage – from 5 am until 9 am Wednesday 15 February 2017 Canberra time.

The following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

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

Wednesdays

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

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

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

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

This update is for all the applicants applying for visa.

February 14th, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

232214- Other Spatial Scientist -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English -VETASSESS

323214- Metal Machinist (First Class) -Low Availability- Competent English- TRA

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

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

February 10th, 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

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

* 5am until 9am Wednesday 15 February 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants lodging visa application.

February 9th, 2017:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Changes to the Migration Skills Assessment Program and Migration Points Advice

TRA has announced that on the 20 February 2017, updated program Guidelines and application requirements will be introduced for the Migration Skills Assessment Program (MSA) and Migration Points Advice (MPA). The most significant change is that all applications will be lodged electronically from 20 February 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment and points test advice with TRA.

February 9th, 2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  01/02/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 01/02/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

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

2211 Accountants* out of 2500-  1806 already invited

2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 - 990 already invited

2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 - 614 already invited

2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 - 734 already invited

2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 - 1382 already invited

2339 Other Engineering Professionals - 1000 - 878 already invited

2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 - 1140 already invited

2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 - 4073 already invited

2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 1232 already invited

2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 - 641 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants file their EOI & waiting for the invitation.

skillselect-results-01-02-2017-occupation-ceilings

February 8th, 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be be undergoing a system restart at the following dates/times Canberra time:

  • 7:30am until 8am Thursday 9 February 2017.

They have stated that this may impact your ability to access your account, or if you are already logged in your ImmiAccount session may time out.

This update is applicable for all the applicants lodging visa.

February 7th, 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

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

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 8 February 2017.

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

February 7th, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

132111- Corporate Services Manager- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS 

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

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

February 7th, 2017:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Temporary closure in skilled applications for ICT occupations

Victoria has announced that due to a large volume of skilled visa nomination applications received, applications for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations will be closed until 30 June 2017.

Further updates will be provided should this be extended.

The occupations affected by the temporary closure are:

  • 135112   ICT Project Manager
  • 261111   ICT Business Analyst
  • 261112   Systems Analyst
  • 261311   Analyst Programmer
  • 261312   Developer Programmer
  • 261313   Software Engineer
  • 261314   Software Tester
  • 261399   Software and Applications Programmers nec
  • 262111   Database Administrator
  • 262112   ICT Security Specialist
  • 263111   Computer Network and Systems Engineer

They stated that this temporary closure will allow processing of all outstanding applications and reduce the risk of delay for future applicants.   

All applications currently in process will be assessed against current guidelines and an outcome will be provided in due course.

Applications for all other occupations eligible for Victorian Government visa nomination remain open.

Note: Applicants applying under the streamlined PhD and 457 pathways are not affected by this closure and may apply with these ICT occupations during this time.

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

February 4th, 2017:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: CURRENT PROCESSING TIMES

Applications for ACT nomination - Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa

Overseas applicants: The average processing time for applications lodged after 1 September is likely to be 6 months. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 8 September, 2016.

Canberra residents: The average processing time is 3 weeks. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 18 January 2017.

This update is applicable for applicants lodged their ACT state sponsorship applications.

February 4th, 2017:

Allocation dates for General Skilled Migration applications

General Skilled Migration (GSM) processing centres allocate applications in accordance with priority processing arrangements; and to meet the Migration Programme planning levels set by the government.

GSM allocation dates

The tables below list the earliest lodgement dates for applications that have been allocated to processing teams. You can use this information to determine when application will be allocated and to ensure application is complete and ready for assessment.

GSM SkillSelect allocation information

Migration Programme planning levels take precedence over priority processing arrangements in determining the order in which applications are considered. Allocations occur in accordance with the requirements of these planning levels. This means that when necessary applications in Priority Group 4 are allocated ahead of Priority Group 3.

Priority processing information for GSM SkillSelect applications

Visa subclass- -

189 Skilled – Independent- Priority group 4 - 4 January 2017

190 Skilled – Nominated- Priority group 3 - 19 January 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants lodged their visa.

February 4th, 2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 1 February 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 1 February, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. - 347 (676 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

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

February 3rd, 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

Planned System Maintenance on Monday 6 February 2017

From midnight until 4 am Canberra time, the following systems will become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

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

Wednesdays

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

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

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

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

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa application.

February 2nd, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

149915 Equipment Hire Manager Medium Availability Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) VETASSESS

263112 Network Administrator Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions ACS 

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

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

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

February 2nd, 2017:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: 2017 Western Australian skilled migration occupation list

The Department of Training and Workforce Development has released the 2017 Western Australian skilled migration occupation list.

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

They have stated that if you have received an invitation or lodged an application for State nomination before 1 February 2017, your application will not be affected by the changes to the list.

The below occupations have been added to the list;

  • 149411-Fleet Manager
  • 323112-Aircraft Maintenance Engineer(Mechanical)
  • 342211-Electrical Linesworker
  • 451399-Funeral Workers nec

  • 361112-Horse Trainer

  • 134311-School Principal

  • 135112-ICT Project Manager

  • 141311-Hotel or motel manager

  • 351211-Butcher or small goods maker

The below occupations have been removed from the list;

133111 Construction project manager

133112 Project builder

133512 Production manager (manufacturing)

141111 Cafe or restaurant manager**  

221111 Accountant (general)

232111 Architect

232212 Surveyor  

233211 Civil engineer 

241213 Primary school teacher

241311 Middle school teacher

251312 Occupational health and safety adviser

254416 Registered nurse (development disability)

254417 Registered nurse (disability and rehabilitation) 

254418 Registered nurse (medical)

254425 Registered nurse (paediatrics)

254499 Registered nurses nec

271111 Barrister

271311 Solicitor

272613 Welfare worker

312114 Construction estimator

312311 Electrical engineering draftsperson 

312312 Electrical engineering technician   

312411 Electronic engineering draftsperson

312412 Electronic engineering technician

331111 Bricklayer

333211 Fibrous plasterer

333212 Solid plasterer

333411 Wall and floor tiler

341111  Electrician (general)

341112 Electrician (special class)

411111 Ambulance officer

411112  Intensive care ambulance paramedic

441212 Fire fighter

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

February 1st, 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update
 
South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :
 
272613 -Welfare Worker- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient Overall) AND 2 years work experience in field ; Provisional 489 visa only ; South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months.- ACWA
 
We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.
 
