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NSW Occupation Lists for 2017/18 Released!

The NSW occupation lists for 2017/18 are out! The list for the Skilled (Nominated) 190 visa has shrunk to 130 occupations. 51 occupations have been removed and there are 10 new occupations. Find: NSW occupation lists   New on the 190 list 232111 Architect 233111 Chemical Engineer 233411 Electronics Engineer 233511 Industrial Engineer 233513 Production... Continue Reading

New South Wales Not Issuing Invitations

New South Wales hasn’t produced an occupation list for programme year 2017/18 yet. Applications that have been made in the last weeks of June will be assessed within the service standard of 12 weeks. No invitations are currently being issues to apply for NSW nomination. Invitations will begin to be sent out again when the... Continue Reading

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

Caveats for Chefs, Cooks, and Cafe and Restaurant Managers

What is a caveat? Certain occupations on the 457 visa and ENS 186 visa occupation lists have been marked to have additional requirements these occupations have to satisfy. These additional requirements are termed “caveats”.   Are you affected? They affect 457 visa applications that were lodged on or after 1 July 2017, or were lodged... 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

Updates on the Changes Happening on 1 July 2017 

Employer sponsored visas (subclasses 457, 186, 187) What’s being covered in this release: Temporary Work (Skilled) 457 visa changes Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) 186 and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) 187 visa changes Changes to training benchmarks Changes to the online application system – applications saved but not completed or lodged before 1 July 2017... 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

Q&A: Recent Changes to the 457 / 186 / 187 Visas

From the DIBP Do the changes affect 457 visa grant holders? No they do not, unless there is a change in employer or position (including business restructuring) which will require a new nomination application, and will be subject to the latest regulations. If the new nomination is for an occupation that is on the STSOL,... 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

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 and Accounting jobs increase in demand

It is that time of year again when rumours fly around that some occupation maybe removed from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). Most of international guests studying accounting and IT at Australian universities as well those who have already completed their courses and waiting for their invitations to lodge a PR application, are nervously watching... Continue Reading

Queensland State Sponsorship

Applying for a Skilled Nominated 190 Visa with Queensland We’ve done a trek round Australia and now we’re here in our last state, Queensland. This is the sunshine state, home to so many natural beauties and a city that is just blooming. Just Google for images of Queensland and we promise you’ll start drooling. Queensland’s... Continue Reading

Northern Territory State Sponsorship

Applying for a Skilled Nominated 190 Visa with  Northern Territory Home to the famous Uluru rock and numerous other spectacular, bucket-list worthy natural features, the Northern Territory (NT) is advertised as a place that you “come for a holiday and stay for a lifetime”. With a low population density and a young median age, NT... Continue Reading

Western Australia State Sponsorship

Applying for a Skilled Nominated 190 Visa with Western Australia Did you know that there is a statue along the Swan river that is often dressed to amuse the many people who take Mounts Bay road daily? No one is sure who dresses it. It even has it’s own Wiki page! You will often find... Continue Reading

New Occupation Lists for Orana and South Australia

Orana has revised their skilled occupation list, which will be e ffective from 1 July 2017, and reviewed its application process. These affect applications for sponsorship of Skilled – Regional Sponsored (provisional) visas [subclass 489]. Visit the Orana migration site here to learn more. South Australia has also made changes to its state nominated occupation list. This... Continue Reading

Victoria State Sponsorship

Applying for a Skilled Nominated 190 Visa with Victoria Melbourne is well known for its culture, its coffee and its nightlife. What a city! Another state for which state sponsorships are hotly contested. As such, meeting the minimum eligibility criteria for Victorian state nomination is the first step in the assessment processes, however it does... Continue Reading

Tasmania State Sponsorship

Please refer to the updated article Tasmanian Sponsorship for 190 & 489 Visas Revisited Applying for a Skilled Nominated 190 Visa with  Tasmania Tasmania, with all its raw beauty, is often thought of mostly as a holiday destination, but boasting a vibrant community and plenty of career opportunities, it is as beautiful a place to... Continue Reading

Teachers, Where Are You?

What it takes to apply as a Secondary School Teacher The new occupation quotas were released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) last week and the ceiling for Secondary School Teachers boasted over 8,000 places up for grabs. The shocker is that for programme year 2015/16, a mere 570 spots were filled.... Continue Reading

South Australia State Sponsorship

Applying for a 190 visa with South Australia You know the drill, state sponsored 190 visas require: your nominated occupation to be present on the state’s occupation list(s) a suitable skills assessment in that nominated occupation satisfying the state’s eligibility criteria meeting the minimum Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) score of 60 on the points... Continue Reading

New Occupation Ceilings For Programme Year 2016/17

The new ceilings for occupations on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has been released! These affect points tested visas under the general skilled migration programme. We’ve done a little comparison between that of programme year 2015/16 and the programme year 2016/17, which is really right around the corner, and here are the results. We’ve marked... Continue Reading

Northern Territory Occupation List Updated

The Northern Territory Migration Occupation List has been updated. This list are the occupations the NT will sponsor for the 489 (TR) and 190 (PR) visas. To view this list, please visit the Northern Territory government website .