Immigration News: General Skilled Migration

Occupation Ceilings on DIBP Website Fixed! 

Last week when the occupation ceilings were released, there were a few errors on the website; for one the occupation group for ICT security specialist was missing from the list. The DIBP has since updated its website and it’s now all fixed. Occupation group 2621 – Database and systems administrators and ICT security specialists have... Continue Reading

Accounting and ICT Students Very Happy Today! 

Occupation Ceilings for Programme Year 2017/18 Programme year 2017/18 occupation ceilings for the MLTSSL have been finally been released! Below you will find our comparisons between the ceilings for 2016/17 and 2017/18. The rightmost columns are the occupation ceilings for programme years 2016/17 and 2017/18.   ID Occupation Group 2016/17 2017/18 1331 Construction Managers 5289... Continue Reading

SkillSelect Glitches

It appears that SkillSelect has been causing a little grief. Forum posts report malfunctioning of the system; the last thing you want after all the hard work in getting your application ready, especially with all the new changes and the time sensitivity involved in making an application. The system seems confused by the occupation lists, with... Continue Reading

Tasmanian Sponsorship for 190 & 489 Visas Revisited

There’s been a few changes recently so instead of making you dig back through articles, we thought we’d lay it out cleanly for you instead. Here are Tasmania’s nomination criteria broken down by visa.   Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s requirements for the Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190): Nominated... Continue Reading

Tasmania Amends Recent Reform to Stop the Exodus of International Students

Just last week Tasmania announced changes to its nomination requirements. They introduced new pathways for overseas applicants, but tightened onshore rules for their state sponsorship. Amongst those rules were to lengthen the minimum study requirement for international graduates from one year to two years who intend to be applying for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).... Continue Reading

Changes to Tasmanian State Sponsorship Requirements 

Tasmania is changing their requirements for state sponsorship in toughening up some requirements and opening some new options. Read: Tasmania’s Nomination Criteria for the 489 Visa Read: Tasmania State Sponsorship 190 Visa   From 1 July 2017: New category for overseas applicants applying for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) Applicants with eligible family members... Continue Reading

Occupation Lists Are Out! Accountants, Engineers and IT Specialists Survive for Another Year..

Medium to Long Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) It’s all happening now. Here to ruin or make someone’s Friday, the adjusted occupation lists have just been released. The now renamed Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) – previously the Skilled... Continue Reading

Australian Permanent Residency and Citizenship for New Zealanders

Commencing 1 July 2017, the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) was split into two streams – points tested and New Zealand. Read: Changes to the Skilled Independent 189 Visa The criteria under the New Zealand stream are as follows: Main applicant is at least 18 years of age Main applicant is a New Zealand citizen and... Continue Reading

Karl Konrad: Founder of Australian Immigration Law Services

Who is Karl Konrad? Karl Konrad has, over the span of nearly two decades, developed a reputation for being the guy to go to if you wanted accurate, non-meandering advice. Being armed with no more a simple assessment form filled with some key questions on your situation, Karl will form an actionable game plan in... Continue Reading

Changes to the Skilled Independent 189 Visa

Effective 1 July 2017 The Skilled Independent 189 Visa is making a little change from 1 July 2017. It’s mostly just the addition of a the ‘New Zealand stream’ for New Zealand citizens who are already resident in Australia. The Skilled Independent 189 Visa that we know now, will henceforth be the ‘points tested stream’... Continue Reading

Skills Assessments for Teachers

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Requirements Are you a teacher or perhaps aspire to have such a high demand occupation for migration to Australia? Sitting on the Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) are the following teaching occupations: Early Childhood Teacher [241111] Secondary Teacher [241411] Special Needs Teacher [241511] Special Education... Continue Reading

Applying for the 485 Visa

Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) You’re graduating and have decided your future is in Australia. It’s time to apply for your Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485). The 485 visa has two streams – post study work and graduate work stream.   Learn more: Temporary Graduate Visa Streams Learn more: Australian study requirement Find: Medium and Long... Continue Reading

Major Changes in Occupation Lists and Employer Sponsored Visas

The announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has certainly altered the landscape of migration, especially for those working on applications for employer sponsored visas. Whilst we are all adjusting to the changes, here are important the updates.   Occupation Lists The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) have been replaced effective... Continue Reading

Relative Sponsored 489 Visa

Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489) The Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) has two streams; state sponsored and relative sponsored. The relative sponsored 489 visa is slightly more straightforward than the state sponsored option, as no additional criteria from the state applies. Unfortunately whilst this is a simpler application, the requirements can be quite... Continue Reading

Relative Option on the State Sponsored 489 Visa

The Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489) is a state or relative sponsored visa that automatically awards 10 extra points to your points test score. The basic requirements: Under the age of 50 years Meet 60 points on the points test (489 sponsorship gives 10 points) Competent level English Relative sponsored (eligible relative) or state... Continue Reading

SkillSelect Round Results

Visit 29 March 2017 SkillSelect Round Results Learn more SkillSelect and pro rated occupations We’ve taken a look and there are a few other occupations that are close to hitting their occupation ceilings [invitations issued/occupation ceiling]: Accountants [2492/2500] Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers [1375/1413] Electronics Engineers [937/1000] Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers [1501/1539] ICT... Continue Reading

Tasmania’s Nomination Criteria for the 489 Visa

Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489) The Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489) is a state or relative sponsored visa that for those who are just shy of 60 points, or are struggling with a long wait because they are in a pro rated occupation, may consider. The basic DIBP requirements: Under the age of... Continue Reading

The Little Known Advantages of Tasmania’s State Sponsored 190 Visa

 Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) Perhaps you’ve been sitting in the SkillSelect pool for a while. Maybe you’re an accountant, for which spots are released pro rata, and you’re anxious as those ‘minimum’ point scores keep going up due to the heavy competition from other high scorers (SkillSelect skims off the top with the highest... Continue Reading

Australia Needs Secondary School Teachers

Secondary School Teacher under the Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) Ever felt like having a part in shaping young minds? Or has the corporate world wrung you dry and you’re looking for a career in something more contributory? Did you know that even if you are already a degree holder, you don’t need to have... Continue Reading

The Import of Foreign Engineering Professionals

Removing Engineers from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) may not be the industry’s best move August last year, the Association of Professional Engineers Australia (APEA) implored in a letter to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton for the removal of the engineering profession from the skilled occupation list (SOL). In November, 52 occupations were flagged to be... Continue Reading

Engaging a Migration Agent

Why is it so important to have a consultation with your migration agent first?   “I only have one question.” “I’d like for you to lodge my application now.” “My case is straightforward.”   Maybe, but maybe not. When you contact a migration agent you need to understand that this is the person who will... Continue Reading

From a 489 to a 887 visa

Gaining Permanent Residence from a Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489)  Now that you are on your 489 visa and have resided in a regional ares(s) for at least two years while holding that visa, you will of course be bursting with enthusiasm for your permanent residency application to be lodged. This permanent residency (PR)... Continue Reading

Beyond the Visa: Divya

immiNews has been all about how-tos, breaking down the visa application process and explaining regulations in a more easy to digest way. It is to inform and educate, and it is for you. But you is not just an application. You is a story. We know that and we don’t want anyone to forget that... Continue Reading

IT Professionals with Overseas Qualifications

How do you go about gaining a skills assessment? We’ve written about gaining a skills assessment as an IT professional with an Australian degree and those are pretty straightforward, but what about those with qualifications attained overseas? What about those of you who have plenty of experience in the field but did not complete your... Continue Reading