This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 and 489 sub class.

February 1st, 2017:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closed occupations on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list

The following occupations on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list are now closed:

  • ANZSCO 221111 Accountant (general)
  • ANZSCO 272613 Welfare worker
  • ANZSCO 341111 Electrician (general).

They stated that if your occupation is closed you will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination.

If you have already received an invitation, your application will not be affected.

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

January 31st,2017 :

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Changes to the Migration Skills Assessment Program and Migration Points Advice

TRA has announced that from the 13 February 2017, updated program Guidelines and application requirements will be introduced for the Migration Skills Assessment Program (MSA) and Migration Points Advice (MPA). The most significant change is that all applications will be lodged electronically from 13 February 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for Skills Assessment and Points Advice with TRA.

January 31st,2017 :

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Current Processing Timelines

Engineers Australia has announced due to higher than expected demand during the holiday period the current turnaround time for Fast Track CDR applications is 26 working days.  They have stated that additional resources have been put in place to address this delay. 

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

January 27th,2017 :

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Change in the list of occupations

Queensland has included the occupation 232112 Landscape Architect in the occupations list.

There are quite a few changes happening to the list on a regular basis, they are also restricting few occupations for either of 190 or 489 sub class visas, please kindly refer to the occupations list on the Queensland website.

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

January 25th,2017 :

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Office closure

AITSL has announced that the AITSL Assessment for Migration office will be closed on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 of January, and will reopen on Monday 30 January.

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

January 25th,2017 :

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Office closure – Australia Day

Vetassess has announced that their Melbourne and Perth offices will be closed on Thursday 26th January 2017 and re-open on Friday 27th January 2017. 

Over the public holiday period you can still leave a voicemail on +61 3 9655 4801 or e-mail us at info@vetassess.com.au and we will respond to your enquiry upon our return.

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

January 25th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

135112 -ICT Project Manager -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions- ACS

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

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

January 24th,2017 :

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  18/01/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 18/01/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

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

2211 Accountants* out of 2500-  1708 already invited

2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 - 935 already invited

2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 - 563 already invited

2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 - 705 already invited

2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 - 1365 already invited

2339 Other Engineering Professionals - 1000 - 850 already invited

2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 - 1080 already invited

2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 - 3848 already invited

2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 1182 already invited

2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 - 597 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for EOI.

skillselect-results-18-01-2017

January 24th,2017 :

ACT State Sponsorship Update: CURRENT PROCESSING TIMES

Applications for ACT nomination - Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa

Overseas applicants: The average processing time for applications lodged after 1 September is likely to be 6 months. We are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 7 September, 2016.

Canberra residents: The average processing time is 3 weeks. We are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 10 January 2017.

Applications for RCB support of an employer nomination

We are currently processing applications for RCB support received on 17 January 2016. 

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

January 24th,2017 :

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Change in the list of occupations

Queensland has amended the list of occupations for offshore & instate applicants, the following occupations have been removed from the list. Please go through the Queensland website for further details.

  • Construction Project Manager
  • Training & Development Professional
  • Dentist

    Architectural Draftsperson

  • Medical Laboratory Technician

  • Pharmacy Technician

  • Building Associate

  • Construction Estimator

  • Civil Engineering Draftsperson

  • Civil Engineering Technician

  • Landscape Architect

Looks like they have removed all the occupations added by mistake on the 19th January, AND they also removed 232112 Landscape Architect.

NOTE: Few of the occupations are being sponsored only for a particular sub class of visa either 190 or 489 sub class. Please kindly go through the website & check the list of occupations under the below link to find out which sub class you can file the EOI for that particular occupation.

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

January 23th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

133312- Wholesaler -Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS 

139912 -Environmental Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS 

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

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

261312- Developer Programmer -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions- ACS 

262113 -Systems Administrator- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions -ACS 

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

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

January 23th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

35112- ICT Project Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions -ACS 

224311 -Economist- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS 

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

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

January 20th,2017 :

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 18 January 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 18 January, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. - 459 (855 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

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

 

January 20th,2017 :

ANMAC Skills Assessment Update: Details & changes in documents

ANMAC has announced that Current processing time for skills assessment applications is 8 weeks.

It has announced that commencing 1 February 2017 ANMAC will require a certified copy of your basic transcript from your Australian Bachelor degree. This is to be posted together with other documentation.

Further stated that ANMAC no longer requires you to request a 'Certificate of Registration Status' from AHPRA. ANMAC can now verify your registration online.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for Skills Assessment with ANMAC.

January 20th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

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

261312 Developer Programmer High Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions ACS 

Note:As per yesterday list, The above two occupations are shown as Low Availability, Now the occupations are shown as High Availability

342311 Business Machine Mechanic Medium Availability Competent English TRA

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

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

January 19th,2017 :

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Change in the list of occupations

Queensland has amended the list of occupations for offshore & instate applicants, the following occupations have been added in the list. Please go through the queensland website for further details.

  • Construction Project Manager
  • Training & Development Professional
  • Dentist
  • Architectural Draftsperson

  • Medical Laboratory Technician

  • Pharmacy Technician

  • Building Associate

  • Construction Estimator

  • Civil Engineering Draftsperson

  • Civil Engineering Technician

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

January 19th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

133411 Manufacturer Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) VETASSESS

135112 ICT Project Manager High Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions ACS 

Note:As compared to yesterday list, The above occupation is shown as Low Availability, now it is as High Availability.

