Immigration News: Skilled Independent 189

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

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

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

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

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

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

Claiming Skilled Employment Points On The Points Test

What is skilled employment and how are you awarded points? If you still have not read our article on SkillSelect invitation rounds, we really recommend that you do. A higher points score means that your Expression of Interest (EOI) will get picked up sooner. For certain pro-rated occupations, a 60 point score may mean that... Continue Reading

Job Ready Programme with Trades Recognition Australia

Getting your TRA skills assessment as a fresh international student graduate We’ve written briefly about getting a suitable skills assessment through the Job Ready Programme (JRP) with Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) in our article Graduate Visa with a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Now we’re back again to talk about it in more detail. The... Continue Reading

Temporary Graduate Visa Streams

‘Post Study Work’ stream vs ‘Graduate’ Stream You came to Australia just to do your degree, but somewhere along the way, Australiabecame your home. The Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa was created just for you. The graduate 485 visa has the following basic requirements: Meet the minimum English proficiency level Satisfying the Australian study requirement (ASR) of... Continue Reading

Accuracy of Points Test Score When Registering EOI

Must my points score submitted during the EOI stage be accurate? The points test is a means for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to assess if one is eligible for an Australian visa. Points tested visas include: Skilled Independent visas (subclass 189) Skilled Nominated visas (subclass 190) Skilled Regional (Provisional) visas (subclass... Continue Reading

New Programme Year New Pro Rated Occupation Group

Occupation group [2212] Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers is now being pro-rated. This affected applications for subclass 189 and 489 visas.  Pro rated occupations are occupations that receive very high number of EOI applications. Because of the ‘popularity’ of these occupations, invitation places are staggered to ensure the quota’s for these high demand places... Continue Reading

SkillSelect Rounds

What happens after you have submitted your Expression of Interest (EOI)? The most common question we hear is “how long will I have to wait?” and round results may give you an indication of how long your wait is going to be. We saymay , because no one can really say for sure. It depends... Continue Reading