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Posted on December 23 2022

Australian skilled visas on priority for nurses, teachers; Apply now!

By  Editor
Updated January 11 2024

Highlights: Priority to nurses and teachers while granting Australian skilled visas

  • Australia is addressing its scarcity of nurses and teachers by prioritizing their skilled visa applications.
  • Those in the occupations on the priority list will get their visa applications assessed in three days.
  • For some Australian skilled visa types, application processing has been done to ministerial instructions with PMSOL scrapped.


Australia needs more professionals, including nurses and teachers. In fact, there’s a list of professions that are used to prioritize the order of assessment of applications for Australian skilled visas. This new system works on priority occupations set by following ministerial instructions.

Now, the skilled visa applications of professionals like nurses and teachers will be assessed within as early as three days.

Since the abolition of PMSOL (Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List), the ranking of visa applications is done based on professions. Those in demand are given weightage.

These are professions like nurses and teachers who are urgently needed in Australia in large numbers. To gain a perspective of this situation, consider this fact. It’s expected that a shortfall of teachers in Australia by 4,000 positions will be witnessed by 2025.

Also read: No PMSOL, but new priorities to process 13 Australia skilled visa types

Unlike the current system of skilled visa application assessment, PMSOL had a large list of occupations. PMSOL had even those professions which were not critically lacking in skilled workers. This made PMSOL ineffective and was replaced by the currently active priority system.

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Priority in doing visa application assessment will be given to the following high-demand occupations. These professionals will get their Australian skilled visa applications processed at the earliest:

  • School teachers
  • Counselors and psychologists
  • Nursing support workers
  • Childcare workers and childcare center managers
  • Medical scientists
  • Social workers
  • Aged and disabled carers
  • Medical technicians

Australian visas processed as per priority

Here’s a list of visas that are processed according to the new priority standards:

  • Subclass 124 (Distinguished Talent)
  • Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment) (Provisional)
  • Subclass 191 (Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional))
  • Subclass 489 (Skilled – Regional (Provisional))
  • Subclass 858 (Global Talent)
  • Subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme)
  • Subclass 189 (Skilled – Independent)
  • Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled))
  • Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional))
  • Subclass 887 (Skilled – Regional)
  • Subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme)
  • Subclass 190 (Skilled – Nominated)
  • Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage)
  • Subclass 494 (Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional))
  • Subclass 888 (Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent)

The takeaway

Here’s the right and the best time for professionals like nurses and teachers to apply for skilled immigration to Australia. You can settle in Australia and build a career with good pay and a high-quality lifestyle.

We want you to access the best career opportunities in Australia. Let’s help you migrate to Australia. Talk to Y-Axis, the leading immigration and career consultant in the world.

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Also Read: Australia Canberra draw invited 563 candidates to apply for ACT nomination

Web Story: Australia has a massive shortage of Nurses and Teachers. Apply now and get your visa in just a few days.


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