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

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

January 19th,2017 :

Northern Territory State Sponsorship Update: Change in the Occupation List.

Northern Territory has slightly changed the occupations list the following is the only change noticed in the requirements section of the below occupation, rest all remains the same.

211311-Photographer-Offshore applicants must provide evidence of having received an offer of employment by a NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation

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

January 17th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

133312 Wholesaler High Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) VETASSESS

Note:As compared to yesterday list , The above occupation is shown as Medium Availability, now it is as High Availability.

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

Note:As compared to yesterday list , The above occupation is shown as Low Availability, now it is as High Availability.

224311 Economist High Availability Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) VETASSESS 

Note:As compared to yesterday list , The above occupation is shown as Special Conditions, now it is as High Availability.

262113 Systems Administrator High Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions ACS 

Note:As compared to yesterday list , The above occupation is shown as Low Availability, now it is as High Availability.

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

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

January 17th,2017 :

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

On Wednesday 18 January 2017

DIBP has announced Planned System Maintenance From 5 am until 7am Canberra time, the following systems will become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

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

Wednesdays

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

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

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

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

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa application.

January 16th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Launch of new Immigration SA Registration website portal

South Australia has announced the launch of new Immigration SA Registration website portal!

They have stated:

If you are a NEW user, you will need to complete the registration form.  

If you are an EXISTING user, you will be able to log in using your current username OR email address, your password will remain unchanged.   

Please note that all existing applications will remain valid for thirty (30) days. Following this time you will need register as a new user to commence a new application.   

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

January 16th,2017 :

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  04/01/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 04/01/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

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

2211 Accountants* out of 2500-  1610 already invited

2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 - 880 already invited

2333 Electrical Engineers -1254 - 523 already invited

2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 - 676 already invited

2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 - 1348 already invited

2339 Other Engineering Professionals - 1000 - 822 already invited

2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 - 1020 already invited

2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 - 3623 already invited

2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 1132 already invited

2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 - 561 already invited

consolidated-list-16-01-2017

January 16th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

139912 -Environmental Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS

232313 -Jewellery Designer -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English- VETASSESS

261112- Systems Analyst -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ;- 70 points required - see additional instructions- ACS 

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

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

January 16th,2017 :

ACT State Sponsorship Update: ACT OCCUPATION LIST WILL BE UPDATED IN JULY 2017

ACT has announced that the demand for ACT occupations will be reassessed in July 2017. The updated ACT Occupation List will be published when the ACT Migration Program reopens to overseas applicants in July 2017.

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

January 16th,2017 :

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced Planned System Maintenance & has stated that ImmiAccount will be unavailable at the following dates/times Canberra time:

* 5am until 7am Wednesday 18 January 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa process.

January 16th,2017 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Planned System Maintenance

South Australia has announced that there is a planned system outage scheduled from 9am until 12pm on Monday 16 January 2017 ACST (UTC +9.30), users will be unable to Login/Register during this time. 

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

January 11th,2017 :

DIBP Update: UNPLANNED SYSTEM OUTAGE

DIBP has announced that they are aware that clients may be experiencing difficulty logging in to ImmiAccount. They are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution as soon as possible.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for lodging a visa application.

January 11th,2017 :

ANMAC Skills Assessment Update: Application Processing Timelines

ANMAC has announced that they received a large volume of applications during the shutdown period. They anticipate the backlog of applications will be cleared by Monday 16 January 2017. If you have any queries in relation to your application please email skilledmigration@anmac.org.au. 

All new applicants from the 9 January 2017 will receive their determination letter via registered post (within Australia only).

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with ANMAC.

January 7th,2017 :

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closed occupation on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list

Western Australia has announced that the following occupation on the Western Australian skilled occupation list is now closed:

  • ANZSCO 233111 Chemical engineer.

If your occupation is closed you will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination.

If you have already received an invitation, your application will not be affected.

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

January 4th,2017 :

Vetassess Trade Occupations Skills Assessment Update: Increase in the skills assessment fee

Vetassess has announced that they have increased the fee for skill assessment process. Please find below the new fees applicable. They stated that this increase applies to all trade occupations with the exception of Airconditioning and Refrigeration mechanic – the fee for this occupation will reduced to be comparable with other trades.

Estimated new application fees

Stage 1 - Training and employment Check 

(signed application form and supporting documents must be posted to East Melbourne - Headquarters)

Online application form AUD $660.00

(additional AUD $100.00 for manually completed application form)

Stage 2 - Skills Assessment

Technical interview - AUD $1400.00

Practical demonstration - AUD $1640.00

Reassessment (if you have an unsuccessful assessment outcome)

Stage 1 - Training and employment check - AUD $416.00

Stage 2 - Skills Assessment - AUD $675.00

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment under trade occupation with Vetassess.

December 29th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

261312- Developer Programmer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions ACS 

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

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

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

December 27th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

261312- Developer Programmer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions ACS 

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

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

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

December 23rd, 2016 :

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  21/12/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 21/12/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

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

2211 Accountants* out of 2500-  1512 already invited

2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 - 825 already invited

2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 - 647 already invited

2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 - 1331 already invited

2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 - 960 already invited

2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 - 3398 already invited

2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 1082 already invited

2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 - 533 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants waiting for invitations from DIBP.

skillselect-invitation-round-results-21-12-16-occupation-ceilings

December 23rd, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

232313 -Jewellery Designer -Low Availability- Competent English- VETASSESS

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

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

December 23rd, 2016 :

Vetassess Update: Increase in fee for Chinese Qualifications Verification Service

Vetassess has announced that effective 3 January 2017, new fees will apply for our Chinese Qualification Verification Service. 

Please find attached the table regarding the new fee. 

