This morning the Immigration Minister Mr. Tudge released a new priority occupation list for specific visas, the 482, 494, 186, and 187 Visa subclass.
Mr Tudge said today ” “Our priority is getting Australians back into work but we also need key health workers to help fight the virus and skilled migrants who are going to be job multipliers, to help the economy recover,” He went o to explain, “These occupations in the health care, construction and IT sectors will supercharge both our health and economic response to COVID-19.”
Now there are 17 occupations released for the priority list,
The 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:
- Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
- Construction Project Manager (133111)
- Mechanical Engineer (233512)
- General Practitioner (253111)
- Resident Medical Officer (253112)
- Psychiatrist (253411)
- Medical Practitioner nec (253999)
- Midwife (254111)
- Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
- Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
- Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
- Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
- Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
- Registered Nurses nec (254499)
- Developer Programmer (261312)
- Software Engineer (261313)
- Maintenance Planner (312911)
Those have been granted a visa under this priority arrangement will gain a travel exemption to come to Australia. Accommodation however during the quarantine will be met at their own expense.
So what about the 189, 190 and 491 visas? The Minister made this statement;
“Existing skilled migration occupation lists will remain active and visas will still be processed, but priority will be given to those in occupations on the PMSOL.”
This would indicate in the future all GSM applications may be subject to a priority list too.
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