This update is applicable for applicants going for Chinese Qualifications Verification Service with Vetassess.

chinese-qlfns-verification-pricing-table-jan-2017

December 23rd, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closure for Christmas and Reporting a system issue/outage

Immigration SA has announced that their staff will be unavailable for enquiries and appointments from 1pm Friday 23rd December until 9am Tuesday 3rd January 2017, however if anyone is experiencing any technical issues they would be grateful if they could provide a brief description of the problem in the form in their website.

They stated that Immigration SA staff will endeavour to respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

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

December 23rd, 2016 :

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 21 December 2016.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 21 December, 2016.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. - 395 (791 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

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

December 22nd, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

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

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

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

December 21th, 2016 :

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: System Maintenance

Engineers Australia has announced that due to system maintenance, the following Engineers Australia services are unavailable until further notice. They said that they apologize for any inconvenience caused.

  • myPortal

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

December 20th, 2016 :

ANMAC Skills Assessment Update: Closure of Office for Christmas

ANMAC has announced that their office will be closed from Friday 23 December 2016 and open on Monday 9 January 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with ANMAC.

December 20th, 2016 :

Northern Inland Regional Sponsorship Update: Closure of office for Christmas

RDA Northern Inland has announced that they will accept the submission of applications between Thursday 15th December 2016 and Tuesday 3rd January 2017 BUT State nomination will not occur during this time as they will not be working during this period.

Please do not pay the priority processing fee between these dates, as they cannot guarantee processing during this time.

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

December 20th, 2016 :

Southern Inland Regional Sponsorship Update: CHRISTMAS SHUTDOWN PERIOD 2016-2017

They have announced that RDA Southern Inland will be closed on 23 December 2016 and reopen on Monday 9 January 2017.

The RCB will be closed from Friday 16 December 2016 to Wednesday 1 February 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for regional sponsorship with Southern Inland region in NSW.

December 20th, 2016 :

NSW State Sponsorship Update: Closure of office for Christmas

NSW has announced that the NSW business and skilled migration office will close on 24 December 2016 for the holiday period, and will reopen on 9 January 2017. During this time, they are unable to process nomination applications or respond to your enquiries. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with NSW.

December 20th, 2016 :

ACT State Sponsorship: Current Processing Times

Applications for ACT nomination - Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa

Overseas applicants: The average processing time for applications lodged after 1 September is likely to be 6 months. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 5 September, 2016.

Canberra residents: The average processing time is 4 weeks. They are currently processing applications for ACT 190 nomination received on 25 November, 2016.

Applications for RCB support of an employer nomination

They are currently processing applications for RCB support received on 24 November, 2016.

The average processing time for applications is 3 to 4 weeks. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applied for state sponsorship with ACT.

December 19th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship: Closure of office for Christmas

Immigration SA has announced that Immigration SA staff will not be available for enquiries and appointments from Friday 23rd December until 9am Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

They remain open for application acceptance via the website.

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

December 19th, 2016 :

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Christmas Shutdown 2016

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has announced that their office will be closed for the Christmas/New year period.

The TRA telephone enquiry line and email enquiry services will close at 4pm, Thursday 22 December 2016 and will reopen at 10am Monday, 9 January 2017. 

They have further stated not to send enquiries to TRA during this period. Enquiries sent during this period will not be actioned.

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

December 19th, 2016 :

Skillselect Update: Proposed maintenance work on SkillSelect on 19 December

DIBP has announced that maintenance work is due to be carried out on Monday 19 December and will impact SkillSelect availability.

The outage is expected to occur between 8pm and 10pm AEDST Monday 19 December 2016 and will cause unavailability of the SkillSelect system.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for EOI & visa application.

December 19th, 2016 :

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Closure of office for Christmas

AITSL Assessment for Migration has announced that their office will be closed from Friday 23 December 2016 and will reopen Tuesday 3 January 2017.

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

December 19th, 2016 :

New Zealand EOI Update: Expression of Interest selections over the holiday period for Skilled Migrant and Investor 2 categories

During the upcoming holiday period, the Expression of Interest selections will be delayed until later in January 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest (EOI) final draw for 2016 will take place on Wednesday 21st December. The first draw in 2017 will take place on Wednesday the 18 January 2017.

The Investor 2 Expression of Interest (EOI) final draw for 2016 will take place on Thursday 22 December. The first draw in 2017 will take place on Thursday the 19 January.

Immigration New Zealand offices within New Zealand will be closed between 25 December 2016 and the 3 of January 2017. Applicants may experience some delays in receiving any Invitation to Apply (ITA) under the Skilled Migrant Category or Investor 2 categories.

This update is applicable for all the skilled migrants and investors applying for New Zealand Migration.

December 17th, 2016 :

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Website under scheduled maintenance

Western Australia has announced that currently their website is undergoing scheduled maintenance.

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

December 14th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

133111 -Construction Project Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS

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

263211- ICT Quality Assurance Engineer- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required - see additional instructions -ACS 

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

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

December 13th, 2016 :
Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closed occupation on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list
 
Western Australia has announced that the following occupation on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list is now closed:
ANZSCO 331111 Bricklayer

If your occupation is closed you will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination.
If you have already received an invitation, your application will not be affected.
 
This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 12th, 2016 :

DIBP update:GSM SkillSelect allocation information

DIBP has announced the Migration Programme planning levels take precedence over priority processing arrangements in determining the order in which applications are considered. Allocations occur in accordance with the requirements of these planning levels. This means that when necessary applications in Priority Group 4 are allocated ahead of Priority Group 3.

 

Priority processing information for GSM SkillSelect applications

Visa subclass

Priority group 3

Priority group 4

189 Skilled – Independent

N/A

24 November 2016

190 Skilled – Nominated

24 November 2016

N/A

489 Skilled – Regional

24 November 2016

24 November 2016


This update is applicable for all the applicants who lodged their visa applications under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

December 12th, 2016 :

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closure over the Christmas holidays

Western Australia has announced that the Migration Services office will be closed from 2.00 pm on Friday 23 December 2016 till 8.30 am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

No invitations for State nomination will be sent during this time. 

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

December 12th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

263111 -Computer Network and Systems Engineer- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ;- 70 points required - see additional instructions ACS 

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

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

December 12th, 2016 :

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Closure of office

BSMQ has announced that their office will close from Saturday 24 December 2016 will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

Please note that they will not review any new EOIs or process any nominations during these dates. Please ensure you lodge your applications before Thursday 22 December 2016 or after Tuesday 3 January 2017.

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

December 12th, 2016 :

Please find the update on latest EOI draw , 07/12/2016

369 (712 registrants) EOIs with a points total of 160 or more

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

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

December 12th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

139912- Environmental Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS 

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

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

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

December 12th, 2016 :

AACA Update: Christmas Close Down

AACA has announced that their office will be closed from 4pm on 23 December 2016 until Tuesday 3 January 2017.

They has stated that they we won’t be able to accept courier deliveries within that period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with AACA.

December 9th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

121411- Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS 

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

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

December 8th, 2016 :
South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

232214- Other Spatial Scientist- Low Availability- Competent English- VETASSESS

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

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


December 8th, 2016 :
Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Release of updated skilled occupations list

An updated Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL) – Offshore and Interstate list has been released. Please note that the following occupations have been removed from the Offshore or Interstate occupation list. 

· Construction Project Manager
· Training & Development Professional
· Dentist
· Architectural Draftsperson
· Medical Laboratory Technician
· Pharmacy Technician
· Building Associate
· Construction Estimator
· Civil Engineering Draftsperson
· Civil Engineering Technician

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

queensland-state-occupations-list-dec-2016
December 8th, 2016 :
DIBP update: Planned Systems Maintenance

Planned system outage – from 10 pm Sunday 11 December to 5 am Monday 12 December Canberra time

The following systems will become unavailable during the above times:
ImmiAccount
eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
My Health Declarations (MHD) service
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).
If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ message during this time, try again after the outage period.

Planned system maintenance: Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.
From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:
ImmiAccount
eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
LEGENDcom
Visa pricing estimator.
If you receive a 'Service Temporarily Unavailable' error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the clients going for visa application.


December 8th, 2016 :
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council Update: Changes in the skills assessment fee

ANMAC has announced the changes in the skills assessment fee. The following are the details of the same:

New Migration skills assessment fees
Full assessment - $600.00
Modified assessment - $430.00

New Other service fees
Letter of Determination (LOD) reissue - $65.00
Professional reference assessment - $130.00
Appeal of assessment decision - $400.00

Please note: Assessment fees do not attract the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
They have stated that ANMAC fees are adjusted each financial year to cover the costs associated with completing assessments for skilled migration.

They also stated that they only accept payment using a Visa or MasterCard (Visa or MasterCard debit are also accepted) though electronic transaction when completing the online application form. Payments are processed the day they are received, in Australian dollars. A copy of the transaction record is emailed upon successful payment.

Please note that ANMAC does not accept American Express or Diners Club Credit Cards.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with ANMAC.


December 8th, 2016 :
South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

261112 -Systems Analyst- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions ACS

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

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


December 8th, 2016 :
Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 23/11/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 23/11/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

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

2211 Accountants* out of 2500- 1316 already invited
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1413 - 715 already invited
2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 - 589 already invited
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1539 - 1297 already invited
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1482 - 780 already invited
2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 5662 - 2948 already invited
2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1426- 982 already invited
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 - 438 already invited

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

December 5th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Current Processing Timelines

South Australia has announced that processing times for state nomination of skilled and business migrants vary across visa types.

Further they stated that Immigration SA makes every effort to process all nominations quickly – within the timeframes listed – but this does depend on the documentation you provide. If during assessment they discover more information is needed, processing will take longer.

Immigration SA will notify you or the authorised recipient by email once a decision has been reached.

General skilled nomination applications Application type Current average processing time - Skilled provisional nomination subclass 489/190 - 6 weeks

 Applications for RCB advice - 7 weeks

Innovation and investment provisional nomination subclass 188, Business owner permanent nomination subclass 892/893, Investor retirement provisional nomination subclass 405 - including renewal applications - 2 weeks

Business talent permanent nomination subclass 132 - 2 weeks

Significant investor provisional nomination subclass 188 - 1 week

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state nomination with South Australia.

December 5th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

312312- Electrical Engineering Technician- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English -TRA

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

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

December 5th, 2016 :

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

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

* midnight until 4am Monday 12 December 2016.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa application.

 

December 5th, 2016 :

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

261311- Analyst Programmer -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions ACS 

261313- Software Engineer -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions ACS 

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

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

December 2nd,2016 : 

DIBP Update: Planned system outage – Monday 5 December from midnight to 4am Canberra time

The following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

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

Planned system maintenance

Wednesdays

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

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

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

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

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa application.

December 2nd,2016 : 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

263113- Network Analyst -Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions ACS

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

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

December 2nd,2016 : 

Vetassess Update: Closing over the New year

Vetassess has announced that they are closing over the New year break from 24/12/2016 to 02/01/2017. 

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

December 2nd,2016 : 

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Removal of two occupations from Victorian Visa Nomination Occupation Lists

Victoria has announced that the following occupations have been removed from the Victorian Visa Nomination Occupation Lists:

234411 Geologist  

234412 Geophysicist

Applications will close for these occupations on 31 December 2016.

This update is applicable all the applicants going for State Sponsorship with Victoria state.

November 29th,2016 :

AIM Skills Asessment 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.

skillselect-invitation-results-26-10-2016-occupation-ceilings

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 assessment  Fees (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 score/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

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

DIBP update: No invitations issued for pro rata arrangement occupations : 

DIBP has announced that due to technical issues, no invitations were issued for occupations subject to pro rata arrangements in the 20 July 2016 invitation round.  Normal pro rata arrangements will resume from the first invitation round of August 2016.

This update is applicable for all the EOI lodged applicants.

July 20th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update :

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

132111- Corporate Services Manager- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plusoverall) -VETASSESS

312911- Maintenance Planner- Low Availability- Competent English- VETASSESS

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

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 20th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

261313 Software Engineer Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions ACS

262112 ICT Security Specialist Low Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions ACS

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

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 19th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

133311- Importer or Exporter- Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS

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

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

 

July 15th ,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

135112 -ICT Project Manager -Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; -70 points required - see additional instructions ACS

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

July 14th,2016

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  06/07/2016 : 

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 22/06/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

DIBP has announced due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous years, the below four occupation groups will be subject to pro-rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the programme year. SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) visas and then remaining to Skilled – Regional (subclass 489) (Provisional – Family Sponsored) visas. If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations.

  • ICT Business and System Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Accountants
  • Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers.

Points scores and the visa dates of effect cut off for the below occupations in the 6 July 2016 invitation round.

PointsDescriptionPoints scoreVisa date of effect - 2211-Accountants-70 points- 30 May 2016 -4.42 pm

2611-ICT- Business and System Analysts-70 points- 25 June 2016- 6.45 pm

2613-Software and Applications Programmers-65 Points- 20 April 2016 -10.51 pm

2212-Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers-TBA-TBA

Next Invitation Rounds will take place on 20 July 2016.

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

Skillselect update invitation round results 06-7-2016 & occupation ceilings

 

 

July 13th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

263312 -Telecommunications Network Engineer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- Engineers Australia

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

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

July 8th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 
 
South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:
  • 149212 Customer Service Manager Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
     
  • 224311 Economist Low Availability Competent Plus English (orProficient overall) VETASSESS
     
  • 262113 Systems Administrator Medium Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ; 70 points required - see additional instructions ACS
     
    We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.
     
    This update is applicable for all the applicants going for sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 6th,2016

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

  • 141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager Medium Availability Competent Plus English (or Proficientoverall) ; 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. 

 

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.

 

July 1st,2016

DIBP Update: Occupations Ceilings Announced for the programme year 2016-17

The Occupational Ceilings for the 2016-17 financial year have been announced. The Occupational Ceilings are the maximum number of invitations that can be issued for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Family Sponsored Skilled Provisional Subclass 489 visas.

The occupational ceilings give a good idea of whether the waiting time or minimum pass mark for an EOI invitation will increase for the new program year. 

Please find attached the Occupational Ceilings for the programme year 2016-17. 

NOTE: The occupational ceiling for accountants under SkillSelect will be 2500 a very slight decrease on the 2525 for the 2015/16 program year.

Occupation Ceilings for 2016-2017

June 29th,2016

Vetassess Update: Changes in the process of Training & Employment check for Trade occupations

VETASSESS has announced that from July 1st 2016 trade applicants will be able to apply and submit their training and employment evidence online.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Vetassess under any trade occupation.

June 29th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

312999- Building and Engineering Technicians nec -Medium Availability- Competent English- Engineers Australia / VETASSESS

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

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

June 28th,2016

Western Australia Update: Occupation List updated

The following occupations on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list are now restricted: 

ANZSCO 252312- Dentist

If  any occupation is closed or restricted applicant will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. 

If already received an invitation, application will not be affected. 

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

June 28th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

134411- Faculty Head- Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS

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

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

June 28th,2016

IPA Skills Assessment Update: Mailing soft copy of the outcome letter

IPA has announced that upon completion of assessment, they will send applicant or your nominee, a letter confirming the outcome of the assessment process. 

It has announced that with effect from 20 June 2016 they no longer mail out hard copies of the outcome letter.  Applicant (or your nominee) will receive an email from the IPA, with an access code and instructions on how to access and download your letter.  This letter is secured on the DocuSign platform, which also includes an audit trail of who has accessed the letter and when.  Each individual letter will have a unique id number attached to it. Applicant (or your nominee) will be required to acknowledge receipt and download the document. 

Applicant will have 90 days (from the date of our email to you) to access and download the letter, after which time your authorised access will expire.  Applicant may still request for access after the 90 days, for which a fee of AUD80.00 will be charged. 

This update is applicable to all the applicants going for skills assessment with IPA.

June 24th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

233215- Transport Engineer- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- Engineers Australia.

June 20th,2016

DIBP Update: Occupations Ceilings Announced for the programme year 2016-17

The Occupational Ceilings for the 2016-17 financial year have been announced. The Occupational Ceilings are the maximum number of invitations that can be issued for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Family Sponsored Skilled Provisional Subclass 489 visas.

The occupational ceilings give a good idea of whether the waiting time or minimum pass mark for an EOI invitation will increase for the new program year. 

Please find attached the Occupational Ceilings for the programme year 2016-17.

Occupation Ceilings for 2016-2017

 

June 20th,2016

  • Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  08/06/2016
     
    Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 08/06/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.
     
    Note: The following occupation groups have reached their ceilings and no more invitations will be issue during the 2015-16 programme year:
     
     
  • 2211 – Accountants
  • 2212 – Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasures
  • 2335 – Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • 2339 – Other Engineering Professionals
  • 2611 – ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • 2613 – Software and Applications Programmers
  • 2631 – Computer Network and Systems Engineers
This update is applicable for all the applicants going for visa under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.
 
Next Invitation Rounds took place on June 22, 2016

 

June 15th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

323214- Metal Machinist (First Class)- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English -TRA

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

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

June 14th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update : 

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson Special Conditions Apply Competent English Engineers Australia

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

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

 

June 7th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:
 
South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today:

  •  139912 -Environmental Manager- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English -(or Proficient Plus overall) VETASSESS
  • 233212- Geotechnical Engineer- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient
    overall) -Engineers Australia
  • 312312- Electrical Engineering Technician- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English -TRA
  •  312912- Metallurgical or Materials Technician- Medium Availability- Competent English -VETASSESS
  • 323212- Fitter and Turner- Medium Availability- Competent English -TRA 
  • 334111- Plumber (General) -Low Availability- Competent English -TRA
  • 341111- Electrician (General)- Medium Availability- Competent English -TRA
  • 411411- Enrolled Nurse -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus
    overall) -ANMAC
     
    We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.
 This update is applicable for all the clients applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.
 

June 7th,2016

Western Australia Update: Occupation List updated

The following occupations on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list are now removed: 

ANZSCO 272412 Interpreter and ANZSCO 272413 Translator.

If  any occupation is closed or restricted applicant will not receive an invitation to apply for State nomination. 

If already received an invitation, application will not be affected. 

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

June 4th,2016

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  25/05/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 25/05/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Note: The following occupation groups have reached their ceilings and no more invitations will be issue during the 2015-16 programme year:

  • 2211 – Accountants
  • 2212 – Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasures
  • 2335 – Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • 2339 – Other Engineering Professionals
  • 2611 – ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • 2613 – Software and Applications Programmers
  • 2631 – Computer Network and Systems Engineers

Next Invitation Rounds took place on June 8, 2016 & June 22, 2016

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

SkillSelect 25 May 2016 round results

May 31st,2016

AIM Update: Introduction of Express Skills Assessment Process

AIM has announced that there will be Express Assessment Fee to fast-tracks the assessment to be completed within 4 (four) weeks. If further information is required, AIM is then unable to provide a time frame for assessment completion.

The Express Assessment Fee is $AUD200.00 (+ GST if applicable) plus the current application fee of $AUD550.00 (+ GST if applicable). The total Express Assessment Fee is therefore $AUD750.00 (+ GST if applicable).

If residing in Australia (overseas student or other visa holder), the Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% should be added to the fee.

This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with AIM.

 

May 23rd,2016

Skill select Update: Results of invitation round  11/05/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/05/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Note: The following occupation groups have reached their ceilings and no more invitations will be issue during the 2015-16 programme year:

  • 2212 – Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasures
  • 2339 – Other Engineering Professionals
  • 2335 – Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • 2631 – Computer Network and Systems Engineers

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

Skilselect invitation round results 11-5-2016

 

 

May 20th,2016

Skill select Update: Results of invitation round  11/05/2016

DIBP Update: New SOL Released to be effective from 1st July 2016

DIBP has announced that on 1 July 2016, a new SOL will be introduced with a number of changes to the occupations. Anyone intend to apply on or after 1 July 2016 for an Independent or Family Sponsored Points Tested visa or a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream visa, they need to make sure their occupation is listed on the new SOL. Those who lodged a valid application before 1 July 2016, their application will not be affected by these changes.

The following are changes to the new SOL - July 2016.

Occupations being added to the SOL from 1 July 2016 are:

  • Orthotist or Prosthetist (ANZSCO 251912)
  • Audiologist (ANZSCO 252711).

Occupations being removed from the SOL from 1 July 2016 are:

  • Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum) (ANZSCO 233611)
  • Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO 233612)
  • Metallurgist (ANZSCO 234912)
  • Environmental Health Officer (ANZSCO 251311)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO 251312)
  • Dental Hygienist (ANZSCO 411211)
  • Dental Prosthetist (ANZSCO 411212)
  • Dental Technician (ANZSCO 411213)
  • Dental Therapist (ANZSCO 411214).

The review of the SOL has not impacted the composition of the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL).  Occupations currently listed on the CSOL will continue to be listed from 1 July 2016.

May 20th,2016

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations today;

  •  133312 -Wholesaler- Medium Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS
  • 139999- Specialist Managers nec -Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS
  • 149413 -Transport Company Manager- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS
  • 149915 -Equipment Hire Manager- Medium Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS
  • 254418 -Registered Nurse (Medical)- Medium Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -AND 3 years work experience in field -ANMAC
  • 254499 -Registered Nurse nec -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus
    overall) -AND 3 years work experience in field ANMAC
  • 312311 -Electrical Engineering Draftsperson- Low Availability- Competent English- Engineers Australia
 
We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.
 This update is applicable for all the applicants going for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.
 
 May 16th,2016

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Amendment to the IELTS validity requirements.

AITSL has announced that it will now accept suitable Academic IELTS Test Report Forms for tests undertaken during the 24 month period prior to submitting an AITSL skills assessment application. This is in keeping with the use of Academic IELTS for teacher registration purposes and the period IELTS can be verified.

An Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test Report Form (TRF) that shows a score of at least 7.0 for both Reading and Writing; and a score of at least 8.0 for both Speaking and Listening.

The IELTS test scores must appear on a single IELTS TRF and be the result of a test undertaken during the 24 month period prior to submitting an application.

Earlier requirement was that IELTS used to be valid only for 12 months for AITSL.

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

May 3rd,2016

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  27/04/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 27/04/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

This update is applicable for all the 189, 190 & 489 sub class applicants.
 Skillselect invitation round results 27.4.2016 & occupation ceilings
 

April 18,2016

Skill select Update: Results of invitation round 13/04/2016

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 13/04/2016. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

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

Skillselect update invitation round results 13.4.2016 & occupation ceilings

 

 

April 15,2016

Northern Territory State Sponsorship Update : Revision of occupation list for state sponsorship.

Northern Territory has updated the occupations list for state sponsorship the following are the changes:

The below occupations have been added to new list:

  •  323112 - Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
  • 362212 - Arboris
  • 139911 - Arts Administrator or Manager
  • 399211 - Chemical Plant Operator
  • 272611 - Community Arts Worker
  • 351411 - Cook (Ethnic Cuisine)
  • 262111 - Database Administrator
  • 251111 - Dietitian
  • 411712 - Disability Services Officer
  • 399911 - Diver
  • 312312 - Electrical Engineering Technician
  • 342211 - Electrical Lines worker
  • 312412 - Electronic Engineering Technician
  • 342313 - Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
  • 133211 - Engineering Manager
  • 234312 - Environmental Consultant
  • 139912 - Environmental Manager
  • 234313 - Environmental Research Scientist
  • 234399 - Environmental Scientists nec
  • 221213 - External Auditor
  • 149913 - Facilities Manager
  • 272113 - Family and Marriage Counselor
  • 234113 - Forester
  • 362211 - Gardener (General)
  • 232411 - Graphic Designer
  • 134299 - Health and Welfare Services Manager nec
  • 141311 - Hotel or Motel Manager
  • 223111 - Human Resource Adviser
  • 135112 - ICT Project Manager
  • 222113 - Insurance Broker
  • 272412 - Interpreter
  • 141411 - Licensed Club Manager
  • 225113 - Marketing Specialist
  • 311213 - Medical Laboratory Technician
  • 323214 - Metallurgical or Materials Technician
  • 211213 - Musician (Instrumental)
  • 411714 - Parole or Probation Officer
  • 211311 - Photographer
  • 224412 - Policy Analyst
  • 133513-  Production Manager (Mining)
  • 133112 - Project Builder
  • 254421 - Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
  • 411715 - Residential Care Officer
  • 253112 - Resident Medical Officer
  • 231214 - Ship's Officer
  • 399516 - Sound Technician
  • 139999 - Specialist Managers nec
  • 139915 - Sports Administrator
  • 452321 - Sports Development Officer
  • 262113 - Systems Administrator
  • 261112 - Systems Analyst
  • 263311 - Telecommunications Engineer
  • 263312  - Telecommunications Network Engineer 
  • 313213 - Telecommunications Network Planner 
  • 313214 - Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist
  • 223311 - Training and Development Professional
  • 272413 - Translator
  • 232414 - Web Designer
  • 261212 - Web Developer
  • 134214 - Welfare Center Manager
  • 223113 - Workplace Relations Adviser 

The below occupations have been removed from the list:

  • 334112 -  Air conditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
  • 411111 -  Ambulance Officer
  • 312111 -  Architectural Drafts person
  • 121312 - Beef Cattle Farmer
  • 312212 - Civil Engineering Technician
  • 312114 - Construction Estimator
  • 252312 - Dentist
  • 212312 - Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)
  • 334113 - Drainer
  • 249112 - Education Reviewer
  • 212399 - Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors nec
  • 332111 - Floor Finisher
  • 411112 - Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic
  • 323313 - Locksmith
  • 251312 - Occupational Health and Safety Adviser
  • 39991- Optical Dispenser
  • 251411 - Optometrist
  • 233612 - Petroleum Engineer
  • 233213 - Quantity Surveyor
  • 251513 - Retail Pharmacist
  • 242111 - University Lecturer
  • 333411 - Wall and Floor Tiler
  • 361114 - Zookeeper
  • 234518 - Zoologist

This update is applicable for all the clients going for State sponsorship with Northern Territory under 190 or 489 sub class.

April 11,2016

Engineers Australia Update: Revision of Skills Assessment Fee effective July 2016

Engineers Australia has announced that the skills assessment fee will be revised and the new fee will applicable from 1 July 2016.

Please find attached the detailed fee structure for various services provided by Engineers Australia.This update is applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment with Engineer Australia.

Engineers Australia New Fee structure-2016-17
 

April 6,2016

Today South Australia has changed the status for the occupations of Facilities Manager, Environmental Research Scientist, Electrical Engineering Technician, Electronic Engineering Technician.

Read most recent Australia immigration updates related to Subclass 189, 190, and 489.

April 5, 2016

Skillselect Update Invitation Round Results and Occupation ceilings.

The results of invitation round took place on 23rd March 2016, to know what all states have contributed and how many invitations have been given please check the above link. Also the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

March 31, 2016

Western Australia Update: Occupation List updated

Western Australian skilled migration occupation list is now closed for the occupation of Construction estimator.

March 30, 2016

Skillselect invitation results & Occupation ceilings.

The results of invitation round took place on 9th March 2016, to know what all states have contributed and how many invitations have been given please check the above link. Also the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

March 16, 2016

Western Australia Update: Occupation List updated

Western Australian skilled migration occupation list is now restricted/closed for the occupation of Biotechnologist.

March 11, 2016

AIM Skills Assessment Update:

AIM Skilled Migration is introducing 2 new additional fees which will effect from 1st June 2016.

Reassessment Fee - Review of assessment outcome: $AUD 300.00 (+ GST if applicable).

Express Assessment Fee - $AUD 200.00 (+ GST if applicable).

March 8, 2016

South Australia has changed the status for the occupations of Importer or Exporter, Environmental Manager and Facilities Manager.

February 29, 2016

South Australia has changed the status for the occupations of Facilities Manager.

ACT has changed the status for the occupation of Financial Investment Adviser.

February 25, 2016

South Australia has changed the status for the occupations of Chief Information Officer.

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Y-AXIS Country Profile from an Indian Migrant’s Perspective 

 Population: 21 million (UN, 2008)

•     Capital: Canberra.

•     Largest city: Sydney.

•     Area: 7,617,930 sq km.

•     Major languages: English.

•     Major religion: Christianity.

•     Life expectancy: 79 years (men), 84 years (women) (UN).

•     Monetary unit: 1 Australian dollar = 100 cents.

•     Main exports: Coal, iron-ore, minerals, wool & farm products

•     GNI per capita: US $32,220 (World Bank, 2007).

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